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The Tarbiyah Curriculum has been developed by the Madrasah Centre of Excellence (MCE). MCE is a body under the Islamc Education Board of the World Federation of KSIM Communities. Wessex Jamaat and the Al Mahdi Madrasah has adopted this curriculum and its vision and mission.

Vision: Nurturing Piety

Mission: Enabling a learning environment that instils the values of Qur’an and the Ahlul Bayt (a).

Aims and Objectives

As per above vision/mission


In 1982, the Shia muslim community located along the south coast of England around Southampton, Bournemouth, and Portsmouth decided to formalize its existence by the formation of the Wessex Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat.

In September 1993, Wessex Jamaat purchased a property in Fareham, Hampshire which was named the Al Mahdi center. The building was altered and renovated to provide facilities for a gents hall, a ladies hall, Madrasah classrooms and an aalim’s flat.

The Al Mahdi Madrasah was held here for a number of years, teaching the 20-30 children of the community about Islam from a home grown syllabus in subjects Tareekh/Akhlaq, Fiqh/Aqaid, Qur’an Recitation, and GCSE Islamic Studies. The Madrasah was run under a governance structure of a Madrasah Convenor that was rotated amongst the heads of departments.

In 2012 the Jamaat moved to the present purpose built center a few miles away in Fontley, which includes 6 classrooms for Madrasah in the main building as well as a further two in an annex, increasing the capacity to 80 children.

In 2016 Wessex Jamaat appointed Sheikh Fazle Abbas Datoo to the full time role of Director of Madrasah

In 2017 the Al Mahdi Madrasah adopted the MCE Tarbiyah curriculum across all age ranges (bands A-F) and with the support of MCE served as the pilot implementation of the rollout of this curriculum.

As of September 2019 the Madrasah has 80 children enrolled, 6 admin team volunteers, and 40 teacher volunteers.


Director of Madrasah: Sheikh Fazle Abbas Datoo
+- Admin Team (responsible for student registrations and record keeping, teacher DBS, and classroom resources)
+- Academic Team
+- Heads of Year for Tarbiyah Bands A-F
+- Qur’an Recitation Department Head
+- Salaat Department Head

Future Plans


The demand for places in the Madrasah is already higher than the classroom capacity available, despite only being in the new center since 2013. We require more innovative solutions than just classroom teaching for these parents and children (online, self-study, training parents to teach at home, etc).