In the late nineteenth century Europe saw a mass migration of people from the Indian Subcontinent. Along with this came a large influx of south Asian Scholars whose base has and continues to be the local Masjid. Even today young children attend the Masjid to learn how to read the Holy Qur’an, however other Islamic knowledge is limited to a few basic matters such as how to pray and do wudu.

In the past some parents opted to send their child to a full-time madrassa, which offered a more comprehensive syllabus. However, the madrassa system is now on the verge of extinction, whereas the pursuit of knowledge is increasingly orientated towards the acquisition and advancement of worldly careers.

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