Jamia Al-Karam, (Arabic: جامعة الکرم‎) is an Islamic institution Islamic Studies College located in Eaton in 30-acre premises.[1] The Darul Uloom is managed by Muhammad Imdad Hussain Pirzada.[2][3][4]

Jamia Al-Karam
Jamia Al-Karam
Eaton Hall, Eaton

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DN22 0PR

England England
Coordinates53°17′43″N 0°55′53″W / 53.2952°N 0.9313°W / 53.2952; -0.9313Coordinates: 53°17′43″N 0°55′53″W / 53.2952°N 0.9313°W / 53.2952; -0.9313
TypeReligious Madarsa
Religious affiliation(s)Sunni Islam
FounderMuhammad Imdad Hussain Pirzada
Department for Education URN122945 Tables
Religious headMuhammad Imdad Hussain Pirzada


In 1995, Jamia Al-Karam moved to its current location in Retford, Nottinghamshire, where M I H Pirzada launched a new project, the Al-Karam Secondary School. This was a boarding school providing education up to GCSE level. The school had maintained level of education and results in a very fees which is affordable to many.[5][6]

It imparts teaching of English, Maths and Science. In addition to providing the subjects of Arabic Language, Islamic Studies, and Urdu.[7]

The institute has produced over 150 British Islamic scholars of whom 35 have further graduated from Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt.[8] The relationship between the two institutions goes back to 1951 when Muhammad Karam Shah al-Azhari, after who Jamia Al-Karam is named, began his studies at Al-Azhar University under the tutelage of the great scholars of Al-Azhar including Ahmad Zaki, Mustafa Shilbi and Muhammad Abu Zahra.[8]

On Sunday 15 May 2011, the United Kingdom Branch of the World Association for Al-Azhar Graduates (WAAG) and the Al-Azhar Contact Office in Great Britain was inaugurated at Jamia Al-Karam. This was attended by Timothy Winter from the University of Cambridge and Cambridge Muslim College, Nazir Ahmed, Baron Ahmed, Fayyaz Gafour (COO, ARY Network) among others.[8]

Gul Muhammed, Imam and Senior lecturer at Jamia al Karam, appealed ISIS to release British hostage Alan Henning and urged the militants to not commit the 'worst condemnable sin' against Islam.[9][10]


As per the vision of its founder it was founded to cater for the educational and social needs of British Muslims.[11]

Jamia Al-Karam teaches Dars-e-Nizami course which is affiliated to the oldest seat of Islamic learning, Al-Azhar University.[2] It has gained affiliation with the University of Al-Azhar, and graduates of Jamia Al-Karam are offered admission into the third year of the Al-Azhar University's BA degree courses. It has produced more than 60 Islamic scholars.[5]

The institute manages an Al-Karam Nashid Group which performs Islamic songs on various occasions including at the time of Mawlid celebrations.[12]

It serves as a center for dialogue between various communities.[13] Robert Jenrick, British Conservative Party politician and Member of Parliament (MP) for Newark, visited Jamia Al Karam and appreciated the efforts of its founder.[14]

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  1. ^ "Higher calling". The Guardian. 13 December 2005. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Online Prospectus of Jamia Al-Karam — www.alkaram.org". alkaram.org. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007.
  3. ^ Nicola Davison Reed (6 November 2012). Retford Through Time. Amberley Publishing Limited. pp. 133–. ISBN 978-1-4456-1196-9.
  4. ^ Q News: The Muslim Magazine. Q News International. 1999.
  5. ^ a b "Jamia Al-Karam". gatewaytodivinemercy.com.
  6. ^ "Nottinghamshire pupils buck national trend and get best GCSE results ever". Nottingham Post.
  7. ^ "The Official Website of Shaykh Pirzada — Home". mihpirzada.com. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  8. ^ a b c mihpir. "The Official Website of Shaykh Pirzada — Jamia Al-Karam officially opens the UK Branch of the World Association for Al-Azhar Graduates". mihpirzada.com.
  9. ^ "Leicestershire Muslims call on Islamic State to release British hostage Alan Henning". Leicester Mercury.
  10. ^ "Alan Henning: British Muslim leaders unite to urge Isis to release UK hostage". The Independent.
  11. ^ Fran Abrams. "Higher calling". The Guardian.
  12. ^ "Slideshow: Boothroyd Primary Academy celebrates Prophet's birthday". dewsburyreporter.co.uk.
  13. ^ Bernard Trafford (2006). I2 = Independent + Innovative: Examples of Innovation in HMC Schools. John Catt Educational Ltd. pp. 66–. ISBN 978-1-904724-41-4.
  14. ^ "Visit to Jamia Al-Karam". robertjenrick.com.

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