Ibrahim Khan Raja (Late)
The Foundation of Madrasah Ibrahim was laid by Mr Ibrahim Khan Raja (Late), a British citizen originally from the village of Tatral, where he was born. In 1999 he envisaged the need to provide religious education to young children in Tatral and the surrounding villages. He started the project to establish a Madrasah in Tatral by building on his family land. Unfortunately in February 2007, before completing the project, Mr Raja passed away. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un (انا لله وانا اليه راجعون). After Mr Raja’s death his family continued with the project and completed the building work in 2007. The Madrasah was officially opened in 2008 and it started catering the need for the religious education and memorisation of Qur’an for boys aged 5 years or over. Since opening, the Madrasah has produced more than 40 Hafidh-al-Qur’an, many of whom now provide religious education to children in the local villages. On 1 January 2012 Mr Raja’s family handed over the management of the Madrasah to Mr Raja son in law, Mr Fida Chaudhary, a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and owner of Makka solicitors Ltd.
Since Makka Solicitors Ltd became involved in the project, day-to-day running of the project was assigned to Muhammad Nawaz Malik. Thereafter a number of projects were envisaged, completed and are being planned, most of which are outlined in details in our Projects & Achievement section of this website.
In March 2014, we opened Islamic Public School Tatral. We intended to start with a primary school and then increase a class every year and we hope to continue with the same strategy until we reach university level education. In March 2017 we started admission for middle school and middle school classes were started in April 2017. At present, nearly 200 students are studying at the school. This is in addition to 30 Madrasah students studying for hifdh at the Madrasah. Most of the Madrasah students are full time boarders.
The children studying at the Madrasah also benefit from the school as they attend classes alongside the school students to supplement their religious education and hifdh studies. Similarly the school students attend Madrasah classes to benefit from the religious education.
The school is intended not only to provide free education to orphans in the local area, but also to assist them beyond their schooling by providing them with opportunities to earn a living.
In April 2017 we announced two further major projects, namely Saqlain Stadium and Zaman Welfare Hospital Tatral. The foundation of the stadium was laid by the former Test Cricketer Saqlain Mushtaq and the hospital foundation was laid by Dr Asif Mehmood, a medical practitioner at St Helier Hospital, Sutton, England UK. The hospital will inshallah provide free medical care to the people of Tatral and surrounding villages.
The charity has been registered with the Charity Commission in the UK under the name of Chountra Welfare Association UK under the Registration Number 1164619.