A Brief History of the Madrasatu Ahlis Sunnah

Ahlus Sunnah School, formerly known as the Islamic Day School, was founded in 1984 with the objective of educating Pre School through Kindergarten Muslim children in an Islamic environment. Islam was in its earliest stages of development in the area at that time. Although, there was the humble beginning, the Imam Ahmed Burhani and the Muslims had vision and future plans. So nine (9) years later the School began its move toward a full time Muslim Islamic School. The Muslims went into a five (5) year contract and leased part of a National Guard Armory in the next city over. The Muslims used this building to develop the Muslim School from Kindergarten to the 4th grade in the 1992-1993 school year. Since that time, Madrasatu Ahlis Sunnah has evolved into a full-time school from Nursery through the 12th Grade. Ahlus Sunnah has had seventeen graduating classes as of June, 2011.

The objective of Madrasatu Ahlis Sunnah is to impart sound religious and secular knowledge, as well as instill and cultivate self-discipline and high moral character. Inshaa Allah, these goals can be achieved through the teachings of the Quran, the authentic Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) and the way of our Righteous Predecessors. The school strives to provide a safe, wholesome, stimulating environment away from negative influences that will adversely affect the learning process.

Our students have come from a variety of areas within Northern New Jersey and New York. Paterson, Clifton, Elizabeth, Brooklyn, Poughkeepsie just to name a few. In past years, we have had students from as far away as upstate New York attends our school. The students that have attended Madrasatu Ahlis Sunnah represent a wide variety of countries and cultural backgrounds. Some of the graduates of Madrasatu Ahlis Sunnah have been awarded full and/or partial scholarships to some of the most prestigious schools in the United States, namely Rutgers University, Seton Hall University, MIT, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Princeton University, Montclair State, Kean University and Bloomfield College just to name a few.

Madrasatu Ahlis Sunnah has seen many changes and plenty of growth islamically. Qualified and knowledgeable staff was difficult to come by in the early days here in East Orange. Islamic books and literature were at a minimum as well. But with the growth of Islam in America came the need for scholastic growth.