Markaz Umar ibn al Khattab Radiallahu anhu

    Malik bin ‘Amr al Qushairy (R.A) states from the Prophet sallalahu alayhi wa salam: ‘Whoever from among the Muslims includes an orphan towards his food and drink until Allah makes that orphan stand on his own feet, then for such an individual Jannah (heaven) will become wajib (compulsory). ‘ (Ahmad, Tabarani)

    As part of the overall relief programme, full support is being provided to every child at Markaz ‘Umar Ibn Al Khattab Radiallahu ‘anhu orphanage in Baidoa.

    The orphanage was founded in 1992 by local ulema keen to safeguard the iman of young children affected by war. The building was formerly a church made by Catholic missionaries during Italy’s imperialist rule. In 1991 the then Somali government bought the building and handed it over to the Ministry of Education. In 1992 this government collapsed following the invasion of the US. Alhamdulillah at this point local brothers stepped in to use the building for a greater purpose.

    The school itself caters for male and female orphans from the age of 5 to the age of 17/18 – the age when secondary school ends.

    In primary school, seven subjects are taught: Maths, Science, GHC (geography, history and civics), Tarbiyyah, Arabic, Somali, and English. In secondary school ten subjects are taught: Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Arabic, English, Somali, Tarbiyah, History and Geography.

     

    DAILY ROUTINE

       
    5:00: Fajr Salah
       
    5:15: Revision Time: Children go over Qur’an, Ahadith, Fiqh, secular studies, etc. This is done individually and all the children are supervised by two Murabis – male and female social workers who spend every night at the orphanage.
       
    6:00: All the children eat porridge, which is made from Sorghum. After this, they put on their uniforms and get ready for assembly.
       
    7:00: Assembly/Parade takes place in the yard. The children also undertake exercises.
       
    7:30: Classes begin. Classes take place for two hours. A single teacher will teach for around 45-50 minutes.
       
    9:30: Children have their breakfast which consists of a local bread called anjira.
       
    9:50: Classes start again and children are taught for two hours.
       
    12:00: The children pray Dhuhr salah and have their lunch.
       
    13:00: The children rest and sleep for half an hour.
       
    13:30: Madrasah officially starts. Children learn the Qur’an, Ahadith, Fiqh, etc. This is for four hours with a break for ‘Asr salah.
       
    17:30: Children have dinner and school officially ends.


    Ummah Welfare Trust’s sponsorship programme caters for every aspect of the children’s welfare. Each child will receive an education, regular meals, medical treatment, support for their family (usually a widowed mother), clothing and transport.

    By providing education, moral and spiritual guidance, these children will become beacons for their communities and inshaAllah help the people of Somalia overcome the challenges they are facing.

    For the sponsors of these orphans, there will be much Sadaqah Jariyah. Every ayah these children recite, every line of ahadith they learn, every good action they do – all of this will be seen on the donors’ scales on Yaum ul Qiyamah inshaAllah.