DURBAN: The Darul Ihsan library continues to grow at its headquarters in Sea Cow Lake, offering the community a wide variety of literature to choose from.
Launched at the start of 2020, the facility gives access to more than 5000 books as the organisation continues a strong drive towards inculcating reading within society.
“The library has classical Islamic literature and contemporary books in English, Arabic and Urdu,” Librarian, Moulana Mustapha Nazir Kaamil, said.
“The library is an integral part of the organisation and we encourage everyone to come forward and use the service made available by Darul Ihsan by reading the books we have on offer.”
“The library is named after the great scholar and thinker Allamah Anwar Shah Kashmiri (Rahimahullah) of Deoband.”
“Allamah Anwar Shah Kashmiri (Rahimahullah) was like a library due to his knowledge and photographic memory,” Moulana adds. “It is an excellent place to start when you are looking for Islamic history and we want to see more people come through and visit us – whether it is for reading or even students doing research.”
Books range from tafseer (exegesis) in the Quran section, where there is a wide range of commentaries on the Quran. The variety is in the English and Urdu languages, but the Arabic offering is even more extensive.
The library also offers some of the best Seerah kitaabs in English, Arabic and Urdu. Furthermore, the offering also extends to books on Aqaaid, Tasawwuf or spirituality, together with general Islamic books as well.
There is also a non-Islamic book section which houses literature on politics, medicine, encyclopaedias and magazines, to name a few.
There is a dedicated section for women and another for children, where books exclusively for these individuals are kept.
The library operates at normal office hours from Monday to Saturday, with a dedicated exclusive time for females set out for Friday afternoons.
Darul Ihsan Media Desk