About the School for the Mother and Child

Madressah Al-Umm wa al-Tifl (School for the Mother and Child) was officially opened in 2004.


  • There are no entry or age requirements; no fees; no registration.
  • Quran and various Islamic texts (mutoon) are taught to students, from beginner to advanced levels.
  • There are daily, weekly and bi-monthly lectures or sessions.
  • Subjects taught:Recitation of Quran in Warsh, Qaloon and Hafs, Memorisation of Quran, Tafsir of Quran, Fiqh, Usool al-Fiqh, Hadith, Seerah, Tajweed and Arabic.
  • Special classes structured for high school students studying towards their Baccalaureate (equivalent to the final year of high school).
  • Special classes structured for university students studying Islamic Studiesthrough correspondence.
  • There is also a kindergarten with a total of 25 students.


  • The Madressah teaches the Tafsir of Shaykh Ibrahim Niasse, Riad al-Tafsir. There are three groups of students who are memorising the Tafsir. (The majority of these women have already memorised the Quran.)
  • Two students (now teachers) have an Ijaazah in Quran (permission to teach). Obtaining an ijaazah in Quran, especially in Mauritania, is no easy feat. Besides memorisation of the Quran with tajweed and being able to write the Quran from memory, the student needs to memorise and understand three tajweed texts, a text for rasm-al-Quran (of writing the Quran) and be able to start teaching those texts before obtaining an ijazah.
  • Every month, the Madrassah awards a certificate, The Iqra Warqa’ Certificate, to the person who has recited the most Quran per month (the number of hizb or half a juz is recorded). The conditions for this, is that the hizb needs to be recited from memory, with tajweed, and someone needs to listen to the recitation (in order to check correct recitation). This certificate was once awarded to a student who recited 1500 hizb (750 juz) during the month of Ramadan.
  • A group of 42 students have completed memorisation of the Quran over a 10 year period.Most of these students are mothers and older women.
  • The youngest student who memorised the Quran (haafizah) was 10 years old and the oldest 70.
  • A group of 40 women have collectively memorised the Mukhatasar Al-Khalil, an advanced book of Maliki Fiqh.
  • Another unique feature of this Madressah is that it is totally free and is open to anyone who wants to study.