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Rouzathul Uloom, the Garden of Wisdom (Sciences)

Rouzathul Uloom, the Garden of Wisdom (Sciences) is the first and foremost motherly educational establishment that attained existence on the now flourished multi-faculty composite compound, the Farook College Campus. Rouzathul Uloom is located at extreme west. Gateway to this small in size but giant in design and purpose mini-complex is shaded by ever green thickly leaved brown berry trees, serene horticultural bushes of annonacia, coconut palm and almond groves.

Calligraphic inscriptions of Qur’anic verses engraved atop traditionally built college main structure made of red stones, wood, mortar and clay roof tiles remind architectural acumen of last centuries and capture the spot attention of any first-time casual visitor. The great surprise pokes out its head is the fully wired, net enabled, multi-lingual software loaded state-of-the-art computer lab capable of accommodating (25) at a time. Principal’s Chamber, administrative office, faculty wing, graduate level classrooms and a seminar hall are adequately furnished in the heritage space. Next to east is the colorful Golden Jubilee monument that accommodates prestigious Abussabah Library in the ground floor and spacious auditorium on the first floor. Post Graduate section functions in a stylish modern edifice to the extreme east. Sports grounds and soccer fields are ideally located at wide landscape to the north.

Rouzathul Uloom will remain incomplete unless majestic Masjid el-Azhar is remembered which stands up lofty in the front yard across the road proudly, proclaiming spiritual ambience of the whole campus. Physical or material state of affairs cannot illustrate the true worth of this world renowned garden of wisdom. Well disciplined, spiritually motivated, objectivity focused groups of students, researchers and the faculty who strive hard to transform and dispense the god given benevolence on this remote hill top for excellence of mankind in general and the community in particular is the real treasure.

Fascinating achievements that stand alone here were not accomplished within the flash of eye lids. Stranger than fiction true life stories of emergence of this illuminating ‘Light House’ is mind boggling. India of the 1940’s had to face numerous hurdles towards her path to progress. The whole atmosphere was tense and turbulent due to ongoing world war, scarcity of resources, famine, social/industrial revolt of certain groups or communities and above all the heightened freedom struggle. Nation in whole was partly clue less or in a state of confusion. At this juncture, the Muslim communities in the North Kerala were trapped in an awkward situation. Besides being slow or backward in several facets of education and development already, their stringent resistance to colonial rule and abstinence from acquiring worldly sciences drove them further behind socially, economically and intellectually to a level even lower than the marginalized sections of the mainstream society.

In this context, Moulana Abussabah Ahmed Ali Saheb, an eminent scholarly personality and academician graduated from the renowned Al-Azhar University of Cairo, Egypt appeared on the silver horizon as a heavenly-sent apostle of light. He had intimate acquaintance with national leaders of the time like Moulana Mohammed Ali, Abul Kalam Azad, Allama Iqbal, Moulana Shoukath Ali etc.,. His ambitious educational vision for comprehensive development given the pathetic state of Muslims of the region prompted him to establish Rouzathul Uloom Arabic College in 1942 though bankrupt in terms of funds but rich in faith and hope. It was a great landmark in the history of modern Arabic education in North Kerala. Within short span of time, the initial seed sprouted and blossomed into numerous prestigious institutions co-existing as a cluster spread over the broad Farook College campus.

Moulana Abussabah, whom the disciples fondly refer to as Shaikhuna’ (our Master) was a pragmatic visionary. His dreams of education crossed conventional horizons of learning experiences of the time to encompass off-the-classroom and off-the-campus activities that help develop physical and mental faculties in the youth. He demonstrated as well effective programs that facilitate on the hand exposure to students with constructive constituents of the community. As early as the 1960’s Rouzathul Uloom Social Service League Cadets volunteered in farm gardening of hostel compounds and cleansing Natural Pond in the neighborhood popularly known as “Achankullam