We offer three levels of education. A Basic Religious Education is provided to around 50,000 students in 17 provinces. This includes 36 Maktab cum Schools. A Mid-Level Religious Education is provided to college/university going girls and boys. And Higher Religious Education (Jameas) is provided to students.
We have prepared and published text books for the Maktabs in five different languages Urdu, Hindi, English, Gujrati and Bengali. Over the years, we have published copies of other academic books on religion, spirituality and moral education. We also have an Urdu-English bilingual monthly magazine published since 1980.
Over the years, we have been organizing educational conferences and tours. We have also been providing scholarships to poor students especially in rural areas. We have been actively engaged in setting up educational and medical camps for under privileged. We also provide free treatment and medicine to the needy.
There are three institutions, home, school and social environment which are responsible for building character and for personality development. Whatever a child learns, he or she either learns at home, school or from the social environment. If religious atmosphere or religious education at home is lacking, the prevailing educational system and social environment would be unable to deliver the spirituality and morality through which any human being is developed, so that he or she is not selfish, greedy and uncaring of the harm he or she inflicts to others for his or her own gain.
The present educational system is aimed at worldly affairs only. There is no effort at the character building and moral development. Through it, a child, instead of becoming truly aware and conscious of the Almighty of our Creator, showing kindness and generosity towards fellow human beings, and becoming a responsible citizen, becomes simply a tool for earning wealth which resolves around his worldly desires.
Modern education developed in the capability of securing material advantages in this world, while on the other hand religious education, besides providing guidance in worldly affairs, protects and promotes the moral and spiritual qualities in human beings. It is impossible to have a virtuous society with modern education only. No doubt modern education is necessary for the welfare and development alternation of the nation and the world. Modern education can produce a good doctor and a good engineer but it cannot produce a good human being this is a fact which should be excepted. It is unable to produce an obedient and faithful son, a loyal brother, a good spouse, a good neighbor and a trustworthy citizen, in none nutshell a good human being.
Late Maulana Syed Ghulam Askari, the founder of Tanzeemul Makatib, recognized and understood these shot comings and determined to change the prevalent method of education which makes a man not a human, but a wealth earning tool.
He saw the need for an educational system which inculcates sense of sacrifice and service to all creatures, specially humanity, which is impossible without developing spirituality in character. Spirituality can only be developed with the belief that there is One watching us and to Him we are accountable. This belief should be ingrained from childhood.
From the very beginning Maulana Syed Ghulam Askari, sought to establish a balance by combining religious and secular education which would produce well adjusted adults and having right values in life.