About the Islamic Institute Dar el Huda Amsterdam
The idea of establishing the institute
With the increase in the number of Muslims in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and in the capital, Amsterdam in particular, the definite need to realize the ambitions and meet the needs of this expanding and settling community is growing over the days. In addition to the urgent need to embrace the youth born in this country and protect it from ideological and cultural assimilation.
On this basis, the Islamic Institute Dar Al-Huda in Amsterdam was launched, as the first center that was established in the city of Amsterdam within the framework of a non-profit cultural, social, educational and educational institution of public benefit, recognized by the Dutch government and official departments.
Dar Al-Huda Islamic Institute, was founded by a group of the finest members of the community who are loyal to their religion and their nation, proud of their belonging to their Islamic roots, and who set out from the first moment to achieve a set of goals and objectives in an effort to preserve the virtuous values and principles and the Arab Islamic identity, and to build bridges of communication and positive peaceful coexistence amidst Dutch society for a better future for the present and future generations, strengthening bonds of bonding, and spreading a spirit of love and compassion among the members of the community residing in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It also works to preserve the Muslim family and future generations of Muslim sons and daughters from loss, displacement and dissolution in Western societies and being affected by destructive currents and ideas.
He is independent of will, management, thought and decision. He does not belong to any party, body, organization, or a particular current. He is proud of his belonging to the Islamic religion according to the approach of the Sunnis and the group, and he is proud of the teachings and principles of the tolerant Islamic religion. It also works to promote the spirit of cooperation and brotherhood among members of the Muslim community residing in the Netherlands. He respects everyone, and does not accept insulting the heavenly laws, or directing insults to the symbols of religions. He distances himself from engaging in political matters, as well as sectarian and sectarian conflicts, which inflict severe damage to the Muslim community and social peace.
The establishment of the Islamic Institute Dar Al-Huda came as a result of a tremendous and continuous work in the associative, educational, religious and cultural field, through the establishment of the Youth and Future Foundation in 2007 in order to pay attention to the outstanding issues and problems that pertain to the Muslim community residing in the Netherlands, and openness to Dutch society and positive integration into it.
After years of collective work in this institution, and after the urgent need to expand work in the educational, educational and religious fields, the idea of establishing the Institute emerged as a result of the current conditions experienced by the Muslim community in the Netherlands, with the lack of educational institutions concerned with training and framing young men and women on the tolerant Islamic morals away from Extremism and extremism, clinging to the Islamic identity. In addition to the absence of real religious institutions that seek to provide lessons in the Arabic language, Islamic values and build a balanced Muslim personality that adheres to its cultural identity and its tolerant religion, and is open to its social environment with all that is beneficial to the homeland and the citizen.
The launch of the project in its first location:
Dar el Huda Institute for Education was established at the beginning of July 2013 in its headquarters in the district (slotervaart), west of Amsterdam, at a distance of 180 meters for rent, under the name: Dar el Huda Institute for Education and Teachings.
The Institute has been performing its duty to serve the Muslim community and society, starting in September of the same year. With the increasing demand for the Institute’s activities, and after the Institute was fed up with its pioneers who benefit from various activities, especially Arabic language lessons, Islamic education activities, the memorization of the Noble Qur’an, the teaching of Islamic sciences, and other activities of a social nature, and due to the overcrowding and pressure that began to be known at the Institute’s headquarters at the beginning of 2016, I decided The administration of Dar Al-Huda Institute has to look for a larger place that meets the needs of all the institute’s visitors of all ages and nationalities. At the beginning of 2018, we found a large building, in the heart of Amsterdam, in the neighborhood: Osdorp, owned by the Surinamese community, which decided after negotiations between us to sell it to us.
The opening of the Islamic Institute Dar el Huda Amsterdam in its new headquarters
The Dar el Huda Islamic Institute was inaugurated in Amsterdam on March 30, 2018, in a grand ceremony attended by a number of scholars and readers from more than 15 Arab and European countries, in addition to the Moroccan diplomatic corps, some consuls, representatives of the Amsterdam municipality, the police institution, churches, the institute’s neighbors, and gathering A large number of the Muslim community residing in Amsterdam and other cities. Since the opening ceremony, the institute has carried out its religious, cultural, educational and social activities as an institute that performs its mission actively and lively, then as a mosque in which religious rituals are held, such as the five daily prayers, the Friday sermon, the two Eids, lessons and sermons, and the rest of the activities that are among the mosque’s tasks.
The new headquarters is located in a privileged strategic location, which has made it a lighthouse in the Dutch city of Amsterdam, and a cultural platform that draws attention and shines the spotlight on it. It was built on a plot of 600 square meters, with the possibility of building an additional upper floor. It can accommodate about 900 worshipers and chapels. It contains six chapters for teaching the Qur’an, the Arabic language and their sciences and the rest of Islamic education materials… It also includes a chapel for men and another for women, in addition to a laundromat for washing the dead of Muslims, which we seek to equip to perform its role in the task of washing and shrouding the dead, while providing the laundromat with cooling refrigerators to keep the dead bodies before burial. And also a hall for guests, meetings, social counseling, solving family problems and reconciling relations. In addition to a kitchen, a bathroom for men, and another for women. And a special room for the imam salary. With the possibility of building an additional upper floor for the construction of classrooms and an apartment for the invited guests of the readers, scholars and sheikhs who are hosted by the Institute in the project of calling to God in the diaspora. The number of students studying at the institute is more than: 500 male and female students from forty nationalities.