Al-An­baa

Mubarakiya School

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - By Dr Saleh Al-Ojairi

Around 1910, a group of peo­ple, in­clud­ing the late cleric Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Ju­naidel, gathered in a di­waniya dur­ing a cel­e­bra­tion held to com­mem­o­rate the birth­day of Prophet Muham­mad (PBUH). Bin Ju­naidel was read­ing a poem of Al-Barzanji writ­ten in praise of the holy Prophet (PBUH), when the late cleric Sheikh AlTabtabaei ar­rived and in­quired about what they were do­ing.

They all said that they were cel­e­brat­ing the Prophet’s (PBUH) birth­day. “This is not the way to cel­e­brate such an oc­ca­sion,” he told them, not­ing that they should in­stead do so by fol­low­ing his in­struc­tions and avoid­ing the things he ad­vised us to avoid. “This can only be done by teach­ing peo­ple their re­li­gion and this can­not be achieved ex­cept by open­ing schools for them,” he added.

Those present at the di­waniya in­cluded Kuwait’s top re­formist, the late Sheikh Yousef bin Essa AlQe­nae. He liked the idea and im­me­di­ately asked the per­mis­sion of the late Sheikh Mubarak the Great to es­tab­lish a school and name it af­ter him - AlMubarakiya School. Do­na­tions were col­lected from mer­chants and benev­o­lent peo­ple, and the school’s most im­por­tant re­quire­ments and con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als were im­ported from In­dia. The school was built and opened in the be­gin­ning of 1912 to mark the launch of Kuwait’s reg­u­lar ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem.

—Trans­lated by Kuwait Times

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