The Madinah Society Network is a constantly evolving and fast-growing organisation that consistently aims to support the student body that makes up our Madinah Societies across the UK.
The first Madinah Society was started by a small group of friends from the University of Manchester studying in the humanities and medicine departments in September 2013. They were keen to start a movement that students from Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaah would be able to fully participate in. They felt they were being given access to a limited number of Islamic Scholars and there were no opportunities for dhikr gatherings or the commemoration of significant Islamic events such as Mawlid un-Nabi at university. To cater for this need, the Madinah Society was set up to provide educational and welfare services to its members. The initial small team gradually grew over the first few months and had an extremely successful first year drawing support from the university’s students and the local community too.
It was from the success and the support that our first society received that students at Manchester Metropolitan University were motivated to start their own society. This was closely followed by a third at Salford University in Greater Manchester towards the end of the 2013/14 academic year.
The teams from the existing societies were overwhelmed to be contacted by passionate students from London who wanted to join the Madinah Society family. We supported them in the application process at Queen Mary University and so doing, The Madinah Society became not just regional, but a national organisation!
Along the way the need for an umbrella body that would support all of our societies emerged and in this the Madinah Society Network was created as an experimental idea to see the response we might gain. We created an umbrella body to enable the sharing of former Presidents and Vice-Presidents knowledge, experience as well as documents and training for members. We pride ourselves on not charging for any Madinah Society services or membership and any University is welcome to set up a society and be supported to join and help our network grow.
Following a new London society, we grew rapidly with two more societies – Huddersfield and De Montfort. The De Montfort Madinah Society was formally known as the al-Buraq Society but when they realised the momentum that our Madinah Societies were gaining they decided to become a Madinah Society to give the Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaah a unifying banner in Britain’s universities. We then celebrated our second London (and seventh national) University to join with City University of London being set up in September 2015 and our second society in the Midlands, the University of Wolverhampton, who have been with us since early 2016
The Madinah Society Network was formally set up in Manchester on the 12 Rabi ul Awwal 1437 AH (24th December 2015).
Our most recent addition to the team is Birmingham City University who brought our tally of Madinah Societies to 9 alhamdulillah.
We look forward to welcoming many more societies in the future and ultimately aim for every University student to have access to a Madinah Society on campus. We feel we have been so successful so far because of our consistent ethos of service for the sake of Allah ﷻ and Rasoolallah ﷺ.