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Dar az-Zahra


Dar Az-Zahra was established in the year 1997/1418H by Habib Umar bin Hafidz, also the founder of Dar Al-Mustafa which is situated few metres away from Dar Az-Zahra. Since then, work continued to construct a fully accommodated building, which was completed and opened in 2001/1422H.

Dar Az-Zahra is located in the heart of Tareem, and is considered to be one of the most esteemed institutions of knowledge. Specialized for women for the studies of traditional Islamic sciences, it is integrated with acts of worship, and specialized da’wah training by its scholars who trace their knowledge and lineage back to the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, entailing qualities of mercy and compassion. Students are nurtured in ways to purify the heart and soul, and to refine one’s character by adorning the practice and traditions of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ through spiritual wayfaring.


  1. To study the Islamic sciences under the direction of scholars who trace their knowledge and lineage back to the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him
  2. To help purify the heart and soul, and to refine one’s character by adorning the practice and traditions of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him through spiritual wayfaring
  3. To provide appropriate da’wah tools using the methodology of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon Him, entailing qualities of mercy and compassion


Accomplishing the Goals

Dar Az-Zahra assists in the accomplishments of its goals, by providing:

  1. An Islamic setting and environment, in which time and structured to accommodate the fulfilment of Dar Az-Zahra goals
  2. Hours are distributed between acts of worship, attending classes and lectures, Quranic circles, awrad, independent research at its library, and da’wah missions to nearby villages and towns


Students will be graced with the opportunity to be under the direction of scholars who trace their knowledge and lineage back to the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. From the respected wives and daughters of our renowned scholars to graduates from our school. Our teachers have their chain of transmission in learning and teaching unbroken, connecting from teacher to teacher to the tabi’in to the sahabat to the families of Prophet, and Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him himself. Teachers consist of residents of Tareem, also residents of other international countries.


The curriculum is divided into four divisors:

1. Book Division: The study of turath books at two different levels: Beginners & Intermediate 

2. Quran Division: The study of Quran memorization, tajwid, tafsir,  and other fundamental sciences

3. Arabic Language Division: The study of Arabic language for non-Arabic speakers

4. Summer Programme: A  specifically designed 40-day programme for short term study conducted annually (Not part of the full-time studies)



Written Examinations

  • 1st Exam: 15% / 20%
  • 2nd Exam: 15% / 20%
  • 3rd Exam: 45% / 50%

Oral Examinations

  • 1st Exam: 30%
  • 2nd Exam: 30%
  • 3rd Exam: 40%


Passing Mark: 75%
Attendance: 10%
Conduct: 10% / 15%

Students will be under probation for the first 3 months upon acceptance into school.

Students who fail have to retake their final paper to qualify for acceptance into the next semester. Repeated failure in retake paper results in obligation to repeat the current semester. Repeating semester more than twice may cause dismissal of students.

Daily Routine


0400Fajr & Awrad
0500Fajr Lesson
1200Dzuhr, Awrad & Kalimah
1315Lunch & Rest
1530Asr & Awrad
1600Rawha/Lesson at Bait Habib/Selawat
1830Maghrib & Awrad
2045Night lesson/Revision
2230Lights off

Code of Conduct and Etiquettes

Students must speak in Arabic, the language of the Quran, inside Dar Az-Zahra, giving due respect to this place of knowledge. Following these rules will help them to speak and improve their knowledge of Arabic very quickly.

  • Student should always wear the head cover and wear trousers under the dress at all times and bedtime.
  • When going outside Dar Al-Zahraa, students are asked to carry themselves modestly. They must wear loose fitting black abayas, without embroidery or decoration, with a long khimar (veil), emulating Sayyidatina Fatima Zahra, may Allah be pleased with her.
  • Student should practice morality and quietness inside Dar al-Zahraa and avoid any bad behaviour.
  • Student should organize their time well and not waste time using electronic devices or the internet unless there is a need. There is an office for valuable items and electronic devices and must be kept there. Student may use mobile phones at the allocated time during the week and holidays, or in an emergency. Using a camera is strictly forbidden unless specific permission is given by the school.
  • Student must only leave Dar Az-Zahra with the permission of the school.


  • Students’ handphones, smartphones and laptops are kept in the school office. Students are allowed to use their handphones every Thursday from Dzuhr to Maghrib, 1130-1730h.
  • Smartphones and laptops are only allowed once a month or if the student is invited for visitation to homes of families outside of the school or elsewhere on special terms. Thereby they will be given their smartphones for use until they return to school that day.


Dar Az-Zahra is a school as well as a dormitory for its students. Currently, it houses approximately 250 students and teachers from countries namely the Arab region, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Kenya, Somalia, Singapore, UK, America, and parts of Europe.

The building looks like a typical college in Singapore, with an open-top concept, only smaller. It comprises of a 4-storey main building with a huge open rooftop and another 4-storey building in the same compound.

Each room has between 6-9 occupants from various countries. Students sleep on mattresses, either supplied by the school or bought personally, side by side with a palm space in between. These mattresses have to be thin enough to be able to be folded neatly during non-sleeping hours.

As of 2018, new students are accommodated into rooms along with other students, fully equipped with wardrobes. Air conditioners in each room are allowed for use during sleeping hours at night and nap time after Dzuhr. Fans are allowed at all times.

Students dress conservatively around the compounds, in long dresses with long sleeves and long pants underneath. Everyone keeps the hijab on loosely at all times even when sleeping. It is absolutely not allowed to be seen around the compounds with the head uncovered.

Dar Az-Zahra takes in about 350 students both staying in the dorm and outside. In 2018, the school underwent a renovation to cater to more students with new dorms, classes and many other facilities in the building. As of 2020, the new facilities are up and running.


Students are served 3 meals a day by the school:

  1. Breakfast
    • 0700h
    • Tea, bread and beans/egg
  2. Lunch
    • After Dzuhr
    • Rice & fried fish/egg
    • Chicken/lamb served on Friday
  3. Dinner
    • After Isya’
    • Tea, bread and tuna/egg
    • Rice & fish/egg/chicken/lamb

Students may also buy other foods from the shops in Dar Az-Zahra itself.

Admission Requirements

1. To be older than 15 years.
2. To have a reference known to Dar al-Zahra or Dar al-Mustafa. For Singaporean, you may email to
3. To pass the Acceptance Exam (for applicants from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand).
4. To approve and undertake to abide by the admission requirements and Dar al-Zahra regulations.
5. To get parent’s consent to study in Dar al-Zahra.
6. To send a copy of a valid passport of her as well as of her guardian.
7. To be accompanied by a mahram (close relative) or a trustworthy group of women in arrival as well as departure.
8. To report in Dar al-Zahra for the study between 20 Ramadhan to 10 Shawwal.
9. To pass the first three-month trial period; the administration office will be observing the student’s character and behaviour and determine whether the student should continue her study or go back to her country.
10. To be able to pay the required amount.

 (Updated as of 11 Mar 2020 – Source: Dar Az-Zahra 2020 application form)

Steps to obtaining acceptance

1. Submit the electronic application form within the allocated time period alongside the requested documents.
2. Wait for the response from the Acceptance Committee after the application has been taken into consideration.
3. Successfully complete any examination, preliminary preparatory course or interview that has been determined by the Acceptance Committee.
4. Read and sign the contract of abidance by the rules and regulations and sending any requested documents.
5. Commence the process of organising entry into Yemen and arriving at the Dar.
6. Submit, upon arrival at the Dar, all official documents that have been requested alongside the payment of all fees and the undertaking of any necessary medical examinations.
7. Attending a personal interview for the purpose of measuring the students’ level in language and Islamic knowledge and, based on the outcome, deciphering the appropriate class that he shall be entered into. 

Mode of Application

Via Internet-System using the customised online registration form. The process may take about 15-30 minutes.

Required Documents:

• Student’s Passport
• Student’s Passport Photo x10
• Guardian’s Passport
• Letter of Agreement & Approval from Guardian
• Letter of Acknowledgement from Student
• School Certificates (if any)
• Recommendation Letter from School (if any)
• Blood Test Results (if any)


No.Item(s)Amount (USD)
1Registration and Admission Fee50
2Student visa 93
3Accommodation & meals in Dar al-Zahra (Anually)600
4Ticket Guarantee (This amount is to be paid upon arrival and will be returned to the student when returning to her country)600
 Following year 
aAccommodation & meals in Dar al-Zahra (Anually)600
bRenewal of student pass68

(Updated as of 10 October 2022 – Source: Dar Az-Zahra 2022 application form)

Other Expenses

No.Item(s)Amount (USD)
1Flight from Singapore to Yemen 
3Transportation (When travelling to Tarim) 
4Personal Expenses (Monthly) 


  1. USD 2009 and later are accepted. Students are advised to bring all the money they need in cash and have it safe kept in the office as local ATMs lack reliability.
  2. All costs may be increased or decreased over time.



  • Dzulhijjah (10 Days)
  • Rabi’ul Awwal (2 Weeks)
  • Sya’ban-Syawal (2 Months)