One of the thrust areas of the Centre is the educational empowerment of the younger generation. The Centre co-operates with Islamic Development Bank, Jeddah and Students Islamic Trust, New Delhi in running scholarship programmes designed to help the undergraduate professional students. The programme sponsored by IDB has been helpful to hundreds of poor but talented students in the state.
Apart from this, the Centre has been managing a seperate programme for more than 25 years now to cater to the burgeoning Muslim student population in the state which has witnessed explosive growth in graduate education. The prime objective of the programme is that no Muslim student in the state is denied proper education for reasons of poverty. We have quite a large number of former beneficiaries of this programme who have become self-reliant and productive members of the community energizing a whole generation for a bright Islamic future.
Under the imprint Prathibha Books, Banna Books and Camel Books, the Centre publishes either in original or in translation books on Islamic themes. Hayat Muhammad, the seminal biography of the Prophet (pbuh) written by Muhammad Hassain Hykal, the renowned Egyptian scholar was published by us and it remains a best selling seerah in Malayalam.
Other titles include The Bible, the Qur’an and Science and a classic biography of Abubacker (ra).
Camel Books has carved out its own niche in academic publishing bringing out a series of books under Islamization of knowledge programme.
Islamic Fund for the Deprived
A seperate fund exclusively for giving development assistance to poor families. Orphans, destitutes and widows get proirity for help.
Perhaps the largest Islamic library in the city is run by the Centre with more than 5000 titles in Malayalam, English, Arabic, Urdu and Hindi. It also functions as a meeting point for scholars and journalists.
Since October 1980, the youth hostel has been functioning at Bank Road. The capacity at the moment is for 30-35 students but plans are afoot to increase it to 100. A sustained Islamic atmosphere is ensured in the hostel through regular weekly meetings, seminars, counselling programmes etc. The vocational guidance division is tailored to the benefit of prospective employers and job-seekers and to give guidance on education and career.