The Zia Ul Ummah Foundation is a charity dedicated to lifting people out of poverty and advancing the understanding and knowledge of Islam. We believe the key to both goals is education.


We educate some 30,000 underprivileged students at 200 schools across Pakistan. We offer our students, both boys and girls, the opportunity to memorise (hifz) and undertake explanatory studies (tajweed) of the Quran, as well as study subjects such as economics, computer science, languages (including English, Chinese and Arabic) and political science. We prepare students to lead a life based on Islamic values and principles, but also equip them to meet the challenges of the modern world.

We also offer higher education support, and many of our students have received advanced degrees at Al-Azhar University in Cairo and International Islamic University, Islamabad. Our graduates have gone on to take important positions in Islamic councils, banks, media organisations and universities across the world. Several have also set up schools on the model of Dar-ul-Uloom Muhammadia Ghousia, the first school of the Zia Ul Ummah Foundation, in their own towns and villages.

The Zia Ul Ummah Foundation also runs a food bank in Bhera city, benefitting hundreds of thousands of needy people, and arranges for the sacrifice of animals during Eid Ul Adha. The foundation aided in rebuilding schools across Pakistan following recent natural calamities such as the earthquake in 2005 and floods in 2010.

How It Began

In 1925, the Dar-ul-Uloom Muhammadia Ghousia Institute was set up to provide an education based on Islamic principles and values in Bhera city (Sargodha), then a predominantly Hindu city.

In 1957, Shaykh Muhammad Karam Shah Al Azhari, on taking over after his father’s death, reformed the school syllabus and structure, adding English, mathematics and sciences to the Islamic courses previously offered. The school was expanded to provide free accommodation and food for students. A food bank was established to provide free meals for the poor of the city, and the Al-Karam Welfare Fund to provide financial support to the families of poor students and teachers.

Since then, the Dar-ul-Uloom model has been replicated and 200 more campuses in cities across Pakistan.

In 1990, the Zia Ul Ummah Foundation set up the Ghousia Girls College in Bhera city, offering a five-year course after matriculation that includes FA and BA qualification along with comprehensive Islamic studies. Our graduates are prepared to work as professionals, as well as carry out the duties of wives and mothers.

In February 2017, the Zia Ul Ummah Foundation, in affiliation with Anjuman-e-Taleem-ul-Muslimeen, achieved its decade-long milestone of establishing Al-Karam University at Bhera city. Students from various Zia Ul Ummah schools, who previously had to travel to Islamabad or Cairo, can now take up further studies at the university.