The Background and Methodology (Manhaj) of Education in Pondok Darussalam in Kuala Ibai, Terengganu, Malaysia


  • Hasanulddin Mohd Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin
  • Anas Mohd Yunus Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin
  • Khiral Anuar Daud Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin
  • Ahmad Tirmizi Taha Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin
  • Mohd Shafiee Hamzah Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin
  • Suyatno Ladiqi Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin


Pondok Darussalam, background of the Pondok, Methodology (Manhaj) of education


Pondok Darussalam in Kuala Ibai, Terengganu was founded in 1999 by Almarhum Tuan Guru Haji Abdul Rahman bin Ahmed, or better known as Tuan Guru Haji Abdul Rahman Pombeng. This Pondok had continued to expand rapidly although its founder had passed in 2008. Nevertheless, this Pondok is not widely known by many. It is perceived that the approach and methodology or manhaj (Arabic: ????????, refers to the methodology of receiving, analysing and applying knowledge) of Pondok education here, and in general, are too rigid and solely focuses on the Syafie sect. This perception can lead to slander (fitnah), which affects the credibility of the Pondok in its effort to provide continuous traditional Islamic education. Hence, this study reviewed the background of Pondok Darussalam and the education methodology (Manhaj) practiced as well as make a brief evaluation of it. Document analysis and interview methods were used to collect data, which were then analysed using the content and comparative analysis methods. Findings show that Pondok Darussalam has a well-designed education methodology (Manhaj), which involves a comprehensive learning module. The overall sources of reference are authoritative, thus, indicating the credibility of the Pondok education system. The methodology (Manhaj) conforms with the Ahli al-Sunnah wa al-Jamaah’s aqidah as well as the Syafie sect’s fiqh approach, while its teaching staff possess a flexible approach when implementing teaching and learning methods. Findings of this study can help elaborate and subdue the suspicions adduced in an academic and critical manner. It can be concluded that the delivery of an integrated education system aimed at the target group through prepared modules has always been the priority of Pondok Darussalam. It is envisioned that the system should be consistently reviewed, improved and empowered for the benefit of all interested parties.