The Muslim Educational Trust (MET) was formed in 1967 by Afzalur Rahman. Funded by King Faisal of Saudi Arabia. The MET began setting up Islamic religious lessons for Muslim pupils, to be held during the time at school that they had Christian based religious lessons. Newham was the first borough to allow the Islamic lessons, along with Hackney, followed by Bradford and other cities outside of London. Approx 20 volunteers tought these classes throughout the 1970's.
Although they began publishing some books, the classes were the main focus of the MET. In 1976 Afzalur Rahman left the MET and formed The Muslim Schools Trust (MST). Although weekend and evening classes recieved funding from the MST, the focus began to shift towards book publishing. This is when Afzalur Rahman, now becoming a prolific author, had the idea of publishing an Encyclopaedia, of Seerah.
8 volumes of the Encyclopaedia were published throughout the 1980's, with the Seerah Foundation being formed to manage this task.
After the publication of the final volume of the Encyclopaedia, Afzalur Rahman, now is his 80s, retired properly, and no new books were produced from the mid-1990's. He passed away in 1998.
The Muslim Schools Trust was merged with Seerah Foundation to consolidate the organisation with a new focus. All past publications by the MST and Seerah Foundation are being made available in digital and print form. We will also look forward with new books and other media being planned in sha Allah.
In the future in sha Allah we hope to publish further Volumes of the Childrens Encyclopaedia of Seerah that were never published before, along with more Books for Children from StoneFaruq that we hope will benefit the future of our Ummah.