This gigantic project has been initiated by a UK born British turned Muslim lady. Ghufran Qureshi and her religiously dedicated and committed husbandMuhammad Ahmed Qureshi, a noble son from the soil of Faisalabad.
The start of the Sirat-ul-Jannah project is an interesting and inspiring episode and it cropped up after Mrs. Ghufran Qureshi, who hails from a properous British family, had a love marriage with Muhammad Ahmed
in England in 1975 and embraced Islam after being inspired by its teachings.
After marriage she started in depth study of the religion which brought a total change in her and as a staunch muslim she decided to live a prosperous life.
During her job in an orphanage house in Britain, she had become fully accustomed with the difficulties and problems of orphans and their psycology. She resigned from her job in protest against non-provision of Halal food to muslim orphans in the orphanage.
She came to Pakistan in 1990 and announced this gigantic project to take care of orphan boys and girls, to provide them Islamic education in a clean and religious atmosphere besides imparting modern knowledge.
For the Sirat-ul-Jannah project, the couple purchased a 10 kanal land on the Murree Road and without having a consideration as to from where the huge Rs. 200 million amount will come, they started work with an initial Rs. 5 million which Mohammad Ahmed had brought from England. He also invested his share he got from sale of ancestral land in Faisalabad.
Seeing the spirit of her son and British daugter-in-law, Ahmed's mother also gave her share for the project.
From that point, there was no turning back and a number of philanthropists when they saw work on the project, started making contributions and within 18 months a 4 storied building was ready.