in depth study of subjects such as Tafsir, Hadith, Fiqh and their principles

Alim Course

The aim of the Alimiyyah curriculum is to produce Ulama (scholars) and leaders who are competent in the Islamic sciences such as Tafsir and Hadith possessing the professional skills necessary to serve, guide and lead the Muslim community with excellence. In addition to imparting knowledge and skills, the curriculum, and the environment within which it is taught is designed to produce scholars whose scholarship is marked by tradition, intelligence, piety, responsibility, and generosity of spirit, ensuring that we are not simply producing academics and professionals seeking a career but are reproducing the selfless spirit that has always been so characteristic of Islamic scholarship.


The course consists of seven years, with emphasis given to learning Arabic syntax (Nahw) and Morphology (Sarf) in particular in the first two years. Taught in the English medium by ulamah who have graduated from various Dar al-Ulooms (including Bury, Dewsbury, Blackburn and India), the course is intensive in its content, and requires motivation and a keen zeal for knowledge.

Books in 1st and 2nd year

The course itself comprises seven years. The books studied are mainly in Arabic, with explanation given in English.

In the first year, students build up their knowledge of Arabic grammar by studying the following books:
· Tawdih al-Nahw (English)
· Imdad al-Sarf Part 1 (English)
· Bahishti Zewar (English)
· Qasas al-Nabiyyin (Arabic)
· Durus al-Lughah (Arabic)
· Tajweed

The second year is a more detailed study of Arabic grammar with emphasis placed on reading Arabic texts correctly. In addtion, students begin to memorise Ahadith compiled in the kitab, Zad al-Talibin by Maulana Muhammad Ashiq Ilahi al-Bulandshehri. Fiqh is also taught in detail. The kitabs studied include:
· Hidayah al-Nahw (Arabic)
· Qasas al-Nabiyyin (Part 3 & 4)
· Provisions for the Seekers (Hadith)
· Fiqh al-Muyassar
· Nur al-Idah
· Durus al-Lughah (Part 2 & 3)

After Completion

This Aalimiyyah course is a brilliant opportunity for individuals to begin to gain an understanding behind the sciences of Qur'an, Hadith and Fiqh.
The major books of Ahadith (Sihah Sitta) are studied in years six and seven.

After completing the first two years, students should have developed the ability to read Arabic correctly, and begin to understand the texts.

Arabic grammar is not studied after the first two years, with emphasis given on studying Ahadith, the principles of Ahadith, and learning the translation of the Qur'an with Tafsir. In years three, four and five, students study the translation of the Qur'an with Tafsir.

They also study Hidayah, an in depth kitab regarding the principles of Fiqh, Riyad al-Salihin and various other books to develop knowledge of the sciences of Fiqh, Ahadith and Tafsir.

The major books of Ahadith, including the Sihah Sitta (six major books of hadith) are studied in years six and seven.

Other Major Subjects

This course comprises of an in depth study of many disciplines of Arabic and Islamic studies, including Arabic language and literature, theology, Qur'an, Ḥadith and Fiqh.


Tajweed Lavel 1, 2 and 3 are taught in first three years.


The programme incorporates modern and classical Arabic as well as grammar. It is one of the most comprehensive coverages of classical Arabic and grammar available.


‘Fiqh’ (Islamic Jurisprudence or Sacred Law). The manner of purifying ourselves, the manner of performing our Salah, Fasting, Hajj, Zakah, Nikah etc are also covered in this course.


This course will trace the life history of our beloved prophet Muhammad ﷺ from the days before the advent of Islam; known as the time of ignorance. Studying the life of the Prophet ﷺ is an absolute must for everyone.

Course Essentials


By the Students of Imam Zakariya Academy under the guidance of Mufti Shah Sadruddin