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.
Books in 1st and 2nd year
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)
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)
This Aalimiyyah course is a brilliant opportunity for individuals to begin to gain an understanding behind the sciences of Qur'an, Hadith and Fiqh.
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.
ability to read/write Arabic
Ability to understand the texts
Ability to dive into the vast ocean of Islamic knowledge
Equipped to put knowledge to use for the benefit of the community at large