THE ALIMAH PROGRAM
Total Duration: 5 years
The Alimah Program is principally designed for students who wish to study the Islamic sciences in-depth, attain reading fluency in classical Arabic, and are motivated to commit about 9 – 10 hours per week.
The program is based on the traditional curriculum of the ‘Alimah course’, and provides a firm and broad basis in all of the main disciplines of classical Islamic scholarship:
Arabic language and its various sciences, Commentary of the entire Qur’an, Hadith, Islamic Law (Fiqh), Principles of Legal Methodology (Usul al-Fiqh), Beliefs (Aqeedah), Seerah, Shamail, Contemporary Issues, and Islamic Spirituality.
Though the program itself is for English-speaking students, students will be moved slowly to Arabic reading fluency so that they can study the different disciplines in the language of the scholars. This will typically involve covering various classical Arabic manuals in each Islamic discipline, thereby giving students a taste of the rich academic tradition.
The Alimah Degree is a two part program: students are initially enrolled into the Essential Islamic Education: Advanced Program, which lasts for 4 years. Upon successful completion of the 4 year Advanced program, students are carefully selected and promoted for admission to the second part, which is the last and final year of the Alimah Program. Hence, the total duration of the complete Alimah Program is 5 years.
In the first 4 years of the Alimah Program, students will cover the following curriculum:
1. Qur’an Module:
|Translation and Commentary of the Entire Qur'an||A detailed and inspiring commentary of the entire Qur’an with an emphasis on highlighting lessons that are relevant to our daily life.
|The Sources & Methodology of Interpretation||Introduction to the field of Qur'anic Sciences; The Sources & Methodology for Interpretation of the Qur'an; Compilation of the Qur'an; Types & Causes of Revelation|
|Introduction to the Science of Hadith||Introduction to the Science of Hadith Studies; Classifications of Hadith; Methodology & Terminologies used in Hadith|
|Explanation of the sayings of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) in Zad al-Talibin (Provisions for the Seekers).||This classic collection of 327 hadith contains many short sayings that express a multitude of meanings, and is ultimately meant to provide today’s Muslims a glimpse at the charisma of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and a roadmap with which to achieve closeness with Allah.|
|Riyadh al-Saliheen (Meadows of the Righteous)||An explanation and commentary of hadith in Imam Nawawi’s classic compilation, Riyadh al-Saliheen with an emphasis on appreciating the beauty of the Sunnah as well as discover ways to implement the Sunnah in our lives|
|The Sublime Characteristics of the Prophet (Peace & Blessings be Upon him)||An explanation of the beautiful characteristics of the Prophet (Peace & Blessings be upon him) through selections from Imam al-Tirmidhi's Al-Shamail al-Muhammadiya|
|Mishkat al-Masabih (A Niche for Lamps)||Mishkat al-Masabih is an expanded version of Al-Baghawi's Masabih al-Sunnah by Muḥammad ibn ʻAbd Allāh Khatib Al-Tabrizi|
3. Islamic Beliefs:
|Believer's Creed||Understand the basic tenets of our faith through Imam Tahawi’s widely acclaimed reference work on Muslim beliefs, Aqidah al-Tahawiyah.|
|Arabic Morphology||Arabic Morphology through "Fundamentals of Classical Arabic" & "From the Treasures of Arabic Morphology"|
|Arabic Grammar||Arabic Grammar through "Ilm al-Nahw" & "Awamil al-Nahw"|
|Advanced Arabic Grammar||Advanced Arabic Grammar through "Al-Hidayah fi 'l Nahw"|
|Arabic Rhetoric||Arabic Rhetoric through Durus-ul-Balaghah Ma'A Shams Al-Bara'a by By Hanafi Nasif, Muhammad Diyab, Sultan Muhammad and Mustafa Tamum|
|Arabic Vocabulary||Arabic Vocabulary through Arabic Tutor- An English translation of Tas-heel al-Adab Fi Lisan al-'Arab popularly known as 'Arbi Ka Mu'allim, a well-known Arabic Grammar textbook by Maulana Abdul Sattar Khan|
5. Islamic Law:
|Historical Development of Islamic Law||This course will examine the sources of Islamic law, its basic methodologies and the foundation of the legal schools through a historical analysis of the classical era.|
|Islamic Law I||Islamic Legal Rulings pertaining to Ritual Purification, Menstruation, Salah, Zakah, Fasting and Udhiya (Sacrifice) through Nur al-Idah (a classical text on sacred law).|
|Islamic Law II||Islamic legal rulings pertaining to Ritual Purification, Menstruation, Salah, Zakah, Fasting, Hajj, Commerce, Marriage & Divorce; through Mukhtasar al-Quduri|
|Laws of Inheritance||Laws of Inheritance from Al-Siraji Fi 'l-Mirath Lil Shaykh Siraj al-Din al-Sajawandi al|
|Comparative Fiqh||Al-Hidayah: A Classical Manual of Hanafi Law - Volume 1|
6. Islamic Jurisprudence:
|Usul al-Shashi||Fundamentals of Islamic Jurisprudence through the classical manual "Usul al-Shashi"|
7. Islamic History:
|Seerah||Seerah of the Blessed Messenger (Peace & Blessings be upon him)- Meccan and Medinan Periods|
|Lives of the Companions||Biographies of the Khulafa Rashideen (The Four Caliphs)|
|Mothers of the Believers||This course presents the biographies of the beloved wives of the Prophet (saw). Join us as we discover their courage, commemorate their sacrifices, marvel at their knowledge and learn how they imparted the Message.|
8. Arabic Literature
|Stories of the Prophets||Stories of the Prophets through Qasas al-Nabiyeen by Maulana Syed Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi - all 4 volumes|
|Arabic Poetry and Prose||The Maqamat of al-Hariri by Abū Muḥammad al-Qāsim al-Ḥarīrī (1054-1122)- a compendium of tales regarded as one of the outstanding literary works of Arabic literature written in the 5th century|
9. Contemporary Issues:
|Being Productive: Management & Self-Discipline in Islam||This course will offer a unique blend of tradition and technology in order to address key topics in effective self-management – health, stress, sleep, time, conflict, inter-personal relationships, work ethics, dawah and personal productivity.|
|Islam, Women & Gender||This course will cover issues pertaining to women in Islam like Hijab, Inter-Gender Interaction, Hudood Laws and The Contribution of Women to Knowledge & Scholarship|
|Marriage in Islam||This course is a comprehensive guide on the journey for attaining marital bliss in Islam as a means of drawing closer to Allah SWT, encompassing different stages from understanding love and marriage, correctly thinking and preparing for it, choosing the right one, getting married Islamically, to building a strong, loving and lifelong marriage.|
10. Islamic Spirituality:
|Islamic Spirituality Essentials||Introduction to the Science of Islamic Spirituality based on the Qur'an and Sunnah|
|Diseases of the Heart||Symptoms & Cures of Diseases of the Heart: Anger, Jealousy, Hatred, Greed, Malice, Unlawful Love, Arrogance|
|Stations of Certainty||Repentance, Patience, Gratitude, Hope, Fear, Trust in Allah swt, Contentment|
|Islamic Etiquette & Conduct||Selections from Imam Bukhari (rah)'s Al-Adab Al-Mufrad|
Starting: 1st August, 2021
Days: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
Duration: 2 hours per session
Time: 11:00 AM NY, 4:00 PM UK, 8:00 PM UAE, 9:00 PM PK
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Annual Exams: Last 2 weeks of June 2022
Summer Break: 1st July 2021 to 31st July, 2022
*Dates & timings are tentative and may be subject to change
How are Classes Conducted?
Classes are conducted via an online learning tool called Zoom. Some of the features of our virtual classroom include:
- Live Audio Streaming
- Content sharing via the White Board
- Chat Box for live interaction with the Instructor
Learning Management System:
Our classes also feature an interactive Learning Management System. Some of the features of the LMS include:
- Discussion Forums for interacting with class mates and Teaching Assistants
- Announcement Board
- Assignment Submission
- Downloading Class Presentations and Slides
- Online Quizzes and Exams
- Online Calender
- Instant Messages
No. We only allow listeners in the Fundamentals and Quran Programs at Maryam Institute.
The only two requirements for students wanting to enroll in the Alimah program are that they must be over 18 years of age at the time of registration and they must be able to read Arabic script and write it (not necessarily fluently). Students are not expected to understand it, and slow readers are definitely welcome.
Recordings are available for all classes
Yes. Those students who wish to receive a degree at the end of the program and also become qualified to attend future degree programs in Classical Islamic Learning need to give Annual Exams.
What if I have to miss classes during the year because of my University exams or family engagements?
This course has been designed to cater to working women, students and housewives alike, so we do understand that there may be occasions when you may not be able to attend class for genuine reasons. In such scenarios, we provide recordings so that students may catch up with the classes they have missed.
Yes, Attendance is regularly marked for the Advanced Program. In order to qualify for the degree at the end of 3 years, students need to maintain at least 80% attendance.
There is no fee. All courses offered by Maryam Institute are free of charge.
Alhamdulillah, here is what our students are saying:
Subhan Allah, where could I begin? The connection is great. Very good sound and really amazing interaction between the Alimah and students. So that makes me feel like the Alimah really is involved with us. The Alimah is so kind and generous. Her method of teaching has drawn me to seek more courses insha Allah.– Student from the US
I am so blessed to find out about Maryam Institute. I have learned a lot over the last few months, probably more than what I have learned in forty years of my life. It is great to have a young teacher who understands the daily challenges we face living in a western society. My 13 year old daughter also listens to the recordings and it is amazing how sister Sobia is able to affect her heart as much as she has affected mine. May Allah bless her. My daughter even said she wants to now become an Alimah.– Student from the US
mashaAllah very well organized and conducted! In just a few months, my Arabic progressed incredibly al hamdulillah! This course has been such a great experience with Alimah Sobia Hasan and amazing classmates who are connected from all over the world sobhanAllah. It has greatly helped me in better understanding the speech of Allah ta’ala by grasping the inner meanings of the words and how they are structured together. Words cannot express further, but you will only begin to truly appreciate the Quran once you have studied Allah ta’ala’s beautiful language!– Student from Morocco
Alhamdulillah, it seems that indeed Allah T’aala has placed a lot of barakah in Sobia Apa’s voice. I have learnt so much, how these ayate mubarak relate to us. It is really helpful when Apa focuses on the “lessons for us” drawn from the verses. I really feel that I am starting to see things differently and think about things on a whole new level.
May Allah Tala accept it from all of us.– Student from UK
Hadith classes are soo perfect alhamdulillah. Aapa gives us practical examples regarding the interpretation of hadith- like istighfar, staying away from unnecessary activities, fulfilling the responsibilities of daily life etc. I had personally never been exposed to hadith in this manner.– Student from Pakistan
Sister Sobia is an amazing teacher. She explains the verses in much detail. She also includes hadith when explaining verses that are relevant, then she discusses how the verses could be drawn into our own lives and what lesson we can learn from verses that are pertinent in this day and age. I have Alhamdulilah learned a lot in the short time I have been with Maryam Institute.– Student from the US