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), SeerahShamail, 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'anA 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 InterpretationIntroduction 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

2. Hadith:

Introduction to the Science of HadithIntroduction 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 CreedUnderstand the basic tenets of our faith through Imam Tahawi’s widely acclaimed reference work on Muslim beliefs, Aqidah al-Tahawiyah.

4. Arabic:

Arabic MorphologyArabic Morphology through "Fundamentals of Classical Arabic" & "From the Treasures of Arabic Morphology"
Arabic GrammarArabic Grammar through "Ilm al-Nahw" & "Awamil al-Nahw"
Advanced Arabic GrammarAdvanced Arabic Grammar through "Al-Hidayah fi 'l Nahw"
Arabic RhetoricArabic 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 LawThis 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 IIslamic 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 IIIslamic legal rulings pertaining to Ritual Purification, Menstruation, Salah, Zakah, Fasting, Hajj, Commerce, Marriage & Divorce; through Mukhtasar al-Quduri
Laws of InheritanceLaws of Inheritance from Al-Siraji Fi 'l-Mirath Lil Shaykh Siraj al-Din al-Sajawandi al
Comparative FiqhAl-Hidayah: A Classical Manual of Hanafi Law - Volume 1

6. Islamic Jurisprudence:

Usul al-ShashiFundamentals of Islamic Jurisprudence through the classical manual "Usul al-Shashi"

7. Islamic History:

SeerahSeerah of the Blessed Messenger (Peace & Blessings be upon him)- Meccan and Medinan Periods
Lives of the CompanionsBiographies of the Khulafa Rashideen (The Four Caliphs)
Mothers of the BelieversThis 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 ProphetsStories of the Prophets through Qasas al-Nabiyeen by Maulana Syed Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi - all 4 volumes
Arabic Poetry and ProseThe 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 IslamThis 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 & GenderThis 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 IslamThis 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 EssentialsIntroduction to the Science of Islamic Spirituality based on the Qur'an and Sunnah
Diseases of the HeartSymptoms & Cures of Diseases of the Heart: Anger, Jealousy, Hatred, Greed, Malice, Unlawful Love, Arrogance
Stations of CertaintyRepentance, Patience, Gratitude, Hope, Fear, Trust in Allah swt, Contentment
Islamic Etiquette & ConductSelections 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
Cost: Free

*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
  • Recordings

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



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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