ʿĀlim & ʿĀlimah Course (16+)


Al Kawthar Academy presents a part time ʿĀlim & ʿĀlimah course in English and Arabic for both brothers & sisters, taught by qualified ʿUlamā´ and ʿĀlimāt. This part time course, based on a classical curriculum, is designed to help beginners progress from an elementary stage to a very advanced level in Arabic and Islamic Studies. Taught in English with a progressive focus on Arabic, it comprises an in-depth study of many disciplines of Arabic and Islamic studies, including Arabic language and literature, theology, Qur´ān, Ḥadīth and Fiqh.

Course Outline and syllabus

Years 1–2: Arabic language & literature, Fiqh, Ḥadīth

Years 3-5: Qur´ān, Ḥadīth, Principles of Fiqh, Principles of Ḥadīth, Comparative Fiqh, Tafsīr

Years 6 -7: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim, Jāmi’ at-Tirmidhī, Sunan Abū Dāwūd, Sunan ibn Mājah & Sunan an-Nasâ’ī

Taught by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq & other qualified ʿUlamā´ and ʿĀlimāt.

An online option is available for selected classes. More info in the ‘Requirements’ section.

Dates and Timings

Course start date: Monday 23rd August 2021

Timings for classes:

Morning: 9:30am – 12:30pm (Women only)

Evening: 7pm – 10pm (Men and Women)

Days: Monday – Friday

Open Day: Sunday 15th August 2021

Presentations will take place at 2:30pm and 6pm followed by questions for those looking to find out more. An online option will be available for those who are unable to attend the on-site presentation. To join the online presentation please use the following details:

The Open Day is an excellent opportunity for prospective students (Brothers & Sisters) to view course material, the facilities available at the Academy and to meet Al Kawthar staff members and students.

Click here to view the Open Day Presentation 2021

Please note that course availability, dates and timings are subject to change. Please register your interest early to secure a place as limited spaces are available. We are currently unable to cater to students studying outside of the UK.


Minimum entry age for the course is 16. No detailed knowledge of the Arabic language is necessary. However, students should at least be able to recognise and read the Arabic script of the Qurān, even if it be slowly and without comprehension. 

An online option is now available for selected classes. This option is for those who are unable to attend the Academy in person. Limited spaces available.

Brothers and sisters can enrol into the higher years of the course subject to eligibility criteria.


The course fee per annum is £1,250 which can be paid outright at the beginning of the year or as ten monthly instalments of £125 per month. 

Applications are now closed. Please contact us if you wish to apply.