ʿĀlim & ʿĀlimah Course (16+)


Al Kawthar Academy presents a part time ʿĀlim & ʿĀlimah course in English and Arabic for 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 including; Arabic language and literature, theology, Qurʾān, Ḥadīth and Fiqh.

Course Outline and syllabus

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

Years 3-5: Qurʾān, Ḥadīth, Principles of Fiqh (Usool al-Fiqh), Principles of Ḥadīth (Usool al-Hadith), 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 28th August 2023

Timings for classes: 7pm – 10pm (Men and Women)

Days: Monday – Friday

Lesson 1

Lesson 2

Lesson 3

Lesson 4

7pm – 7:45pm

7:45pm – 8:30pm

8:30pm – 9:15pm

9:15pm – 10pm

Open Day: Sunday 13th August 2023

The open day will cover the following points:

  • Aims and visions of the course
  • Course outline
  • Structure and timing
  • Application process and fees

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.

Limited spaces available


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 Qurʾān, 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.
Click here to find out more

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.

Direct debit information will be sent out to students once the enrolment process is complete.

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