Below are testimonials from some of Al Kawthar Academy’s graduates and students.

“Al Kawthar Academy provided a pathway to another world, the world of ʿilm, wherein knowledge and spirituality combine to transform one’s connection with Creator and creation. Alongside the academic study of classical Arabic, fiqh, ḥadīth and tafsīr, my teachers also introduced me to the ancient and continuous tradition of scholarship stretching back to the Prophet ﷺ. This is an entirely different approach to learning, encompassing not just knowledge, but how to understand that knowledge, how to apply it, and how to integrate it with character, etiquette and spirituality in order that it might ultimately prove beneficial knowledge.” – Abdullah Bhayat, Teacher (Leicester)

“Very friendly, welcoming environment. All the teachers and students are kind and accepting. The teaching style is clear, easy to understand and detailed.” – Tahirah Chowdhury, Student (Leicester)

“The course gave me a new lease and focus to life. I am very fortunate to have been granted this life experience. My outlook on life has a stronger vision now where I am able to feel more confident in myself and further feel better as an individual and Muslim.” – Asad Arif, Solicitor (Peterborough)

“Alhamdulillah, I am a 3rd year student at Al-Kawthar Academy and the best part of my day is when I am in madrasa at night. Even though I am a 45 year old mother of six, working full time during the day, my motivation causes me to come to madrasa, to learn the words of Allah Ta’ala and His Beloved Prophet ﷺ by sitting in the blessed company of our amazing teachers. On Friday, I am blessed with the opportunity to sit in the gathering of a great scholar, our Shaykh Riyadh Haq, and benefit from the treasures of his lessons, because indeed the scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets (peace be upon them).”  Aisha Farina, Translator & Teacher (Leicester)

“Studying the ʿālim class has been a transformative experience for me. The course proceeds at a deceptively gentle pace, starting with basic Arabic and continuing with topics ranging from fiqh to adab (Arabic literature). I say ‘deceptively’, because along with the methodical and thorough introduction to each subject, comes the opportunity to connect oneself to a chain of learning that stretches back to The Prophet ﷺ. Learning from teachers thus steeped in traditional knowledges creates an awareness of the ultimate purpose of study and thereby initiates an inner transformation that belies the actual pace of the teaching. The course has provided me with an understanding of the breadth of ʿilm and, I hope, instilled a sense of humility in approaching this ocean.” – Ahmed Bhayat, Doctoral Researcher – AI (Leicester)

“Alḥamdulillāh, I am coming to the end of my fifth year at Al Kawthar Academy. In this time at the madrasah, I have had the opportunity to develop a good grasp of the Arabic language which has facilitated my learning of numerous Islāmic sciences taught at the academy. Moreover, it has been the means for me to be in regular contact with and the company of many ʿulamāʾ whose wisdom and whose imparting of scholarly, Islāmic tradition has been invaluable. As a part-time course, it has allowed for me to pursue religious and secular education simultaneously and therefore acquire the best of both worlds.” – Husain Bhana, University Student (Leicester)

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