Road to Scholarship

Class Times:

Wednesdays 6.45pm - 8.45pm
Saturdays 10.30am - 1.30pm


Venue:

Abu Zahra Foundation

Devonshire Street, Keighley, BD21 2BL

Three-year Islamic Studies Programme

Course Aims and Objectives

The Road to Scholarship programme is designed for young students as an introduction to the traditional Islamic Sciences on a part-time basis.  Taught by our experienced and well qualified teachers learning will be rigorous and intensive while delivered in a relaxed and engaging environment.

Students will attain a solid foundation in all of the traditional Islamic Sciences, as well as the Arabic Language with particular focus on Qur’anic Arabic. The course will avail sufficient religious knowledge to the young student to live their lives as committed Muslims and to also teach others. It will also enable those who have the desire, to pursue intermediate and advanced studies in the various Shariah disciplines, having acquired the necessary tools to progress to further study.

A strong emphasis on ‘knowing the exemplar’– the Prophet Muhammad– through the  study of Sira and Shamail and Hadith will run throughout the programme. This will allow students to know and, hence, emulate in detail the life and conduct of the Best of Creation (Allah bless him and give him peace).

Age group

The course is suitable for boys and girls to ideally start the course in Year 8 but students in Year 7 and 9 will also be considered.

Overview of course

The Arabic Language will be a key component of the course throughout the three years of the programme. Students begin with communicative Arabic, learning basic dialogue of everyday situations with a native Arabic speaker. Alongside this, the Qur’anic Arabic programme runs to familiarise the student with the essential grammar and vocabulary required to provide comprehension of the Book of Allah. 

The Islamic Sciences 

Alongside a Qur’anic Arabic curriculum in each year, the following subjects will be taught with the aid of study books specifically written for this particular age group – complete with explanatory notes, exercises, discussion points, problem solving with real life scenarios etc. ensuring the students are engaging and analysing the texts, making them relevant to their lives.

Year 1 – Fiqh of Purification and Prayer | Sira of the Prophet Muhammad | Tafsir of short suras from Juzz Amma | Tajwid

Year 2 – Fiqh of Zakat, Fasting, and Hajj | Shama’il of the Prophet Muhammad | Tafsir of short suras from Juzz Amma Cont. | Fiqh of Halal and Haram | History of Rightly Guided Caliphs to Ottoman Empire

Year 3 – Aqida | Forty Hadith of Imam Nawawi

Course Fees:

£576 per year (weekly or monthly payment option available)

Next course enrolment will be September 2024, in sha’ Allah.

Arabic Language

The Arabic Language will be a key component of the course throughout the four years of the programme. As well as communicative Arabic using the al-Ara...

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The Arabic Language will be a key component of the course throughout the four years of the programme. As well as communicative Arabic using the al-Arabiya Lil-Nashi’in textbook, students will also study a Qur’anic Arabic programme to facilitate comprehension of the Book of Allah. This will include a detailed study of grammar and etymology and vocabulary acquisition with drills and worked Qur’anic examples. Students will be able to understand at least 80% of the Qur’an after successfully completing the programme.

Fiqh

Students will also study Fiqh (Tahra, Salah, Saum, Zakat & Hajj) with the aid of study books specifically written for the particular age group – com...

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Students will also study at Fiqh (Tahra, Salah, Saum, Zakat & Hajj) with the aid of study books specifically written for the particular age group – complete with explanatory notes, exercises, discussion points, problem solving with real life scenarios etc. ensuring the students are engaging and analysing the texts, making them relevant to their lives.

Year 3 & 4: Ascent to Felicity: Complete study of this primer text in Hanafi Fiqh supported by detailed additional notes as well as drills to solidify learning of the text.

Aqida

Aqida will be taught with the aid of study books specifically written for the particular age group – complete with explanatory notes, exercises, dis...

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Year 1: Aqida will be taught with the aid of study books specifically written for the particular age group – complete with explanatory notes, exercises, discussion points, problem solving with real life scenarios etc. ensuring the students are engaging and analysing the texts, making them relevant to their lives.

Year 3: Aqida Tahawiyya: A complete study of this renowned primer in Islamic beliefs complemented by commentary written specifically for our course and weekly drills to enhance comprehension of the text.

Tajwid

As well as practical reading of the Quran students will acquire a foundational knowledge in all the rules of Tajwid.

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Lessons will be split between the practical reading of the Qur’an as well as foundational knowledge in all the rules of Tajwid. Students will study Tajwid Untangled in its entirety which involves a detailed study of Makharij and aspects of the sifat of Arabic letters, along with other foundational rules of this important science. This will be applied in practice by completing a reading of Juzz Amma.

Tafsir

Tafsir of the oft-recited surahs with the aid of study books specifically written for the particular age group based on the most authentic commentarie...

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Year 1 & 2: Tafsir of the oft-recited surahs of Juzz Amma (al-Duha to al-Nas) with the aid of study books specifically written for the particular age group based on the most authentic commentaries– complete with explanatory notes, exercises, discussion points, problem solving with real life scenarios etc. ensuring the students are engaging and analysing the texts, making them relevant to their lives.

Hadith

The Hadith study will focus on a ‘practice element’ and revolve around Imam Nawawi's Forty Hadith, showing the virtue of acts of worship, akhlaq, ...

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Year 3: Imam Nawawi’s Forty Hadith is the most well known text book of its kind. Students will be study this text in its entirety using a commentary written specially for our course. It involves looking at a short biography of the narrator of each hadith and then a detailed analysis of the words of the Prophet and what they mean to a young modern Muslim. Utilising the many commentaries written by traditional scholars, we have produced a commentary for our course which is complemented by weekly drills to distill the meanings of each hadith for the student.

Sira

A strong emphasis on ‘knowing the exemplar’ – the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) - through a study of sira and shamail wi...

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Year 1: A strong emphasis on ‘knowing the exemplar’ – the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) – through a study of sira based on The Life of Muhammad by Azzam & Gouverneur. This will allow students to know and hence emulate in detail the life and conduct of the Best of Creation, (Allah bless him and give him peace).

Shama'il

A strong emphasis on ‘knowing the exemplar’ – the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) - through a study of sira and shamail wi...

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Year 2: A strong emphasis on ‘knowing the exemplar’ – the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) – through a study of shamail based on our own text written for teenagers. This will allow students to know and hence emulate in detail the life and conduct of the Best of Creation, (Allah bless him and give him peace).

Fiqh of Halal and Haram

One of the most important areas of Fiqh which is neglected somewhat in some curriculums. Based on the classical text Hadiya al-Alaiyya, we will explor...

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Year 4: One of the most important areas of Fiqh which is neglected somewhat in some curriculums. Based on the classical text Hadiya al-Alaiyya, we will explore the many contemporary issues such as dress, gender interaction, interest, etc. Again this text will be adapted and provided in a format that is digestible to our age group.

Tazkiya

Parts of the Bidayatul Hidaya of Imam Ghazali will be read to students and form the basis of classes on Tazkiya - purification of the soul.

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Parts of the Bidayatul Hidaya of Imam Ghazali will be read to students and form the basis of classes on Tazkiya – purification of the soul. Students will experience the words of this great scholar known as the Proof of Islam and begin to understand the importance of embodying the knowledge that is acquired and how this is the essence of success in this life and the next.

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