The Foundations to Alimiyyah 

Karima al-Marwaziyya Foundation is pleased to announce that we will be opening registration for the 5th intake of students of a  3/4 year programme which will equip students with the knowledge and tools of in depth Islamic studies. Upon completion, students will be able to pursue further Islamic studies at an advanced level.

The FTA is an attempt to take the magnificent historical tradition of Islamic learning encapsulated in the sacred sciences and make it conceivable in a 21st century context. Students from the previous 5 years of its running have gone on to study further in more advanced programs or, for those who chose to focus primarily on secular studies, traversed the plan of secular education with a newfound confidence in their faith. The program is staffed by a diverse group of traditionally trained Islamic teachers, with all the staff members having attained secular degrees in conjunction with their more traditional Islamic training. Gender is not a restrictive barrier in our understanding of Islamic education, and thus the program caters for both males and females, with the standard of learning maintained equally in both cohorts. A principle we hold strongly to is the age-old adage that Islamic knowledge is not attained through comfort. The program is not for those who are unwilling to lift the heavy burden of Prophetic inheritance and has strict selection criteria to ensure excellence is achieved. Students are expected to have a strong desire to work hard and a deep commitment to the ethical demands of attaining Islamic knowledge. The rest is left to the Will of the Divine.

Selection criteria for new year one class

  • Age: 12+
  • First year is probationary therefore progress is heavily dependant on first annual assessment.
  • Fluent recitation of the Quran with Tajweed
  • Parental and student interviews to be carried out before selection is confirmed.
  • A rudimentary understanding of Islam and a strong desire for learning new sciences.
  • Consistent tardiness and repeated absences could possibly lead to removal from the program.

Year 1

Aqeedah – The traditional universally accepted Sunni primer Aqeedah Tahawiyyah will be taught with additional notes from Imam Ghazanawi’s commentary and other sources. A focus will be placed on contemporary philosophical challenges to Islam including scientism, atheism and moral relativism.

Adab – Custom-made notes on mannerisms, etiquette and Islamic decorum will be used based on the work of ‘Adab ad-Dunya wa ad-Deen’ by the renowned Shaykh al-Mawardi along with discussions on the hallmarks of the Islamic calendar and spiritual purification.

10 Lessons in Arabic – Dr Aamir Bashir’s extremely beneficial translation of this classic introductory primer to Arabic grammar will be taught. This text is a staple of the famous Nadwatul Ulama Arabic curriculum and gives a firm foundation for further Arabic study. The first half of the text will be completed.

Gateway to Arabic – Along with grammar, this text will introduce students to the more immersive practical experience of grappling with the Arabic language through speaking, writing, and reading. It will help take the more abstract concepts of 10 lessons and bring them to life

Fiqh – A simplified version of the famous Hanafi primer, Nur al-Idah, will be taught along with additional explanation based on the famous commentary of its original author. In the first year students will cover chapters relating to purification and prayer.

Note regarding Year 3 and 4 – Due to the unforeseen difficulties associated with the ongoing pandemic, Years 3 and 4 will be expected to both return and catch up in those texts that were cut short by the move online.

Year 2

No Year 2 class 2021-22

Year 3

Uloom Quran/Prohibitions of the tongue – The late Damascene Shaykh Nur ul Din Itr’s textbook on the sciences of the Quran will be completed in the first half of the year. The second half of the year will cover the Mauritanian text on the practical and spiritual rulings of the actions of the tongue written by Imam Mawlud with additional commentary.

Fiqh of worship/transactions – The final chapters of the Fiqh of worship will be completed, before a custom set of notes on the Fiqh of buying and selling will be taught according to the Hanafi school. Student will also cover more modern rulings related to Islamic banking and finance.

10 lessons/Qasas – the primer on Arabic grammar will be completed, after which students will move on to the famous “Stories of the Prophets for children” by Shaykh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi. This will be supplemented with Shaykh Yusuf Mullan’s brilliant notes expanding their Arabic grammar and introducing some aspects of Arabic rhetoric.

Islamic History – the famous Egyptian-Ottoman scholar of al-Azhar University, Imam Muhammad al-Bajuri’s summarised ‘Lessons in Islamic History’ will serve as a foundation for a 1400-year overview of the ebbs and flows of Islamic civilisation. There will be a primary focus on Islamic Empires and intellectual history with specific biographies of famous figures additionally utilised.

Year 4

Fiqh of Inheritance, marriage, divorce, and other miscellaneous topics – a set of custom-made notes on the Hanafi Fiqh of a variety of topics from inheritance to Islamic governance will be taught. Premodern ideas of Islamic penal law will be firmly contextualised within the framework of abiding by the law of the modern-nation state.

Infamies of the soul/Advanced Aqeedah – Imam Sulami’s deep penetrative analysis of the spiritual foundations of diseases of the soul will be completed. The famous Ashari Aqeedah text, Jawhara at-Tawhid of Imam Laqqani will also be completed.

Qasas ul Nabiyeen (Further Arabic) – Study of Shaykh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi’s famous ‘Stories of the Prophets for children’ will continue along with additional grammatical notes from the explanation of the text taken from Shaykh Yusuf Mullan’s brilliant contemporary Arabic program.

Intro to principle of jurisprudence/Islamic critical thinking – A set of simple custom-based notes will be used to introduce students to the analytic exercise of deriving law using its foundational principles. The notes will be based on the work of Maulana Muhammad Muhiyu-Deen, serving as a framework of principles formulised in order to understand the rulings derived from the shari’ah for our everyday lives. Mantiq (logic) will also be introduced in a contextual modern format focussed on the laws of induction/deduction and the concepts of fallacies.

To register, please click here