Education

Jāme'ah Riyādul 'Uloom (JRU) is an independent educational institute for higher Islamic education for brothers. It was established in 1998 by the Islāmic Da'wah Academy in order to create proficient and motivated individuals to meet the spiritual and religious needs of today’s Muslim communities throughout the world.

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Founded in January 2004, Riyādus Sālihāt is an educational institute for sisters offering full-time 'Ālimah classes, and facilities for part-time adult education. Students have the opportunity of enrolling in the three year Fādhilah course, five year 'Ālimiyyah Course (Islamic theology programme), the Further Education Course or the Preparatory Course.

The institute aims to provide students with the necessary foundations in the Qur'ān and Sunnah as well as the moral and spiritual attributes which have been the characteristics of scholars of Islām throughout the generations.

In a similar manner to the Jame'ah Riyādul 'Uloom, the institute aims to equip students with the necessary academic and spiritual capabilities that will help students to become scholars of the future.

At present Riyādus Sālihāt offers the following courses:

  1. 'Ālimiyyah (Islamic theology)
  2. Fādhilah (Islamic theology)
  3. Further Education
  4. Preparatory Course

'Ālimiyyah & Fādhilah Courses

The 'Ālimiyyah Course is a version of the traditional course that has proven successful throughout the ages and is still a valued system of learning in Islamic educational establishments worldwide. It is specially engineered to cover the key Islamic sciences needed to give an individual a comprehensive and thorough understanding of Islam. The Course is structured around a series of set texts, including a core of sacred texts and classical works, and other graded text books.

At IDA we offer this course in a 2 tier form, wherein the initial 3 years offers an early exit for students unable to dedicate the full 5 years for the 'Ālimiyyah Course. This course is the Fādhilah Course, in which students achieve a firm grounding in Classical Arabic and progress through Basic Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence), Hadīth (Prophetic Traditions) and Tafsīr (Exegesis of the Qur'ān).

Students wishing to complete the 'Ālimiyyah Course may do so by dedicating a further 2 years and studying Hadīth (Prophetic Traditions) and Tafsīr (Exegesis of the Qur'ān) more comprehensively along with progressing further in Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) and Classical Arabic.

All subjects are internally assessed with assessments taking place through monitoring written exercises and through bi-annual examinations. In order to maintain high standards, the pass mark for all examinations is 60%. Students failing to achieve the pass mark are required to re-sit their exam(s) and achieve a satisfactory result before advancing further in the course.

Aims of the 'Ālimiyyah Course

To carry out an in-depth study of the sacred sources of Islam, i.e. the Qur'ān and Hadīth, and the rulings derived from them in the form of Islamic Law, after gaining proficiency in Classical Arabic.

Learning Outcomes

Students are expected to achieve a thorough understanding of Classical Arabic and related sciences. They are expected to understand the meaning and interpretations of the Qur'ān and the major collections of Ḥadīth and how they apply to the individual and humankind. They are expected to know the principles of how Islamic Laws are derived from the primary sources and have a sound knowledge of Islamic legal rulings. Students are expected to develop familiarity with the vast field of Islamic scholarship, and the skills to research and further their expertise in any particular area.

Syllabus

Note: Years 1 to 3 denote the syllabus for the Fādhilah & 'Ālimiyyah courses

Year One

  • Nahw (Syntax/Grammar): Āsān Nahw Parts 1&2
  • Sarf (Etymology): 'Ilmus Sarf
  • Arabic Language: Arbī Kā Mu'allim Part 1, Das Sabaq
  • Arabic Literature: Qasasun Nabiyyīn Part 1
  • Tajwīd (Intonation): Ta'līmut Tajwīd
  • Urdu
  • Hifzul Hadīth: Memorisation of Ahādīth

 

Year Two

  • Ahādīth (Traditions): Zādut Tālibīn
  • Hifzul Hadīth: Memorisation of Ahādīth
  • Sarf (Etymology): 'Ilmus Sīghah
  • Nahw (Syntax/Grammar): Hidayātun Nahw
  • Arabic Literature: Qasasun Nabiyyīn Parts 2 & 3
  • Arabic Language: Arbī Kā Mu'allim Part 2
  • Tajwīd (Intonation): Mirqātut Tajwīd
  • Fiqh (Jurisprudence): Nūrul Īdhāh

 

Year Three

  • Translation of the Qur'ān: Tarjumā-e-Qur'ān Juz 1-15
  • Ahādīth (Traditions): Riyādus Sālihīn
  • Hifzul Hadīth: Memorisation of Ahādīth
  • Fiqh (Jurisprudence): Sharhul Wiqāyah
  • Principles Of Jurisprudence: Usūlush Shāshī
  • Nahw (Syntax/Grammar): An-Nahwul Wādhih
  • Arabic Literature: Al-Qirā'at Ar-Rāshidah

 

Note: Years 4 & 5 denote the syllabus for ONLY the 'Ālimiyyah course

Year Four

  • Translation of the Qur'ān: Tarjumā-e-Qur'ān Juz 16-30
  • Ahādīth (Traditions): Mishkātul Masābīh Parts 1 & 2
  • Hifzul Hadīth: Memorisation of selected Ahādīth
  • Fiqh (Jurisprudence): Al-Hidāyah Volume 1
  • Arabic Literature: Qasasun Nabiyyīn Part 5, Nafhatul Arab, Mukhtārāt Part 1
  • 'Aqā'id (Exegesis of Islãmic Beliefs): Sharhul Aqīdah At-Tahāwiyyah

 

Year Five

  • Ahādīth (Traditions): Sahīhul-Bukhārī, Sahīh Muslim, Jāmi'ut-Tirmidhī, Sunan Abī Dāwūd,
  • Hifzul-Hadīth: Memorisation of selected Ahādīth

 

Further Education

This course has been designed to cater for the needs of sisters over the age of sixteen and to assist them in enhancing their knowledge of Islam. In this course, many aspects of religious and moral life, that every Muslim is required to know in order to fulfil daily needs, such as worship and transaction are throughly covered.

Subjects taught include:
  • Qur'ān with Tajwīd (Intonation)
  • Ahādīth
  • Sīrah (Life of the Prophet sallallāhu 'alayhi wasallam)
  • Teachings of the noble Qur'ān
  • Islamic Manners
  • Islamic Social Conduct
  • Urdu language
  • Arabic language

 

Preparatory Course

This course has been designed for students who are not very well versed in the Urdu language and would face difficulty in comprehending the lessons if enrolled directly into the 'Ālimiyyah course. Those students who have had no opportunity in acquiring basic lessons in Islam also enrol on to this course. This course is directed solely towards individual needs and does not follow a set syllabus so that the best from every student can come to light.

Fees can be paid as one lump sum at the beginning of the academic year or by ten monthly instalments.

Please note that the fee does not include, the cost of text books, stationery etc.

Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change as and when deemed necessary.

The current annual fees are as follows:

'Ālimiyyah (Yr. 1 & 2) £845 as one lump sum.
'Ālimiyyah (Yr. 3, 4 & 5)     £975 as one lump sum.
Preparatory Course £584 as one lump sum.
Further Education £155 as one lump sum.

The academic year at Riyādus Sālihāt runs according to the lunar calendar; Shawwāl to Sha'bān (approximately August to June). Students wishing enrolment in the 'Ālimiyyah, Fādhilah or Further Education courses are admitted in the month of Shawwāl. Enrolment for Preparatory Course takes place throughout the year, although majority of candidates are admitted in Shawwāl also.

Only those applications are processed which meet the admission criteria. At Riyādus Sālihāt our aim is to give every applicant a fair consideration. After careful analysis of the applicant's admission form, suitable candidates are requested to attend an assessment test and interview. Various questions relating to background, welfare, ambitions and commitment are asked. Thereafter, the admissions committee decides successful applicants within two weeks. All applicants are admitted on a three month trial basis.

The fees paid are refundable, should a student fail to commence their study at Riyādus Sālihāt.

The term begins during the beginning of Shawwāl, after the month of Ramadhān. The academic year terminates after the annual examinations, which normally take place in the second and third week of Sha'bān.

The half year examinations are held approximately five months from the beginning of the academic year during the month of Rabī'ul Awwal.

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One of the fundamental aims of the Academy is to encourage young people to continue their study of Islam. Facilities for continuing with part-time Islamic education during the important teenage years were quite scarce and thus many young people were reluctant to continue with the pursuit of Islamic knowledge. In order to tackle this growing need Madrasah Riyādul Qur'ān was established.

The Madrasah currently offers Hifz classes and further education courses to over 100 students. The Madrasah also places great emphasis on tarbiyyah (moral and spiritual training), helping the Madrasah’s teenage students grow into the role models of the future.

Note: Students applying for this course must be at least ten years of age.

The Hafiz is an important person in the Muslim community as he plays a role in the preservation of the Qur'ān. A Hafiz is given the responsibility of teaching the children the recitation of the Qur'ān and during the month of Ramadhan, a Hafiz is responsible to lead the late night extra prayers.

This course is designed to cater for each individual student according to his capabilities and potential, with an emphasis on the importance of Tajwīd (Qur'ānic Phonetics/ Intonation) and rules of recitation. The syllabus has been prepared in a manner that will enable a student to memorise the entire Qur'ān (approximately over 6,000 verses) and retain it. This task ostensibly may seem daunting and difficult but in reality this is the true miracle of the Qur'ān.

 Note: Students applying for this course must be at least twelve years of age.

This course has been designed to cater for the needs of young people over the age of thirteen and to assist them in enhancing their knowledge of Islam. In this course, many aspects of religious and moral life, that every Muslim is required to know in order to fulfil daily needs, such as worship and transactions, are throughly covered.

Subjects taught include:

  • Qur'ān with Tajwīd (Intonation)
  • Ahādīth
  • Sīrah (Life of the Prophet sallallāhu 'alayhi wasallam)
  • Teachings of the noble Qur'ān
  • Islamic Manners
  • Islamic Social Conduct
  • Urdu language
  • Arabic language

Note: Students applying for this course must be at least thirteen years of age.

This three year course has been designed to cater for the needs of young people over the age of thirteen who intend on acquiring deeni knowledge and further intend on becoming an 'alim. In this course, some subjects from the full-time 'alimiyyah course are covered, which if studied adequetly, a student will be able to gain admission into the second year of a full-time 'alimiyyah course.

Subjects taught include:

  • Arabic Grammer (Nahw)
  • Arabic Morphology (Sarf)
  • Urdu Language

Fees can be paid as one lump sum at the beginning of the academic year or by ten monthly instalments.

Please note that the fee does not include, the cost of text books, stationery etc.

Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change as and when deemed necessary.

The current annual fees (August 2016 - August 2017) are as follows:

Hifz Class £520 as one lump sum

Part-time Alimiyyah Course

£320 as one lump sum
FE (Classes 1,2 & 3) £320 as one lump sum
FE (Class 4) £230 as one lump sum

The term begins during the first week of Shawwāl, after the month of Ramadhān. The academic year terminates after the annual examinations, which normally takes place in the second and third week of Sha'bān.

The half year examinations are held approximately five months after Ramadhān during the month of Rabi'ul Awwal.

The vacations for this academic year (2017-2018) are:

'Īdul-Adhā Vacation: Wednesday 30th August 2017 (after class) - Sunday 3rd September 2017
First day back: Monday 4th September 2017

Mid-Year Vacation: Friday 22nd December 2017 (after class) - Sunday 7th January 2018
First day back: Monday 8th January 2018

April Vacation: Friday 23rd March 2018 (after class) - Sunday 1st April 2018
First day back: Monday 2nd April 2018

Ramadhān Vacation: Friday 11th May 2018 (after class) - Wednesday 20th June 2018
First day back: Thursday 21st June 2018

Annual Vacation: Wednesday 15th August 2018 (after Jalsah) - Tuesday 28th August 2018
First day back: Wednesday 29th August 2018

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The IDA provides a number of courses to cater for the needs of adults (brothers only) in full time work, who are keen to enhance their Islamic education. The courses IDA provide are:

There are two different Hifz (memorisation of the Qur'ān) courses available for adults:

Hifz Course

This course has been designed for those enthusiastic to memorise the Qur'ān but are constrained with time commitment. The students have the option of agreeing a time of their choice on a weekly basis with their teacher in order to balance their learning with other commitments.  Time slots are available from 7am to 10pm seven days a week to suit one’s availability.

Revision of Hifz

This facility has been made available to those wanting to keep to memory and refresh what they have memorised from the Glorious Qur'ān. This is a much needed facility and an opportunity for all those who have committed the Qur'ān to memory to benefit from it. Again full flexible timings are available from 7am to 10pm seven days a week to suit ones availability.

 

This course has been formulated over three levels:

Level 1 (Basic) is for those who have not had the opportunity to learn how to recite the Qur'ān in their childhood days. This level focuses on familiarity with alphabets and correct pronunciation of letters.

Level 2 (Intermediate) comprises of basic Tajwīd rules and application of these rules when commencing the recitation of Qur'ān.

Level 3 (Advanced) builds on Level 2 knowledge aimed at perfection of recitation via the full application of all the rules as well as memorisation of a few small chapters.

This Course runs once a week.

This is a two year course which is split into four units of 15 weeks. The Course involves a more detailed study in Hadīth, Tafsīr, Fiqh and Sīrah. A number of chapters related to various aspects of a person's life are taught from Ma'ārif-ul-Hadīth with detailed commentary. Selected Chapters of the Qur'ān are taught with detailed commentary giving an insight to various important topics. The classical book of Hanafī Fiqh, Nūr-ul-Īdāh is used as primary text to give an insight to basic every day rulings related to a person's cleanliness, Salaah etc. The course is conducted in the English language which runs two days a week comprising of four lessons. The atmosphere is kept informal yet the elementary requisites of traditional Islamic learning and teaching is emphasised.

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