Our Methodology

Our academic program runs over two stages, with a 2-year introductory course followed by a 4-year ʿĀlimiyyah course. The course is inaugurated by a rigorous 2-year study of Arabic together with introductory reading in all major disciplines - ʿAqīdah (Islamic Creed), Uṣūl al-Fiqh (Legal Theory), Fiqh (Islamic Law), Ḥadīth (Prophetic Narrations) and its critical sciences, ʿUlūm al-Qurʾān (Sciences of the Qurʾān), Tafsīr (Qurʾānic Exegesis), Tazkiyah (Islamic Spirituality) and Sīrah (Prophetic Biography) - to facilitate comfort and capability in the Arabic language.

Advanced studies begin in earnest from years three through six. A thorough groundwork in all major disciplines is cultivated through a demanding and stimulating curriculum of key classical and modern texts. Manāhil al-ʿIrfān by ʿAbd al-Aẓīm al-Zurqānī, for example, is a graduate, even post-graduate text in some quarters, and begins in third year. Readings of ḥadīth collections are pursued throughout years three to six alongside a progressively deepening study of its critical sciences, such as ḥadīth terminology (Muṣṭalaḥ) and the field of narrator critique (al-Jarḥ wa al-Taʿdīl). The study of Fiqh is similarly studied concomitantly with an intensive exploration of Uṣūl al-Fiqh, culminating in al-Shaṭibī's al-Muwāfaqāt, and the objectives of the Sharīʿah.

Our Library

One of the capstone experiences of any student of ʿilm is the hours spent in the library exploring the rich and bewildering legacy of Islamic scholarship. Our library is our prized possession; it is richly-stocked, always-increasing, and will satisfy the demands of the most discerning researcher. Most importantly: it is open day and night.

Our Pedagogy

Our pedagogy emphasizes small classes, intimate teacher-student interaction and a learning milieu that promotes a profound commitment to life-long study, continuous self-reformation and an ethic of community service. Students are actively encouraged to read extensively and build their own personal libraries. Indeed, many do and become incorrigible bibliophiles.

Our Teachers

Of our fifteen teachers, ten are graduates of the madrasah. The madrasah continues, alḥamdulillāh, to produce top-notch, capable graduates to educate and inspire the next generation of scholars. Our teachers have benefited from education at other institutions, both domestic and abroad. Previous and current teachers have studied at the Dar al-Ulums at Deoband in India; Zakaria, Azaadville, and Newcastle in South Africa; and abroad in Madinah, Egypt, Syria and Jordan.

Our Research Interests

Research interests are topical and attempt to critically engage with challenges of the here and now. Our portfolio is diverse and growing. It includes Orientalism; the challenges of post-modernity; deviant creeds; family psychology and dispute resolution; gender dynamics; inter-faith engagement and debate; Islamic economics and finance; Qurʾānic recitation and its history; Islamic spirituality; and the Fiqh of Muslim minorities to name a few.

Our Relations With Others

The madrasah sees itself as one of many institutions committed to Islamic learning, individual reformation and community inspiration. We have close, co-operative ties with our sister institutions in the rest of the country.

Our Graduates

Our students are taught to be instruments of change and benefit for others. Graduates pursue diverse ends: further study; research; writing; community leadership as Imams; and community education. Many go on to create their own institutions. To date, 33 students have graduated from the ʿālim program and 35 from the ḥifẓ program.

Sports and Recreation

The Madrasah tries to promote a holistically healthy lifestyle to our students; mind, body and soul. Recently the Madrasah has purchased a full set of gym equipment, archery equipment and other sports equipment to keep our students healthy and occupied with beneficial past-times for the moments wherein they are not submerged in their books.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are expected to possess a basic proficiency in the recital of the Quran.

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