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Arabic Language Mastery Programme

Advanced Arabic Scholarship Residential Diploma

Arabic Language Mastery Programme is the flagship full-time residential Arabic Language programme at Cambridge Islamic College. It is a one-year intensive programme covering Arabic Language from beginner to advanced level. It is designed for those who wish to take the path to master the Arabic Language in spoken, read and written forms.  The course is designed and directed by Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi. This programme also serves as an Arabic Language entry requirement for those wishing to join the 2-year ‘Alimiyyah Degree programme at Cambridge Islamic College.

Application Deadline: 20th September 2019


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Course Director: Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

First Academic Year Begins: September 2019

Duration: 1 Year

Fees: Fees will be calculated according to the students financial needs, which will be assessed in stage 2 of the application (see how to apply section below)



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This course takes the student from the beginner level (only able to read and write Arabic without understanding) to a level where they can fluently comprehend the Qur’an as well as classical and contemporary Islamic texts and Arabic literature. They will also be able to understand pre-Islamic poetry that defines the usage of the language.

This course also includes an Islamic Studies component, whereby students are able to apply their language skills in various disciplines such as Qur’an, Hadith, Fiqh and History, thereby gaining a thorough grasp of the language whilst also benefiting from learning essential Islamic knowledge from the Arabic sources.

This course is a prerequisite for the full time 2-year degree-level ‘Alimiyyah programme at the Cambridge Islamic College. This degree is ideal for those who wish to combine their professional qualifications with Islamic studies in just two years with the best teachers in the UK.

Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi – a former research fellow at Oxford University – is most reputed for his ground-breaking research on the female scholars of Islam in the field of Hadith. This research spanned a period of 15 years and resulted in the 57-volume work detailing and analysing the biographies of over 9000 female scholars from the time of Prophet Muhammad until today. This work is hailed as a unique masterpiece in the history of Islam.

Dr Nadwi started his Islamic education in Madrasah al-Islah, a madrasah that was started by the great Indian scholar and thinker, Moulana Hamiduddin Al-Farahi. After completing his initial studies there, he went on to join the prestigious seminary, Nadwatul ‘Ulama. He completed his BA ‘Alimiyyah Degree and MA in Hadith Studies with first class honours and top of his class. He was directly appointed to teach at the Institute by the then director, Shaykh Abul Hasan ‘Ali Nadwi. While teaching at Nadwatul ‘Ulama, Dr Nadwi pursued further studies at Lucknow University in the field of economics (BA) and he then completed a PhD programme in Arabic Literature.

Dr Nadwi, at the request of Shaykh Abul Hasan ‘Ali Nadwi, joined the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Oxford, as a research fellow in 1989. In addition to numerous research papers, he has authored and translated over 30 titles on Language, Jurisprudence, Qur’an and Hadith. In 2013, he relinquished his post at University of Oxford to focus on his own writings which include a comprehensive explanation on the classical hadith masterpiece Sahih Muslim.

Dr Nadwi’s authoring and teaching experience spans over 30 years. His introductory books on Arabic Grammar (Al-Nahw), Morphology (Al-Sarf) and Principles (Usul) of Tafsir, Hadith and Fiqh are used all over the world in madrasahs, Islamic institutes and colleges teaching ‘Alimiyyah (Islamic scholarship degree) students. He has also assisted many of the Islamic colleges with curriculum development.

Dr Nadwi’s passion for learning and teaching made him travel around the world to visit and study under many of the renowned scholars of our time. He is widely recognised as one of Western Europe’s leading Islamic scholars and thinkers.


Uwais Namazi

Mawlana Uwais Namazi was born and raised in the North West of England, Blackburn. He commenced his formal studies at the Jam’iat al-Ilm Wa al-Huda (Blackburn) and he graduated as ‘Aalim in 2004 and Fazil in 2006 from Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama in Lucknow. In 2008 he completed an MA in Islamic Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), and thereafter joined the Islamic Texts Society in Cambridge as a Publishing Assistant, also providing his services to various publishing houses catering for the Islamic Studies like Turath Publishing (London) and Amal Press (Bristol). In 2011, he joined the faculty at the Ebrahim College (London) where he taught Arabic, Hadith, Fiqh and Tafsir. He also taught at the Jibril Institute and served at Hafs Academy (London). In 2015 he moved back to his hometown and co-founded the Nizami Institute, teaching the same disciplines, as well as teaching GCSE Arabic at the Eden Boys Secondary School. Mawlana Uwais is presently awaiting approval as a doctoral candidate to commence his research in December 2018 at the Royal Holloway (University of London), and dividing his time between teaching, research and family.


Abid Khan

Sh Abid Khan studied Islamic sciences for several years under many notable scholars. He was awarded the al-shahādat al-‘ālimiyyah (Licence in Islamic Scholarship officially qualifying him as a scholar) alongside complete ijāzah in the Six Canonical Books of Ḥadīth – receiving the shortest isnād in Ṣaḥīh al-Bukhārī. He has a special interest in Jurisprudence, and has several years been a Lecturer in  Usūl’l-Fiqh ; Islamic Contract Law; Zakat  at ASI, and more recently Jibreel Institute alongside his current teaching post at Cambridge Islamic College. He has been on several British television channels delivering Fatāwā programs, as well as on the specialist Recite programme as the guest. He is invited to many of the largest mosques in the country to teach on his areas of specialisation. He also serves as a part-time Imam. He had previously graduated in Bioengineering and Applied Physics, and then studied at the UCL Masters’ degree for Biomaterials & Stem Cell research.


Reem Mohammed

Ustadha Reem is a native Arabic speaker from Egypt, spending her early years in Oman. She graduated with a dual Bachelor of Arts and Education degree in Arabic Language from Zagazig University, Egypt in 2005, also studying English as a second language. From 2006 to 2007 she taught Arabic Language at a secondary school in Oman directing students in classical Arabic poetry and drama study. Reem moved to England in 2007 where she has been teaching Quraan voluntarily to adults and children. From 2014-2018 she has been tutoring students for GCSE Arabic, coaching students in reading, writing, listening and speaking. She is happily married with 3 beautiful children. Reem enjoys teaching Arabic and look forward to this exciting opportunity to work with students at CIC to develop their Arabic to further their Islamic studies.


Ayman Abdel Haleem

Ustadh Ayman Abdel Haleem completed his BA in Arabic at the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London with first class honours. Following a period in Egypt, where he studied under a number of Azhari scholars, he completed an MPhil in Theology at the University of Cambridge. He spent several years in the position of Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS where he tought Quranic Arabic. In addition to his teaching activities, Ustadh Ayman works as an editor and translator of Islamic literature.


The curriculum is subject to change and availability.

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Al Arabiyyah Lil Nashi’een

This module focuses on going through basic understanding of how sentences are structured in Arabic and the components that constitute sentences. The book covers the building blocks of the language in detail while making good use of examples. Each volume of this text builds the foundation in a gradual manner making it an easy and interactive module. The exercises allow you to practice skills you are studying.

Qisas Al Nabiyeen

Qisas Al Nabiyeen is an enjoyable series that progressively develops your vocab and grammar skills whilst teaching the stories of the prophets AS. The stories are designed for students to both study Seerah and Arabic The author, the renowned Shaykh Abul Hassan Ali Nadwi, originated from India and was well known for his Arabic literature. These lectures are taught by his student Shaykh Akram Nadwi

Prose and Poetry

Studying real texts from newspaper clippings to classical oral poetry. Read Kalila Wa Dimna, an engaging pre-islamic epic poem of animals and fables. Hamasah – a book of stylistic and linguistic poetry about manners. Develop your recognition and appreciation of Arabic stylistic writing in order to recognise where the Qur’an uses or revolutionises existing Arabic styles.

Sarf (Arabic Morphology)

Mabadi fi Tasreef is Shaykh Akram’s own published book on basic introduction to Arabic morphology. Upon completion of Mabadi, you progress to Shadha Al Arf, an advanced teaching of morphology.

Nahw (Arabic Grammar)

Mabadi fi Nahw is Shaykh Akram’s own published book on basic introduction to Arabic Grammar. Upon completion of Mabadi, you progress to Qatr Al Nada, an advanced teaching of grammar, written by one of the experts of this field. This work was originally written as a basic work for students who needed a direct approach to Arabic Grammar. However after a short while the author compiled an explanation on it so as to further ease the understanding of the student.

Translation and Tafseer

This module allows students to apply the Arabic attained in other modules, and develop their Qur’an specific vocab. The first selection will be Surah Yusuf, a chronological story, with many lessons to be learnt and gained. This module aims to remind students of the purpose for which many began their Arabic journey.

Conversation Practice and Tutorials

Students are given an environment to practice their Arabic speaking skills. Many students of Arabic can comfortably read and write but lack speaking skills. We encourage students to take this module seriously so the language can be used in real environments and one can develop and become more confident in their conversational skills.

Hafz and Tajweed

Students must memorise Juz Amma as part of the programme, and apply tajweed skills in reading the Qur’an.

Mukhtasar al-Quduri (Fiqh Treatise)

Mukhtasar al-Quduri is one of the most celebrated and influential treatises in any Muslim school of thought and is one of the important works in the Hanafi school. It is comprised of approximately 12,500 issues spanning the entire spectrum of fiqh.

Forty Hadith of Imam Nawawi – Pearls of the Prophet

The Forty Hadith of Imam Nawawi is a classical and timeless collection of the most important traditions of the Prophet (SAW) giving the essence of Eeman and Islam. It has always been considered an essential text for every student of knowledge as the understanding of these ahadith is fundamental to the belief and practice of a Muslim. This module of Forty Hadith provides a unique and unmissable opportunity to study this important collection in the ideal, traditional way – with the guidance of an extraordinary teacher, true scholar and Muhaddith (an expert of Hadith) of our time, who has devoted many years to the study and research of hadith.

















The application consists of 3 stages.

Stage 1 – Fill out the application form HERE

Stage 2 – Join us for our Open Day on 14th April 2019

Stage 3 – Once we have reviewed your application, we will send you a financial assessment form to complete – your fees will be calculated on the basis of this assessment.

Stage 4 – If you application is successful, you will be invited for an interview at the College.