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Arabic Language Mastery Programme

Advanced Arabic Scholarship Residential Diploma

Alimiyyah pathway


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 mastering the Arabic Language in spoken, read and written forms.  The course is designed and directed by Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi. Completing this course fulfils the Arabic Language entry requirement for those wishing to join the 2-year ‘Alimiyyah Degree programme at Cambridge Islamic College.




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Duration 1 Years

Term 1 : September 2020 – December 2020, Term 2: January 2021  – April 2021 Term 3: May 2021-July 2021

Contact hours – 25-30 hours per week, between 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday.

  1. Ability to read the Quran (not necessarily with understanding)
Fees will be calculated according to the students financial needs, which will be assessed in stage 2 of the application.
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This course takes the student from the beginner level (only able to read 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.

Unlike many other Arabic courses, this course also has a significant focus on improving speaking and writing skills.

The 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.

After completing this course, students will be able to proceed onto the full time 2-year degree-level ‘Alimiyyah programme at the Cambridge Islamic College.

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.


Mujahid Ali

Shaykh Mujahid Ali came to England at a young age and was brought up in the North of England. During his teens he started his Islamic studies at the Institute of Islamic Education in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire where he studied the Islamic sciences according to the Dars Nizami curriculum. 

In 2002 he completed his hadith studies under Shaykhul Hadith Mufti Muslihuddin, Shaykh Yusuf Darwan, Shaykh Mufti Musa Badat and Shaykh Abul Qasim, from whom he received ijazah. He then travelled to Syria for further studies in Hadith under several mashayikh (scholars) such as Shaykh Mohammad Asa’d Saeed As-Sagarji Ad- Dimashqi, and also studied advanced Arabic at Ma’had al-Lugah a branch of  Damascus University. 

Since 2004 the Shaykh has been a teacher at Ebrahim College. Whilst teaching both these subjects he has compiled an anthology of Arabic literature as a literature textbook, and written a commentary on al-Muqaddamah al-Jazariyyah in tajweed, both of which will soon be published. The Shaykh also has ijaazah in al-Qira’aatal-Sab’ from the Institute of Islamic Education, Dewsbury. He is also one of the judges for the National Qira’at competition. 


The curriculum is subject to change and availability.

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.

Qasas 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 so that they can put their Arabic to use in real environments and one can develop and become more confident in their conversational skills.

Hifz 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 Nawwawi is one of the most widely read hadith collections, and includes many hadith which are fundamental to the Din.




The application consists of 3 stages.

Stage 1 – Fill out the application form HERE by midnight on March the 1st.

Stage 2  – Once we have reviewed your application, we will contact you in order to conduct a financial assessment – fees payable will be calculated on the basis of this assessment.

Stage 3 – If your application is succesfull we will send you with an enrolment form to fill out. Once this has been completed and returned, your enrolment on the course will be complete.