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Diploma in Arabic & Islamic Studies



Cambridge Islamic College is offering a two-year foundational/intermediate level course in Arabic and Islamic studies. It is designed to qualify participants for admission into the College’s ‘Alimiyyah Degree programme, as well as for those who wish to achieve general competency in Arabic and Islamic studies. It is intended for those who can only devote part of their time to these subjects. The course has four components: Arabic language, hadith, fiqh and general Islamic studies.

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In Arabic language, the course will develop skills in reading, speaking and writing Standard Arabic. It will include a wide range of literary and non-literary reading matter to improve essential comprehension skills. Students will be trained to write good prose in Standard Arabic, i.e. prose that is clear and correct in its expression of thought and argument. The course will cover the rules of grammar and syntax (nahw and sarf). By the end of the course, students should be able to understand how sentences are constructed in Arabic, how the different elements relate to each other, and how their relations affect meaning. They should be able, also, to apply this understanding to analyse passages of classical Arabic prose.

In the hadith, the students will mainly study the important hadiths on which legal rulings are based – i.e. not the hadiths that are concerned with worship, moral virtues, events in the life of the Prophet and his companions, explanations of the Qur’an, etc. The principal text will be Bulugh al-maram. They will learn the meanings of those hadiths and the detailed discussions in the interpretation of them for law. Time will be set aside for studying those hadiths which explain the fundamentals of iman and islam and how they help Muslims to develop piety, humility and good manners.

In the fiqh students will learn how to do the acts of worship (prayer, fasting, zakah, hajj, etc.) properly and with understanding. They will study the main rules of family law, contract law, and lawful and unlawful in Islam. The principal text used will be a mukhtasar (concise or compact) compendium of laws, such as the Hanafi Mukhtasar al-Quduri. This course is too short to discuss the sources, evidences and arguments adduced in the reasoning of jurists.

In general Islamic studies students will learn the lives of the major Prophets, sirah of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon them all, and some elementary aspects of the history of Islam and Islamic society.

Our hope is for this course to meet the basic needs of Muslims living in the West. By doing this course, alongside doing the national curriculum, they will get a secure foundation on which they can build intelligent, informed practice of their religion, and from which they can proceed to further and deeper study of Arabic and of the Islamic sciences.

Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi


NOW INCLUDES DeepDeen access! – During the two years of the course we will be providing COMPLIMENTARY full access to our DeepDeen platform. This includes all of Sheikh Akram’s courses and goes well beyond DAIS.


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We are aware that some of you might first want to try out a course before fully committing to it. Therefore we have introduced our new 30-Day Risk Free Enrolment Policy**. You can purchase any course and try out for up to 30 days and if you are unable to continue then you can cancel and request a full refund of your purchase, provided this is done within 30 days of purchase. You can now purchase any course at CIC with full peace of mind.
** The new policy applies to courses purchased from 15 July 2017 onwards.

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Registration for Academic Year October 2021 to October 2023 (Batch 9) now open!

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Year 1 – Term 1 (10 weeks – Oct to Dec)

  1. Al ‘Arabiyyah lil-nash’een (Volume I) – 2 Hours
  2. Stories of the Prophets by Abu Hasan ‘Ali Nadwi (Volume I) – 1 Hour
  3. Weekly Tutorial – 1 hr

Year 1 – Term 2 (10 weeks – Jan to Mar)

  1. Al ‘Arabiyyah lil-nash’een (Volume II) – 1 Hour
  2. Stories of the Prophets by Abu Hasan ‘Ali Nadwi (Volume II) – 1 Hour
  3. Principles of Arabic Morphology by Muhammad Akram Nadwi – 1 Hour
  4. Weekly Tutorial – 1 hr

Year 1 – Term 3 (10 weeks – Apr to Jun)

  1. Al ‘Arabiyyah lil-nash’een (Volume III) – 1 Hour
  2. Stories of the Prophets by Abu Hasan ‘Ali Nadwi (Volume III) – 1 Hour
  3. Principles of Arabic Grammar by Muhammad Akram Nadwi – 1 Hour
  4. Weekly Tutorial – 1 hr

Year 1 – Term 4 (10 weeks – Jul to Sep)

  1. Usul al Fiqh – 2 Hours

  2. Usul al Hadith – 2 Hours

  3. Usul al Tafsir –  2 Hours

  4. Tafsir – Surah Ar Rahman – 1 Hour
  5. Weekly Tutorial – 1 hr –

    1. Revision & Exercise sessions on Arabic Morphology/Grammar –

Year 1 – Self Study [Mandatory]

  1. Self Study during the first year:
    1. Tajweed
    2. Memorization of Juz ‘Ammah
    3. Forty Hadith of Imam Nawawi
    4. Fiqh Al Islam by Muhammad Akram Nadwi vol I


Year 2 – Term 1 (10 weeks – Oct to Dec)

  1. Al ‘Arabiyyah lil-nash’een (Volume IV) – 1 Hour
  2. Kalila wa-Dimna (first part) – 1 Hour
  3. Al-Ihkam (hadith agreed by Bukhari/Muslim relating to rulings) (first part) – 1 Hour
  4. Mukhtasar Al-Quduri (first part) – 1 Hour
  5. Weekly Tutorial – 1 hr

Year 2 – Term 2 (10 weeks – Jan to Mar)

  1. Al ‘Arabiyyah lil-nash’een (Volume V) – 1 Hour
  2. Kalila wa-Dimna (second part) – 1 Hour
  3. Al-Ihkam (second part) – 1 Hour
  4. Mukhtasar Al-Quduri (second part) – 1 Hour
  5. Weekly Tutorial – 1 hr

Year 2 – Term 3 (10 weeks – Apr to Jun)

  1. Al ‘Arabiyyah lil-nash’een (Volume VI) – 1 Hour
  2. Hamasah – the book of Manners of Abu Tammam – 1 Hour
  3. Al-Ihkam (third part) – 1 Hour
  4. Mukhtasar Al-Quduri (third part) – 1 Hour
  5. Weekly Tutorial – 1 hr

Year 2 – Term 4 (10 weeks – Jul to Sep)

  1. Sharh of Qatrul-Nada (Advanced Arabic Grammar) by Ibn Hisham – 3 Hours
  2. Mukhtasar Al-Quduri (Forth part) – 1 Hour
  3. Shadha Al ‘Arf (Advanced Arabic Morphology) by Hamalawy – 3 Hours
  4. Weekly Tutorial – 1 hr

Year 2 –  Self Study [Recommended]

  1. Self Study during the second year:
    1. Stories of the Prophet vol IV and V
    2. Suwar Min Hayaati  As-Sahaba (Inspirational biographies of eminent Companions) by By Dr. ‘Abd al-Rahman Ra’fat Pasha
    3. Tafsir Surah Yusuf [Mandatory]


Akhlaaq Chowdry

Akhlaaq became involved in Islamic work at a young age with the Islamic Society at college. He became a member of the Islamic Society at university, serving as treasurer, and served on the local committee for a national youth organisation. After graduating from university in geology and business management, he spent several years abroad pursuing Arabic and Islamic studies. Since returning to the UK, he has been furthering his studies under notable scholars such as Shaykh Akram al-Nadwi. He has lectured extensively and is a regular teacher at Islamic study courses. He currently works as a Geotechnical Engineer.

Dr Zoulaikha Toufik

Dr Zoulaikha Taoufik holds a Ph.D. in Islamic studies from Mohammed V University (Rabat, Morocco). She has more than 20 years’ experience teaching Arabic language to native and non-native speakers. Her expertise in teaching Arabic has been strengthened and deepened, not only by teaching the language, but also by teaching various related subjects, which requires a high level of mastery of Arabic, such as Ulum Al Hadith (with all its branches), Asserah N’nabawiyyah (Biography of the Prophet, SAW), and Quran Recitation according to the proper rules of Tajweed, Memorisation and Explanatory meanings (Tafseer).

She has, consistently, met high standards in teaching Arabic grammar by implementing new methods that have been developed based on scientific / linguistic strategies. She has successfully, implemented a modified version of “TPRS” or “Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Story-telling” in teaching Arabic as a foreign language. She has also Written Arabic poems, Anaasheed and plays to make both learning and teaching Arabic enjoyable and effective.

Why Choose This Course?

There are many Arabic and Islamic Studies courses on offer. What makes this course different?

  • This course is designed and taught by a scholar of highest reputation and recognition who is an authority and expert of the Arabic Language and Islamic Sciences. He has over 30 years experience in teaching in both Islamic colleges and Western universities. He has authored and translated over 25 titles relating to Arabic and Islamic Sciences including the 57-volume work, ‘Al-Muhaddithat’, on Women Scholars of Islam. 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 for teaching ‘Alimiyyah (Islamic Scholarship Degree) students.


  • This course combines both Arabic and Islamic Studies in one Diploma. This gives students the unique opportunity to apply the language 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 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 is structured for part time study – 3 hours a week with the teacher and 3 to 6 hours a week in self study. Students will have the flexibility to follow the course while continuing with other studies or work, from anywhere in the world. They can also catch up and revise with recordings of each class for one whole week (or more in exceptional circumstances).


  • 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.


  • This course is designed in such a way that the main teaching is supplemented by online tutorial assistance and student support to help with difficult concepts and exercise questions.


  • This course offers a diploma that is highly valued in itself. Successful completion of the two years will also provide a solid foundation and stepping stone for further Islamic studies.


  • This course is priced in the most affordable way although it is superior to equivalent courses at prestigious universities around the world.


  • Designed and taught by a scholar of the highest reputation, recognition & authority
  • Taught in the English and Arabic Languages
  • Course notes [Course work book ] made available in pdf form
  • Course textbooks made available in pdf form
  • Online Student Collaboration System for discussion and questions
  • Online Tutor Collaboration System for queries and assistance
  • Online Recorded Access Worldwide
  • High quality HD video delivery system
  • Classes accessible throughout the course for catch up and revision at no extra cost
  • Ideal for adults and children over 15yrs
  • Well above A-Level standard achieved – high proficiency in classical and modern Arabic including ancient poetry
  • Prerequisite for 2-year ‘Alimiyyah Degree
  • Exam held at the end of each term
  • Diploma granted on successful completion by the Cambridge Islamic College

Class Timing:

The academic year starts in October and continues until September of the following year.

Year 1

  • Fridays 7:00 pm  (3 hours a week) – total 120 hours – Pre Recorded Lectures by Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi
  • Thursdays 08:00 PM (2 hours a week)  Live Tutorials by Ustadh Akhlaaq Chowdry
  • Class recordings accessible throughout the course (full year)
  • 10 Weeks per Term – 40 Weeks per Year
  • Email support – 5 days a week during term time

Year 2 

  • Fridays 6:30 pm  (4 hours a week) – total 160 hours – Pre Recorded Lectures by Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi
  • Thursdays 08:00 (2 Hours a week) Live Tutorials by Dr Z. Taoufik
  • Online Pre-recorded Classes every Friday during Term
  • Class recordings accessible throughout the course (full year)
  • 10 Weeks per Term – 40 Weeks per Year


  • Online Worldwide @ Home (Primary Location)

Tutorials by a Qualified Tutor


Year 2:  One Time Slot

Time Slot 1: Thursdays  08:00 pm – 10:00 pm (2 hours a week)

  • Tutorial recordings are accessible for the duration of the course.


Term Dates – Academic Year Oct 2021 – Oct 2023

Year-1 [Oct2021-Oct2022]
Term Start Date End Date Exam Start Date Exam End Date
Term-1 08/10/2021 10/12/2021 31/12/2021 02/01/2022
Term Break 11/12/2021 06/01/2022 N/A
Term-2 07/01/2022 11/03/2022 25/03/2022 27/03/2022
Term Break 12/03/2022 31/03/2022 N/A
Term-3 01/04/2022 03/06/2022 17/06/2022 19/06/2022
Term Break 04/06/2022 23/06/2022 N/A
Term-4 24/06/2022 26/08/2022 23/11/2022 01/12/2022
Term Break 27/08/2022 13/10/2022 N/A
Year-2 [Oct2022-Oct2023]
Term Start Date End Date Exam Start Date Exam End Date
Term-1 14/10/2022 16/12/2022 30/12/2022 01/01/2023
Term Break 17/12/2022 05/01/2023 N/A
Term-2 06/01/2023 10/03/2023 24/03/2023 26/03/2023
Term Break 11/03/2023 30/03/2023 N/A
Term-3 31/03/2023 02/06/2023 16/06/2023 18/06/2023
Term Break 03/06/2023 22/06/2023 N/A
Term-4 23/06/2023 25/08/2023 22/09/2023 02/10/2023

Term Dates – Academic Year Oct 2020 – Oct 2022

Year-1 [Oct2020-Oct2021]
Term Start Date End Date Exams Dates
Term-1 30-Oct-2020 01-Jan-2021 22-Jan-2021 to 24-Jan-2021
Term Break 02-Jan-2021 28-Jan-2021
Term-2 29-Jan-2021 02-Apr-2021 16-Apr-2021 to 18-Apr-2021
Term Break 03-Apr-2021 22-Apr-2021
Term-3 23-Apr-2021 25-Jun-2021 09-Jul-2021 to 11-Jul-2021
Term Break 26-Jun-2021 15-Jul-2021
Term-4 16-Jul-2021 17-Sep-2021 22-Oct-2021 to 30-Oct-2021
Term Break 18-Sep-2021 04-Nov-2021 N/A
Year-2 [Oct2021-Oct2022]
Term Start Date End Date Exam Dates
Term-1 05-Nov-2021 07-Jan-2022 21-Jan-2022 to 23-Jan-2022
Term Break 08-Jan-2022 27-Jan-2022
Term-2 28-Jan-2022 01-Apr-2022 15-Apr-2022 to 17-Apr-2022
Term Break 02-Apr-2022 21-Apr-2022
Term-3 22-Apr-2022 24-Jun-2022 08-Jul-2022 to 10-Jul-2022
Term Break 25-Jun-2022 14-Jul-2022
Term-4 15-Jul-2022 16-Sep-2022 21-Oct-2022 to 31-Oct-2022
Term Break 17-Sep-2022 29-Oct-2022

Term Dates – Academic Year [Oct 2019-Oct 2021]

Term Year-1  [Oct 2019- Dec 2020]
Start Date End Date Exam Date
Term-1  4th Oct 2019 13th Dec 2019 20th to 22nd Dec 2019
Term Break  23rd Dec 2019 – 2nd Jan 2020
Term-2  3rd Jan 2020  13th Mar 2020  21st to 23rd Mar 2020
Term Break  24th Mar 2020 – 16th Apr 2020
10th Jul 2020
11th Sept 2020
25th – 27th Sept 2020
Term Break 28th Sept – 15th Oct 2020
 16th October 2020
18th December 2020   No Term Exam
Term Break 11th Jan – 21st Jan 2021
Final Exam 29th Jan – 9th Feb 2021
Year-2  [Feb 2021 -Dec 2021]
Start Date End Date Exam Date
Term-1 TBC
Term Break TBC
Term-2 TBC
Term Break
Term-3 TBC
Term Break
Term-4 TBC  No Exam
Term Break
Final Exam TBC

Term Dates – Academic Year [Oct2018-Oct2020]

Term Year-1 [Oct2018-Oct2019]
Start Date End Date Exam Date
Term-1 12th Oct 2018 14th Dec 2018 29th to 31st Dec 2018
Term Break 15th Dec 2018 – 3rd Jan 2019
Term-2 4th Jan 2019 8th Mar 2019 15th to 17th Mar 2019
Term Break 9th Mar 2019 – 28th Mar 2019
Term-3 29th Mar 2019  31st May 2019 8th to 10th Jun 2019
Term Break 1st Jun 2019 – 4th July 2019
Term-4 5th Jul 2019 6th Sep 2019 No Exam
Term Break 7th Sep 2019 – 19th Sept 2019
Final Exam 10th to 16th Oct 2019
year-2 [Oct2019-Dec2020]
Start Date End Date Exam Date
Term-1 18th Oct 2019 20th Dec 2019 4th Jan to 6th Jan 2020
Term Break 7th Jan 2020- 16th Jan 2020
Term-2 17th Jan 2020 20th Mar 2020 28th Mar to 30th Mar 2020
Term Break 31st Mar 2020 – 23rd Apr 2020
Term-3 10th July 2020 11th Sept 2020 25th – 27th Sept 2020
Term Break 28th Sept – 15th Oct 2020
Term-4 16th October 2020 18th December 2020 No Term Exam
Term Break 11th Jan – 21st Jan 2021
Final Exam 1st Feb – 11th Feb 2021



A brief introduction to the individual texts that will be used as course reference for the Diploma

Al ‘Arabiyyah lil-nash’een
This text constitutes the primary content for the course. This covers 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.

Stories of the Prophets
by Shaykh Abul Hasan ‘Ali Nadwi
This is part of a series developed by Shaykh Abul Hasan ‘Ali Nadwi written especially for children to help them learn the Arabic language using prophetic stories written in a simple but clear Arabic style which become progressively more elaborate. Used as a primer for those learning the Arabic language, it is taught in Islamic seminaries around the world.

Principles of Arabic Morphology
by Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi
This text constitutes a concise introduction to the science of Arabic Morphology (As-Sarf).

Principles of Arabic Grammar
by Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi
This text constitutes a concise introduction to the science of Arabic Grammar (Al-Nahw).

Kalila wa-Dimna (Arabic Prose)
Kalila and Dimna, named after the two jackals who
are the main characters, is a book of fables originally written in Sanskrit sometime in the fourth century A.D. Three hundred years later Ibn al-Mukaffa’ translated
it into Arabic in a style so lucid it is still considered a model of Arabic prose.

Al-Ihkam (Hadith Collection)
This is a collection of Hadith pertaining specifically to the juristic rulings as taken from the major Hadith Collections (Bukhari/Muslim). Compiled by Dr Akram Nadwi.

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.

Hamasah – The Book of Manners (Poetry) by Abu Tammam
The Hamasah (Arabic for “exhortation”) is one of the greatest anthologies of Arabic literature ever written. There are ten books of poems in the Hamasah, all classified by subject. Some of them are selections from long poems. This is one of the treasuries of early Arabic poetry, and the poems are of exceptional beauty. The book of Manners is one of the ten books.

Shadha Al ‘Arf
(Advanced Arabic Morphology)
by Hamalawy
This concise text constitutes a detailed study of the science of Arabic Morphology (Al-Sarf).

Sharh of Qatrul-Nada (Advanced Arabic Grammar) by Ibn Hisham
This is an advanced book in the science of Arabic 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.

Course Introduction Video


“Learning Arabic with Shaykh Akram Nadwi has been a great experience so far. We are just ending our first term of the first year of this Two year Diploma and the progress in these 10 weeks has been simply outstanding Alhamdulillah! Studying Arabic under the Shaykh is not just about learning the language but we are honored to benefit from his knowledge of the subject (Ilm) and humility in his character (Hilm). Getting enrolled in the Diploama in Arabic and Islamic Studies (DAIS) is an opportunity that is one of its kind. And I would recommend everyone who wishes to understand the Language of The Qur’an, and is able to do so, to enroll into the Second Term of DAIS that is starting from January, InshaAllah.” – Sharjeel Aalim, Dubai, UAE

“May Allâh reward Cambridge Islamic College immensely by this magnificent course that you by tawfîq of Allâh have been able to organise. Such a tremendous opportunity to study with Shaykh Akram, and the high quality of delivery of such a course, I cannot thank Allâh enough nor can I thank the organisers enough. Your efforts are clearly seen. I pray Allâh accepts them in the mizan al hasanat. In 10 weeks the benefit I’ve experienced is life changing. Min fadlillah.” – Sarfraz Shahid, United Kingdom

“Alhamdulillah, learning Arabic language with Shaikh Akram Nadwi at Cambridge Islamic College has been a truly enlightening experience. The course is fast-paced, and this is exactly what I needed, alhamdulillah! The classes are always very refreshing and energizing. Shaikh’s great teaching style will inshaAllaah build the foundation of Arabic language properly for all the students both live and online. The course is indeed getting more and more exciting as each week is going by, leaving us enthralled and craving for more knowledge of nahw and sarf, bi’idhnillahi ta’ala. May Allaah subhanahu wa ta’ala reward the Shaikh and the whole team immensely with khair!” – Syeda Madeeha Bokhari, Dhaka, Bangladesh

“We are only coming up to the end of the first term of Diploma in Arabic and Islamic Studies with the Sheikh Akram Nadwi and I can feel the difference already. Unlike when I had studied Arabic elsewhere (on and off for several years), I feel keen to memorise vocabulary and to start conversations in Arabic. I am currently studying the diploma in Introduction to Classical Islamic Texts and truly feel honoured to be studying with the Sheikh. In Shaa Allah, I look forward to studying more diplomas with Cambridge Islamic College and highly recommend others to do so too.” – Sharmin Chowdhury, London, United Kingdom

“The best part of learning Arabic Language with Shaykh Akram has been the fact that you can see in the class how not a single moment is wasted and all those three hours are productive hours of active learning, Alhamdulillah. I am able to learn actively because I can see how deeply grounded Shaykh is in this field and how much efforts he has been giving in trying to make the learning of this language easy for his students. I have been on this journey of learning the Arabic language for a few years now, under several teachers, and learning under Shaykh Akram has been one of the most fulfilling experiences. He really emphasizes on the fact that students must work hard and I think I have internalized this quite well Alhamdulillaah and I do make the effort of repeating the lessons forty times! Anyone who is passionate and has the dedication to learn the Arabic language, must enroll into this program, even if online. The Cambridge Islamic College team works really hard to make sure people have a good online experience and doing the classes online myself, I must say we do have a great experience online, Alhamdulillaah.” – Faria Alam, Cambridge United Kingdom

“After only ten weeks of the Cambridge Islamic College (CIC) diploma in Arabic and Islamic studies I am able to see a real difference in my own understanding of Arabic, Arabic text has gone from being a jumble of letters to actual words and sentences, and I can even translate some! I can’t compare this course with others as I haven’t had much experience with Arabic, but I ask my friends who have degrees and A-levels in Arabic for help when I am unsure about something and they have all remarked on the speed of my progress and the comprehensiveness of this course compared with their own experiences of learning Arabic.

You become aware thought interacting with other students that there is a wide variation in the level of knowledge people on the course have, yet as it always is when Shaykh Akram teaches you never feel like the content of the lesson is too advanced, and as well as teaching Arabic Shaykh Akram effortlessly manages to teach you Islamic sciences and history all in one.

I would highly recommend this course to anybody serious about wanting to learn Arabic, you do have to be prepared to put in the time and effort, but CIC give make it easier for you, the Learning Management System (LMS) is fantastic and allows you to access high quality recordings of the lectures at times that suit you, gives you access to knowledgeable tutors and communication with other students, the homework assignments each week are a great method to encourage you to keep up with your learning through the week, and the feed-back and individual support you get for an online course is incredible and well worth the price.” – Tanzila Aziz, London, UK

“It is a great honour and privilege to be taught by a scholar of such great rank, knowledge and humility. I am finding the course immensely rewarding in so many ways. Furthermore, the organisers – Cambridge Islamic College – are extremely professional and have provided a very structured and high quality course, both with the online facilities and on location in Oxford.” – Muhammad Meki, PhD Student, Oxford, United Kingdom

“I have studied Arabic with Shaykh Akram for many years. I find the CIC classes beneficial for revision mainly. What is great is that I go to learn Arabic but return with having also learnt important lessons related to Hadith, Tafsir and general motivating gems. Being an online student I thought I would miss out but the extra resources catered to the online students such as the forums and tutorials almost makes up for not being present in the class.” – Hala Akram, Oxford, United Kingdom

“I truly think that this course by Shaykh Akram and Cambridge Islamic College is the best part time Arabic course available. Listening to Shaykh Akram speak and observing his etiquettes makes me think of the Sunnah, there are very few people like this, who have such a love for the ummah and the deen and strive their utmost to benefit the Muslims. His teaching style is very engaging, at times he mentions stories of the salaf just to inspire the students. The mere fact that a scholar of such a high calibre is teaching complete beginners is really something to be taken advantage of. Most other Arabic courses are not taught by people that are properly qualified and they fail to motivate their students. This is not the case with Shaykh Akram Nadwi! With regards to the textbooks it is not the typical books used by most courses to teach Arabic, which is awesome as it’s not purely grammar and not purely conversational. There is a great balance, it keeps the course interesting and the students eager to learn more.

The Cambridge Islamic College team is doing an amazing job at making sure we have plenty of support outside of the weekly lessons. With weekly tutorials and tutor dialogues where you can interact with teachers who can answer your questions either in the tutorial or via a personal message allows a greater exposure to the language. All in all I would thoroughly recommend this course to everyone as there is nothing like it available in the west and this opportunity may not come again!” – Azam Mohamed, Undergraduate Student, London, United Kingdom

“I am currently enrolled on the Arabic & Islamic Studies Diploma course which is being taught my Shaykh Muhammad Akram Nadwi. I had two reasons for signig up to this course; my newly found ‘love ‘ for the Arabic language and also because it was to be taught by one of the renowned scholars of our time. I am thorughly enjoying the course and think the course structure and syllabus is very good. The Shaykh’s method of teaching the language before introducing grammar is a very good approach, as when one teaches a child to speak you do not explain the grammar rules first! When the grammar is then introduced I beleive it will make more sense inshAllah. The live classes are very interactive and the Shaykh encourages everone to participate. There is plenty of time to ask questions both online and in live classes.

The admin team are very prompt with replying to any questions,queries or problems that are raised by students and try their best to accomodate the needs of every student as best they can. Within the first term there is already a sense of brother/sisterhood developing almost like we are becoming a family which is an added bonus!

I attend most of my sessions online and admin staff ensure that online users ‘voices’ are heard by asking our questions and reading out any comments or suggestions we have. I am already gaining confidence reading Arabic texts and hope to end this course after two years being able to speak, read and write fluently in Arabic inshAllah.” – Ghazzala Hussain, London, United Kingdom

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is the Online live or recorded? How do you cater for different time zones?

The Online classes are pre-recorded and you can ask questions via Learning Management System. However to cater for different time zones, the videos will be available to watch for the whole week following the class. Those who missed the live sessions can also benefit from this without any extra charge.

2. How can I catch up if I miss a class for an unavoidable reason?

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure attendance. Cambridge Islamic College has no obligation for anyone if they miss classes. However, students may revisit the recordings for a particular week within one week of a class until the next class happens. This applies for both onsite and online attendance.

3. How can I make payment?

You can either make payment via Paypal. Please note that payment made is not refundable.

4. Do I have to pay for the whole year?

You can pay for the whole year of the Arabic diploma by making one discounted payment as mentioned on the registration page.


5. Can I pay in instalments?

Yes you can pay in easy monthly instalments of £100 a month.

6. Can I share the online access with others?

No the online access is for the registered student only. It would be a violation of the condition of enrolment and a violation of trust to share the access with anyone else in any form including watching together as a group or family. Anyone who wishes to follow the diploma programme needs to enrol. There are discounts for family and groups.

7. How are the students assessed?

Students are assessed through exams. The exams are held online via our learning management system. Students are allowed up to 30 days after the last class to complete the exams. There will be two 2-3 hour exams. They are closed book exams testing the general understanding of the material taught. Diplomas are awarded to those who successfully complete the exams. Exams can be taken from anywhere in the world.

Optionally, the student are also encouraged to write an essay of minimum 2000 words on any two selected texts comparing the purpose, history, methodology and the effect. The best three essays as judged by a committee comprising of Shaykh Akram will be awarded prizes and may be published.

8. What is the medium of instruction? Does one need to know Arabic?

The medium of instruction is English. The knowledge of Arabic language is NOT essential for this programme.

9. How will this diploma programme help me?

The Diploma in the Arabic Language brings a unique opportunity for students to not only learn the Arabic Language but also build strong foundation in the language which is an utmost necessity for engaging in any serious Islamic studies program. The diploma is carefully designed by Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi who holds a PhD in Arabic language and is an expert classical arabic. The program will also serve as basis for the students who are planning to continue their full time studies with Cambridge Islamic College.


10. Are there any pre-requisites for enrolling for this programme?

The only pre-requisite is that you have the desire and the motivation to learn, think and understand. In addition to that you should be able to read the Qur’an and also able to write in Arabic. However no understanding of the Arabic language is required.

11. Is this Diploma accredited?

Yes it is awarded by the Cambridge Islamic College which is launching in Cambridge soon for advanced Islamic Studies. Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi is the Dean and the Academic Director of the College.

12. Can I enrol for individual classes?

No the enrolment is for the full diploma programme only. The diploma is very popular and we expect the places to be filled soon. There will be no places for individual classes.

13. What are the timings for the classes?

The classes are held from 7:00PM to 10:00PM (UK time) in Year 1 and 6:30PM to 10:30PM (UK time) in Year 2 every Friday during term time.

14. What is the refund policy?

Once enrolled for the programme the full payment is due. This can be paid at once or through installments. There will be no refunds for cancellations or for non-attendance.

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