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English Classical Islamic Learning


Program Description

English Classical Islamic Learning (ECIL) is a Pre-‘Alim’ course, designed to introduce men to the classical methodology of Islamic knowledge and scholarship through a modern educational approach. The philosophy of the course is distinct in its embrace of the entire academic tradition of the Ahl-al Sunnah wal-Jama’ah with respect for all scholars of TafsirHadithFiqh, and Usul al-fiqh. Moreover, ECIL highlights the importance of spiritual purification (tazkiyah) and inner reform (islah). We expect our students to not only learn the knowledge of the Deen of Islam but also the feelings and haqeeqah of the knowledge.

Those who complete the program over the course of several years will have studied all of the texts and disciplines traditionally taught in the conventional “‘Alim” course.  However being qualified and recognized as an ‘Alim requires a deep level of taqwa and tazkiyah that is only really obtained through live interaction and suhbah with senior scholars and shuyukh of our Ummah. Therefore, the last one to two years of the course must be performed live, in-person, onsite in one of our recommended institutions in the UK or South Africa.

As the course progresses year-to-year, we will continually encourage students to develop their spirituality and try to identify opportunities for them to do so.

Admissions for ECIL program for academic year 2017-18 are closed.

Once registrations open, the registration form shall be available here.

For more information, contact us at ecil@tazkiyahacademy.org.

Program Structure*

Program Duration: 5-6 Years

Weekly Time Commitment: 10-12 hours/week in class

Program Cost: Free

*Please note that all classes will be conducted online using an online teaching platform called WizIQ. WizIQ allows live audio broadcast of classes along with essential features such as whiteboard, screen share, class recordings and interaction with instructor using chatbox.

Curriculum Details for ECIL Year 1 

Students will enroll in each of the following courses as part of their first year in ECIL:

QUR 101 Introduction to Tajwid

QUR 102 Translation and Commentary of selected Juz

HDH 101 Zad at-Talebeen (Provision for Seekers) by Mawlana Ashiq Ilahi

ARB 101 Sarf (Morphology)

ARB 102 Nahw (Syntax)

FQH 101 Fundamentals of Fiqh (Fiqh of Taharah, Salah, Sawm, Zakah & Hajj). Students from Sha’afi Madhab will be given choice to study Sha’afi Fiqh.


For more details, please refer to the Student Handbook below.

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