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Access to Islamic Sciences

The Access to Islamic Sciences is designed to introduce you to the most important Islamic sciences in the Arabic language. You will study courses in tafsīr, hadīth, fiqh and their related foundational disciplines using Arabic texts, alongside a well-rounded set of Arabic language modules that will improve your Arabic proficiency. The programme is designed for someone who, with some proficiency in Arabic, wants to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to start a lifelong journey of studying the Qur’an, Sunnah and Islamic sciences in their language of origin. It is a stepping stone to formal and informal higher learning.

Mode of Attendance

1 year full-time | Monday – Friday | 9:00am – 4:30pm

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The Access to Islamic Sciences is designed to introduce you to the most important Islamic sciences in the Arabic language. You will study courses in tafsīr, hadīth, fiqh and their related foundational disciplines using Arabic texts, alongside a well-rounded set of Arabic language modules that will improve your Arabic proficiency. The programme is designed for someone who, with some proficiency in Arabic, wants to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to start a lifelong journey of studying the Qur’an, Sunnah and Islamic sciences in their language of origin. It is a stepping stone to formal and informal higher learning.

Who is it for?

People who:

  1. Cannot commit to the years needed to complete a full shari’ah programme, but want to know enough to be able to continue studying at an advanced level and be an informed Muslim.
  2. Want to study enough Islam to support their children’s Islamic education.
  3. Would like to work in the masjid environment as assistant Imams, youth directors, or serve as volunteers in an informed capacity.
  4. Want to engage in da’wa in a more informed and effective way.
  5. Want to pursue further studies of Islam at an undergraduate level either in the UK or abroad.
  6. Want to be proficient in the Arabic language and Islamically literate.


  • Alimiyyah 2 at Ebrahim College.
  • It may also be possible to progress to undergraduate studies at an Islamic university in the Middle East, or to Arabi sawm/chaharum (thalitha/rabi’a) at Darul Ulooms.

Learning outcomes

  • Knowledge of the revelation and codification of the Qur’an, as well as the the field of exegesis (tafsīr).
  • Ability to read and understand verses of the Qur’an, including their grammar and essential exegesis.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the legal implications and socio-political context of Qur’anic verses.
  • Ability to accurately translate Qur’anic passages into clear English.
  • Knowledge of terminology relevant to the Qur’anic disciplines.
  • Theoretical knowledge and practical application of correct Qur’anic recitation (tajwīd).
  • Knowledge of the transmission and collection of Hadith and essential terminology of the discipline.
  • Ability to read, translate and explain the content of Hadith narrations accurately.
  • Awareness of the prophetic biography (sīra ) and its importance in contextualising Hadith.
  • Memorisation of shorter narrations within the collections studied.
  • Ability to practically relate the guidance of Hadith to contemporary daily life.
  • Ability to consult primer texts in Islamic jurisprudence for rulings.
  • Knowledge of jurisprudential terminology and its use within texts.
  • Appreciation of legal argumentation and the evidences used by jurists.
  • Ability to analyse and solve related legal scenarios.
  • Basic appreciation of foundational principles (uṣūl) within the field of jurisprudence.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the different sectarian groups within early Islamic history.
  • Understanding the theological doctrines of Ahl al-Sunna wa-l-Jamāʿa.
  • Increased independence in study.
  • Application of learning to life and personal practice (pastoral).

Core Modules

  • Tajweed
  •  Arabic Language and Grammar (nahw) 
  • Arabic Literature 
  • Tafsir al-Tahlili (about one third of the Qur’an)
  • Ulum al-Qur’an 
  • Hadith (from various collections)
  • Mustalah al-Hadith
  • Seerah 
  • Fiqh
  • Usul al-Fiqh
  • Aqeedah
  • Personal Development

Elective Modules 

  • Academic English
  • Activism
  • Philosophy

Shaykh Mohammad Sbini

Shaykh Mohammad Sbini was born in 1967 in Damascus (Syria). He studied Shariah under the Grand Mufti of Syria Shaykh Ahmad Keftaro (RA) for about 15 years, at the Shariah Institute for Dawah and Guidance (Abu An-noor).

After he graduated he continued his education in The International Faculty for Dawah ( Damascus). He came to England in 1992 and has been involved in different Islamic activities and taught several different Islamic subjects such as Arabic, Usul Al-Fiqh, Shafe’e Fiqh, Aqeedah, and Seerah.

In 2002 he began lecturing at Ebrahim College and he has taught Arabic and Aqeedah. He currently teaches Seerah of The Prophet Muhmmad (SAW), the Stories of The Prophets (Qasas Al-Anbiya), Ulumul Hadith (Science of Hadith) and Usulul Fiqh (Principles of Jurisprudence).

Shaykh Ashraf Zaman

Shaykh Ashraf Zaman was born in Bangladesh and brought up in the UK. During his teens Shaykh Ashraf went away to West Yorkshire to study at the Institute of Islamic Education, Dewsbury, where he studied the Islamic sciences according to the Dars Nizami system. He then travelled to Pakstan and continued his studies at the renowned Darul-Uloom Karachi under some of the greatest scholars of the world such as Mufti Muhammad Taqi and Rafi Usmani, may Allah (SWT) protect them both.

He graduated from Darul-Uloom Karachi in 1996 with ijazah from his shuyukh. After graduation Shaykh Ashraf was devoted to helping the youth in East London, organizing lectures, study circles and other youth activities.

In 1999 he founded a media organization named An-Najm which propagated knowledge through the production and distribution of Islamic media products.

In 2003 Shaykh Ashraf became a Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) teacher at Ebrahim College and the head of the Fiqh department. He has also taught Balaghah (Rhetoric) and Tajweed. He has also compiled various resources on the subjects which he is continuing to develop for publication insha-Allah.

Shaykh Muhammad Bhuta

Bio coming soon

Ustadh Ibrahim Lawson

I have been working in education since 1982, first as a teacher of English as a foreign language, then a volunteer in the local mosque school project. After graduating from Cambridge as an RE teacher, I spent several years as a class teacher and head of department in a large inner-city comprehensive school. I also worked as a school advisor and teacher trainer for Section IX, the ethnic minority provision.

Following 3 years as the head teacher of an independent Islamic school, I worked for the National College for School Leadership as a researcher. I moved to London to help set up Ebrahim College in 2003 and became the Director of National Qualifications.

Following a year in the UAE as the principal of a large Islamic school, I returned to London on 2006 and continued working for Ebrahim College while also being the head teacher of Al Risalah Islamic secondary school in South London.

In 2010, I left Al Risalah to work on a PhD in the philosophy of Islamic education; I have continued to work at Ebrahim College in a variety of roles since then.

Throughout the last 30 years, I have been active in Islamic community affairs, running supplementary schools, participating in Islamic radio stations, giving talks, running summer schools, contributing to community publications and so on. I have also been on radio (including Radio 4 and the BBC World Service) and television regarding themes in Islamic education.

Ustadh Ali Amjad

Ustadh Amjad studied the Islamic Sciences Programme at Ebrahim College for six years. Having completed his studies at EC he went on to complete his studies in Hadith (dawrah) at The Institue of Islamic Education, Dewsbury, under the tutelage of Mufti Sayed Muslih al-Deen, Maulana Yusuf Darwan, Mufti Badat and many others receiving ijazahs for the 6 major hadith texts and more. He is also fortunate enough to have received ijazah in Qira’aatal-Sab’ from Maulana Mujahid at EC and Maulana Imtiyaz and also completed ‘Asharah under the latter in Dewsbury.

He is currently a lecturer at EC, teaching Nahw (Grammar), Tajweed and Hadith.

He has taught at Safar Academy for over 10 years and currently Is the head of the Edmonton Branch. He was one of the main co-authors of their published Islamic Studies syllabus series. 


For the past 3 years he has been delivering the Friday sermon at Hoxton Mosque.


Ustadh Mohammad Zillur Rahman

Ustadh Mohammad Zillur Rahman was born and raised in England. He began his Alimiyyah at the Institute of Islamic Education in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire where he studied the Islamic sciences and Hadith literature under renowned scholars such as: Sheikh Mufti Muslihuddin, Sheikh Yusuf Darwan, Sheikh Mufti Musa Badat and Sheikh Abul Qasim, from whom he also received ijazah.

Thereafter he completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies and a Masters in Islam: Politics and Society at the University of London.

Mohammad Zillur Rahman has been involved with Ebrahim College since 2008 and is currently a lecturer for the Alimiyyah and Arabic Intensive Programme.


Ustadha Amina Sultana

Amina studied a 3 year Arabic Language & Islamic Studies Programme at Jamia Al Hudaa (Nottingham). Thereafter she began teaching Tajweed to both adults and children alongside studying a BEd, in Primary Education & QTS. She continued her studies of Tajweed further in Jordan and Syria and received Ijazah in the Qira’ah of the Qur’an from Shaykh Al-Kurdi of Damascus.

Currently at EC, she is teaching Tajweed to students on the Full-time Intensive programme and the evening Adult Part Time Courses.

In the weekends she is a Quran Teacher for Habiba Institute and Palmers Green Masjid in North London.



Ustadha Safiyya Dhorat

Bio coming soon

Ustadh Aftab Ahmed

Bio coming soon

Shaykh Muhammad Hussain Kazi

Bio coming soon


  • Completeion of Ebrahim College’s ‘Arabic Intensive Programme’.
  • Completion of an equivalet Arabic programme in another institute.
  • Completion of Arabi Awwal or Ula in Darul Ulooms.


  • Demonstrate equivalent proficiency in the Arabic language


Level of Arabic will be determined based on informal assessment.

General Policy (please read this first)

Ebrahim College is a registered charity and as part of its vision and mission, it endeavours to provide its services at an affordable price or where possible for free. The College does not seek to make a profit but to cover the costs incurred in delivering its courses and services, and in sustaining quality and growth.

Many of the courses are subsidised by Khalil Foundation through the support of generous donors. For the last 10 years, the amount of money subsidised per student was substantial with more than a third of the cost of learning per student paid for by the Foundation. With the growth of student numbers each year, the total subsidy for all students has also ballooned to an unsustainable level. For this reason, it is the decision of the Trustees of Khalil Foundation that such huge subsidies can no longer be borne by the Foundation and students and guardians will have to bear the full cost of the education received.

However, EC remains committed to supporting students who are dedicated to our programmes but for genuine extenuating circumstances, cannot afford to pay the full cost. For such students, EC will continue to provide subsidies subject to an evaluation of financial status.

The actual cost of the full time programme is £5000 per year. Students and guardians who can afford to pay the full fees must do so.

Financial Support for Those Who Cannot Afford the Fees

If you are committed to joining one of our full time programmes, but cannot afford to pay the full fees, do not worry. It may be possible for you receive financial assistance from Khalil Foundation. Please go to the financial support page for details. Financial assistance applicants are required to fill in the Financial Support Form in addition to the standard application form for admission.

Student Fee for the Access to Islamic Sciences Programme

Full time: £5000 per year
Part time: £2500 per year


At Ebrahim College, we are committed to making Islamic education accessible to everyone by removing barriers to education. Those students for whom financial constraints is a barrier, subject to your status, we will find a way to support you, inshaAllah, and when we are unable to do that, we will help you support yourself. One way or the other, we will try our best to enable committed students to study our programmes no matter their circumstances. This means that we may be able to subsidise some of the cost of your programme and/or help you find ways to support yourself. This is especially true of full and part time programmes such as the Alimiyyah and the Arabic Intensive.

However, receiving financial support does not mean we are giving you a discount on fees, it means we are paying for part of the fees by raising the money from donors and through fundraising. Therefore, we have to be realistic about how much assistance we can give anyone and in most cases will keep the applicant informed about and involved in how the financial assistance is acquired.

Any financial assistance granted will be subject to status. Only scholarships that are granted based on merit and aptitude are an exception. This means that awards will be means tested and applicants will be expected to pay and self-finance what they can and prove that they cannot afford the remainder. This makes it fair for everyone and ensures that no one is refused admission on the basis of lack of affordability and the neediest students receive the support.
As a charity that exists only to serve the community, our aim is simple, people who are able to pay should pay, people who cannot should not be turned away because of it.


Financial support does not include any other expenses, for example living, transport and book costs. As it is purely to assist in cost of fees for the course, the College and Khalil Foundation reserve the right to provide support as they see appropriate. Reasons for not being awarded support are not provided. Students who receive financial support do not qualify for any other discounts.

Failure to Complete the Programme or Comply with student agreement

Students on financial support who drop out of the course or do not comply with the requirements of the student agreement without a valid reason will be charged the full course fees.

How to Apply

The application form can be found in the link below:

Download Financial Support Form

Please send all supporting documents along with your application.

Applications must be posted or handed into the College reception. You can also email your financial support application to:

Address the application to:

Arabic Intensive and Alimiyyah
Ebrahim College
80 Greenfield Road
E1 1EJ

Life at Ebrahim College

Ebrahim College is an institute of learning that is dedicated to Islamic Studies and providing a comprehensive service to the community. Thus a student that enrols here benefits from access to the many services and activities that exist at such an institution. Some are mentioned below:

Pastoral Tutorials:

Along with providing you with the best possible classroom experience, your personal and spiritual development is also important to us so that every student becomes and remains a person of integrity, piety and responsibility. A specific weekly tutorial with a tutor provides a platform for regular naseeha (counsel) and the opportunity to discuss any issues that students may have with their studies or their lives in general. Furthermore, the tutor remains the first contact for a student’s pastoral needs.

Constant Company of Scholars:

Every student at EC remains immersed in an environment where traditionally trained scholars of different specialities and interests are always around. They teach various subjects, run study circles and organise and encourage extracurricular activities that students will be able to benefit from. Lifelong connections are formed and many of our students maintain a close relationship with their teachers, as per tradition, even after they have completed their studies.

In addition, some of the best scholars in the world and dignitaries from the Islamic World are regular visitors to EC. While people in the community have limited access to these luminaries, EC students are privileged with spending time with them and benefiting from them.

Leadership and Community Development:

Your teachers are more than just teachers; they are community leaders in their own right and are pivotal to their communities. You are also an integral part of your community as well as a torchbearer of knowledge. EC is dedicated to developing leaders of the future and inspiring dedication to the community in every student. If you have such aspirations, EC is just the right place where you will find the relevant academic, spiritual as well as vocational nourishment.

This is specifically catered for by encouraging students to participate in extracurricular activities and volunteering. Our weekly open-to-the-public study circle called ‘Seekers’ Station’ is organised by the students. Many students are given the opportunity to get involved in our children’s supplementary schools as teaching assistants, and given support to setup community initiatives in their localities. In addition there are opportunities to get involved in mentoring, fundraising, trips to umrah and retreats, events organising, da’wah and community activism.


EC’s facilities are dedicated and tailored to its students with private areas for women, dedicated study spaces, a library and prayer area, and constant access to the facilities and study spaces throughout the day.


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