Ebrahim College honoured the achievements of around 90 students from the Arabic Intensive and Alimiyyah Programmes in a graduation ceremony on Saturday 11th March 2017 held at The Atrium London.
The ceremony was hosted by Barrister Rizwan Hussain (CEO TV One, Presenter, Philanthropist) and opened with a heart warming recitation of the holy Quran by Alimiyyah student Hameemul Islam.
Keynote speakers included Shaykh Shams Ad Duha (Ebrahim College), Dr Mansur Ali (University of Cardiff) and Hafiz Mushfique Uddin (Ebrahim College).
Speaking at the ceremony, Shaykh Shams Ad Duha, Co-Founder of Ebrahim College said: “Those who have graduated from the Arabic Intensive, we pray that they go on in their journey insha’Allah. And those who have completed the Alimiyyah programme, we pray that they will become great future leaders and representatives of Islam and leaders of the community insha’Allah”.
Graduating from the Arabic Intensive Programme, Asmaa Mahmmod reflected on her time during the course: “[I am] really grateful to Allah that I have graduated from this course. The sisterhood that developed in our class was so great, I am never going to forget the sisters. On a day to day level when I recite the Quran, the verses that I recite, I understand them and that helps me reflect and ponder on the verses”.
Tasnim Begum, also graduating from the Arabic Intensive Programme added: “I remember last year when we were studying Seerah my Ustadh quoted [in Arabic] ‘you will not appreciate a blessing until it has been taken away from you’. Once I left here [Ebrahim College] I realised how much of a blessing my teachers were”.
Ebrahim College was established in 2003 as a Darul Uloom style seminary appropriate for the modern world. The aim was to benefit from the rigour and credibility of the traditional Darul Uloom and, where it was deemed beneficial, merge it with the best in modern curriculum development, pedagogy, technology and research.
The Arabic Intensive Programme
Ebrahim College has developed a unique curriculum for an Arabic Language programme that aims to enable students to be able to read, write, speak and understand Arabic in one year.
The Arabic Intensive is taught at our main campus in London and is designed for students motivated to learn Arabic in order to gain access to the Qur’an in its language, access to Islamic texts, future academic study or even for personal enrichment.
The Arabic Intensive can also be studied part time over two years – either 3 weekday evenings a week or Sundays only.
The work of the College in higher education and research includes:
- The ‘Alimiyyah Programme – a four-year, contextualised, multi-disciplinary, undergraduate level programme in Arabic, Shari’ah, Theology, and various aspects of the humanities
- The Dawrah al-Hadith Programme – a one-year masters level programme with an intense focus on Hadith according to the seminary tradition, starting from September 2016
- A postgraduate development programme for seminary graduates and imams
- A research centre – the Centre for Islamic Thought and Education.
The College also runs between 60 and 70 courses a term for adults of all ages covering all aspects of Islam and Muslim life. These courses run on-campus, online, and in the form of outreach based weekend intensives.