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Dawrah Al-Hadith

The Dawrah al-Hadith is an intensive study of the major collections of hadith. Customarily, in many seminaries in the Muslim world, this year concludes Alimiyyah studies with students receiving their ijazah from their teachers in the respective hadith compilations.

Mode of Attendance

1 year full-time | Monday – Friday | 9am – 5pm with some evenings and weekends. Exact details to be confirmed.

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The Dawrah al-Hadith is an intensive study of the major collections of hadith. Customarily, in many seminaries in the Muslim world, this year concludes Alimiyyah studies with students receiving their ijazah from their teachers in the respective hadith compilations.

Students will study the texts of hadith with commentary exploring the most prominent scholastic interpretations of the hadiths in terms of their linguistic, theological, spiritual, and juristic implications. It is an opportunity for students to engage with the Islamic tradition in the most normative way possible: a comprehensive survey of the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and grant him peace).

At EC, the programme is slightly broadened to include an advanced study of Uloom al-Hadith, making the programme resemble a takhassus in hadith, as well as some contextual studies in economics, philosophy, apologetics, and other aspects of the humanities. This will be achieved through broad commentary of the hadiths in some cases, and through dedicated modules in others. It is also benchmarked against masters level outcomes (based on QAA guidelines), and this is reflected in teaching and assessment strategies.

In line with the tradition of the Dawrah al-Hadith, all students enrolled on the full programme, will recieve ijazah in hadith transmission. This will be complimented with a series of maqra’as, or readings of the respective hadith compilations.


This programme is open to male and female students.

Hadith Studies Modules – Compulsory

  1. Major Hadith collections, compilers and shuruh
  2. Advanced Uloomul Hadith
  3. Takhreej Training

Hadith themes – Compulsory

  1. Generalities: Iman, Ilm, Dawah, Fazaail
  2. Akhlaqiyaat: Morality, Zuhd, Taqwa, excellence, ethics
  3. Ibadaat: Fasting, Zakat, Hajj Rituals
  4. Mu’sharat: Nikah, Talaq and Conflict Resolution
  5. Mu’amalaat: Business transactions, Finances and Economics
  6. Sira: Ghazawat, Siyar, politics, international relations and Diplomacy
  7. Tafseerul Qur’an:  Subject wise or Sura order *

* Each theme will be taught based on the hadiths from al-Sihah al-Sittah, Muwatta Imam Malik, Muwatta Imam Muhammad, and Sharh Ma’anil Athar. 

Hadith themes – Optional

  1. Ibadaat: Taharah and Salah

Contextual courses: A selection of these courses will be compulsory

  1. History of Ideas
  2. Modern Islamic Thought
  3. Business and entrepreneurship
  4. Leadership and Imamah
  5. Activism: the art of caring for others
  6. Philosophy of Islam

Optional Sama’ah Modules

  1. Bukhari
  2. Muslim
  3. Tirmidhi
  4. Abu Dawud
  5. Nasai
  6. Ibn Majah
  7. Muwattah
  8. Sharh Ma’anil athar
  9. Muwattah Imam Muhammad

Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi
Al-Salam Institute

Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi is a world-renowned scholar of Indian origin, who has resided in England for an extensive time. After receiving in-depth training to an advanced level in the traditional Islamic disciplines at Nadwat al-Ulama, Lucknow, India, and receiving a PhD in Arabic literature from Lucknow University, he became a research fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, where he conducted research for a number of years (including topics of Hadith and Sufi orders in India). He has published widely in Urdu, Persian, Arabic and English, including translations (like his work on Shah Wali Allah), editions of Arabic texts (such as a renowned critical edition of Usul al-Shashi in Hanafi jurisprudence), and original monographs (on Islamic law, women hadith narrators and such figures as Abu Hanifa and Sayyid Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi).

Shaykh Dr al-Shareef Hatim ibn ‘Arif Al-Awni
Umm Al-Qura University, Saudi Arabia

Born in Ta’if, Saudi Arabia, from the descendants of the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him, Shaykh Hatim has a doctorate in Islamic shari’ah from Umm al-Qura University in Makkah, and is currently a Professor in Islamic Shari’ah at Umm al-Qura.

Shaykh Hatim has written over 40 published books and academic papers. Full details of his academic work can be found on his website as follows:

Dr. Muhammad Mansur Ali
Cardiff University

Dr. Mansur Ali studied classical Islamic studies and Arabic at Darul Uloom Bury, UK and Al-Azhar University Cairo, Egypt. He then completed his postgraduate studies in Middle Eastern Studies (Hadith studies) at the University of Manchester researching for a PhD dissertation on the ‘Importance of the Isnad in  Al-Tirmidhi’s Sunan’. He is interested in Hadith studies as well as applied Islamic theology and ethics. He has authored a number of books and academic journal articles on the subject of Hadith, chaplaincy, drug addiction and Islamic theology, and practical theology. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Khatib at the Darul Isra Mosque, Cardiff, UK. He is also recipient of the 2015 BISCA awards (

You can read more here:

Mufti Abdul Qadir Barkatullah
Ebrahim College

Mufti Abdul Qadir Barkatulla is a prominent Sharia scholar with a strong background in economics and finance. He is a member of the Sharia Supervisory Committees of several Islamic financial institutions including United National Bank, Alburaq of Arab Banking Corporation London and Lloyds TSB. He is also a member of the Islamic Sharia Council.

Mufti Barkatulla initially graduated in Islamic Studies at the famous Darul Uloom, Deoband, India where he was also trained as a Mufti (qualified to issue Islamic authoritative edicts) in 1974. Moving to London in 1979, he pursued his studies and attained both B.Sc. (1985) and M Phil (1992)

As one of the Sharia Judges at the Islamic Sharia Council, Mufti Barkatulla has wide experience of dealing with socio-cultural issues affecting Muslims living in the UK.

Shaykh Shams Ad-Duha Muhammad
Ebrahim College

Shaykh Shams Ad-Duha Muhammad was brought up in East London. He is hafiz of the Qur’an which he memorised partly in his own locality and then completed at the famous Darul Uloom in Dewsbury (Institute of Islamic Education). He then continued at the same institute and studied Arabic language, Tajweed, Fiqh and other subjects in the early years of the traditional Darul Uloom curriculum. He then moved to Al-Jamia al-Islamia in Nottingham to continue his advanced studies with shuyukh like Shaykh Fazlur Raheem, Shaykh Abdul Haq (both students of the great Shaykh Hussain Ahmad Madani) among others, from whom he studied, advanced Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, Ulumul hadith, Hadith and Tafsir. To complete his Darul Uloom studies he travelled to Bangladesh in 1997 to study hadith texts and receive ijaza under the late Shaykh Abdul Aziz Doyamiri and the late Shaykh Nuruddin Goharpuri (Allah have mercy on them both) and other shuyukh, where he also came first in his graduation class. Shaykh Shams also holds a Masters in Islamic studies from the University of London.

Since graduation, the Shaykh initially focussed his work on improving maktab education for children. To this end he worked with Safar Academy in North London and the Burdett Estate masjid in East London where he was also Imam and Khateeb. In September 2000, the Shaykh helped found the Mazahirul Uloom Secondary school where he was appointed as the Vice-Principal. In December 2002, along with other respected Ulama Shaykh Shams founded Ebrahim College and is currently serving as Director and Principal and lectures on various Islamic sciences.

The Shaykh is a well-known speaker on a wide range of topics. His works on Arabic Language and Grammar and Islamic creed and theology are taught at Ebrahim College and will soon be published. He has also edited the translation of Ibn Rajab Hanbali’s Jami’ al-Uloom wa al-Hikam, published by Turath Publishing, and is currently working on the translations of Sharh Ma’ani al-Athar of Imam Abu Ja’far al-Tahawi, and the Qawaid fi Uloom al-Hadith and the Qawaid fi Usul al-Fiqh, of Shaykh Zafar Ahmad Uthmani. These will also be published by Turath Publishing inshaAllah.

Shaykh Mujahid Ali
Ebrahim College

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. He is currently the Head of Arabic Language at EC. 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.

Mufti Khalidul Haq
Ebrahim College

Mufti Khalidul Haq began memorising the Qur’an in Jami`a Islamiyya (Tunbridge Wells, Kent) and completed it in Darul Uloom London (Chislehurst, Kent). Thereafter, he began the Alimiyya programme and completed it in Madrasa Arabia Islamiyya (Johannesburg) where he also persued a specialisation in Fiqh under Mufti Muhammad Sa`id Mutara and Hadith under Shaykh Fadlur-Rahman al-A`zami. After graduating, he served as an Imam in Shah Jalal Mosque (Manor Park) and Poplar Mosque & Cultural Centre (Poplar). Currently, he teaches Tafsir, Hadith and Fiqh at the college.

Shaykh Mohammad Sbini
Ebrahim College

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
Ebrahim College

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


Completion of the Alimiyyah programme at EC, or equivalent studies such as studies up to Mawquf ‘Alaih or Mishkat in Darul Ulooms, or an undergraduate programme in shari’ah from an Islamic University.

Students who have not studied a dedicated programme at an institute such as the above may also be considered if they have studied privately and can demonstrate that they meet the following specific prerequisites:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with uloomul Qur’an and and themes and meanings of the Qur’an.
  • Comprehensive study of fiqh according to at least one juristic school and a general understanding of the opinions of others.
  • Study of the broad themes of hadith such Iman, Ibadat, Mu’amalaat, Mu’asharaat, etc.
  • Study of at least one established text in Usul al-Fiqh, Uloom al-Hadith, Uloom al-Qur’an, and classical Muslim theology (Aqeedah). 
  • Students would have to prove that they have studied the above with teachers rather than self studied them.
  • Familiarity with the Seerah and Islamic history even if through self study.
  • Proficiency in Arabic to be able to attend lectures delivered in Arabic and study the texts of the major hadith collections.

If you are unsure about meeting the prerequisites, please enquire directly.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Upon completion of this programme students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of ulum al-hadith, including: the development of hadith studies throughout history, production of complimentary genres such as tabaqat and rijal, early centres and major pre-canonical collectors.
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with the most famous sahabah and reliable narrators of hadith; and conversely well known weak narrators and the biographical data that explains the reasons for their lack of reliability; as well as the established techniques employed in critically evaluating hadith. 
  3. Demonstrate systematic understanding and knowledge of the nine major hadith works taught in the Dawrah al-Hadith programme as well as other genres of hadith works (musnad, musannaf, tabaqat, mustakhraj, amali, thabt, ma’ajim, etc), and of up to date knowledge of contributions made in the study of these texts. 
  4. Demonstrate systematic conceptual understanding  of the content of hadith in terms of:

Thematic content (abwab) of hadith across all major collections,

Context of individual and groups of narrations (asbab al-wurud),

The interplay between text and context, law and society, and an appreciation for what things looked like in real life.

The application of hadith in today’s context; current problems with and new insights in to its application.

The spectrum of classical and contemporary scholarly opinion on the interpretation of hadith.

Gharibul hadith.

Critical commentary related to the isnad of hadith.

The latest and current research and advanced scholarship in the above.

Awareness of hadith that are fabricated or extremely weak. 

Critical understanding of Western contributions to hadith and hadith sciences. 


  1. Demonstrate originality in the interpretation of hadith and its practical application to new and emerging situations using established techniques. 
  2. Demonstrate the capacity to engage closely with and evaluate the unique features of each text, the compilers’ methodology and objectives.
  3. Demonstrate independent competancy in proper referencing (takhrij) and critical evaluation (jarh wa ta’dil) of hadith narrations.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate past and current research and advanced scholarship in hadith and hadith sciences, and, where appropriate, propose new hypothesis. 
  5. “Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of scriptural data, and communicate conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences. 
  6. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level
  7. Recall from memory selected hadiths from each chapter (bab) with an emphasis on the narrations with the broadest wording. 
  8. Work in a self-disciplined and self-directed manner, showing both independence of mind and initiative.
  9. Have respect for others’ views even when disagreeing with them and demonstrate intellectual empathy.
  10. Demonstrate the ability to synthesise knowledge of the major islamic sciences of hadith, tafsir, and fiqh when dealing with a problem (mas’alah).

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 Dawrah al-Hadith Programme

Full time: £5000 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, the Arabic Intensive and the Dawrah Al-Hadith.

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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