Aalimah Course

The Aalimah Course is designed to equip sisters with key Islamic sciences needed to develop a thorough understanding of Islam under the guidance of experienced and learned Scholars (Ulama).

The course is covered in 6 years, during which students achieve a comprehensive understanding of Classical Arabic, key sciences of Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence), Hadeeth (Prophetic Traditions) and Tafseer (Commentary of Qur’an).

The Aalimah course is available at the Madrasah site in Birmingham and also online (from September 2020).

The Aalimah course study programme is immensely rewarding spiritually and academically. However, it does require a degree of commitment to study and discipline. Applicants should ensure they are able to dedicate time and energy towards their studies before applying.

Minimum entry age and the Pre-Aalimah Course:

  • 13 Years+
  • Admission into any year of the Aalimah course is possible, provided that the applicant displays appropriate academic ability and evidence of previous studies.
  • Students below the age of 13 should enrol on the Pre-Aalimah course (1 or 2 years) and not on the Aalimah Course.
  • The pre-Aalimah course is specifically designed for girls who have finished their Maktab studies, are of early secondary school age (Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9) and wish to go on and study the Aalimah course.
  • The pre-Aalimah course operates 3 days a week (Mon, Wed and Fri) allowing plenty of time for school homework, whilst ensuring students attain a quality Islamic education in preparation for the Aalimah Course.

Language of Instruction:

  • English in the early years as required.
  • Urdu as a language will be taught in the early years enabling students to develop proficiency in the Urdu language also.
  • As students progress through the Aalimah course, Urdu will be used more commonly. In the final two years lectures of Qur’an, Hadeeth and Fiqh will be in the Urdu language.

Current Timings:

  • Year 1 to Year 4: 4:45pm to 6:45pm (Monday to Friday)
  • Year 5 to Year 6: 9:00am to 3:00pm (Monday to Friday)

Holiday Schedule:

  • Academic year begins in September and runs until July
  • Holidays normally in line with UK School holidays (Birmingham City Council)


  • During the academic year, students will participate in approx 6 module examinations and one final end of year examination.

Academic Fees:

  • Year 1 to Year 4: £65 per month (11 payments during an academic year)
  • Year 5 to Year 6: £200 per month (11 payments during an academic year)


  • Year 1 to Year 4: Lessons are conducted by Female Mual’limahs.
  • Year 5 to Year 6: Lectures are conducted by Senior Male Lecturers with full regard for Hijaab/Purdah regulations.

Senior Lecturers:

  • Mufti Abu Zafar Saheb – Senior lecturer of Hadeeth (Imam – Kings Heath Masjid – Birmingham)
  • Mawlana Maseehullah Patel – Senior lecturer of Tafseer and Hadeeth (Executive Head Teacher/Principal – Green Oak Academy – Birmingham)
  • Mawlana Ebrahim Esakjee Saheb – Senior lecturer of Tafseer, Hadeeth and Fiqh (Director – Bilal Academy – Walsall)
  • Mawlana Abdullah Patel Saheb – Senior lecturer of Tafseer, Hadeeth and Fiqh (Imam – Masjid Hidayah – Dewsbury)