Evening Aalimah Course (Sisters)

‘With whomsoever Allah Ta’ala desires goodness, He grants them a firm understanding of Deen (Religion).’

(Statement of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)

The Aalimah Course is a system of teaching advanced Islamic studies developed and adapted by Ulama (Scholars) which has proven successful throughout the ages in developing students spiritually and academically.

Graduates of the Aalimah course do not simply enrich themselves academically and spiritually but also become the means of guidance for many others.

The Aalimah Course is structured specifically for sisters around a series of text books which are studied each year of the course with a specific target in mind.

Students initially develop proficiency in the Arabic and Urdu languages which are critical for advanced Islamic studies and are then able to access a treasure trove of religious texts currently only available in these languages.

This is then followed by an in depth study of the Tafseer (Commentary) of the Qur’an and some of the major text books of fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) and the course culminates in the study of the 6 major books of Hadeeth including Saheeh Bukhari.

Through the grace of Allah Ta’ala and the efforts of senior scholars, our Mual’limahs (teachers) are compassionate, caring, skilled and well-trained. The focus is to develop students not only academically but to also train them to become beacons of spiritual guidance for others.

The Aalimah course is covered in 6 years, during which students achieve a comprehensive understanding of Classical Arabic (Nahw, Sarf), 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 Moseley (Birmingham) only.

Minimum entry requirements and the Pre-Aalimah Course:

  • 11 Years+
  • Admission into any year of the Aalimah course is possible, provided that the applicant displays appropriate academic ability and evidence of previous studies.
  • The pre-Aalimah course (Ie’dadia) is specifically designed for girls who wish to progress from Maktab studies into the Aalimah course.
  • Admissions are processed throughout the year, however new students will enrol at the beginning of the Academic year (September). Please enrol as early as possible to avoid delays.
  • The Aalimah Course is an advanced Islamic studies course at the end of which students graduate as Aalimahs. Please only enrol on the Aalimah course if there is genuine desire and commitment to progress in this course academically and spiritually.

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.

Timings (From Sept 2024):

  • Ie’dadia:
    • Monday, Wednesday & Thursday: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
    • Friday: 4:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Year 1 to Year 4:
    • Monday to Thursday: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
    • Friday: 4:30pm to 7:30pm
  • Year 5 to Year 6: There are two options for students in Y5 & Y6:
    • Option 1: 9:00am > 3:00pm (Monday to Friday)
    • Option 2: Weekday evenings and Weekend sessions (as required).

Holiday Schedule:

  • Academic year begins in September and runs until July.
  • Holidays are normally in line with the UK academic calendar.
  • A full calendar detailing holiday schedule is provided to students at the beginning of each year.


  • During the academic year, students participate in 5 module examinations which are each worth 10% of the final overall score awarded at the end of the year.
  • This is then followed by a final end of year examination which contributes towards the remaining 50% of the final grade.
  • Students must attain 60% overall to be able to progress to the next academic class.

Academic Fees:

  • Ie’dadia: £70 per month (11 payments during an academic year)
  • Year 1 to Year 4: £75 per month (11 payments during an academic year)
  • Year 5 to Year 6: £205 per month (11 payments during an academic year)

Mual’limah/Asaatidha (Teachers):

  • Year 1 to Year 4: Lessons are conducted by Female Mual’limahs with some lectures from senior Ulama delivered with full consideration for Hijaab regulations.
  • Year 5 to Year 6: Lectures are conducted by Senior Male Lecturers with full regard for Hijaab regulations.
  • Senior Mual’limahs monitor lessons, student progress and attendance daily.