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Overview

As-Suffa, founded by Shaykh Zahir Mahmood, was inaugurated in 2004 primarily as a Maktab, providing essential Islamic education to children ranging from the age of 5 to 16. Throughout the years As-Suffa has grown immensely, commencing our part-time Alimiyyah in 2008 thereafter our full-time Alimiyyah course in 2011. Both of these courses have provided rigorous education, mixing both the traditional pedagogical methods with modern teaching pedagogies, for both males and females from the age of 16 upwards at our base in Aston. Through Allah’s help As-Suffa has produced 45 Aalims and 45 Aalimats, many of whom are now engrossed in serving their local communities and the Ummah at large.

From January 2023 As-Suffa Alimiyyah widened its horizons beyond Birmingham, aiming to benefit enthusiastic students outside Birmingham and beyond. As-Suffa launched its very own stand-alone 6-year Online Alimiyyah Course for both males and females. After much success As-Suffa will once again open up this course for a new intake of students from January 2024.

This online set up has allowed students worldwide to benefit from the undivided attention of their teachers. As well as aid ardent students to benefit from the high calibre of education provided by the exceptional staff at As-Suffa. Students have been given the tools and skills to confidently serve, guide and lead their communities effectively.

This course is primarily aimed at students who are unable to commit to studying during the day due to work, studies or any other commitments, providing these students with the platform to also benefit and learn the sacred Islamic sciences. This course provides students with a firm grounding in Arabic language and the core Islamic sciences, creating competent students who are able to understand the Deen in light of the modern era. Graduates will receive shahadahs and ijazahs from their highly qualified teachers upon completion of the course, in addition to the in-depth grasp and understanding of the Deen they will undoubtedly gain from their years of study. This will lay down the foundation for graduating students to further their expertise in the Islamic Sciences.

Fees

Fees

All students must pay a £60 enrolment fee. Thereafter, students have a choice of paying one lump sum of £900 or £1000 in five instalments.

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Schedule

Curriculum

Aims/Objectives:

  • To save individuals from making critical diacritical errors, thus preventing them from incorrectly translating, understanding and explaining texts.
  • To equip individuals with the tools to construct and form Arabic sentences correctly.
  • To understand the different word-forms and patterns mainly pertaining to verbs and how they affect translation.
  • To be able to distinguish verbs from nouns.
Content Summary:

Over two years students will study ‘From the Treasures of Arabic Morphology’ and ‘Ilm Al-Seegah'.


Year 1 Aims/Objectives:
  • To be able to understand the rules required to formulate verbs.
  • To memorise all verb formats so that one can swiftly select the correct verb to be used when speaking or writing Arabic, and correctly translate Arabic verbs.
Year 1 Content Summary:

In the first-year students will study ‘From the Treasures of Arabic Morphology’.

Aims/Objectives:

  • To save individuals from making critical diacritical errors, thus preventing them from incorrectly translating, understanding and explaining texts.
  • To equip individuals with the tools to construct and form Arabic sentences correctly.
  • To be able to grammatically break down Arabic texts
Content Summary:

Over three years students will study ‘Tasheelun Nahw’ and ‘Hidaayatun Nahw’.


Year 1 Aims/Objectives:
  • To memorise key concepts in a familiar language
  • To understand and explain different categories of Arabic words
  • To translate, construct and grammatically analyse beginner and intermediate level Arabic sentences
Year 1 Content Summary:

In the first-year students will study ‘Tasheelun Nahw’.

Aims/Objectives:

  • To be able to read, translate and understand Arabic Literature
  • To equip individuals with the skills to independently translate and understand Arabic Literature
  • To expose individuals to a range of different Arabic vocabulary and sentence structures
  • To be able to grammatically break down Arabic sentences
Content Summary:

Over three years students will study ‘Qasasun Nabiyyeen’ parts 1 to 5


Year 1 Aims/Objectives:
  • To understand different types of words and how they formulate sentences
  • To understand different types of sentences/compounds
  • To understand how vowels play an important role in translation
  • To understand the eloquence of the Arabic Language
  • To apply Nahw and Sarf to the text accordingly
  • To learn about the lives of the Prophets
Year 1 Content Summary:

In the first-year students will cover ‘Qasasun Nabiyyeen’ from the story of Ibrahim (AS) to Nuh (AS).

Aims/Objectives:

  • To be able to independently write large portions of texts, which are grammatically correct, with minimal use of a dictionary
  • To be able to converse fluently in Arabic
  • To be able to understand large portions of Arabic texts and dialogues
Content Summary:

Over three years students will study selected chapters from an array of books such as ‘Arabic Tutor’, ‘Duroosul Lugatul Arabiyyah’, ‘Bayna Yadayk’ and others.


Year 1 Aims/Objectives:
  • To be able to understand dialogues in the topics covered throughout the year
  • To be able to duplicate a set Arabic dialogue
  • To be able to adjust set Arabic dialogue to cater for needs and requirements
Year 1 Content Summary:

Aims/Objectives:

  • To recall major incidents that occurred during the life of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) both from the Makkan and Medinan periods.
  • To appreciate the efforts of the Prophet (ﷺ) and the Sahabah
  • To be able contextualise Quran and Ahadith in light of Seerah
Content Summary:

Over two years students will study the complete life of the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ).


Year 1 Aims/Objectives:
  • Objectives are same as above.
Year 1 Content Summary:

In the first-year students will study from the Birth of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) to the Battle of Khandaq.

Aims/Objectives:

  • To be able to recite Quran correctly, pronouncing each letter from its correct place of pronunciation and with its appropriate qualities.
  • To prevent individuals from making major mistakes when reciting the Quran
Content Summary:

Over four years students will complete the ‘Tajweed Kapi’, memorise Juzz Amma, and recite portions of the Quran to their teacher.


Year 1 Aims/Objectives:
  • To be able to recite Quran correctly, pronouncing each letter from its correct place of pronunciation and with its appropriate qualities.
  • To prevent individuals from making major mistakes when reciting the Quran
Year 1 Content Summary:

Aims/Objectives:

  • To familiarise oneself with legal rulings, in terms of Ibaadaat and Muaamalaat, mainly pertaining to the Hanafi Madhab
  • To understand the Hanafi approaches towards deriving legal rulings
  • To appreciate inter-Madhab differences in terms of legal rulings and how different scholars reached different conclusions
  • To be able to solve contemporary legal issues
Content Summary:

Over the five years study ‘Ascent to Felicity’, ‘Al-Qudoori’ and selected chapters of ‘Al-Hidaayah’.


Year 1 Aims/Objectives:
  • To be to understand the legal requirements pertaining to Ibaadaat and Muaamalaat
  • To be able to answer intermediate questions pertaining to Islamic Law
  • To practically implement Islamic Law into one's life where applicable
Year 1 Content Summary:

In the first-year students will complete ‘Ascent to Felicity’.

Aims/Objectives:

  • To ground one’s beliefs in Allah based on both rational and revelatory evidences.
  • To be able to confidently articulate Islam in the 21st Century
  • To be able to answer objections made by Atheists, Agnostics and other ideologies
  • To use the Aqeedah framework to answer/tackle contemporary issues
Content Summary

Over four years students will complete Al-Baajoori's ‘Introduction to Islamic Creed’, AqeedahTahawiyyah and other advanced Aqeedah books. In addition, some lessons will also be used to tackle contemporary issues within the Aqeedah framework.


Year1 Aims/Objectives:
  • To ground one’s beliefs in Allah based on both rational and revelatory evidences
  • To be able to confidently articulate Islam in the 21st Century
  • To answer basic objections made by Atheists, Agnostics and other ideologies
  • To use the Aqeedah framework to answer/tackle contemporary issues
  • To get an introduction to the concepts within Aqeedah
Year 1 Content Summary
  • In the first-year students will complete Al-Baajoori's ‘Introduction to Islamic Creed’, as well as discussing some relevant contemporary issues.

Aims/Objectives:

  • To save individuals from making critical diacritical errors, thus preventing them from incorrectly translating, understanding and explaining texts.
  • To equip individuals with the tools to construct and form Arabic sentences correctly.
  • To be able to grammatically break down Arabic texts.
Content Summary:

Over three years students will study ‘Tasheelun Nahw’ and ‘Hidaayatun Nahw’.

Aims/Objectives:

  • To save individuals from making critical diacritical errors, thus preventing them from incorrectly translating, understanding and explaining texts.
  • To equip individuals with the tools to construct and form Arabic sentences correctly.
  • To understand the different word-forms and patterns mainly pertaining to verbs and how they affect translation.
  • To be able to distinguish verbs from nouns.
Content Summary:

Over two years students will study ‘From the Treasures of Arabic Morphology’ and ‘Ilm Al-Seegah'.

Aims/Objectives:

  • To be able to read, translate and understand Arabic Literature
  • To equip individuals with the skills to independently translate and understand Arabic Literature
  • To expose individuals to a range of different Arabic vocabulary and sentence structures
  • To be able to grammatically break down Arabic sentences
Content Summary:

Over three years students will study ‘Qasasun Nabiyyeen’ parts 1 to 5.

Aims/Objectives:

  • To be able to independently write large portions of texts, which are grammatically correct, with minimal use of a dictionary
  • To be able to converse fluently in Arabic
  • To be able to understand large portions of Arabic texts and dialogues
Content Summary:

Over three years students will study selected chapters from an array of books such as ‘Arabic Tutor’, ‘Duroosul Lugatul Arabiyyah’, ‘Bayna Yadayk’ and others.

Aims/Objectives:

  • To recall major incidents that occurred during the life of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) both from the Makkan and Medinan periods.
  • To appreciate the efforts of the Prophet (ﷺ) and the Sahabah
  • To be able contextualise Quran and Ahadith in light of Seerah
Content Summary:

Over two years students will study the complete life of the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ).

Aims/Objectives:

  • To be able to translate the Quran accurately
  • To be able to grammatically analyse Quranic Verses
  • To gain exposure to a range of different exegeses
Content Summary:

Over four years students will translate the entirety of the Quran as well as gaining exposure to a plethora of exegeses.

Aims/Objectives:

  • To be able to recite Quran correctly, pronouncing each letter from its correct place of pronunciation and with its appropriate qualities.
  • To prevent individulas from making major mistakes when reciting the Quran.
Content Summary:

Over four years students will complete the ‘Tajweed Kapi’, memorise Juzz Amma, and recite portions of the Quran to their teacher.

Aims/Objectives:

  • To ground one’s beliefs in Allah based on both rational and revelatory evidences.
  • To be able to confidently articulate Islam in the 21st Century
  • To be able to answer objections made by Atheists, Agnostics and other ideologies
  • To use the Aqeedah framework to answer/tackle contemporary issues
Content Summary

Over four years students will complete Al-Baajoori's ‘Introduction to Islamic Creed’, AqeedahTahawiyyah and other advanced Aqeedah books. In addition, some lessons will also be used to tackle contemporary issues within the Aqeedah framework.


Aims/Objectives:

  • To save individuals from making critical diacritical errors, thus preventing them from incorrectly translating, understanding and explaining texts.
  • To equip individuals with the tools to construct and form Arabic sentences correctly.
  • To be able to grammatically break down Arabic texts.
Content Summary:

Over three years students will study ‘Tasheelun Nahw’ and ‘Hidaayatun Nahw’.

Aims/Objectives:

  • To be able to read, translate and understand Arabic Literature
  • To equip individuals with the skills to independently translate and understand Arabic Literature
  • To expose individuals to a range of different Arabic vocabulary and sentence structures
  • To be able to grammatically break down Arabic sentences
Content Summary:

Over three years students will study ‘Qasasun Nabiyyeen’ parts 1 to 5.

Aims/Objectives:

  • To be able to independently write large portions of texts, which are grammatically correct, with minimal use of a dictionary
  • To be able to converse fluently in Arabic
  • To be able to understand large portions of Arabic texts and dialogues
Content Summary:

Over three years students will study selected chapters from an array of books such as ‘Arabic Tutor’, ‘Duroosul Lugatul Arabiyyah’, ‘Bayna Yadayk’ and others.

Aims/Objectives:

  • To be able to recite Quran correctly, pronouncing each letter from its correct place of pronunciation and with its appropriate qualities.
  • To prevent individulas from making major mistakes when reciting the Quran
Content Summary:

Over four years students will complete the ‘Tajweed Kapi’, memorise Juzz Amma, and recite portions of the Quran to their teacher.

Aims/Objectives:

  • To familiarise oneself with legal rulings, in terms of Ibaadaat and Muaamalaat, mainly pertaining to the Hanafi Madhab
  • To understand the Hanafi approaches towards deriving legal rulings
  • To appreciate inter-Madhab differences in terms of legal rulings and how different scholars reached different conclusions
  • To be able to solve contemporary legal issues
Content Summary:

Over the five years study ‘Ascent to Felicity’, ‘Al-Qudoori’ and selected chapters of ‘Al-Hidaayah’.

Aims/Objectives:

  • To be able to translate the Quran accurately
  • To be able to grammatically analyse Quranic Verses
  • To gain exposure to a range of different exegeses
Content Summary:

Over four years students will translate the entirety of the Quran as well as gaining exposure to a plethora of exegeses.

Aims/Objectives:

  • To be able to understand the meaning behind a range of different Ahadith
  • To be able to understand the principles which are derived from Ahadith
Content Summary:

Over four years students will study ‘Muwatta Imam Muhammad’, ‘Mishkaatul Masaabeeh’, ‘Saheehul Bukhaari’, ‘Saheeh Muslim’, ‘Al-Tirmidhi’, ‘Ibn Majah’, ‘Abu Dawood’ and ‘Al-Nasaai’.

Aims/Objectives:

  • To familiarise oneself with the principles which are used to reach legal rulings
  • To familiarise oneself with terminologies pertaining to Islamic Law
Content Summary:

Over two years students will study ‘Mabaadiul Usool’ and ‘Usoolul Shaashi’.

Aims/Objectives:

  • To ground one’s beliefs in Allah based on both rational and revelatory evidences.
  • To be able to confidently articulate Islam in the 21st Century
  • To be able to answer objections made by Atheists, Agnostics and other ideologies
  • To use the Aqeedah framework to answer/tackle contemporary issues
Content Summary

Over four years students will complete Al-Baajoori's ‘Introduction to Islamic Creed’, AqeedahTahawiyyah and other advanced Aqeedah books. In addition, some lessons will also be used to tackle contemporary issues within the Aqeedah framework.


Aims/Objectives:

  • To be able to recite Quran correctly, pronouncing each letter from its correct place of pronunciation and with its appropriate qualities.
  • To prevent individulas from making major mistakes when reciting the Quran
Content Summary:

Over four years students will complete the ‘Tajweed Kapi’, memorise Juzz Amma, and recite portions of the Quran to their teacher.

Aims/Objectives:

  • To familiarise oneself with legal rulings, in terms of Ibaadaat and Muaamalaat, mainly pertaining to the Hanafi Madhab
  • To understand the Hanafi approaches towards deriving legal rulings
  • To appreciate inter-Madhab differences in terms of legal rulings and how different scholars reached different conclusions
  • To be able to solve contemporary legal issues
Content Summary:

Over the five years study ‘Ascent to Felicity’, ‘Al-Qudoori’ and selected chapters of ‘Al-Hidaayah’.

Aims/Objectives:

  • To be able to translate the Quran accurately
  • To be able to grammatically analyse Quranic Verses
  • To gain exposure to a range of different exegeses
Content Summary:

Over four years students will translate the entirety of the Quran as well as gaining exposure to a plethora of exegeses.

Aims/Objectives:

  • To be able to understand the meaning behind a range of different Ahadith
  • To be able to understand the principles which are derived from Ahadith
Content Summary:

Over four years students will study ‘Muwatta Imam Muhammad’, ‘Mishkaatul Masaabeeh’, ‘Saheehul Bukhaari’, ‘Saheeh Muslim’, ‘Al-Tirmidhi’, ‘Ibn Majah’, ‘Abu Dawood’ and ‘Al-Nasaai’.

Aims/Objectives:

  • To familiarise oneself with the principles which are used to reach legal rulings
  • To familiarise oneself with terminologies pertaining to Islamic Law
Content Summary:

Over two years students will study ‘Mabaadiul Usool’ and ‘Usoolul Shaashi’.

Aims/Objectives:

  • To understand and appreciate the eloquence of the Quran
  • To familiarise individuals with the different styles of eloquence used in Arabic language
  • To extract rhetorical structures from Arabic passages
Content Summary:

Students will study ‘Safeenatul Bulagaa’ and the English notes designed by the teacher.

Aims/Objectives:

  • To gain a good foundational understanding of Mantiq
  • To understand the importance and application of Mantiq
  • To think coherently before embarking on one’s journey towards critical thinking
Content Summary: Students will cover إيساغوجي

Aims/Objectives:

  • To revive the Science of Inheritance
  • To appreciate the divisions of Inheritance
  • To be able to solve present day Inheritance questions
Content Summary:

Students will study English notes designed by the teacher.

Aims/Objectives:

  • To familiarise oneself with the principles that render a Hadith valid or fabricated
  • To familiarise oneself with the terminologies used in Ahadith discussions
  • To familiarise oneself with chains of narrations
Content Summary:

Students will study ‘Mabaadi Fi Usoolul Hadeeth Wa Isnaad’, as well as English notes designed by the teacher.

Aims/Objectives:

  • To ground one’s beliefs in Allah based on both rational and revelatory evidences.
  • To be able to confidently articulate Islam in the 21st Century
  • To be able to answer objections made by Atheists, Agnostics and other ideologies
  • To use the Aqeedah framework to answer/tackle contemporary issues
Content Summary:

Over four years students will complete Al-Baajoori's ‘Introduction to Islamic Creed’, AqeedahTahawiyyah and other advanced Aqeedah books. In addition, some lessons will also be used to tackle contemporary issues within the Aqeedah framework.

Aims/Objectives:

  • To familiarise oneself with legal rulings, in terms of Ibaadaat and Muaamalaat, mainly pertaining to the Hanafi Madhab
  • To understand the Hanafi approaches towards deriving legal rulings
  • To appreciate inter-Madhab differences in terms of legal rulings and how different scholars reached different conclusions
  • To be able to solve contemporary legal issues
Content Summary:

Over the five years study ‘Ascent to Felicity’, ‘Al-Qudoori’ and selected chapters of ‘Al-Hidaayah’.

Aims/Objectives:

  • To be able to translate the Quran accurately
  • To be able to grammatically analyse Quranic Verses
  • To gain exposure to a range of different exegeses
Content Summary:

Over four years students will translate the entirety of the Quran as well as gaining exposure to a plethora of exegeses.

Aims/Objectives:

  • To be able to understand the meaning behind a range of different Ahadith
  • To be able to understand the principles which are derived from Ahadith
Content Summary:

Over four years students will study ‘Muwatta Imam Muhammad’, ‘Mishkaatul Masaabeeh’, ‘Saheehul Bukhaari’, ‘Saheeh Muslim’, ‘Al-Tirmidhi’, ‘Ibn Majah’, ‘Abu Dawood’ and ‘Al-Nasaai’.

Aims/Objectives:

  • To be able to understand the meaning behind a range of different Ahadith
  • To be able to understand the principles which are derived from Ahadith
Content Summary:

Over four years students will study ‘Muwatta Imam Muhammad’, ‘Mishkaatul Masaabeeh’, ‘Saheehul Bukhaari’, ‘Saheeh Muslim’, ‘Al-Tirmidhi’, ‘Ibn Majah’, ‘Abu Dawood’ and ‘Al-Nasaai’.

Entry Requirements

  • Must be 16+
  • Must live outside Birmingham and surrounding areas (Walsall, Sutton Coldfield)
  • Must be able to read Quranic Arabic
  • Must have a stable internet connection
  • Must have a laptop/computer with a mic and camera
  • Attendance will be monitored- students must be committed to the hours of study stated above, as well as prepared to give time out of class for individual study.
  • All potential students will be required to partake in an online Interview with the course director

Faculty

FOUNDER/TEACHER

The founder and principal of As-Suffa Institute and Outreach. Graduated from Darul Uloom Newcastle, South Africa. Holds a BA (Hons) in Islamic Theology.

Shaykh was born and raised in the United Kingdom. After formal school studies, Shaykh enrolled onto the Alimiyyah course at Darul Uloom, Bury. Shaykh’s journey of studying the sacred sciences took him from the UK to Pakistan’s Jamiah Uloom Al-Islamiyyah, Banori Town and concluded with an ijaazah to teach from Darul Uloom, Newcastle, South Africa where Shaykh benefitted from the teaching and guidance of erudite scholars like Molana Qasim Sema (may Allah preserve them).

With an enthusing spirit and vision for the progress of the Deen in the UK, Shaykh returned and took on the role of the Khateeb for Jami Masjid- one of the largest in Birmingham, whilst studying for a BA in Islamic Theology from Birmingham University.

Through the lens of concern for the community and with an understanding of their culture and needs, Shaykh opened As-Suffa that comprised of the evening maktab for children and the part time Alimiyyah course providing comprehensive teaching of the sacred sciences for those who could not commit to full time study. Today, by the grace of Allah and then the determination of Shaykh, As-Suffa caters the full time and part time Alimiyyah course, Islamic Studies Diplomas, post-graduate courses, modular sciences, youth facilities and regular weekend courses. As-Suffa Outreach which began in 2015 was borne from the aspiration to act upon the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon Him) in its totality- by serving each member of the community, in particular those who are the most vulnerable. Today the outreach branch has a Homeless Project, Foodbank, Mental Health Clinics, Domestic Violence Counselling, Legal Advice Help and local and national zakat distribution.

Shaykh is an internationally renowned speaker and has travelled extensively, from Barbados to Malaysia, with the objective of reviving the hearts with Islamic knowledge. The unique delivery style of Shaykh, radiating zeal and candour saw the success of the Islamic History series, which looked at the late and recent Muslim narrative in a revolutionary depth in the English language, and led to annual retreats studying the history and lessons of Muslim Spain.

May Allah Azzawajjal accept his efforts, grant him the ability to continue serving the community and bestow His Grace upon the teachers and students of Shaykh Zahir Mahmood.

COURSE DIRECTOR/TEACHER

Graduated from As-Suffa in 2022. Holds a BA (Hons) in Islamic Studies with Arabic Pathway.

Moulana began his studies at the age of 11 in Jamiatul Ilm Wal Huda (Blackburn), where he completed his GCSE's and the first few years of his Alimiyyah course. Moulana then moved closer to home and continued his studies at As-Suffa. Under the guidance of the prestige teachers at As-Suffa, Moulana completed his Alimiyyah Course in 2022.

Alongside his final 2 years of Alimiyyah, Moulana completed his BA in Islamic Studies with Arabic Pathway at Markfield Institute of Higher Education. For his dissertation, Moulana translated and analysed selected sections of Ibn ʿAbd Al-Bāqī’s ‘Al-Ṭirāz Al-Manqūsh Fī Maḥāsin Al-Ḥubūsh’, exploring the rich contributions made by Black figures to Islamic history and the notion of Anti-Black racism within Islam.

Moulana is currently a full-time teacher at As-Suffa where he teaches Nahw, Hadith and Quran Tafsir, alongside his duties as part time Imam at his local Masjid in Wednesbury (Masjid Al-Amin).

May Allah Azzawajjal accept his efforts, grant him the ability to continue serving the community and bestow His Grace upon the teachers and students of Moulana Sami.

TEACHER

Graduated from the Islamic Institute of Dewsbury in 2011. Holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Psychological Studies and a MA in Philosophy.

Shaykh completed his Hifz & Alimiyyah program at the Islamic Institute of Dewsbury over the period of 10 years graduating in 2011. Thereafter, Shaykh did his BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Psychological Studies and then went on to complete his MA in Philosophy at the University of Warwick.

Currently, Shaykh is pursuing his PhD in Philosophical Theology at the University of Birmingham. Alongside his other duties as the full time Imam of Masjid Toheed Ul Islam (Aylesbury) and teaching at various other Institutes, including As-Suffa.

May Allah Azzawajjal accept his efforts, grant him the ability to continue serving the community and bestow His Grace upon the teachers and students of Shaykh Muhammad Yasir Al-Hanafi.

TEACHER
Graduated from Darul Uloom, Bury. Currently completing his MA programme in Islamic Education: Theory and Practice at the University of Warwick.

Moulana was born and raised in Manchester, United Kingdom. He completed his Hifz locally at Madrasah Taleemul Islam / Masjid Noor in Old Trafford in 2012, shortly after which he completed his A levels. In 2013, Moulana then enrolled onto the Alimiyyah course at Darul Uloom, Bury, where he remained until he concluded his studies there and graduated in 2019. Here, Moulana had the opportunity to study under the supervision of expert Hadith and Fiqh scholars such as Mufti Shabbir Ahmed, Mufti Tahir Wadee and others (حفظهم الله). Moulana also had the opportunity to be in the final class that Moulana Yusuf Motala (رحمه الله) taught Sahih al-Bukhari to, shortly after which he passed away later that year.

Moulana then travelled to Istanbul, Turkey, to further study some subjects such as Aqeedah, Mantiq and Usool al-Fiqh under various scholars from the likes of Damascus, Jordan and Yemen. Moulana also studied Turkish language whilst he was there. Upon returning a year later, he enrolled onto the MA programme in Islamic Education: Theory and Practice at the University of Warwick, which he hopes to complete within 2023. Moulana has also been teaching adults Arabic, Hadith, Aqeedah and Fiqh, in various educational institutes locally, for the last two years.

May Allah Azzawajjal accept his efforts, grant him the ability to continue serving the community and bestow His Grace upon the teachers and students of Moulana Habib Khalil.

TEACHER
Graduated from Darul Uloom, Bury as a Hafiz in 2000. Graduated from As-Suffa Heirs of the Scholars in 2022. Holds a BA in Dental Surgery (BDS) from Birmingham University.

Moulana began his early Islamic Studies in 1997 at Darul Uloom, Leicester. He then went on to complete his Hifz and GCSE’s at Darul Uloom, Bury in 2000.

Moulana then returned home to study A-Levels and further education which culminated in him attaining a degree as a Dentist from Birmingham University in 2008. Moulana currently works as a General Dental Practitioner at a local surgery, where he has been for the last 13 years.

In the early 2010s Moulana was torn between pursuing further education to become an orthodontist or to further his Islamic Education, he opted to join the Heirs of the Scholars course at As-Suffa. He dedicated his efforts towards this and graduated in 2022.

Moulana has held various other posts in the community ranging from governorship at a local secondary school, trusteeship in Islamic institutions and the opportunity to lead Taraweeh prayers locally for over 20 years.

May Allah Azzawajjal accept his efforts, grant him the ability to continue serving the community and bestow His Grace upon the teachers and students of Moulana Imtiaz Lorgat.

FAQ

As well as the 15 hours of lesson time per week, this course will require students to spend at least 10 hours per week studying independently.

Yes, it is mandatory for all students to attend all live classes. Punctuality will be closely monitored.

For students with extenuating circumstances live recordings may be provided by the course director.

The course is taught in the English language initially. As students' progress, selected lessons will take place in Arabic.

Students will be assessed with presentations, assignments and timed exams. 

Every Saturday online support is available for all students between 10am-12pm.

If you can’t attend class, you must inform the course director.

Shaykh Zahir Mahmood

Shaykh was born and raised in the United Kingdom. After formal school studies, Shaykh enrolled onto the Alimiyyah course at Darul Uloom, Bury. Shaykh’s journey of studying the sacred sciences took him from the UK to Pakistan’s Jamiah Uloom Al-Islamiyyah, Banori Town and concluded with an ijaazah to teach from Darul Uloom, Newcastle, South Africa where Shaykh benefitted from the teaching and guidance of erudite scholars like Molana Qasim Sema (may Allah preserve them).

With an enthusing spirit and vision for the progress of the Deen in the UK, Shaykh returned and took on the role of the Khateeb for Jami Masjid- one of the largest in Birmingham, whilst studying for a BA in Islamic Theology from Birmingham University.

Through the lens of concern for the community and with an understanding of their culture and needs, Shaykh opened As-Suffa that comprised of the evening maktab for children and the part time Alimiyyah course providing comprehensive teaching of the sacred sciences for those who could not commit to full time study. Today, by the grace of Allah and then the determination of Shaykh, As-Suffa caters the full time and part time Alimiyyah course, Islamic Studies Diplomas, post-graduate courses, modular sciences, youth facilities and regular weekend courses. As-Suffa Outreach which began in 2015 was borne from the aspiration to act upon the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon Him) in its totality- by serving each member of the community, in particular those who are the most vulnerable. Today the outreach branch has a Homeless Project, Foodbank, Mental Health Clinics, Domestic Violence Counselling, Legal Advice Help and local and national zakat distribution.

Shaykh is an internationally renowned speaker and has travelled extensively, from Barbados to Malaysia, with the objective of reviving the hearts with Islamic knowledge. The unique delivery style of Shaykh, radiating zeal and candour saw the success of the Islamic History series, which looked at the late and recent Muslim narrative in a revolutionary depth in the English language, and led to annual retreats studying the history and lessons of Muslim Spain.

May Allah Azzawajjal accept his efforts, grant him the ability to continue serving the community and bestow His Grace upon the teachers and students of Shaykh Zahir Mahmood.

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