The ‘Alimiyyah course is designed to give students an in-depth understanding of Islamic theology and Islamic Law (Shari’ah) by studying the sciences which help understand the Qur’an and Hadith. It includes subjects such as Arabic Grammar, Tafsir, Hadith, Fiqh, Seerah as well as the Principles of Fiqh, Hadith and Tafsir.
In addition to the traditional Dars-e-Nizami (curriculum) the Darul Uloom also aims to provide contemporary education enabling graduates to be informed regarding contemporary issues relating. Therefore, producing Ulama (scholars) who are well versed in the Shari’ah but also possess skills which are deemed necessary to serve, guide and lead the Muslim community.
As part of the contemporary syllabus, the Darul Uloom provides taught subjects in Teacher Training, Careers Advice, CV Surgery, Contemporary Issues, Additionally, students are required to produce coursework and assignments which are built to develop the student’s ability to thoroughly research a range of reliable sources, cite, and reference their thesis. This further enables the students to produce a informed argument on their subject area whilst looking at a range of opinions and evidences. The students are also required to deliver presentations and use PowerPoint as well as other mediums.
A distinct lesson, titled Imaamah, is also delivered within which students learn essential skills and knowledge pertaining to leading a community as an Imam. The lessons cover areas of providing Islamic counselling, guidance, performing of Nikah, Janazah, five daily prayers as well as the Jumu’ah and Eid prayers and sermons (Khutbah).
All this is done within an Islamic environment within which the students are nurtured to adopt the true spirit Islamic principles which are not just restricted to the appearance but also include the notions of piety, responsibility, generosity and selfless serving of the community.
This enriched curriculum has already proven to be a success by producing graduates who have spread out all over England as well as other countries to provide the various communities great benefit.