Sunnah Institute

Islamic Essentials Certificate
Leading to the Aalim Program

Islamic Essentials Certificate: 1 Year Program
Offered in-person

Course Description

Exclusively designed for students and working professionals to provide an overview of the fundamental elements of classical Islamic learning and spirituality.

Graduates of this course will be eligible to join the Aalim Program.



Course Outline

1-Qur’an Module:



Translation and Commentary of the Entire Qur’an

A detailed and inspiring commentary of the entire Qur’an with an emphasis on highlighting lessons that are relevant to our daily life.

The Sources & Methodology of Interpretation

Introduction to the field of Qur’anic Sciences; The Sources & Methodology for Interpretation of the Qur’an; Compilation of the Qur’an; Types & Causes of Revelation

Tafsir al-Jalalayn

Selections of the renowned Tafsir al-Jalalayn

Tafsir al-Baydawi

Selections of the renowned Tafsir al-Baydawi

2-Hadith Module



Introduction to the Science of Hadith

Introduction to the Science of Hadith Studies; Classifications of Hadith; Methodology & Terminologies used in Hadith

Explanation of the sayings of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) in Zad al-Talibin (Provisions for the Seekers).

This classic collection of 327 hadith contains many short sayings that express a multitude of meanings, and is ultimately meant to provide today’s Muslims a glimpse at the charisma of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and a roadmap with which to achieve closeness with Allah.

Riyadh al-Saliheen (Meadows of the Righteous)

An explanation and commentary of hadith in Imam Nawawi’s classic compilation, Riyadh al-Saliheen with an emphasis on appreciating the beauty of the Sunnah as well as discover ways to implement the Sunnah in our lives

The Sublime Characteristics of the Prophet (Peace & Blessings be Upon him)

An explanation of the beautiful characteristics of the Prophet (Peace & Blessings be upon him) through selections from Imam al-Tirmidhi’s Al-Shamail al-Muhammadiya

Mishkat al-Masabih (A Niche for Lamps)

Mishkat al-Masabih is an expanded version of Al-Baghawi’s Masabih al-Sunnah by Muḥammad ibn ʻAbd Allāh Khatib Al-Tabrizi

Athar al-Tahawi

This book of the great Imam Abu Ja’far at-Tahawi is a collection of hadith related to legal judgments and divergent issues, classified by chapter of Fiqh

Sahih al-Bukhari

Compiled by Imam Muhammad al-Bukhari, the Sahih Bukhari is considered to be the most authentic collection of the teachings and sayings of the Prophet (saw). Students will cover both volumes

Sahih al-Muslim

Collection of hadith compiled by Imam Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj al-Naysaburi (rah). Students will cover both volumes

Sunan Abu Dawud

Sunan Abi Dawud is a collection of hadith compiled by Imam Abu Dawud Sulayman ibn al-Ash’ath as-Sijistani (rah). Students will cover both volumes

Jami’ al-Tirmidhi

Jami` at-Tirmidhi is a collection of hadith compiled by Imam Abu `Isa Muhammad at-Tirmidhi (rah). Students will cover both volumes inclusive of the Shamail Nabawiyya

3-Islamic Law:



Historical Development of Islamic Law

This course will examine the sources of Islamic law, its basic methodologies and the foundation of the legal schools through a historical analysis of the classical era.

Islamic Law I

Islamic Legal Rulings pertaining to Ritual Purification, Menstruation, Salah, Zakah, Fasting and Udhiya (Sacrifice) through Nur al-Idah (a classical text on sacred law).

Islamic Law II

Islamic legal rulings pertaining to Ritual Purification, Menstruation, Salah, Zakah, Fasting, Hajj, Commerce, Marriage & Divorce; through Mukhtasar al-Quduri (complete)

Laws of Inheritance

Laws of Inheritance from Al-Siraji Fi ‘l-Mirath Lil Shaykh Siraj al-Din al-Sajawandi al

Comparative Fiqh

Al-Hidayah: A Classical Manual of Hanafi Law – Volume 1 and Volume 2

4-Islamic Jurisprudence



Usul al-Shashi

Fundamentals of Islamic Jurisprudence through the classical manual “Usul al-Shashi”

Nur al-Anwar

Advanced Islamic Jurisprudence through Nur al-Anwar

5-Arabic Grammar and Language



Arabic Morphology

Arabic Morphology through “Fundamentals of Classical Arabic” & “From the Treasures of Arabic Morphology”

Arabic Grammar

Arabic Grammar through “Ilm al-Nahw” & “Awamil al-Nahw”

Advanced Arabic Grammar

Advanced Arabic Grammar through “Al-Hidayah fi ‘l Nahw”

Arabic Rhetoric

Arabic Rhetoric through Durus-ul-Balaghah Ma’A Shams Al-Bara’a by By Hanafi Nasif, Muhammad Diyab, Sultan Muhammad and Mustafa Tamum

Arabic Vocabulary

Arabic Vocabulary through Arabic Tutor- An English translation of Tas-heel al-Adab Fi Lisan al-‘Arab popularly known as ‘Arbi Ka Mu’allim, a well-known Arabic Grammar textbook by Maulana Abdul Sattar Khan

6-Beliefs and Creed



Believer’s Creed

Understand the basic tenets of our faith through Imam Tahawi’s widely acclaimed reference work on Muslim beliefs, Aqidah al-Tahawiyah.

7-Islamic History




Detailed Seerah of the Blessed Messenger (Peace & Blessings be upon him)- Meccan and Medinan Periods

Lives of the Companions

Biographies of the Khulafa Rashideen (The Four Caliphs)

8-Contemporary Issues



Islamic Banking & Finance

This course will offer students an opportunity to understand the fundamental principles of Islamic Banking & Finance

9-Islamic Spirituality & Personal Development



Islamic Spirituality Essentials

Introduction to the Science of Islamic Spirituality based on the Qur’an and Sunnah

Diseases of the Heart

Symptoms & Cures of Diseases of the Heart: Anger, Jealousy, Hatred, Greed, Malice, Unlawful Love, Arrogance

Stations of Certainty

Repentance, Patience, Gratitude, Hope, Fear, Trust in Allah swt, Contentment

Islamic Etiquette & Conduct

Selections from Imam Bukhari (rah)’s Al-Adab Al-Mufrad


Is there an Attendance Policy?

Yes, Attendance is regularly marked for the Alimah Program. In order to qualify for the Degree at the end of the program, students need to maintain at least 80% attendance (either by attending live classes or recorded lessons). Students are not penalized for ONLY listening to recordings.

Will there be an exam every year?

Yes. Those students who wish to receive a degree at the end of the program need to appear for Annual Exams.

What if I cannot make it to class at the stipulated class time? Will I have access to recordings?

Recordings are available for all classes and students are not penalized for ONLY listening to recordings.

Are there any pre-requisites I should be aware of?

The only requirement for students wanting to enroll in the Urdu Alimah program is that they must be able to read Arabic script and write it (not necessarily fluently). Students are not expected to understand Arabic script, and slow readers are definitely welcome. Students must also be able to understand and converse in simple Urdu. Students must be comfortable using a computer and headset to listen to classes and submit their assignments.

Is it possible to enroll as a listener and not give exams?

No. We only allow listeners in the Fundamentals and Quran Programs at Maryam Institute.

I am unable to understand and read difficult Urdu – I can only read and understand basic Urdu. Is this program for me?

Yes. The Urdu Alimah Program is for students who can converse and read simple Urdu. Students in Pakistan especially are encouraged to enroll for the Urdu Alimah Program.

What is the difference between the Urdu Alimah Program & English Alimah Program and which one should I enroll for?

The English Alimah Program is principally for those students whose primary language is English and they would like the medium of instruction to be English. The Urdu Alimah Program is for students who can converse in simple Urdu. Students in Pakistan are encouraged to enroll for the Urdu Alimah Program.

Who should consider enrolling in the Urdu Alimah Program?

All students who understand, and are able to write in, simple Urdu.

Is there a Fee that I need to pay to enroll in this Program?

There is no fee. All courses offered by Maryam Institute are free of charge.

What if I have to miss classes during the year because of my University exams or family engagements?

This course has been designed to cater to working women, students and housewives alike, so we do understand that there may be occasions when you may not be able to attend class for genuine reasons. In such scenarios, we provide recordings so that students may catch up with the classes they have missed.