Our Islamic Studies programme promotes the ethos and vision of the school through spiritual, moral, religious and cultural development.
This course is based on the classical curriculum and is delivered by fully qualified teachers. It is tailored to the individual needs of our students and aims to provide religious teachings within the appropriate contemporary contexts. There is an emphasis on core fundamentals relating to aqeedah, fiqh and general topics with a focus on building a strong foundation in the disciplines and gaining an appreciation of the underlying principles in the respective science. The aim of the Islamic Studies course at Baytul Ilm is to ensure students understand and engage pro-actively with their deen, enabling them to become well-rounded young men, confident in their self identities and able to contribute positively as British citizens to the local and global communities as exemplary Muslims.
Our Islamic Studies course is based upon the teachings of the book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Last Messenger Muhammed ﷺ A comprehensive range of subjects will be covered under the below listed topics. The lessons for year 1 commence with the foundational elementary levels, gradually progressing through the levels over subsequent years.
The outcome of the course will provide our students with a sound understanding across the classical Islamic curriculum, whilst enabling those who wish to progress onto advanced studies, to enrol onto our Alimiyyah programme at an intermediate level.
Aqeedah (Islamic Creed)
Hadith (Prophetic sayings)
Aadaab and Akhlaaq (Morals and Etiquettes)
Tafsir (Exegesis of the Quran)
Adhhkaar (daily prayers of remembrance)
The Alimiyyah course is primarily an undergraduate course which is studied at three different levels through to its successful completion. The course covers Islamic Sciences such as; Aqīdah (Islamic Belief), Tajwīd (Quranic Pronunciation), Fiqh (Islamic Law), Tafsīr (Quranic Commentary), Usūl al-Fiqh (Principles of Islamic Law), Usūl al-Hadīth (Principles of Hadith Sciences), and Hadith (Prophetic Traditions).
Classes of the ‘Alimiyyah Program are taught in English in the primary years, progressing to Urdu, in addition to certain courses in the latter years being taught in Arabic.
The program ends with an intense year of studying the six Hadith collections (sihah sittah) and an additional two Hadith collections. Successful completion of the program will result in traditional ijāzāt in the Islamic Sciences and an unbroken sanad (chain of narration) going back to Rasulullah صلى الله عليه و سلم.
Graduates of the program will be well qualified and equipped to serve the community by filling the posts of Imams, teachers, chaplains, writers, and researchers.
ALIMIYYAH COURSE CURRICULUM OUTLINE
KS3 Level 1 – Students will learn the Arabic Language focusing on reading, writing and speaking skills. Islamic Fiqh along with the memorisation of the Quran will be apportioned in this year.
KS3 Level 2 – Students will learn the Basics of the Arabic Language taught through the English medium. Further reinforcement of the Arabic Language will take place by teaching a wide range of Arabic texts and creative writing.
KS3 Level 3 – Students will focus on Spoken Arabic (Hiwaar), Arabic Syntax (Nahw), Arabic Literature (Adab) and Arabic Morphology (Sarf).
Students will also study towards the Edexcel GCSE Arabic.
KS4/Level 3/4/5 – Upon satisfactory completion of Key Stage 3, students advance to the final 4 years, this is a further detailed study of the theology of Islam. This level is an in depth, detailed study of the following subjects, which is conclusive of an intense study of the varying opinions in Islamic Jurisprudence across the four schools of thought in Shariah: Exegesis of Prophetic Traditions, Principles of Prophetic Traditions, Translation and Interpretation of the Qur’an, Exegesis of the Qu’ran, Principles of the Exegesis of the Qu’ran, Inheritance Law, Islamic Creed, Islamic Rhetoric, Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence and Sciences of Qur’anic Recitation.