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Alḥamdulillāh, with the help of Allāh ﷻ and the support of generous brothers & sisters around the world, we reached our goal on LG last year. Since then, we have grown day by day – and we have big plans for the future.
The Mahdara in Nabbaghiyya is perhaps the most famous Mahdara in Mauritania. It was founded by the former head of the Mauritanian Scholars, Al-‘Allāmah al-Shaykh Muḥammad Fāl Would Ubbāh (may Allāh ﷻ preserve him). The English Mahdara brings the Mahdara of Nabbaghiyyah online with the grace of Allāh ﷻ.
Study Traditional Books with Specialized Scholars.
Some of the courses at the Mahdara are rarely found online. We constantly seek to expand and we add new books every year.
Sample of the Introduction of Iḍā’at al-Dujunnah by Imām al-Maqqarī (رحمه الله)
Study at Your Own Pace
We have rolling admissions so you can begin any time of the year. Take the lessons at your own schedule and request exams when you are ready. Gain certificates and ijāzāt after passing examinations.
Get in Touch with The Scholars
The Scholars are ready to answer any questions you may have. Ask questions in English and join weekly live sessions with Q&A.
The Scholars of Mauritania are known to possess extremely specialized knowledge in Islamic Sciences. Dive into an ocean of knowledge through the online courses. Only available on Mahdara.
A Dream Come True for Students of Knowledge
For the vast majority of ṭullāb ul-‘ilm (students of the sacred knowledge), it is simply impossible to leave their home for months at a time; financial obligations, family, scarcity of resources etc. Added to this, the climate and living conditions in the deserts of Mauritania is not something everyone can tolerate. We are now, with the grace of Allāh ﷻ, launching the English Mahdara to enable anyone, anywhere, to study with the specialized scholars of Mauritania.
What our students say about the English Mahdara
"The Islamic scholars of Mauritania have long been seen as beacons of knowledge in the Muslim world. Many famous Western scholars went to Mauritania and studied the Islamic sciences. Many would-be students of Islamic knowledge are not able to move to another country. With the launch of this exciting new English Mahdara online program, studying under Mauritanian scholars is suddenly possible for students from all over the world."
“The English Mahdara program, the first of its kind, affords the student of knowledge access to the great scholars of Mauritania. A direct connection between us in the comfort of our homes and the scholars in the vast deserts! The team at the English Mahdara has been very professional and accommodating in their fast responses. It is clear that their aim is in making the Islamic sciences accessible for all people, with a focus on the traditional books and methods of learning.”
"This is a lifetime opportunity; to enroll in such a programme whereby both etiquette and knowledge of the Mauritanian scholars have become accessible. Moreover, the Mahdara team is so welcoming and helpful. That's a wonderful job."
Featured on Al-Arabiya
The excellence of the Mahdara and the initiative of teaching online has been noticed by many, including Al Arabiya News Channel. In this news reportage (in Arabic), you will see one of the team members, Shaykh Youssef, speak of the online project. We hope to translate the news reportage in the future.
We don’t wish to prevent anyone from learning; hence there are no formal requirements for enrolling online. One should however be able to understand and communicate in English (intermediate level). If your goal is to learn Arabic, it is a prerequisite that you can read Arabic letters. If you’re not looking to learn Arabic at the moment, you will be able to take all the other courses, even if you don’t read Arabic yet.
Most of the courses at the English Mahdara are for beginner students. You, therefore, don’t need any prior teaching to enroll at the English Mahdara. We recommend advanced students to enroll at the Arabic Mahdara (mahdara.org)
Yes. The student chooses which courses to take. We recommend taking one course at a time. We have made a student handbook for new students to guide them in which order to take the courses.