Studying at The English Mahdara

The Courses

Enrollments are open all year round

Ongoing courses for beginners:

  • Takallum (Speaking Arabic): On January 9th, 2022, we began the new takallum course, focusing on students’ communicative abilities through the Madina books (PDFs will be provided). This course is for beginners who can read Arabic letters and will be held twice weekly live on Zoom with Ustādh ‘Abd al-Ḥakīm. Students can still enroll and catch up with the lessons.
  • Al-Kharīdah al-Bahiyyah: in the Science of ‘Aqīdah (Islamic Creed). This course is complete and can be studied on demand.
  • 40 ḥadīth of Imām al-Nawawī: A beautiful ḥadīth collection containing some essential ḥadīths from the beloved Prophet ﷺ. This course is ongoing and is taught by Shaykh al-Mishrī three days a week.
  • Al-Ājurrūmiyyah: The classic beginner’s text for learning Arabic grammar (naḥw). This course is pre-recorded and subtitled and can be studied on demand. We recommend beginners to take the takallum course parallel to al-Ājurrūmiyyah.
  • Al-Murshid al-Mu’īn: A famous beginner book that summarizes the three sciences: Islām, Imān, and iḥsān (‘Aqīdah, Mālikī Fiqh & iḥsān/spirituality). This course is complete and can be studied on demand.
  • Al-‘Aqīdah Al-Ṣughrā: In June 2022, we began studying Imām Sanūsi’s famous book on creed. This course is complete and can be studied on demand.
  • Al-Shamā´il al-Nabawiyyah: A beautiful work on The Sublime Qualities of the Prophet ﷺ. The book is taught and explained by Shaykh ‘Abdullāh (the son of Shaykh Ubbāh) and translated live. The live lessons are completed and thus the course is on-demand and can be studied at any time.
  • Qurrat al-Abṣār: A poem on the sīrah of the Prophet ﷺ. This course is pre-recorded and subtitled (ongoing).
  • Al-Akhḍarī: A widely-studied Mālikī fiqh text for beginners. This course is currently ongoing with Shaykh ‘Abdullah live from Mauritania with English live translation (see timings below).

Intermediate level:

  • Iḍā’at al-Dujunnah: An intermediate text in ‘aqīdah. This course comprises pre-recorded lessons with Shaykh ‘Arafāt and live lessons with Ustādh ‘Abd al-Ḥakīm. It is a prerequisite that one has studied the basics in ‘aqīdah (such as al-Murshid al-Mu’īn) before commencing this course (ongoing).
  • Qaṭr al-Nadā: An intermediate text in naḥw. This course comprises pre-recorded lessons with Shaykh al-Sayyid and live lessons with Ustādh ‘Abd al-Ḥakīm. It is a prerequisite that one has studied takallum and passed al-Ājurrūmiyyah before commencing this course. This course requires registering by contacting us.
  • When the student has reached a certain Arabic communicative and cognitive skill, they will transit to the Arabic Mahdara (online) to study intermediate and advanced books. If the student has not yet visited the Mahdara physically, we recommend doing so during their online studies – preferably before starting the advanced books. This is important to learn the way (manhaj) of the scholars, which is only transmitted from heart to heart.

All lessons are recorded and uploaded to the website.

The Practical

After enrolling, students are redirected to the “Student Homepage”. This is the main page where all important links and information are available to the student. To take the courses, the students must log in to our website (from any device). There will be quizzes in the courses together with assignments. Upon course completion, the student can request an exam. The exams are written and will be time-limited. If the student passes the exam, they will get a shahādah (certificate) of completion. The student can also request ijāzāt (authorization) upon course completion, which requires a phone examination with the scholars. For students who don’t speak Arabic, a translator will be arranged, in shā’ Allāh.

Contacting The Scholars

At the end of every live lesson, it is possible to ask the scholars questions. You may ask the question yourself or we can help translate. Asking questions is an important part of your journey to Allāh ﷻ.

Future Expansions

Since the English Mahdara opened in 2020, we have alḥamdulillāh expanded with the following courses: al-Shamā´il, al-Murshid al-Mu’īn, al-Akhḍarī and takallum (Madina books). We strive to add new courses every year.

Furthermore, we are working on offering programs such as: ‘Ālim, Muftī, faqīh, linguist, īmām, etc. Students who have completed one or more of the current courses will be eligible for dispensation in future programs (e.g. ‘Ālim, Muftī, etc.) if the course is part of that particular program’s curriculum. We are just getting started with the English Mahdara and we are extremely excited about this journey.


Get in touch with us and we will be happy to answer any questions you have, in shā’ Allāh.
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