Based on the traditional aalim curriculum

AAlim program in english

This program provides a firm and broad basis in all of the main disciplines of classical Islamic scholarship. It is specially designed for students and working professionals. It also provides insights into contemporary issues all the while covering core Islamic disciplines.


Medium of Instruction: English

Description: A comprehensive degree program based on the traditional curriculum of the ‘Aalim program, which provides a firm and broad basis in all of the main disciplines of classical Islamic scholarship:

Arabic language and its various sciences, detailed commentary of the entire Qur’an, hadith, Islamic law (fiqh), principles of legal methodology (usul al-fiqh), beliefs (aqeedah), biography of the Prophet saw (seerah), shamail, contemporary issues and Islamic spirituality.

This program has been specially designed and customized for students and working professionals to allow them to acquire knowledge of Deen despite their busy schedules. The program has been specifically designed for students who are comfortable studying in English. Students will be moved slowly to Arabic reading fluency so that they can study the different disciplines in the language of the scholars. This will typically involve covering various classical Arabic manuals in each Islamic discipline, thereby giving students a taste of the rich academic tradition.


Time Commitment: 8 hours per week

Classes will be conducted live over the weekend to allow working men and students to manage this program along with other responsibilities

Recordings will be available for all classes

Days: Saturday & Sunday

Time: 12 PM EST, 9 PM PK, 4 PM UK


How are classes conducted?

Classes are conducted live via Zoom. Some of the features of our virtual classroom include:

  • Live Audio Streaming
  • Content sharing via the White Board
  • Chat Box for live interaction with the Instructor
  • Recordings
  • Interactive LMS 


Taught by:

  • Maulana Abu Abdullah
  • Maulana Muhammad Hisham
  • Dr. Moiz Hasan

For more details, visit: Shariah Essentials | Faculty

Course OUtline

1 Qur’an Module:
Translation and Commentary of the Entire Qur’anA 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 InterpretationIntroduction 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-JalalaynSelections of the renowned Tafsir al-Jalalayn
Tafsir al-BaydawiSelections of the renowned Tafsir al-Baydawi
2. Hadith Module
Introduction to the Science of HadithIntroduction 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-TahawiThis 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-BukhariCompiled 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-MuslimCollection of hadith compiled by Imam Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj al-Naysaburi (rah). Students will cover both volumes
Sunan Abu DawudSunan 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-TirmidhiJami` 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 LawThis 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 IIslamic 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 IIIslamic legal rulings pertaining to Ritual Purification, Menstruation, Salah, Zakah, Fasting, Hajj, Commerce, Marriage & Divorce; through Mukhtasar al-Quduri (complete)
Laws of InheritanceLaws of Inheritance from Al-Siraji Fi ‘l-Mirath Lil Shaykh Siraj al-Din al-Sajawandi al
Comparative FiqhAl-Hidayah: A Classical Manual of Hanafi Law – Volume 1 and Volume 2
4. Islamic Jurisprudence
Usul al-ShashiFundamentals of Islamic Jurisprudence through the classical manual “Usul al-Shashi”
Nur al-AnwarAdvanced Islamic Jurisprudence through Nur al-Anwar
5. Arabic Grammar and Language
Arabic MorphologyArabic Morphology through “Fundamentals of Classical Arabic” & “From the Treasures of Arabic Morphology”
Arabic GrammarArabic Grammar through “Ilm al-Nahw” & “Awamil al-Nahw”
Advanced Arabic GrammarAdvanced Arabic Grammar through “Al-Hidayah fi ‘l Nahw”
Arabic RhetoricArabic Rhetoric through Durus-ul-Balaghah Ma’A Shams Al-Bara’a by By Hanafi Nasif, Muhammad Diyab, Sultan Muhammad and Mustafa Tamum
Arabic VocabularyArabic 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 CreedUnderstand the basic tenets of our faith through Imam Tahawi’s widely acclaimed reference work on Muslim beliefs, Aqidah al-Tahawiyah.
7. Islamic History
SeerahDetailed Seerah of the Blessed Messenger (Peace & Blessings be upon him)- Meccan and Medinan Periods
Lives of the CompanionsBiographies of the Khulafa Rashideen (The Four Caliphs)
8. Contemporary Issues
Islamic Banking & FinanceThis course will offer students an opportunity to understand the fundamental principles of Islamic Banking & Finance
9. Islamic Spirituality & Personal Development
Islamic Spirituality EssentialsIntroduction to the Science of Islamic Spirituality based on the Qur’an and Sunnah
Diseases of the HeartSymptoms & Cures of Diseases of the Heart: Anger, Jealousy, Hatred, Greed, Malice, Unlawful Love, Arrogance
Stations of CertaintyRepentance, Patience, Gratitude, Hope, Fear, Trust in Allah swt, Contentment
Islamic Etiquette & ConductSelections from Imam Bukhari (rah)’s Al-Adab Al-Mufrad

shariah essentials

Shariah Essentials is a non-commercial, non-political educational institute for men dedicated to imparting authentic Islamic learning. Its core objectives are to provide a structured educational approach to classical Islamic scholarship, offer a flexible learning environment and impart an educational experience that is at once intellectually rigorous and spiritually uplifting.