Islamic Courses is a “non-profit” project initiated by Islamic Circles, a community-based network that has been running at the Froud Centre, East London since January 2001. They organise a wide range of Islamic events, projects and activities including short courses, seminars, workshops, social gatherings and more.
We serve as a much-needed platform to engage leading Muslim Theologians, Thinkers, Philosphers, Academics AND non-Muslim experts on various Islamic and Muslim- related subjects. These are aimed at/for young Muslim scholars, Imams, senior activists (dai’ees), junior Muslim academics and researchers, etc., on highly intellectual, content-based subjects through one day seminars.
These seminars focus on subjects which are not covered by weekend Islamic Course providers and mainstream institutes like Darul Ulooms and Muslim Colleges. Subjects are delivered in one-day or weekend seminar formats by world class experts, be it Muslim or non-Muslim on the subject of their expertise and research. We tend to focus on “Islamic History”, aspects of theology, Qur’anic Studies, Philosophy, Modernity and classical text based works by important and famous Islamic Scholars of the past and present. We also focus on contemporary issues and matters which are not being addressed in an academic manner by many Muslim institutes. For a complete list please go to the “previous courses section”.
We are NOT an ”Academic Institute” or ”College” and thus we DO NOT provide any “ijazas”, “certification”, “academic qualifications”. We do not set any exams be it oral or written, nor do we collect points which contribute to recognised qualification from any educational institutes.
Islamic Courses is non-sectarian and does not support or promote any ideology, school of thought or government agenda. All opinions are those of the speaker only and not of Islamic Courses.
We do not organise “Fard Ayn” courses pertaining to basic beliefs and rituals, as there are many organisations which deliver such subjects.
Our courses are open to ALL, Muslim and non-Muslim. However given the nature of our courses, our targeted audience are “intermediate-higher” level students of Arabic and Islamic Students such as university students, Muslim activists, young Imams, scholars, academics, or anyone else interested in the subject. We expect attendees to have a basic understanding of the Qur’an, Seerah (biography of the Prophet s.w.s and the The Khulfa-e-Rashideen r.a) as well as basic Islamic ideas and concepts.
All courses are taught in English unless mentioned. However, for some courses a good level of classical Arabic is recommended. Occasionally, Latin, Farsi, Turkish and Urdu may be useful. Delivery of courses will vary from presenter to presenter but generally PowerPoint slides will be utilised. Students are expected to take all the notes in lectures presented by traditional Islamic scholars.