What is Ilm Essentials
Traditional Islamic Learning
Ilm Essentials is a part-time online distance learning program designed for brothers and sisters who wish to start learning traditional Islamic Sciences, but cannot study full-time. The program spans 2 years, focusing on the essentials of Islam including basic Aqidah, detailed Hanafi Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, Sunnah, Purification of the Heart, Hadith and Quranic sciences and classical Arabic (for those in the PLUS Program only). The program consists of two tracks:
The Essentials Program is a 2-year course geared toward those who would like to gain the knowledge necessary to live their lives in accordance with the Shariah and Sunnah, as well as begin to learn about the different Islamic sciences, but without learning Arabic. All course material will be presented in English, with minimal reference to the original Arabic texts. View the Essentials Program course outline.
The Plus Program is a 2-year course which covers all of the same topics as the Essentials program, but with an additional Arabic component. Students start out studying Sarf (verb morphology) and Nahw (grammar), and starting in the second year of the program, begin reading introductory texts and passages in their original classical Arabic. This program is primarily geared toward those students would like to start a serious study of the Islamic sciences, but do not currently have that opportunity. The Essentials Plus program will serve as a good starting point, allowing them to cover the material in a manner similar to traditional Islamic schools. View the PLUS Program course outline.
What is the structure of the program? How are the classes taught?
2013 – 2014 Academic Year
The academic year, starting in September, is broken into 3 trimesters (Fall, Winter and Spring), each running for approximately 3 months. Students will be expected to learn and review the past week’s lesson with their fellow students before moving on to the next lesson. This helps the student to keep up with the work, build a solid foundation and allows constant feedback between the student and teacher.
Fall Trimester – Sep. 14 – Dec. 28, 2013
Winter Trimester – Jan. 4 – Mar. 29, 2014
Spring Trimester – Apr. 5 – Jun. 21, 2014
All classes will be taught using the online learning tool WizIQ.com. Students can view the class materials through the online whiteboard and listen to the class lecture through their computer speakers or headphones. The chat feature is used for questions. Students will need a computer and high-speed internet access (1.5 Mbps+). Recordings will be available in case students miss a session.
What is the time commitment?
Essentials students will need to dedicate 4 hours per week for the program. Classes will be held once a week for 2 hours. Students should also plan to meet with their classmates for a weekly review session (approximately 30-45 minutes). The remaining time is for students to study and review on their own.
PLUS students will need to dedicate 10 hours per week for the program. Classes will be held once a week for 3 hours. Students will also meet with their classmates for a mandatory weekly review session (approximately 60-90 minutes). The remaining time is for students to study and review on their own.
How much does it cost?
Fees for each 3-month trimester are $165 ($55/month), or $495 per year. PLUS students should also budget about $45 for a dictionary.
Why Ilm Essentials?
Alhamdulillah, there are already a number of programs and classes available through which students can study the different Islamic Sciences. Every program has certain advantages and benefits and students should evaluate each against their circumstances. Below are a few salient features of the Ilm Essentials program:
- Classes are taught live, without the reliance on pre-recorded sessions.
- Students meet weekly with their fellow students to review and further their understanding.
- Traditional teaching methodology.
- Focus on establishing a firm foundation in the core Islamic Sciences.
- Emphasis on practical application of knowledge and using it as a means of moving closer to Allah Most High.
- Moderate class pace, allowing students to master key concepts.