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, and Hadith and Quranic sciences.
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.
Short Courses and Seminars
Throughout the year, we offer a number of short courses and seminars covering important topics which are not directly addressed in the Essentials Program. Topics include the Fiqh of Food and Drink, Fiqh of Menstruation, History and Compilation of the Quran, Importance of Following Traditional Scholarship, Understanding Tasawwuf, and others. The best way to stay up-to-date on upcoming seminars is to join our email list.
What is the structure of the program? How are the classes taught?
2015 – 2016 Academic Year
The academic year is broken into 2 semesters, with each semester running for approximately 4.5 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.
Semester 1 – Sep. 12, 2015 – Jan. 30, 2016
Semester 2 – Feb. 6 – Jun. 4, 2016
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 (2.5 Mbps+). Recordings will be available in case students miss a session.
What is the time commitment?
Essentials students will need to dedicate 3-4 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.
How much does it cost?
The Essentials Program is broken up into 2 semesters and the fee for each semester is $100 ($200 for the entire course).
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.