Mastering Arabic – Level 1

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Start Date: 11th May 2024

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Start Date: 2nd September 2024

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Start Date: 2nd September 2024

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Time (London): 2 PM – 5 PM

Time (New York): 9 AM – 12 PM

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Start Date: 2nd September 2024

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Time (Sydney): 10 AM – 12 PM

Time (London): 1 AM – 3 AM

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Mastering Arabic – Level 1

About The Course

This is an excellent opportunity for you to learn Arabic online delivered by an institute that specialises in providing online courses. The course has been divided into four levels. Each level comprises one semester (6 Months). Mastering Arabic Course will focus on improving the four essential skills of language learning; namely reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students will learn the Arabic language under the instruction of experienced Muslim scholars and language experts from the comfort of their home. Online learning activities will help improve their Arabic language skills quickly for students. Arabic is a rich language with great heritage in the fields of literature, theology and many sciences. The ability to speak, write and read this language fluently will allow you to understand the basics of the magnificent Qurān and few other traditional texts. This course will start your Arabic learning journey with basics in an engaging manner, getting you one big step closer to understanding one of the most popular languages in world history.

Course Team

Shaykh Mustaqeem Shah

(Lecturer, Al Balagh Academy, UK)

Dr. Ahmad Hammad Assanie

(Head of the Arabic language department, KSA)

Shaykh Abdul Rahman Cader

(Lecturer,Al Balagh Academy, UK)

muslim women

Ustadha Fatima Mesmeh

(Palestinian, Native Arabic Teacher, Cape Town, SA)

Ustadha Hafsa Zadran

(Graduate in Islamic theology, Abu Bakr trust & Masters in religions, society and Education, University of Warwick. UK)

AT A GLANCE

Duration: 6 Months

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Segregated Classes

WEEKDAY (Sisters Batch - 1)

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday​

10AM – 1PM (London)

WEEKDAY (Sisters Batch - 2)

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday

9 AM – 12 PM(New York)

WEEKDAY (Sisters Batch - 3)

Monday & Wednesday

10 AM – 12 PM (Sydney)

Weekend(Brothers & Sisters)

Saturday & Sunday

7 PM – 9 PM (London)

Class Size : 30 Students

Video Recordings Available

Access to Mobile App

Personalised Feedback

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From £29.99/Month

(For 6 Months)

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Weekend Batch: Starts on 11th May 2024

Weekday Batch: Starts on 2nd September 2024

Level 1 Fee:

Pay in Full: £179.99 £149.99

(Providing a 20% scholarship on this Course)

Pay In 6 Instalments: £29.99 per month

Registration Deadline:

1st September 2024

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AlBalagh Scholarship is available for learners who cannot afford the fee.

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Course Team

Shaykh Mustaqeem Shah

(Lecturer, Al Balagh Academy)

Dr. Ahmad Hammad Assanie

(Head of the Arabic language department, KSA)

Shaykh Abdul Rahman Cader

(Lecturer,Al Balagh Academy, UK)

muslim women

Ustadha Fatima Mesmeh

(Palestinian, Native Arabic Teacher, Cape Town, SA)

Ustadha Hafsa Zadran

(Graduate in Islamic theology, Abu Bakr trust & Masters in religions, society and Education, University of Warwick. UK)

 MASTERING ARABIC SYLLABUS

4 Levels | Part-time |Flexible

The Mastering Arabic syllabus will be covered over four levels.

COURSE

1


Basic Arabic Grammar


Basic Arabic Grammar

COURSE

2


Arabic Syntax

Arabic Syntax

COURSE

3


Arabic Morphology

Arabic Morphology

COURSE

4


Writing Arabic

Writing Arabic

COURSE

5


Speaking Arabic

Speaking Arabic

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Mastering Arabic 1 (Jane Wightwick & Mahmoud Gaafar)


Mastering Arabic 1
(Jane Wightwick & Mahmoud Gaafar)

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Mastering Arabic 2 (Jane Wightwick & Mahmoud Gaafar)


Mastering Arabic 2
(Jane Wightwick & Mahmoud Gaafar)

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Mastering Arabic Grammar (Jane Wightwick & Mahmoud Gaafar)


Mastering Arabic Grammar
(Jane Wightwick & Mahmoud Gaafar)

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Mastering Arabic Script (Jane Wightwick & Mahmoud Gaafar)


Mastering Arabic Script
(Jane Wightwick & Mahmoud Gaafar)

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Mastering Arabic Vocabulary & Pronunciation (Jane Wightwick & Mahmoud Gaafar)


Mastering Arabic Vocabulary & Pronunciation
(Jane Wightwick & Mahmoud Gaafar)

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Al Arabiyyah bayna Yadayk (Selected)


Al Arabiyyah bayna Yadayk (Selected)

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Fundamentals of Classical Arabic


Fundamentals of Classical Arabic

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Al-Ajrumiyyah fi Mabadi' Ilm al-Arabiyyah


Al-Ajrumiyyah fi Mabadi' Ilm al-Arabiyyah

Course Overview

Al Balāgh Mastering Arabic Level 1 online course is designed for those who have a keen interest to learn conversational Arabic. Our exclusive Arabic online course intends to help you learn Arabic as a beginner and navigate your Arabic learning journey through the different levels using expert instructors and the best of online technology. The course will develop skills in reading, speaking, listening and writing Arabic.
This course will incorporate relevant contemporary Arabic prose and traditions texts. Students will learn how to speak, write, read the Arabic language and apply.

This course will cover the rules of grammar syntax and morphology (nahw and sarf) and a range of literary and non-literary reading course material to improve essential comprehension skills. This specialised course will enable students to achieve an in-depth grasp and understanding of the dynamics of the Arabic language, with its associated grammatical roots. The students will learn about the formation of sentences, the relation of different elements to each other, and how these relations affect the meaning from qualified Muslim scholars and academics. The course will be delivered through proficient Arabic language teaching methodology, incorporating competent online technology to a small class size of limited students.

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Learning Objectives

The Course Aims To Provide Students With:

  • Foundational rules of grammar and syntax (nahw and sarf).
  • The ability to read classical Arabic literature.
  • The understanding of various grammatical rules and words used to form sentences.
  • Basics of classical Arabic Handwriting (sentences and prose).
  • Basic understanding of the Qur’anic text.
  • Ability to engage in general Arabic conversations and know the cultural aspects of casual interaction in the Arab world

Learning Outcomes

At The End Of This Course, Students Will:

  • Understand the foundational rules of grammar and syntax (nahw and sarf).
  • Be able to read various types of classical Arabic literature.
  • Learn how to combine various grammatical concepts, words and sentences to form speech.
  • Write basic sentences and paragraphs in classical Arabic.
  • Gain the ability to understand the basics of the Qur’anic text.
  • Initiate social interactions, ask for information, and be aware of basic cultural aspects of social interaction in the Arab world.

 Course Details

Considering the limited number of seats in each class and the differences in time zones, we are offering multiple batches to suit the schedule of our students worldwide.

Currently, the following batches are open for enrolment. Though it is advised to join early in the Arabic classes, you can enrol in the second week of the batch as well. You will get access to all missed session recordings.

One hour will be reserved for Arabic speaking practice before/after the class. We will have different batches for brothers and sisters at different timings. You may check the details of available batches and select the most convenient batch for you.

LIVE CLASS TIMING

Batch Days London New York
Weekend (BROTHERS & SISTERS) Saturdays & Sundays 7PM – 9PM 3PM - 5PM
Weekdays(SISTERS) Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 10AM - 1PM 5AM - 8AM
Weekdays(SISTERS) Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 2PM – 5PM 9AM – 12PM
Weekdays(SISTERS) Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 10AM – 12PM 1AM – 3AM

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The course will be delivered in a series of live online classes, tutorials, presentation-based lectures, textbook-based traditional lectures, and seminars, all delivered live online. The recordings will be uploaded onto our myAlbalagh student’s learning portal (24/7 Accessibility from a web browser and Mobile App) for students to review and revise at their own pace and convenience.Our distinctive approach relates to our four-level structure, making it more holistic and flexible.
The Programme has been divided into four levels:
  1. Mastering Arabic Level 1
  2. Mastering Arabic Level 2
  3. Mastering Arabic Level 3
  4. Mastering Arabic Level 4
The course will be taught exclusively by qualified Shariah scholars and Arabic language experts in English using online technology.
  • Completely Online: Online education has enabled pursuing almost every course and programme easy. Students can attend the live classes from the comfort of their home and complete their sacred journey of Islamic learning without compromising on other commitments.
  • Online Learning Activities: Students can get access to the course content and complete the coursework from anywhere and at any time. Online learning activities ensure notable progress in students’ knowledge of the course content and adds to the final score.
  • Flexible Batches: This course is delivered in different batches, to be convenient for as many students as possible. Students can choose the most suitable batch for them according to their time zone and study via live sessions at their convenience.
  • Small Class Size: Each class will consist of not more than 30 students, giving lecturers enough time to give each student proper attention and guidance. 
  • Mobile App: Students can attend lectures, watch recordings and complete there learning activities on the go with MyAlBalagh mobile App. 

Students need to complete all the assessments based on the lectures given via live online sessions to complete the course successfully. There will be a graded final exam at the end of each level, and upon the successful completion of the four levels of Mastering Arabic Course, students will be awarded:

الشهادة الثانوية العامة في اللغة العربية 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the foundational components of the Alimiyyah Programme, including its Curriculum Streams? Furthermore, could you elaborate on the distinctive avenues the program provides for spiritual growth?

The essential building blocks of the Alimiyyah program consist of:

- Levels:

The Alimiyyah programme is structured into four levels, each comprising multiple semesters. These levels form the foundational structure of the program, guiding students through increasingly advanced studies. 

- Semesters:

A semester is a defined period of academic study, typically lasting around six months,  during which students engage in focused study. Each level contains multiple semesters, providing a structured framework for progression. With two semesters per year, students advance through the program systematically.

Modules:

Modules represent individual subjects or classes within each semester. These modules cover diverse topics such as Arabic Grammar, Fiqh, Quran Studies, Hadith Studies, and others.

(A suggestive depiction of levels, semesters, and modules)

(A suggestive depiction of levels, semesters, and modules)

Curriculum Streams:

Curriculum streams are dedicated streams within the following list of disciplines, consisting of Islamic Studies and Arabic-centric subjects. Each curriculum stream comprises multiple modules, and each level of the Alimiyyah programme features a balanced dedication of modules from each stream.

Streams:

  1. Aqidah & Islamic Theology
  2. Quranic Studies
  3. Hadith Studies
  4. Fiqh & Contemporary Fiqh Studies
  5. Arabic Language*
  6. Seerah and Islamic History
  7. Logic (Mantiq)
  8. Tazkiyah Studies
  9. Tajwid & Hifz
  10. Western Studies

(Curriculum Stream of the Alimiyyah Programme)

(Curriculum Stream of the Alimiyyah Programme)

* As a prerequisite before joining the Alimiyyah Programme, students are expected to know the Arabic alphabet & be able to read the Qur’an fluently.

 

Opportunities for Spiritual Growth:
Additionally, our program features flagship Tazkiyah-centric modules, meticulously designed to suit the diverse backgrounds and learning styles of our students. These modules integrate a harmonious blend of traditional wisdom and contemporary methodologies, facilitating not only the acquisition of knowledge but also the cultivation of spiritual well-being. By offering personalized guidance and resources, we aim to nurture a profound understanding of spirituality, enabling students to embark on a transformative journey towards holistic Islamic education and personal enlightenment.

Do both full-time and part-time students need to complete all four levels of the Alimiyyah program? Additionally what sets these two student types apart from each other?

Yes, whether a student is full-time or part-time, they all have to complete all four levels to finish their Alimiyyah program.

The difference between the two types of students lies in the duration of their completion. A part-time student completes their Alimiyyah in 16 semesters, spanning across 8 years, whereas a full-time student completes it in 10 semesters, spanning across 5 years.

  • Regarding the difference between the 2 types of students:
    For Full-Time students: the Alimiyyah Foundation, spanning two semesters; the Alimiyyah Intermediate, covering three semesters; the Alimiyyah Advanced, also comprising three semesters; and finally, the Daurah Hadith, which spans two semesters. Thus coming to a total of 10 semesters completed in 5 years.

(Full-Time Alimiyyah Programme Track)

(Full-Time Alimiyyah Programme Track)

  • For Part-Time students: the Alimiyyah program includes four semesters each for the Alimiyyah Foundation, Alimiyyah Intermediate, Alimiyyah Advanced, and Daurah Hadith, totaling 16 semesters completed over 8 years.

(Part-Time Alimiyyah Programme Track)

(Part-Time Alimiyyah Programme Track)

Why are full-time students able to complete their Alimiyyah program sooner than part-time students? Do both types of students cover the same modules in their program or do full-time students cover more, thus making their Alimiyyah more comprehensive?

Full-time students are able to complete their Alimiyyah program sooner than part-time students because they commit to a larger number of weekly hours for modules. Consequently, they cover more modules in a single semester.

Regarding the types of modules covered by the 2 different types of students, both types of students cover the same modules and content in their Alimiyyah Programme. We maintain consistency across both full-time and part-time students, ensuring that the syllabus remains uniform regardless of the mode of study.

How are the classes delivered? Additionally, is there any opportunity for direct interaction with scholars?

Classes are delivered live online and include a mix of tutorials, presentation-based lectures, textbook-based traditional lectures, seminars, and workshops. Recordings of these sessions are made available on DUA student’s learning portal for 24/7 access from both web browsers and the Mobile App.

Regarding direct interaction, Yes, students have the opportunity to join Al Balagh's Exclusive annual residential camp. This optional component allows for spiritual development through direct interaction with world-renowned scholars.

I think I’m at an advanced level as I have completed it partially in the past. What is the way forward?

The programme is exclusively tailored to provide students with an opportunity to develop advanced expertise in Islamic Sciences in a short period.

Currently, we are accepting applications for Level 1, but If you are interested in Level 2 or Level 3 and have prior qualification in the field based on prior study history in the Alimiyyah or Arabic programme from elsewhere,  then kindly include information of your prior study subjects history in detail and attach the transcripts in the application. After receiving your application, our admission team will make a decision based on your merits and also arrange an assessment meeting after your enrollment to get you enrolled in the correct level/year of Alimiyyah Programme.

How long does it take for an advanced student to receive a decision on which level will be offered?

The final decision on which level will be offered, based on your assessment and prior examination record, can take weeks to complete due to the high influx of students during our enrollment weeks. Therefore, we encourage all students to apply as soon as possible to ensure timely processing of their applications.

I saw the timings on the website and I’m confused if it will suit my schedule/timezone. What do I do?

The timings listed on the website are primarily for beginner-level classes. However, for advanced students, class timings may vary and can be scheduled anywhere from 10 am to 9 pm UK time on Saturdays and Sundays. A more specific timetable will be shared closer to the launch date. Therefore, we recommend maintaining flexibility in your expectations regarding class timings.

If you find yourself unable to enroll in all the modules offered to you, there's no need to worry. You should select only those modules for which you can ensure a minimum of 50% live attendance. Modules where this commitment isn't feasible can be postponed to future semesters.

It's important to note that depending on the number of modules you choose to take per semester, your overall trajectory for completing the Alimiyyah programme will be affected. Therefore, we advise all students to carefully consider their module selection and its impact on their academic journey.

How are advanced classes determined in the Alimiyyah programme, and how does course selection work each semester?

Advanced classes in the Alimiyyah programme are suggested based on your proficiency assessment conducted during a meeting with the Evaluation & Assessment Team. Each semester offers Core and Elective Courses. The Evaluation & Assessment Team will provide guidance on course selection after thoroughly assessing your profile. Additionally, students have the opportunity to apply for exemption from core courses if they can demonstrate prior completion of these courses or possess the necessary level of knowledge.

I can't take all my classes on weekends. Can I draw some classes from weekdays?

Apologetically No. Students must remain in their designated track, either Weekend or Weekday, and are not permitted to mix classes between the two tracks. However, it is possible to switch tracks entirely, meaning a student who initially enrolled in the weekday track but wishes to shift to the weekend track can do so. However, such a shift must be done as soon as possible. Additionally, students should be aware of the starting months for each track:

  • Weekday tracks start in February and September of every year
  • Weekend tracks start in November and May of every year
    (However, please note that occasional changes may occur in the launch dates. For the most recent launch dates or any updates, please feel free to contact our team for assistance.)

If students intend to switch from one track to another, they must do so at a time when the new semester for the intended track is set to begin.

Is the programme suitable for those unable to attend live sessions?

Unfortunately, the program does not accommodate students who are entirely unable to attend live sessions. However, all live sessions are meticulously recorded and promptly uploaded onto the DUA learning portal for convenient access. It is imperative for students to maintain at least 50% live attendance as we do not provide provisions for students who solely rely on recordings without any live participation or presence in the class. We strongly encourage and deem it necessary for students to have active participation and presence in live sessions, considering the sacredness and nature of the studies involved.

How many study hours do we have to dedicate as a part-time or a full-time student?

PART-TIME STUDENTS: For part-time students, we advise allocating specific hours per week / weekend for live classes. Additionally, we suggest dedicating additional time for revision and self-study.
- It's essential to recognize that each student possesses unique strengths and abilities, so their required study hours may vary accordingly.

Level

Live Classes per week/weekend

Revision & Self-Study

1. (Alimiyyah Foundation)

8-10 hrs

5 hrs approximately

2. (Alimiyyah Intermediate)

15+ hrs

5-7 hrs approximately

3. (Alimiyyah Advanced)

15+ hrs

5-7 hrs approximately

4. (Daurah Hadith)

15+ hrs

5-7+ hrs approximately

 

FULL-TIME STUDENTS: For full-time students, we advise allocating specific hours per week / weekend for live classes. Additionally, we suggest dedicating additional time for revision and self-study. 

- It's essential to recognize that each student possesses unique strengths and abilities, so their required study hours may vary accordingly.

Level

Live Classes per week/weekend

Revision & Self-Study

1 (Alimiyyah Foundation)

18-20 hrs

7+ hrs approximately

2 (Alimiyyah Intermediate)

20+ hrs

7-9 hrs approximately

3 (Alimiyyah Advanced)

20+ hrs

7-9 hrs approximately

4 (Daurah Hadith)

15+ hrs

10+ hrs approximately

What are the exam categories on which my evaluation will be done?

Examinations can fall into 1 of 2 categories, depending on the discretion of the teacher and the subject type. 

1) Self-Paced examinations: Students can start and finish the exam whenever they want within the set time frame. This means that you can take as much time as you need to complete the exam, or you can complete it quickly if you feel confident. 

2) Timed examinations: Students shall be given a fixed amount of time to complete the exam. In timed examinations, students must manage their time carefully in order to complete all the questions within the allotted time frame. The exam is usually proctored and sufficient time shall be given for attempting the exam.

Here are further details:

  1. Assessments 1 & 2: 

Online and self-paced assessments for Assessments 1 and 2 are conducted without live written or live verbal tests. These assessments are administered through the student Learning Management System (LMS) by the examination and administrative team. Students typically have an average of 3-4 weeks after the release date to attempt the assessments.

Syllabus Demarcation:

  1. The syllabus for Assessment 1 covers material from Week 1 to Week 5, though this timeline may slightly vary according to instructor discretion.
  2. Similarly, the syllabus for Assessment 2 encompasses material from Week 6 to Week 10, with potential variations based on instructor discretion.

 

Percentage Weightage Allocation:

  1. In terms of weightage, Assessment 1 accounts for 15% of the overall grade,
  2. While Assessment 2 carries a weightage of 25%.

 2. For Final Exams:

For Final Exams, the examinations will be conducted online, live, and proctored. These exams are administered through the student Learning Management System (LMS) by the examination and administrative team.

Students are allotted an average of 2-3 hours per exam paper to attempt their exams in a proctored environment.

It's important to note that the camera must be turned on for the entire duration of the exam. Therefore, students need to have access to a camera and adequate audio for the exam.

Syllabus Demarcation:

The syllabus for the Final Exam covers material from Week 11 until the Concluding Week of the semester.

Percentage Weightage Allocation: 

In terms of weightage, the Final Exam carries a significant weight of 60% towards the overall grade.

What are the attendance requirements and policies at the academy?

Attendance is crucial for success in our programs. Here's a brief overview of our attendance policies:

    • Regular Attendance: We expect and encourage regular attendance for all classes. Attendance is recorded and factors into evaluations of responsibility, participation, and progress.
  • Unauthorized Absences:
    • Short-term: Missing class for two consecutive weeks without approval may result in temporary access revocation (temporary removal of the student's access to classes, course materials, LMS, or other educational resources until the issue is resolved).
    • Extended: Four weeks of continuous unapproved absence leads to enrollment suspension. Re-admission is required to continue studies.
  • Authorized Absences: For any planned absences, prior authorization is needed. Notify your support group in advance with valid reasons and necessary documentation.
  • Subject-wise Attendance: A minimum of 50% live class attendance is required per subject to be eligible for final exams. This policy is strictly enforced, with regular attendance audits conducted by the administrative team to ensure compliance.
  • Semester-wise Excused Absences: The policy regarding allowed excused absences varies based on the academic level of the students enrolled in the program. 
    • Level 1 students are permitted up to 50% excused absences, 
    • Level 2 students up to 30%, and 
    • Level 3 students up to 20%. 

It's important to note that exceeding these allowable absences may result in disciplinary action being taken by higher management. This policy is in place to ensure that students maintain consistent attendance and engagement with their teachers and studies throughout their academic journey.

Emergency Absences: In emergencies, inform your support group/admin as soon as possible to make necessary accommodations and keep your academic progress on track.

When do I receive the Certificate/Ijazah?

The Alimiyyah programme is divided into 4 levels.

Upon successful completion of the first level, students will be awarded:
الشهادة الثانوية العامة في العلوم الإسلامية واللغة العربية

Upon successful completion of the second level, students will be awarded:
الشهادة الثانوية الخاصة في العلوم الإسلامية واللغة العربية

Upon successful completion of the third level, students will be awarded:
الشهادة العالية في العلوم الإسلامية واللغة العربية

Upon successful completion of the final level, students will be awarded:
الشهادة العالمية و الإجازة العالية في العلوم الإسلامية

When will I have access to the learning portal?

Upon successful enrollment, you will get access to DUA, Al Balagh Academy’s advanced online learning portal. Login details and important contact information will be provided to your registered email address. We recommend joining classes from a laptop/desktop computer for better visibility and learning experience.

Student access is of 2 types:

  1. Main class/batch access: 
    1. Students get access to their batch's main class on the LMS within 24-72 hours. 
    2. This section of the LMS includes various policies and guidelines essential for every student to read through, understand, and acknowledge.
  2. Module access: 
    1. The second access type is for the specific modules for the semester that students have registered for. 
    2. Every module will have its own access point, where class links, session summaries, notes, presentations, etc., will be uploaded as the weeks go by. This access is given after the orientation session week concludes.

Orientation session week: There will be an orientation week organized in the first week of the Programme to make students comfortable with the LMS platform, programme structure, schedule, instructors and peers. All support materials like the LMS Guide, Student Guidelines Handbook etc will be uploaded by the admins on the LMS for easier understanding.

Additionally, students enrolled in the Alimiyyah Programme will maintain access to their modules and related information on the Learning Management System (LMS) throughout their enrollment period. However, should a student withdraw or become unenrolled for the semester, access to their previous modules will be discontinued.

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Can I access the course content at any time? And Is there a mobile app for accessing my courses?

The recordings of live sessions are uploaded onto our DUA student’s learning portal, providing 24/7 accessibility from both a web browser and the Al Balagh Academy Mobile App, enabling students to review and revise at their own pace and convenience.

Regarding a mobile App: Absolutely! We've got you covered for on-the-go learning with our newly updated mobile app. Gain maximum flexibility in your learning journey by accessing your courses anytime, anywhere. Simply click on the links below to download the latest Al Balagh Academy App tailored to your device:

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Do we have WhatsApp groups for communication?

Certainly! We've established a dedicated Student Support Group on WhatsApp to serve as your primary communication channel throughout your journey with us.

Following your Orientation week and completion of class selection, you'll be automatically added to your respective Module-wise "Groups" on the DUA Learning Portal. These groups will provide you with invaluable support and connectivity with fellow students, ensuring a smooth and enriching learning experience.

What is the structure of the onboarding programme?

Kindly note that we will be following these steps for completing the Al Balāgh Online ʿĀlimiyyah Programme Student Onboarding (after the official start date).

Step 1: Creation of WhatsApp Personal Support Group: A WhatsApp Personal Support Group will be established, with select members of the admin team added to assist you.

Step 2: Schedule Sharing: Students will be provided with their schedule based on the batch they have selected for enrollment.

Step 3: Access Provision: Upon schedule sharing, module-wise access will be granted. Modules will become visible on the DUA portal (https://dua.albalaghacademy.org/user_dashboard) within 1-2 days after the schedule has been shared. 

Step 4: Module-Wise Groups: Module-specific groups will be available within the portal for each class. Students are encouraged to join these groups for class-related discussions after gaining access to their respective classes.

Support and Queries: Should you have any inquiries regarding the enrollment process or require assistance, feel free to reach out immediately within your support groups.

Scholarship Support: Al Balagh Academy values seekers of knowledge more than anything. Please visit  here to apply for a scholarship. Our team will assess your application and respond in 2-3 working days.

What is the mentoring programme and who can participate in it?

We understand that pursuing Alimiyyah studies can present various challenges, despite the presence of dedicated support groups within our institution. Therefore, we take an extra step by offering individualized mentoring to ensure that our students receive the assistance they need to thrive academically, personally and spiritually. The mentoring programme is designed specifically for our Alimiyyah students, offering dedicated mentors throughout their semesters. These mentors provide personalized advice and guidance to students as they navigate through their academic journey. 

Additionally, there are no additional fees required for accessing mentoring services. Mentoring support is included as part of your enrollment in the Alimiyyah programme.

The areas in which the mentors can assist their mentees are as follows:
In today's fast-paced and demanding academic environment, ensuring the success and well-being of our students is a top priority. 

  1. Mentors offer guidance on time management and coping strategies, reducing the risk of burnout and dropout rates.
  2. One-to-one mentoring provides personalized support, aiding students in navigating challenges more effectively.
  3. Mentoring sessions offer a confidential space for students to discuss concerns and learn healthy coping mechanisms.
  4. Mentors provide valuable insights for spiritual development, benefiting students in their educational journey.
  5. Guidance from mentors empowers students to overcome obstacles and stay committed to their academic pursuits.
Will I get notification for live sessions?

You will be able to view all course wise live session details including joining links on your DUA Portal calendar(students are advised to join classes from the LMS directly). If you find any difficulty with the link/calendar students are advised to contact their respective support groups; where our dedicated support team will ensure that their problem gets resolved at the earliest.

Regarding General Help:
1) If you have questions about your ongoing classes, assessment matters, or IT/technical issues, please reach out to us through your respective Support groups only. (Please Note: It may take 2-3 days for our team to resolve the issue due to the volume of students.)

2) If you're interested in joining a different course/programme and need information, please get in touch with our admission team:

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What are the foundational components of the Alimiyyah Programme, including its Curriculum Streams? Furthermore, could you elaborate on the distinctive avenues the program provides for spiritual growth?

The essential building blocks of the Alimiyyah program consist of:

- Levels:

The Alimiyyah programme is structured into four levels, each comprising multiple semesters. These levels form the foundational structure of the program, guiding students through increasingly advanced studies. 

- Semesters:

A semester is a defined period of academic study, typically lasting around six months,  during which students engage in focused study. Each level contains multiple semesters, providing a structured framework for progression. With two semesters per year, students advance through the program systematically.

Modules:

Modules represent individual subjects or classes within each semester. These modules cover diverse topics such as Arabic Grammar, Fiqh, Quran Studies, Hadith Studies, and others.

(A suggestive depiction of levels, semesters, and modules)

(A suggestive depiction of levels, semesters, and modules)

Curriculum Streams:

Curriculum streams are dedicated streams within the following list of disciplines, consisting of Islamic Studies and Arabic-centric subjects. Each curriculum stream comprises multiple modules, and each level of the Alimiyyah programme features a balanced dedication of modules from each stream.

Streams:

  1. Aqidah & Islamic Theology
  2. Quranic Studies
  3. Hadith Studies
  4. Fiqh & Contemporary Fiqh Studies
  5. Arabic Language*
  6. Seerah and Islamic History
  7. Logic (Mantiq)
  8. Tazkiyah Studies
  9. Tajwid & Hifz
  10. Western Studies

(Curriculum Stream of the Alimiyyah Programme)

(Curriculum Stream of the Alimiyyah Programme)

* As a prerequisite before joining the Alimiyyah Programme, students are expected to know the Arabic alphabet & be able to read the Qur’an fluently.

 

Opportunities for Spiritual Growth:
Additionally, our program features flagship Tazkiyah-centric modules, meticulously designed to suit the diverse backgrounds and learning styles of our students. These modules integrate a harmonious blend of traditional wisdom and contemporary methodologies, facilitating not only the acquisition of knowledge but also the cultivation of spiritual well-being. By offering personalized guidance and resources, we aim to nurture a profound understanding of spirituality, enabling students to embark on a transformative journey towards holistic Islamic education and personal enlightenment.

Do both full-time and part-time students need to complete all four levels of the Alimiyyah program? Additionally what sets these two student types apart from each other?

Yes, whether a student is full-time or part-time, they all have to complete all four levels to finish their Alimiyyah program.

The difference between the two types of students lies in the duration of their completion. A part-time student completes their Alimiyyah in 16 semesters, spanning across 8 years, whereas a full-time student completes it in 10 semesters, spanning across 5 years.

  • Regarding the difference between the 2 types of students:
    For Full-Time students: the Alimiyyah Foundation, spanning two semesters; the Alimiyyah Intermediate, covering three semesters; the Alimiyyah Advanced, also comprising three semesters; and finally, the Daurah Hadith, which spans two semesters. Thus coming to a total of 10 semesters completed in 5 years.

(Full-Time Alimiyyah Programme Track)

(Full-Time Alimiyyah Programme Track)

  • For Part-Time students: the Alimiyyah program includes four semesters each for the Alimiyyah Foundation, Alimiyyah Intermediate, Alimiyyah Advanced, and Daurah Hadith, totaling 16 semesters completed over 8 years.

(Part-Time Alimiyyah Programme Track)

(Part-Time Alimiyyah Programme Track)

Why are full-time students able to complete their Alimiyyah program sooner than part-time students? Do both types of students cover the same modules in their program or do full-time students cover more, thus making their Alimiyyah more comprehensive?

Full-time students are able to complete their Alimiyyah program sooner than part-time students because they commit to a larger number of weekly hours for modules. Consequently, they cover more modules in a single semester.

Regarding the types of modules covered by the 2 different types of students, both types of students cover the same modules and content in their Alimiyyah Programme. We maintain consistency across both full-time and part-time students, ensuring that the syllabus remains uniform regardless of the mode of study.

How are the classes delivered? Additionally, is there any opportunity for direct interaction with scholars?

Classes are delivered live online and include a mix of tutorials, presentation-based lectures, textbook-based traditional lectures, seminars, and workshops. Recordings of these sessions are made available on DUA student’s learning portal for 24/7 access from both web browsers and the Mobile App.


Regarding direct interaction, Yes, students have the opportunity to join Al Balagh's Exclusive annual residential camp. This optional component allows for spiritual development through direct interaction with world-renowned scholars.

I think I’m at an advanced level as I have completed it partially in the past. What is the way forward?

The programme is exclusively tailored to provide students with an opportunity to develop advanced expertise in Islamic Sciences in a short period.

Currently, we are accepting applications for Level 1, but If you are interested in Level 2 or Level 3 and have prior qualification in the field based on prior study history in the Alimiyyah or Arabic programme from elsewhere,  then kindly include information of your prior study subjects history in detail and attach the transcripts in the application. After receiving your application, our admission team will make a decision based on your merits and also arrange an assessment meeting after your enrollment to get you enrolled in the correct level/year of Alimiyyah Programme.

How long does it take for an advanced student to receive a decision on which level will be offered?

The final decision on which level will be offered, based on your assessment and prior examination record, can take weeks to complete due to the high influx of students during our enrollment weeks. Therefore, we encourage all students to apply as soon as possible to ensure timely processing of their applications.

I saw the timings on the website and I’m confused if it will suit my schedule/timezone. What do I do?

The timings listed on the website are primarily for beginner-level classes. However, for advanced students, class timings may vary and can be scheduled anywhere from 10 am to 9 pm UK time on Saturdays and Sundays. A more specific timetable will be shared closer to the launch date. Therefore, we recommend maintaining flexibility in your expectations regarding class timings.

If you find yourself unable to enroll in all the modules offered to you, there's no need to worry. You should select only those modules for which you can ensure a minimum of 50% live attendance. Modules where this commitment isn't feasible can be postponed to future semesters.

It's important to note that depending on the number of modules you choose to take per semester, your overall trajectory for completing the Alimiyyah programme will be affected. Therefore, we advise all students to carefully consider their module selection and its impact on their academic journey.

How are advanced classes determined in the Alimiyyah programme, and how does course selection work each semester?

Advanced classes in the Alimiyyah programme are suggested based on your proficiency assessment conducted during a meeting with the Evaluation & Assessment Team. Each semester offers Core and Elective Courses. The Evaluation & Assessment Team will provide guidance on course selection after thoroughly assessing your profile. Additionally, students have the opportunity to apply for exemption from core courses if they can demonstrate prior completion of these courses or possess the necessary level of knowledge.

I can't take all my classes on weekends. Can I draw some classes from weekdays?

Apologetically No. Students must remain in their designated track, either Weekend or Weekday, and are not permitted to mix classes between the two tracks. However, it is possible to switch tracks entirely, meaning a student who initially enrolled in the weekday track but wishes to shift to the weekend track can do so. However, such a shift must be done as soon as possible. Additionally, students should be aware of the starting months for each track:

  • Weekday tracks start in February and September of every year
  • Weekend tracks start in November and May of every year
    (However, please note that occasional changes may occur in the launch dates. For the most recent launch dates or any updates, please feel free to contact our team for assistance.)

If students intend to switch from one track to another, they must do so at a time when the new semester for the intended track is set to begin.

Is the programme suitable for those unable to attend live sessions?

Unfortunately, the program does not accommodate students who are entirely unable to attend live sessions. However, all live sessions are meticulously recorded and promptly uploaded onto the DUA learning portal for convenient access. It is imperative for students to maintain at least 50% live attendance as we do not provide provisions for students who solely rely on recordings without any live participation or presence in the class. We strongly encourage and deem it necessary for students to have active participation and presence in live sessions, considering the sacredness and nature of the studies involved.

How many study hours do we have to dedicate as a part-time or a full-time student?

PART-TIME STUDENTS: For part-time students, we advise allocating specific hours per week / weekend for live classes. Additionally, we suggest dedicating additional time for revision and self-study.
- It's essential to recognize that each student possesses unique strengths and abilities, so their required study hours may vary accordingly.

Level

Live Classes per week/weekend

Revision & Self-Study

1. (Alimiyyah Foundation)

8-10 hrs

5 hrs approximately

2. (Alimiyyah Intermediate)

15+ hrs

5-7 hrs approximately

3. (Alimiyyah Advanced)

15+ hrs

5-7 hrs approximately

4. (Daurah Hadith)

15+ hrs

5-7+ hrs approximately

 

FULL-TIME STUDENTS: For full-time students, we advise allocating specific hours per week / weekend for live classes. Additionally, we suggest dedicating additional time for revision and self-study. 

- It's essential to recognize that each student possesses unique strengths and abilities, so their required study hours may vary accordingly.

Level

Live Classes per week/weekend

Revision & Self-Study

1 (Alimiyyah Foundation)

18-20 hrs

7+ hrs approximately

2 (Alimiyyah Intermediate)

20+ hrs

7-9 hrs approximately

3 (Alimiyyah Advanced)

20+ hrs

7-9 hrs approximately

4 (Daurah Hadith)

15+ hrs

10+ hrs approximately

What are the exam categories on which my evaluation will be done?

Examinations can fall into 1 of 2 categories, depending on the discretion of the teacher and the subject type. 

1) Self-Paced examinations: Students can start and finish the exam whenever they want within the set time frame. This means that you can take as much time as you need to complete the exam, or you can complete it quickly if you feel confident. 

2) Timed examinations: Students shall be given a fixed amount of time to complete the exam. In timed examinations, students must manage their time carefully in order to complete all the questions within the allotted time frame. The exam is usually proctored and sufficient time shall be given for attempting the exam.

Here are further details:

  1. Assessments 1 & 2: 

Online and self-paced assessments for Assessments 1 and 2 are conducted without live written or live verbal tests. These assessments are administered through the student Learning Management System (LMS) by the examination and administrative team. Students typically have an average of 3-4 weeks after the release date to attempt the assessments.

Syllabus Demarcation:

  1. The syllabus for Assessment 1 covers material from Week 1 to Week 5, though this timeline may slightly vary according to instructor discretion.
  2. Similarly, the syllabus for Assessment 2 encompasses material from Week 6 to Week 10, with potential variations based on instructor discretion.

 

Percentage Weightage Allocation:

  1. In terms of weightage, Assessment 1 accounts for 15% of the overall grade,
  2. While Assessment 2 carries a weightage of 25%.

 2. For Final Exams:

For Final Exams, the examinations will be conducted online, live, and proctored. These exams are administered through the student Learning Management System (LMS) by the examination and administrative team.

Students are allotted an average of 2-3 hours per exam paper to attempt their exams in a proctored environment.

It's important to note that the camera must be turned on for the entire duration of the exam. Therefore, students need to have access to a camera and adequate audio for the exam.

Syllabus Demarcation:

The syllabus for the Final Exam covers material from Week 11 until the Concluding Week of the semester.

Percentage Weightage Allocation: 

In terms of weightage, the Final Exam carries a significant weight of 60% towards the overall grade.

What are the attendance requirements and policies at the academy?

Attendance is crucial for success in our programs. Here's a brief overview of our attendance policies:

    • Regular Attendance: We expect and encourage regular attendance for all classes. Attendance is recorded and factors into evaluations of responsibility, participation, and progress.
  • Unauthorized Absences:
    • Short-term: Missing class for two consecutive weeks without approval may result in temporary access revocation (temporary removal of the student's access to classes, course materials, LMS, or other educational resources until the issue is resolved).
    • Extended: Four weeks of continuous unapproved absence leads to enrollment suspension. Re-admission is required to continue studies.
  • Authorized Absences: For any planned absences, prior authorization is needed. Notify your support group in advance with valid reasons and necessary documentation.
  • Subject-wise Attendance: A minimum of 50% live class attendance is required per subject to be eligible for final exams. This policy is strictly enforced, with regular attendance audits conducted by the administrative team to ensure compliance.
  • Semester-wise Excused Absences: The policy regarding allowed excused absences varies based on the academic level of the students enrolled in the program. 
    • Level 1 students are permitted up to 50% excused absences, 
    • Level 2 students up to 30%, and 
    • Level 3 students up to 20%. 

It's important to note that exceeding these allowable absences may result in disciplinary action being taken by higher management. This policy is in place to ensure that students maintain consistent attendance and engagement with their teachers and studies throughout their academic journey.

Emergency Absences: In emergencies, inform your support group/admin as soon as possible to make necessary accommodations and keep your academic progress on track.

When do I receive the Certificate/Ijazah?

The Alimiyyah programme is divided into 4 levels.

Upon successful completion of the first level, students will be awarded:
الشهادة الثانوية العامة في العلوم الإسلامية واللغة العربية

Upon successful completion of the second level, students will be awarded:
الشهادة الثانوية الخاصة في العلوم الإسلامية واللغة العربية

Upon successful completion of the third level, students will be awarded:
الشهادة العالية في العلوم الإسلامية واللغة العربية

Upon successful completion of the final level, students will be awarded:
الشهادة العالمية و الإجازة العالية في العلوم الإسلامية

When will I have access to the learning portal?

Upon successful enrollment, you will get access to DUA, Al Balagh Academy’s advanced online learning portal. Login details and important contact information will be provided to your registered email address. We recommend joining classes from a laptop/desktop computer for better visibility and learning experience.

Student access is of 2 types:

  1. Main class/batch access: 
    1. Students get access to their batch's main class on the LMS within 24-72 hours. 
    2. This section of the LMS includes various policies and guidelines essential for every student to read through, understand, and acknowledge.
  2. Module access: 
    1. The second access type is for the specific modules for the semester that students have registered for. 
    2. Every module will have its own access point, where class links, session summaries, notes, presentations, etc., will be uploaded as the weeks go by. This access is given after the orientation session week concludes.

Orientation session week: There will be an orientation week organized in the first week of the Programme to make students comfortable with the LMS platform, programme structure, schedule, instructors and peers. All support materials like the LMS Guide, Student Guidelines Handbook etc will be uploaded by the admins on the LMS for easier understanding.

Additionally, students enrolled in the Alimiyyah Programme will maintain access to their modules and related information on the Learning Management System (LMS) throughout their enrollment period. However, should a student withdraw or become unenrolled for the semester, access to their previous modules will be discontinued.

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Can I access the course content at any time? And Is there a mobile app for accessing my courses?

The recordings of live sessions are uploaded onto our DUA student’s learning portal, providing 24/7 accessibility from both a web browser and the Al Balagh Academy Mobile App, enabling students to review and revise at their own pace and convenience.

Regarding a mobile App: Absolutely! We've got you covered for on-the-go learning with our newly updated mobile app. Gain maximum flexibility in your learning journey by accessing your courses anytime, anywhere. Simply click on the links below to download the latest Al Balagh Academy App tailored to your device:

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Do we have WhatsApp groups for communication?

Certainly! We've established a dedicated Student Support Group on WhatsApp to serve as your primary communication channel throughout your journey with us.

Following your Orientation week and completion of class selection, you'll be automatically added to your respective Module-wise "Groups" on the DUA Learning Portal. These groups will provide you with invaluable support and connectivity with fellow students, ensuring a smooth and enriching learning experience.

What is the structure of the onboarding programme?

Kindly note that we will be following these steps for completing the Al Balāgh Online ʿĀlimiyyah Programme Student Onboarding (after the official start date).

Step 1: Creation of WhatsApp Personal Support Group: A WhatsApp Personal Support Group will be established, with select members of the admin team added to assist you.

Step 2: Schedule Sharing: Students will be provided with their schedule based on the batch they have selected for enrollment.

Step 3: Access Provision: Upon schedule sharing, module-wise access will be granted. Modules will become visible on the DUA portal (https://dua.albalaghacademy.org/user_dashboard) within 1-2 days after the schedule has been shared. 

Step 4: Module-Wise Groups: Module-specific groups will be available within the portal for each class. Students are encouraged to join these groups for class-related discussions after gaining access to their respective classes.

Support and Queries: Should you have any inquiries regarding the enrollment process or require assistance, feel free to reach out immediately within your support groups.

Scholarship Support: Al Balagh Academy values seekers of knowledge more than anything. Please visit  here to apply for a scholarship. Our team will assess your application and respond in 2-3 working days.

What is the mentoring programme and who can participate in it?

We understand that pursuing Alimiyyah studies can present various challenges, despite the presence of dedicated support groups within our institution. Therefore, we take an extra step by offering individualized mentoring to ensure that our students receive the assistance they need to thrive academically, personally and spiritually. The mentoring programme is designed specifically for our Alimiyyah students, offering dedicated mentors throughout their semesters. These mentors provide personalized advice and guidance to students as they navigate through their academic journey. 

Additionally, there are no additional fees required for accessing mentoring services. Mentoring support is included as part of your enrollment in the Alimiyyah programme.

The areas in which the mentors can assist their mentees are as follows:
In today's fast-paced and demanding academic environment, ensuring the success and well-being of our students is a top priority. 

  1. Mentors offer guidance on time management and coping strategies, reducing the risk of burnout and dropout rates.
  2. One-to-one mentoring provides personalized support, aiding students in navigating challenges more effectively.
  3. Mentoring sessions offer a confidential space for students to discuss concerns and learn healthy coping mechanisms.
  4. Mentors provide valuable insights for spiritual development, benefiting students in their educational journey.
  5. Guidance from mentors empowers students to overcome obstacles and stay committed to their academic pursuits.
Will I get notification for live sessions?

You will be able to view all course wise live session details including joining links on your DUA Portal calendar(students are advised to join classes from the LMS directly). If you find any difficulty with the link/calendar students are advised to contact their respective support groups; where our dedicated support team will ensure that their problem gets resolved at the earliest.

Regarding General Help:
1) If you have questions about your ongoing classes, assessment matters, or IT/technical issues, please reach out to us through your respective Support groups only. (Please Note: It may take 2-3 days for our team to resolve the issue due to the volume of students.)

2) If you're interested in joining a different course/programme and need information, please get in touch with our admission team:

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