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Why part time?
After decades of study and community engagement, our extensive experiences afforded us the knowledge and awareness that to carry out the role and function of an Imam (& Islamic teacher) one is not required to study the traditional full-time course in an Islamic Seminary. With the right guidance, effective teaching methodology and commitment, we hope to equip graduates with all the necessary knowledge and tools for them to become outstanding Imams and teachers.
As part of our overall philosophy to teaching and learning, we believe all beneficial knowledge is sacred, thus we make no distinction between Islamic and secular knowledge. Many of our students will be studying their general degree acquiring deep appreciation of the great western scholarly & scientific discourse while studying for the Imam Degree Programme. While others would have already attained a general degree and now wish to infuse their western secular knowledge with the religious sciences. We will help all our students to synergise their comprehensive learning to become independent and creative thinkers.
Our aim is to equip our graduates with the tools to how to think and not what to think. The students will be required to memorise selected texts but focus will be given to critical thinking and analysis.
We want to develop confident individuals who can make sense of the world they live in. We want our graduates to be compassionate and active citizens who are productive contributors to society. We want our graduates to be proud of their religious heritage and at the same time be confident and loyal citizens.
We hope that one day a person will be able to become a cardiac surgeon and at the same time be firmly grounded in the Islamic sciences. In other words, we hope to develop people who have the potential to become experts in both religious and secular sciences. Although the Imam degree programme would be part-time and we will cater for all ages, we will seek to encourage astute students to follow up what they gain with us to pursue deeper understanding of Islam and become Scholars & Mujtahids.
The Messenger of Allah (saw) said:
“This world and what is in it are accursed except for the remembrance of Allah, that which Allah loves, a person of knowledge, and the student of knowledge” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi)
The scholars, such as Imam An-Nawawi (rahimahullah), describe seeking knowledge of matters which people can’t do without as Fard Kifayah (communally obligatory). And this includes both the detailed sciences of the din and of the dunya (Al-Majmu’ 1/26).
The Imam degree programme hopes to support the community to fulfil this communal obligation by enabling dedicated students to combine the best of both worlds and therefore hopes to develop:
- Imams & Islamic Teachers who are also Cardiac Surgeons
- Imams & Islamic Teachers who are also Industry Heads
- Imams & Islamic Teachers who are also Counsellors
- Imams & Islamic Teachers who are also Psychiatrists
- Imams & Islamic Teachers who are also Barristers
- Imams & Islamic Teachers who are also Accountants
- Imams & Islamic Teachers who are also Social workers
- Imams & Islamic Teachers who are also Psychologists
- Imams & Islamic Teachers who are also GP’s
- Imam & Islamic Teachers who are also Head Teachers
- Imams & Islamic Teachers who are also Community Leaders
- Imams & Islamic Teachers who are also CEO’s of Companies and Organisations