2-year Arabic & Islamic Studies Diploma

Arabic & Islamic Studies diploma










This unique diploma course introduces the students to the traditional Islamic Studies of Hadith, Fiqh, Tahweed and Tafsir, as taught at the Islamic University of Madinah. It is the classical methodology of study as taught by the scholars of Islam for generations in a modern setting.

It will also combine between all four language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking in the Arabic Language.

There will be a special emphasis on learning terminology and basic Arabic words and phrases throughout the course.  By the end of the course students should have an overview of the traditional islamic sciences and be ready to study more in depth topics or complete the Arabic & Islamic Studies certificate course which will run for 2 academic years.  Students are expected to complete about 1-2 hours of self-study daily in addition to classroom hours.

Course Structure:

Course Summary & Requirements:

Upon Completion students should be able to:


Students are expected to be punctual and attend every lesson (unless for authorised absence), be prepared by completing the homework and learning the vocabulary before the lesson. Grading will be based on group presentations, written assignments, termly tests and a final end of year exam

Who is the course for?

This diploma course is for  Intermediate Learners who are capable of reading Arabic and understanding some terminologies. It is also for students who are interested in developing reading, writing and comprehension skills based on grammatical principles. It offers the student the opportunity to develop high frequency vocabulary from a variety of topics and themes. 

For beginners who are not familiar with reading Arabic and want to start from the complete beginning, we recommend the foundation course for 1 year.

Learning Path

Arabic Language and Islamic Sciences – Year one has a heavy focus on the Arabic Language to prepare students to read and understand Islamic texts in Arabic in year two. There is a focus on reading and comprehension, grammar and speaking in limited situations.  At the end of the lesson, there is reflection, analysis and discussion on selected ayat Imam Nawawi includes in Riyadh as-Saliheen covering key islamic themes,  selected short hadith are discussed and an introduction to lessons in belief and prayer. 


Grammar & Morphology – Madinah Reader 1 to 4 – which is the equivalent of Madinah Arabic Book One and Two.

Writing – Kitaabah Book as taught in the Islamic University of Madinah 

Reading – Qira’ah Book as taught in the Islamic University of Madinah. 

Speaking – Ta’beer Book as taught in the Islamic University of Madinah

Qur’an – Tadabbur / selected themes from Riyadh Saliheen 

Hadeeth – Tuhfah al-Mubtadi’een 

Belief and Worship  – Foundations in Aqeedah and Fiqh

In year two students continue to develop their knowledge of Arabic through grammar and focus on exploring Islamic texts in simplified Arabic. Subjects covered include Tafsir of a selected surah of the Quran, explanation of Hadith with focus on language and stories of the Prophets. Students will continue to build on their knowledge of Aqidah and Fiqh from year one. 


Grammar & Morphology – Madinah Reader Books 4 & 5 

Stories of the Prophets (Reading Arabic) – Selected passages from Qisas al-Nabiyyeen that students prepare at home and present in the class in a speaking exercise. 

Qur’an – Tafsir of Surah Al – Hujuraat 

Hadeeth – Forty Hadeeth for the study of the Arabic language 

Belief & Worship – Tawheed Book and Fiqh Book (selected chapters) as taught in the Islamic University of Madinah

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