ILM Essentials 2

A comprehensive 10-month intensive Saturday only study programme designed to develop upon the general knowledge covered in ILM Essentials 1. This course will give students the tools to critically evaluate themselves and assess Islamic discussions.

Having previously covered the four primary sources of Islam, Tafsir (1 – 9), Hadith, Sirah and Fiqh al-‘Ibadat; students will now cover the branches of the four primary sources: Usul al-Din, Tarbiyah, Fiqh al-Mu’amalat and Tafsir (10 – 114).

Scholars from the second and third generation began dividing the knowledge of Islam into component chapters each focusing upon a single aspect of Islamic knowledge; they then codified the principles and mechanisms to govern the interpretation and practice of these various fields.

Our focus is to enable students to formalise their understanding and practice of Islam by developing themselves to critique, produce and propagate the knowledge, faith and practice of Islam to others. To achieve this the course has been designed to elaborate upon often neglected subjects within Islam.


Course Objectives


Fiqh al-Mu’amalat: Trade, Marriage & Inheritance


Tafsir: Surah Yunus – Surah al-Nas


Usul al-Din: Usul al-Fiqh, Ulum al-Hadith  & Ulum al-Qur’an


Tarbiyah: Adab, Sunan & Da’wah

Course Aim

We hope that students will be able to partake in the practice and propagation of Islam in the UK via interpersonal and digital dawah. We aim to help students become confident in their practice of Islam and their ability to navigate Islamic texts, methodologies and contemporary issues.

Tafsir Al-Qur'an

Building upon the suwar covered in ILM Essentials 1, we now further our journey through the Qur’an by covering the central verses within each surah from Surah Yunus to Surah al-Nas.

Term 1 (Sept 2018 - Dec 2018)

Resuming from Surah Yunus to Surah al-Hajj – students will cover selected groups of verses that form the key message of each Surah.

Term 2 (Jan 2019 - Mar 2019)

Resuming from Surat al-Mu’minun to Surat al-Qamar – students will cover selected groups of verses that form the key message of each Surah.

Term 3 (Apr 2019 - Jul 2019)

Resuming from Surah al-Rahman to Surah al-Nas – students will cover selected groups of verses that form the key message of each Surah.


Fiqh al-Mu’amalat consists of the major chapters of Islamic ethics and morality covering Islamic laws pertaining to buying and selling, forming contracts and inheritance amongst other subjects. The EIIS endeavours to offer students a practical and balanced approach to dealing with these sometimes challenging topics by using recognised and authoritative texts and contemporary research papers to stimulate student discussions and learning.
It is our primary objective that students understand which acts may invalidate or delegitimise their dealings with others and the morality and ethics behind the Islamic injunctions. While personal and social agreements appear to be individual matters that concern one’s life choices they form the majority of one’s actions and therefore constitute the largest portion of one’s good or bad deeds. It is therefore essential that every Muslim learns how to maximise their reward in the fulfilment of their life choices.


Tarbiyah covers Adab, Sunan and Dawah.
Adab: Learning the personal characteristics and qualities emphasized in the Qur’an and by the Prophet Muhammad (Alayhi Salam). Students will learn how to improve their manner and learn to embody Islamic etiquettes.
Sunan: We will cover the various norms of the Prophet (Alayhi Salam) that form the daily rituals and habits of a Muslim.
Dawah: Through analysing the manifestos of classical and contemporary Muslim scholars students will develop an informed approach to propagating Islam in their given context through learning how to best utilise modern technology and digital media.

Usul al-Din

In this module students will cover Usul al-Fiqh, Ulum ul-Hadith and Ulum al-Qur’an.
Usul al-Fiqh: We will cover the various principles through which laws are determined to be part of the practice of Islam. Students will also study the maxims (Qawa’id) that form a consistent interpretive tool to realise the Islamic law in the absence of an explicit text.
Ulum al-Hadith: The methodology through which a Hadith can be determined to be authentic or not. Students will also be introduced to the method of interpreting Hadith and combining between seemingly contradictory or implausible texts.
Ulum al-Qur’an: The formation, cataloguing, drawing and interpretation of the Qur’an. Students will overview the salient details of the language, style, miraculous and unique aspects of the Qur’an.

Course Logistics

Application Process
→ Applications to be submitted by Sunday 16th September
→ Course starts 22nd September
Course Structure
⇒ 3 hours a week – Saturdays (11 am – 3 pm)
⇒ Total weeks: 34
⇒ Total hours: 102
EIIS is a non-profit organisation. We endeavour to provide courses that are affordable and of good quality. Many of the courses have been subsidised and made possible only through the generous donations of well wishers. We need students to pay the course fees so that we can continue to offer our courses at subsidised rates.

The fee for the 10 month ILM Essentials Programme is £450* or £150 per term.
*If full payment is made before or on commencement of the course you will receive a discount of £50 and only pay £400.

Support for course fees may be available for limited number of exceptional students who meet criteria from the sponsorship programme.

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