ILM Essentials

A thorough 10-month intensive Saturday only study programme designed to impart the four essential Islamic subjects: Fiqh, Hadith, and Tafsir – extracting lessons, morals and ethics for modern day life.

The cannon of Islamic knowledge can be divided across its four primary sources, the Qur’an, Hadith and Fiqh. Scholars from the first century began compiling and teaching these subjects, as time passed further branches of study began to form which codified and sought to standardise the method through which these subject would be studied and taught.

To enable every Muslim to gain the necessary knowledge to believe, worship and act according to divine guidance we have devised the Ilm essentials course to be both accessible and comprehensive. Students will have four lessons every Saturday following the UK university academic calendar, an outline of each component is below.

Course Objectives


Gain an understanding of core Islamic knowledge


Be confident in sharing Islamic beliefs and practices


Develop an insight into prophetic character and religious practice


Build a strong foundation to progress onto the ‘Alimiyyah’ programme

Course Subjects

We hope that students who complete the 10 month intensive study course will be able to confidently fulfil their Islamic practices and able to impart their knowledge to others in a holistic manner.


To guide our study of the Qur’an we will use A Journey Through The Qur’an written by Shaykh Hassan Al-Banna as a reflective summary of the key verses within each Surah, we will overview every Surah in the Qur’an by extracting the key beliefs, morals and injunctions.


Term 1 (Sept 2018 - Dec 2019)

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Term 2 (Jan 2019 - Mar 2019)

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To act according to divine guidance has been the subject of contention and controversy which affects almost all Muslims during their life, we will offer a practical approach in dealing with these sometimes challenging topics by using al-Fiqh al-Islami According to the Hanafi Madhhab by Shaykh Akram Nadwi, a critically acclaimed text that covers Al-Ibadat (actions of worship), i.e. Purification (Taharah), Prayer (Salah), Fasting (Siyam), Alms (Zakah), and Pilgrimage (Umrah and Hajj).
The fiqh course is based on the works of Shaykh Mohammad Akram Nadwi primarily, al-Fiqh al-Islami According to the Hanafi Madhhab, volumes I and II. The aim of this course is for students to cover the four key ritual of worship, Salah, Zakah, Siyam and Hajj. The course centres on the Hanafi juristic school’s guidance upon how these four pillars of Islam are to be performed. It is a primary objective that students understand what may invalidate their performance of each ritual, what they must do to fulfil their duty as a minimum, and what will gain them a higher reward; in this regard it is hoped that students will perform each ritual with confidence and know what must be done should they fall short or wish to gain a higher reward from Allah.


Term 1 (Sept 2018 - Dec 2018)

Lesson Number Unit/Module Lesson Description
1 Unit 1: Taharah (Purification)
Module 1.1: Types of water
What is the state of ritual purification and why it is required.
The types of water one may encounter and how to identify water which can be used for purification.
2 Module 1.2: Three rituals of Purification How to purify by performing Wudu (ablution).
The Arkan of Wudu
The Sunan of Wudu
What annuls ones purification.
3 Module 1.2: Three rituals of Purification Identify under which circumstances one is exempt from using water.
How to perform Taharah
Identify after which actions must a Ghusl be performed.
Arkan of ghusl
Sunan of Ghusl
4 Unit 2: Salah (Prayer)
Module 2.1: The obligation of Salah
How the obligation of the number of Prayers was revealed.
The verses in the Qur’an which identify Salah as an obligation.
Who is obligated to perform Salah.
The consequences of not performing Salah.
Can one be a Muslim if they refuse to Pray.
The virtues and rewards of performing Salah.
The history of Prayer in previous Muslim nations.
5 Module 2.2: Performing Salah Identifying the timings of Prayer.
Identifying the direction of Prayer.
The Adhan (Call to Prayer) and the Iqamah (start of the prayer)
6 Module 2.2: Performing Salah How to perform Salah individually.
The words to be recited during Salah.
Memorising and correcting errors in supplications within the prayer
7 Module 2.2: Performing Salah The Arkan of Salah
The Sunan of Salah
How to rectify a mistake while still praying
What invalidates a prayer
Fulfilling missed prayers
8 Module 2.2: Performing Salah Performing Salah in congregation and how to join a congregation which has already begun.
Division of rows while praying on congregation
What to do if following the Imam in prayer, if you can or cannot see the Imam.
Shortening the Prayer when travelling.
Concessions in prayer when ill
9 Module 2.3: Other Types of Prayer Witr Prayer, when it is to be done, the format.
Du’a al-Qunut al-Nazilah
Jumu’ah Salah, who must attend, who leads the prayer, the units of prayer and the sunan of Jumu’ah
Tarawih Salah, units of prayer, when it is performed, its relationship to Ramadan.
10 Module 2.3: Other Types of Prayer Sajdah of Recitation
The two I’d prayers
Salat al-Kusuf (Solar eclips)
Salat al-Istiqa’ (Prayer for Rain)
Salat al-Khawf
11 Module 2.4: Funerals Janazah Salah
What to do at the time of death
Washing the deceased’s body
The form of the grave and multiple bodies within a single grave
Sunan at the time and after
12 Examination Examination on unit 1 and Unit 2

Term 2 (Jan 2019 - Mar 2019)

Lesson Number Unit/Module Lesson Description
1 Unit 3: Zakah (Alms)
Module 3.1: Duty of Zakah
Obligation of paying Zakah.
The rewards of paying Zakah.
The function of Zakah in society
Key differences between Zakah and charity
Can one be Muslim if they refuse to pay Zakah
2 Module 3.2: Obligation of Zakah Who must pay Zakah
When must one pay Zakah
What is liable for Zakah
What is not liable for Zakah
3 Module 3.3: Nisab & Liabilities of Zakah The wisdom of nisab
What is nisab and how is it calculated
Currency (money)
Gold and silver, pure and impure
Stones and gems
4 Module 3.4: Types of Wealth Shares
Trade goods
Waiting possessions
Calculate Zakah for a case study
5 Module 3.5: Zakah on Agricultural Products Crops
6 Module 3.5: Zakah on Agricultural Products Livestock
Sheep and goats
7 Module 3.6: Who can receive Zakah Wisdom of the eight expenditures of Zakah
The poor and the destitute
Zakah collector
Those to be reconciled
Emancipation of slaves and prisoners of war
8 Module 3.7: Who can receive Zakah Those in debt
In the Way of Allah, Jihad and Hajj
Those who cannot receive Zakah
9 Module 3.8: Paying Zakah Intention
Time of payment, advanced or arrears
Supplication for the Zakah payer
Transferring Zakah outside of the locality
Correcting errors in zakah payment
10 Module 3.9: Sadaqat al-Fitr and Charity Who must pay Sadaqat al-Fitr
The amount of Sadaqat al-Fitr
When it becomes obligatory
Who can be paid Sadaqat al-Fitr
The virtues of charity, closeness to Allah, reward in the Hereafter, Protection from hellfire, competing in giving charity.
Non-monetary charity
11 Module 3.10: Charity Continuous charity (sadaqat al-Jariyah)
Charity to non-Muslims
Giving charity from your husbands wealth
What invalidates charity
Charity from unlawful income
12 Examination Examination on unit 3

Term 3 (Apr 2019 - Jul 2019)

Lesson Number Unit/Module Lesson Description
1 Unit 4: Siyam
Module 4.1: Obligation and conditions of Siyam
Obligation of Siyam
Virtues of Siyam in general and in Ramadan
Sighting the moon on a clear or unclear horizon
When sightings vary in different locations
The Day of Doubt
Follow the Jama’ah
2 Module 4.2: Description of Fasting When fasting was made obligatory
Who is obliged to fast
Those who cannot fast
Those unable to fast
Obligations of Fasting
When the fasting begins
Ending the day of fasting
Sunan at the start and end of fasting
Fasting in places where the day is very long or cannot be distinguished
Refraining from sin and performing good deeds
3 Module 4.3: What is Allowed during Fasting Eating and drinking forgetfully
Tasting food (cooking)
Awakening in a state of janabah
Wet dreams
Applying oil
Cooling with water
Applying Kuhl
Miswak or toothpaste
4 Module 4.4: What is Not Allowed during Fasting What makes Qada’ and Kaffarah compulsory
Mistakenly breaking the fast
Medical reasons
Sexual contact that is not intercourse
Eating something other than food
Breaking a fast outside of Ramadan
Completing missed obligatory fasts
5 Module 4.5: Laylat al-Qadr Virtues of Laylat al-Qadr
Which night does it occur upon
Worship during the night
Tafsir of Surat al-Qadr
6 Module 4.6: I’tikaf Types of I’tikaf
Conditions for a valid I’tikaf
The time period for I’tikaf and length
What should be done during I’tikaf
What the Mu’takif can do
What invalidates I’tikaf
Qada’ of I’tikaf
7 Unit 5: Hajj
Module 5.1: Background and Duty of Hajj
The construction of al-Ka’bah
The story of Ibrahim (‘Alayhi Salam) as related to hajj
The Haram and its boundaries
The obligation of performing Hajj, when it must be done, being able, a childs hajj, women performing hajj as a group, performing hajj for someone else
The virtues of performing Hajj
8 Module 5.2: Obligations of Hajj Ihram
Mawaqit of Ihram
When to enter ihram
Where to enter ihram
Arriving by air, passing the miqat without ihram
The miqat for those who live within al-Hill
Pronouncing the talbiyah
9 Module 5.3: Ihram and the stages of Hajj What is forbidden when in Ihram
Duties before and while entering Makkah
The Day of Arafah
Tawaf al-Ifadah
Sa’y between Safa and Marwah
Satying in Muzdalifah
Ramy of al-Jamarat
Sacrificing of Hady
What to do when coming out of ihram
Shaving or shortening ones hair
What to do if a muhrim dies
10 Module 5.4: Kafarah for Mistakes Applying perfume
Putting on swen cloth
Paring ones nails
Sexual desire
Impurity while doing tawaf
Missing sa’y
Not staying in Muzdalifah
Missing the stoning
Killing game
Cutting grass or trees
Double Kaffarah for the Qarin
11 Module 5.5: Ihsar What is Ihsar
Place of sacrifice for the Muhsar
Time of sacrifice for the Muhsar
Qada’ for Muhsar
If ihsar ends
Ihsar of residents of Makkah
Missing part of the rites
12 Module 5.6: Umrah & visiting Madinah Ruling of performing Umrah
Timing of umrah
Miqats of Umrah
Duties of umrah
Umrah during Ramadan
Repeating umrah
Virtues of Madinah
Virtue of dying in Madinah
The Mosque of the Prophet
Virtue of uhud
Virtue of Quba Mosque
What the pilgrim should do in Madinah
The dua when departing
13 Examination Examination on unit 4 & 5


The statements of Prophet Muhammad (Alayhi Salam) are the second source of Islam and by using the compilation of fourty two Hadith by Imam Al-Nawawi titled Al-Arbain (The Fourty) students will cover all of the major aspects of Islam.


Term 1 (Sept 2018 - Dec 2018)

In this term you will study Imam Nawawi’s precious and timeless collection of hadiths in order to taste the spiritual and practical advice of the Messenger (peace be upon him). Through contemplation and implementation, students will experience the relevance of these hadiths in their lives as Muslims in a modern context.

Term 2 (Jan 2019 - Mar 2019)

Introduce the student to the mustalah al-hadith. Classification of a hadith is based upon the chain of narration, context, strength of the narrators, number of narrators, etc. This course covers the very basic definitions pertaining to the classification of the hadith. The student will be able to comprehend the basic and common terminology used to classify hadith upon completing this course.

Term 3 (Apr 2019 - Jul 2019)

The goal of this term is to have students memorize 40 ahadith. This is an ideal course for beginners who wish to memorize the ahadith of the Holy Prophet (Peace be upon him) along with their meanings. The instructor will go through the various ahadith with the translation and a brief commentary of each hadith.

Course Logistics

Application Process
→ Applications to be submitted by Sunday 16th September 5 pm.
→ Course starts Saturday 22nd September
Course Structure
⇒ 3 hours a week – Saturdays (10 am – 1 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 only £399* or £133 per term.
If full payment is made before or on commencement of the course you will receive a discount of £34 and only pay £365.
Support for course fees may be available for limited number of exceptional students who meet criteria from the sponsorship programme.

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