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Course Description

A beginners’ course taking students on their first steps into reading the Arabic script of the Qur’an. Students will learn the Arabic alphabet with the correct pronunciation (Makhraj), how to join Arabic words and how to recite the Quran.

*There will be seperate classes for men and women. 

Course Objectives

This course is ideal for complete beginners who cannot read Arabic. The course will focus on the letters of the Arabic alphabet, recognising letters in their single and joint forms and learning how to correctly pronounce Arabic letters and vowels. By the end of the course, students should be able to recite portions of the Quran with the correct pronunciation of words.


Students on the al-Itqaan course are assessed in each lesson informally, and are assessed formally twice a year during the biannual assessment weeks. Winter assessments will consist of oral examinations only. End of year summer assessment will consist of oral and written examination.

As the course is condensed, students are recommended to revise their class notes and Quran memorisation on a weekly basis. Outside of class, students are recommended to spend a minimum of 1-2 hours of revision time weekly. Students may speak to class teachers for information on specific details regarding the exam format for each subject.


Start date: Wednesday 13th  October 2021

Class Day/Time:  Wednesday evenings 6.45pm-8.00pm


“I enrolled onto the First Steps Tajweed Class in September 2018. I have found this course very engaging and helpful in improving my understanding and pronunciation of the Quran. From the course material to the tutors have all been extremely helpful. We were given time to learn at our own pace, but most importantly to learn and understand the Quran and the importance of reciting the Quran correctly. I am able to now fully read in Arabic with Tajweed and no longer rely on transliteration, I have benefitted greatly from this course and would recommend this programme to anyone who has struggled with Arabic pronunciation like myself. Everyone starts at the same level which helps confidence wise as previously I have been hesitant to join such a course due to my poor Arabic pronunciation.”

Usman Jawaid, Al Itqaan First Steps Student.


Course Features

  • Lectures 14
  • Quizzes 0
  • Students 2
  • Assessments Yes

Start date: Wednesday 13th  October 2021

Class Day/Time:  Wednesday evenings 6.45pm-8.00pm




Single PaymentInstalment Plan
Onsite£135£45 per term
Online£135£45 per term

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EIIS - Panel of InstructorsWhen there is more than 1 instructor, a panel of instructor will show up as Course Instructor. This means, one or more of the following listed or unlisted instructor may teach you the subject but are fully qualified in their relevant field and teach at EIIS.Ustadh Nasar IshfaqUstadh Nasar is a chartered Architect by profession, having undertaken his Islamic studies under various scholars, including: Ustadh Kifayatullah, Shaykh Abu Eesa Niamatullah (Fiqh and Adab), Shaykh Kehlan al-Jubury (Tafsir, Ulum al-Tafsir, Aqidah, Fiqh, Hadith and Adab), Shaykh Anis (Tafsir and Fiqh), Shaykh Abu Islam (Arabic) and Shaykh Awadallah Yusuf (Tajwid), and Shaykh Akram Nadwi (Fiqh, Sirah and Tafsir).Shaykh BilalUstadh Bilal Brown accepted Islam in 1999 and went to study Arabic in the Arab world in 2004 where he became fluent within 6 months. He graduated from 4-year intensive course in Shari’ah studies at the Al-Dawli Institute of Arabic and Islamic Sciences in Damascus in 2012 in addition to studying privately with scholars in Damascus. He then furthered his studies in the Shafi’i jurisprudence, Arabic grammar and self-rectification. He has studied and taught several texts in the Hanafi and Shafi’i schools of law and marriage and divorce law in the Maliki School. He also has 2 years of experience tackling alcohol and drug addiction as well as several further years of experience working with and teaching young people. He also has certificates in childcare, IT, social science, and counselling. He currently teaches Arabic and Islamic sciences in Oldham, Rochdale, Manchester, and online in England in the UK as well as conducting chaplaincy, translation, and community work.Ustadh ShuaibUstadh Abu Sundus

Students will learn the alphabet with the correct pronunciation (Makhraj) and will be able to recognise letters and vowels to read short verses from the Qur’an as well as essential supplications for Salaah.

The course will cover:

  • The separate forms of the Arabic letter.
  • How to accurately pronounce the Arabic letters.
  • Reading Arabic letters with their joint forms (Beginning, middle  and ending forms)
  •  Joining letters in order to make words
  • To read, recognise and practice with exercises the short vowels’ sounds (Fat,hah, Dhammah, Kasrah) with the required length
  • To read and practice the long vowels sounds in Arabic
  • To recognise and read Jazm, Shaddah, Sukoon and Tanween and  practice
  • To recognise Madd categories and read for the appropriate duration
  • Recognise the STOP and PAUSE signs in the Quran
  • Huroof Muqatta’aat
  • Stopping denoting pauses (Ramoozul Auqaf)