ILM Essentials Level 1

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Course Description

The Ilm Essentials Level 1 course imparts the core Islamic fundamentals that every Muslim needs to practice their faith. In this level students cover Beliefs (integrated within the modules), Fiqh (Purification, Prayer, Fasting, Zakah, Hajj ) according to the Hanafi Madhab, Quran Tafseer, Hadith & Seerah.

The key objectives of the course are:

  • Gain an understanding of core Islamic knowledge
  • Be confident in your Islamic beliefs and practices
  • Develop an insight into prophetic character and religious practice
  • Build a strong foundation to progress onto more advanced programmes


Students on the Ilm Essentials course are formally assessed twice a year during the biannual assessment weeks. Exams will be in written format, and students may speak to class teachers for information on specific details regarding the exam format for each subject.

As the course is condensed, students are recommended to revise their class notes on a weekly basis. Students may additionally be given tasks or projects by respective teachers to be carried out throughout the year. Outside of class, students are recommended to spend a minimum of 2-3 hours of study time per week. Students are given a recommended reading list that has been tailored to their program of study.


Start date: 16th October 2021  Class days & times:  Mondays TBC & Saturdays

Mondays:  7.00pm -8.00pm

Saturdays: 10.00am-1.00pm



“My husband and I have both loved every minute of our lessons. They’re the highlight of our week! The relationship we’ve developed with our teachers has been unlike any other.”

Aisha Farooq, ILM Essentials Student

Course Features

  • Lectures 99
  • Quizzes 0
  • Students 2
  • Assessments Yes

Term 1

Start date: 16th October 2021  Class days & times:  Mondays & Saturdays


Hadith & Aqeedah – 7.00pm -8.00pm


Fiqh – 10.00am-10.50am

Tafseer – 11.00-11.50am

Seerah – 12:00-12:50pm





Single Payment per termInstalment Plan
Onsite£99.99 per term£33 per month x 9 months
Online£99.99 per term£33 x  (per month) x 9 months


Additional Information

Students who pay in single payments are eligible for a 10% discount if fees are paid before the course start date. Use discount10


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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

1. Fiqh al Ibadat

This module includes Fiqh al ibādāt during the first year wherein students will learn the correct method of the core acts of worship. 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 rituals of worship, Salah, Zakah, Siyam, and Hajj. The course centres primarily on the Hanafi juristic school’s guidance with references to other schools of thought 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 fulfill 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.

2. Tafseer

Students will study and understand the tafseer behind selected ayahs and surahs from the Quran. In the first year we follow a reflective summary of the key verses of Surah Al Baqarah & Ale Imran

3. Hadith & Aqeedah

Students will study the 40 sahīh Ahādeeth of an-Nawawi with detailed explanations covering the different aspects of faith (Iman, Islam, and Ihsan)

4. Seerah

Students will study the details of the life of the prophet (PBUH) chronologically over the two years of study. There will be a focus on the incidents in Makkah in year 1 of the course, and a focus on the incidents in Madinah in year 2 of the course.