Weekend Alim Course

The Darul Hidayah Weekend ‘Alim Course is a comprehensive and intensive Islamic studies program geared towards students who want to start a serious study of the Islamic sciences, but do not have the ability to do it full-time.  Students begin the program with an in depth study of the Arabic language with immediate immersion by using Arabic texts to study other Islamic sciences.

The Weekend ‘Alim Course covers the following subjects:

  • Arabic Grammar (Syntax and Morphology)
  • Arabic Literature (Speech, Composition, and Rhetoric)
  • Logic (Mantiq)
  • Islamic Theology (‘Aqidah)
  • Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence (Usul al-Fiqh)
  • Fiqh (Jurisprudence)
  • ‘Ulum al-Hadith (Sciences of Hadith Interpretation)
  • Hadith (Prophetic Traditions)
  • Tafsir al-Quran (Exegesis)
  • Sirah (Prophetic Biography)


The Weekend ‘Alim Course curriculum is based on the traditional Dars-Nizami curriculum that is taught in institutions of higher Islamic learning worldwide, but the syllabus has been tailored to adult students in the North American context.  It is anticipated that the curriculum will take at least 8 years to complete, although more time may be required and additional class timings may be needed.

Each year of the course is divided into 2 semesters.  Students will get credit for a course at the end of each semester assuming that required coursework and tests have been completed.  This will assist those students who cannot take the courses continuously from semester to semester, because the credits that have been completed will remain on their transcript.

To see a year by year guide of subjects covered, click on the following link.

Required Essentials Courses

In addition to the Weekend ‘Alim Course classes, students are required to complete select Essentials Courses.  These courses must be completed within the first 5 years of the Weekend ‘Alim Course:

  • Introduction to Tajweed
  • Introduction to Islamic Law
  • Fiqh of the Soul
  • Fundamentals of Islamic Creed
  • Introduction to Quranic Sciences

Please note that additional courses may be added to the list of required Essentials Courses, and exceptions can be made based on students’ prior knowledge in certain subjects.  These classes are held once a week on Saturday mornings, and evening classes may be offered in certain semesters. For more information about the Essentials Courses, click here.

Timing and Attendance:

Classes are held on Sundays from 9am to 1pm (3rd year students) and 10am to 2pm (1st year students). In addition, supplementary recorded lectures will be added to the online Student Center.

Also note that students will be required to complete assignments and pass exams prior to advancing in the course.


The Weekend Alim Program is open to brothers and sisters age 14 and above. Students must have the ability to read the Quran in Arabic prior to starting the class.


Students who are interested in joining can register online or come to the class to register on site.  Students may be eligible to join the current 3rd year class based on prior studies and evaluation.

Tuition is $100 per month, and a discount is available for college and high-school students.



Shaykh Muhammad Chowdhury
Shaykh Abdullah Islam
Shaykh Adil Farooki
Shaykh Idris Abdus Salam

About Darul Hidayah

Darul Hidayah is an Islamic educational initiative that aims to connect the NJ/NY Muslim community with Islamic knowledge and reliable scholarship. We offer a Weekend Alim Program as well as weeknight Essentials Courses.

Why Take Darul Hidayah Classes?

  • Instructors are traditionally trained and highly motivated scholars
  • Adult accelerated-learning
  • Islamic studies curriculum
  • Flexible schedule

Copyright © 2012 Darul Hidayah. All rights reserved.