4 Year ʿĀlimīyah Program

Program Details

At Qalam, we have strategically decided to offload the first step of studying the Islāmic Sciences, learning the Arabic language. Therefore, students are required to have completed extensive coursework in the study of the Arabic language prior to enrolling at Qalam. Students are tested for proficiency in Qurʾānic reading, tajwīd, reading Classical Arabic texts without tashkīl, and translating it fluently.

Qalam’s ʿĀlimīyah program is a four-year commitment. The objective of the first year of the program is for the student to develop a well-rounded foundation in the major Islāmic Sciences along with developing the ability to read and benefit from the work of scholars in those subjects. The second year of the program will focus on advancing the students’ grasp and understanding in the fundamental Islāmic Sciences while covering advanced areas of study. The third year of the program will uphold the time-honored tradition of studying and surveying the canonical books of ḥadīth along with scholarly texts in the derivation of Islāmic law. The fourth and the final year will require students to identify an area of specialization in Islāmic Studies and dedicate themselves to researching and publishing a thesis within their area of specialization.

This entire course of study is coupled with a constant development and training in the students’ ability to engage with people in a meaningful fashion. Lastly, the development of the spirituality, character, and discipline of the student is paramount. This is achieved by providing mentorship from the teachers and emphasizing the camaraderie amongst the students.

Who Should Apply

Spiritual custodianship and community leadership require two types of contributors: scholars and community activists. Our goal at Qalam is to provide knowledge and training for both activists and scholars. Qalam has made a serious commitment to not compromise either of these opportunities for the other. The four year ʿĀlimīyah program is our effort at producing the future scholars of our ummah, and the first year of the ʿĀlimīyah program is a strategic exit point that equips the community leader and activist with the tools and knowledge required to serve communities in a meaningful capacity. Therefore, we are looking for individuals who yearn to serve the dīn by working with people as well as individuals who want to research and provide solutions to the theological, philosophical, and legal issues facing our ummah. What we demand of our students, regardless of which track they are pursuing, is hard work, dedication, consistency, and commitment.


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