The Pre-`Ālim Intensive program is a six-week summer intensive program designed for students who wish to learn the foundations of Islamic sciences and to take the first steps in establishing a deeper connection with the language of the Qur’ān and Ḥadīth.

All participants are encouraged to fully immerse themselves in both parts of the program; the Core Islamic Sciences and the Classical Arabic programs. However, in order to facilitate the diverse needs and interests of all students, participants have the option to sign up for one of the two programs.

Students that successfully complete the minimum required credits for both programs will be allowed to register for the part-time evening and weekend `Ālim program, which continues throughout the rest of the school year.


Classical Arabic Intensive (CAI)

The Classical Arabic Intensive program introduces students to the foundational sciences of Qur’ānic Arabic, with focus on reading, writing, vocabulary, and comprehension. Students will immerse themselves in Arabic grammar (`Ilm al-Naḥw), Arabic morphology (`Ilm al-Ṣarf), and Arabic Syntax (al-I`rāb). In order to retain and fully understand all concepts, particular attention is given to practical exercises and self-checks for each lesson of the program.


Core Islamic Sciences Intensive (CISI)

The Core Islamic Sciences Intensive introduces students to the sciences of Islamic law (Fiqh), Islamic beliefs and creed (`Aqīdah), history of our noble Prophetﷺ  (Sīrah), and Islamic etiquette and manners (Akhlāq). This program will focus highly on the practical aspects along with the theoretical aspects, so students leave with knowledge that is as pragmatic as it is intellectually empowering for each individual.


Goal of the Program

Our beloved Prophet ﷺ  has warned that one of the signs of the last day is the disappearance of knowledge and the spread of nescience. As we continue to drift further away from the times of our pious predecessors (al-salaf as-ṣāliḥ), the effort required to hold on to their legacy is even greater.

This Pre-`Ālim intensive program immerses students into the world of traditional Islamic scholarship, passed down from generation to generation, beginning with our beloved Prophet ﷺ and his noble companions (may Allah be pleased with them). Along the way, students will form a deep connection with the language of the Qur’ān and learn to experience the message sent down from Allah Ta`ālā in a manner experienced by the scholars of the past. The Classical Arabic portion allows students to form this connection, and the Core Islamic Sciences portion allows students to see the materialization of the message in the Qur’ān and Ḥadīth.


Say, “Can those who know and those who do not know become equal?” It is only the people of understanding who are receptive of the advice. [Surah Az-Zumar (39): 9] 

Program Instructor

Mufti Bilal Mohammad

Applicant Requirements

  1. Must be at least 17 years of age*
  2. Brothers only

*Applicants younger than the age of 17 who are sincerely interested in the program may possibly be considered after a formal interview

Program Schedule

July 8, 2019 – August 20, 2019


July 2019

First Day of Class 

12 & 13

August 2019

No Classes – Eid Break


August 2019

Exam: Day 1


August 2019

Exam: Day 2


Da’awatu Islamia

122 Churchill Avenue

Somerset, NJ 08873



There are two options for the timings. Both sessions will cover the same material. At the time of registration, students will be required to specify which session they are interested in taking.

Please note that each slot has limited seating available. If one slot is full, then the other slot must be chosen.

The two timing options are: 

9:30 – 12:30*

Morning Session

Mondays – Thursdays & Saturdays 

6:00 – 9:00*

Evening Session

Mondays – Fridays

*The timings provided are for students that are registered for the full program. Students only taking the CAI or CISI program individually should expect timings within the time slots above, but limited to the number of periods for their respective classes.


Students have the option of registering for the full program or any one of the two programs. The fees for the three options are highlighted below.

Note: In order to continue with the part – time ‘Alim program from September 2019, a student must achieve 3 credits from the Classical Arabic program and 2 credits from the Core Sciences program. Therefore, a student who only takes CAI or only takes CISI will not be able to continue. Credits earned from other institutes may be accepted upon further review. 

Classical Arabic

3 Credits



  • Arabic Grammar
  • Arabic Morphology
  • Arabic Literature
  • Financial Aid Available!

Full Program

5 Credits – Recommended

90 Hours of Instruction!


  • Arabic Grammar
  • Arabic Morphology
  • Arabic Literature
  • Islamic Law
  • Beliefs & Creed
  • Islamic History
  • Etiquette & Manners
  •  Financial Aid Available! 

Core Sciences

2 Credits



  • Islamic Law
  • Beliefs & Creed
  • Islamic History
  • Etiquette & Manners
  •  Financial Aid Available! 

* Textbook fees apply separately, which will vary according to the program selected.

Registration for this program is now closed.