What is the `Alimah Course?

The `Alimah Course is a comprehensive study of the Islamic sciences, which allows students to go beyond the basics of Islam and begin their journey treading the path of the greatest people that ever walked on the face of the earth, the `Ulama'.

Allah Ta`ala says: "It is only those who have knowledge among His slaves that fear Allah." [Al-Fatir: 28]

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “The virtue of an `Alim over a pious worshipper is like the virtue I have over the lowest among you.” [Tirmidhi]

Subjects and Student Outcomes

Students devote up to eight hours a week to study the primary classical subjects taught globally throughout the Islamic world for over a thousand years. Some of those subjects along with their relevant outcomes are as follows:

  • Islamic Law: Correctly perform wuḍū’ and Salah, identify the detailed rulings pertaining to fasting, giving Zakah, performing Hajj, financial matters, and laws of Halal and Haram (al-Hazr wa 'l-Ibahah), and how to navigate through each while remaining free from committing errors.
  • Beliefs & Creed: Identify the fundamental beliefs of a Muslim and provide arguments against common objections regarding Islamic theology and philosophical implications of Islamic thought, and learn to successfully navigate issues that seemingly put current worldviews and scientific theories at odds with Islamic beliefs.
  • Islamic History: Study and analyze the life of the best of creations and apply characteristics of the Prophet ﷺ to our daily lives.
  • Etiquette & Manners: Understand and display the correct manners of a student of knowledge (ṭālib al-`ilm) and practically illustrate methods to increase our overall connection with Allāh Ta`ālā, while illustrating methods of navigating common spiritual maladies such as jealousy (hasad), animosity (`adawah), hedonism and materialism (hubb al-mal), pride (takabbur), etc.
  • Arabic Grammar: Form and analyze sentences in Arabic along with identification of the final letter (i`rāb) of each letter and learn to navigate basic to intermediate texts of classical Islamic Sciences.
  • Arabic Morphology: Conjugate and produce a plethora of different verb forms of Arabic words using only the root-letters of any word.
  • Arabic Literature: Identify Arabic parts of speech along with basic syntax of Arabic sentences and practically apply concepts learned through Arabic Grammar and Arabic Morphology.
  • Tajweed: Articulate each letter of the Arabic language correctly (makharij) along with the peculiarities of each letter's attributes (sifat) while practically applying rules specific to the Qur'an such as madd, rules of nun sakin and tanween, and rules of heavy and light pronunciations (tarqiq and tafkhim). 

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 `Ālimah 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]

Mu'allimah Binte Saif

Mu'allimah Binte Saif graduated as an Alimah in Islamic Studies from Madrassah Mu'einul Islam in Zakariyya Park, South Africa in 2017. She completed Hifẓ al-Qur'ān at Masjid Omar bin Abdul Aziz in Atlanta, Georgia in 2013.She teaches Quran and Islamic studies to various levels and age groups. She is passionate about serving and mentoring Muslim youth and organizes Halaqas and social events for Muslim sisters in her free time.

Mu'allimah Umme Taha

Mu’allimah Umme Taha is a certified Doctor of Medicine from Hyderabad, India. After coming to USA, she continued her medical studies and obtained a degree as a diagnostic medical sonographer. She completed a brief 2 year Aalimah course in English from Darul Uloom Zakariyya, NY in 2011. She then further pursued Islamic education for 5 years and graduated with an `Aalimiyyah sanad from Darul Uloom Zakariyya, NY in 2016. Thereafter she graduated from 1yr Muftiah course(specialization in Fiqh and Ifta) in 2020 and 1yr specialization in Sarf and Nahw course in 2021 from Salihaat online academy. Alhamdulillah, she has been teaching tarbiyah classes since 10 plus years (aqeedah, fiqh, arabic, seerah, Quran, hadeeth, akhlaaq etc.) for children and sisters of all ages. She also gives lectures on various Islamic subjects from time to time .

Mu'allimah Umme Mahmood

Mu’allimah Umme Mahmood completed the 6 year `Alimiyyah program from Darul Uloom Al Madania (Buffalo, NY), graduating in June 2013 with an `Alimiyyah Sanad, Alhamdulillah. After graduating, she taught Quraan translation, Quraan tafseer (exegesis), tajweed, seerah (life of the holy Prophetṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)), fiqh (Jurisprudence), aqeedah (belief), Arabic grammar, and akhlaq/adab (characters & manners) to sisters of all ages in Central Jersey and continues to do so. She has taught for after school programs in many masajid of Central Jersey. She has also led halaqas and workshop intensives for young Muslim sisters and gives lectures at various places from time to time.

In order to enroll into the Part-Time `Alimah program for the fall semester, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Applicant must be at least 16 years of age or higher
  • Applicant must be able to independently read the Qur'an (with or without Tajweed)
  • Sisters only

The course will require a total of 8 hours of instructional time per week spread across three weeknights.*

Mondays & Wednesdays: 7:45 PM - 10:15 PM

Fridays: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

*Timings may fluctuate depending on the schedules of the students.

Piscataway, NJ

Students will be notified of exact location upon acceptance.

$600 per semester.

Monthly payment plans also available.

Tuition Discount is available for eligible applicants. 

If any student is unable to pay the full tuition amount, then please do not hesitate to contact us. Our goal is to provide traditional Islamic knowledge to all students who have a drive to learn.

All applicants must go through the admission process for enrollment. No member of the Darul Uloom, faculty or board, can unilaterally influence or enforce enrollment. Failure of applicants (and/or their guardians) to follow formal procedures may affect enrollment.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Central Jersey Institute of Islamic Sciences Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its admission policies, educational policies, scholarship programs, athletic programs, and other school-administered programs. Students are entitled to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to them at the school.

This program is full. Registration is closed. 

If you are still interested, you may add your name to the waiting list below. In case any spots open up, we will contact those on the waiting list.

For any inquiries, please contact [email protected]