The Weekly Madrasa Programme

The OTKF Weekly Madrasa is pleased to announce the programme of the 2014 Spring term.

This weekly educational programme provides a basic yet comprehensive curriculum for the person seeking to deepen his or her faith and practice. Taught by traditionally-trained yet western teachers, the classes cover disciplines which are necessary for every Muslim to know, including the Muslim creed (`aqida), the Prophetic biography (sira), Muslim practice and law (fiqh), introductory Arabic, and purification of the heart (tazkiya). The texts used are traditional and universally regarded works of Muslim scholarship.

Classes are offered free of charge. While these courses are developed for adults and youth, mature children who are able to sit quietly for the duration of the class and to learn are welcome.

2013/2014 TERM DATES

Fall Term
3 November – 15 December
Spring Term
4 May – 29 June
Winter Term
12 January – 23 March


Oxford Quaker Meeting House
43 St Giles
Oxford OX1 3LW


Qur'anic Arabic
Time: 1pm – 2.15pm
Description: This is a course for those who would like to improve their reading and understanding of the Arabic of the Qur'an.

Instructor: Sheikh Thaqib Mahmood

Course text: Access to Qur'anic Arabic, by Abdul Wahid Hamid. The book comprises three volumes; the additional audio CD is not necessary for the course, though students may find it helpful.

Prerequisites: Ability to read and write the Arabic script.
Tafsir (Qur'anic Exegesis) of Juz’ ‘Amma (cont'd): Surat al-Takwir (81) to Surat al-Layl (92)
Time: 2.30pm – 3.45pm
Description: An exegesis of Surat al-Kahf (sura 18), one of the most oft-recited chapters of the Qur'an.

Instructor: Sheikh Thaqib Mahmood

Text: None.

Prerequisites: None.
The Final Messenger: A Biographical Study
Time: 4.00pm – 5.15pm
Description: This course offers an insight into the unique life of the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace). The course intends to provide the student with a detailed historical study of the Prophet's life, trials and circumstances in order to derive lessons. The classes are structured around the core text, and students are encouraged to read the allocated chapters prior to each class.

Instructor: Sheikh Thaqib Mahmood

Course text: Martin Lings, Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources.

Prerequisites: None. We encourage everyone to attend this course.