The Weekly Madrasa Programme

The OTKF Weekly Madrasa is pleased to announce the programme of the 2015 Winter term. Please note that the daily timetable has been modified since the Fall term. See below for details.

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 subjects and texts covered are universally regarded as central to an authentic, scholarly and spiritual understanding of the Islamic faith.

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

2014/2015 TERM DATES

Fall Term
12 October – 21 December
Spring Term
3 May – 21 June
Winter Term
11 January – 29 March


Oxford Quaker Meeting House
43 St Giles
Oxford OX1 3LW


Arabic II (Intermediate)
Time: 1pm – 2pm
Description: A study of the primer Tafsīr al-Jalālayn. Students can expect to grasp from this brief, and yet sophisticated style of commentary, put forward by both authors, an insightful appreciation of Arabic syntax, relevance, and succinctness, resulting in a strong reverence for the word of God, and the Arabic language.

Instructor: Sheikh Thaqib Mahmood

Course text:

Prerequisites: Students must have completed or done the equivalent of the text Access to Quranic Arabic by Abdul Wahid Hamid.
Arabic I (Introductory)
Time: 2pm – 3pm
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 (Darussalam link, Amazon link), 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.
Exegesis (Tafsir) of Surat Maryam
Time: 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Description: An exegesis of Surat Maryam (Sura 19).

Instructor: Sheikh Thaqib Mahmood

Course text: None.

Prerequisites: None.
Forty Hadith of Imam Nawawi
Time: 4.45pm – 5.45pm
Description: A reading and explanation of forty of the most central hadiths of Islam.

Instructor: Sheikh Thaqib Mahmood

Text: An-Nawawi's Forty Hadith.

Prerequisites: None.


Syllabus for Qur’anic Exegesis (Tafsir)
Surat Ya Sin: Verses 70–end
Week 5: Surat Ya Sin, verses 70–75
Week 6: Surat Ya Sin, verses 76–83, and end of Ya Sin
Surat Maryam: Verses 1–15: Zakariya and Yahya
Week 7: Surat Maryam, verses 1–7
Week 8: Surat Maryam, verses 8–15
Verses 16–40: Maryam and Isa
Week 9: Surat Maryam, verses 16–25
Week 10: Surat Maryam, verses 25–40
Verses 41–50: Ibraham
Week 11: Surat Maryam, verses 41–46
Week 12: Surat Maryam, verses 46–50


Syllabus for Forty Hadith of Imam Nawawi


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Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

Week 8

Week 9

Week 10

Week 11

Week 12

Avoid Excessive questioning
Allah is Pure
Minding One’s Business / Leaving Doubtful Matters
Being Measured
Controlling One’s Anger
Aspiring to Excellence
On Performing Good Deeds
On Observing Obligations
Consequence of Good Actions