As-Suffa Institute is committed to serving the immediate and wider community through the application of traditional Islamic knowledge to contemporary society. As-Suffa Institute strives for the development of today and tomorrow, motivated by the changes that need to be made and the responsibility of reviving the unsurpassed example that the Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) and his companions (May Allah be Pleased With Them) left for mankind.
In order to reach this aim, As-Suffa Institute adheres to five driving objectives that are reflected in all of its actions and agendas:
- To revive Islamic knowledge within the community.
- To create unity amongst the Muslim community.
- To instill the importance of Khidma (service to others) to benefit humanity.
- To represent each and every member of the community.
- To promote inter-faith relationships for the good of mankind.
The realisation of these aims can only be achieved through the Help and Grace of Allah, and then by the continued support and encouragement of the community.
As-Suffa Institute was primarily established to enrich the lives of the Muslim community by providing them with the appropriate means to acquire sacred knowledge. It was clear that many people with busy lifestyles had a desire to comprehensively study the Sacred Sciences but could not do so due to the absence of an Institute that catered for their specific learning needs. As-Suffa Institute recognised and endeavoured to fulfil this requirement with the start of its first part-time class of the Alimiyyah course in 2004. Since then, by the Grace of Allah, As-Suffa Institute has been enrolling new Alimiyyah classes every year bar one.
Aalim Courses for Sisters
In 2007 As-Suffa Institute expanded its services by opening its Alimiyyah class for sisters due to the overwhelming need of qualified Alimahs in our society. The huge interest and support from the community for the unique way in which As-Suffa Institute provided structured, intensive knowledge in the medium of the English language, resulted in 2011 seeing the opening of the first class of the full time Alimiyyah course for brothers at As-Suffa Institute.
Students in the first three years study the Arabic language concentrating on the sciences of Sarf and Nahw (Arabic grammar). In these early years there is also exposure to Arabic literature and conversational Arabic, serving to strengthen the application of Arabic Grammar to written and spoken language. A strong and confident foundation in the Arabic language is essential for all further studies.
In the third year, students continue with more detailed grammatical studies whilst also commencing the study of Fiqh with an introduction to Hadith literature. At this stage, students are expected to carry out independent research on set topics; these assignments must be written in Arabic and presented orally to both teachers and fellow students.
In the fourth and fifth year, Fiqh texts such as Qudoori are studied together with Aqeedah and Mantiq (logic). The study of the Qur’aan and Usool studies, including Usool ul Fiqh and Usool ul Hadith, begin. For the purposes of continuous assessment, comprehensive essays in Arabic are required from the students at this phase.
In the sixth year, the students advance with Usool studies with texts such as Hidaayah and Mishkaat being introduced together with the study of the Muwatta of Imam Malik (rahimahullah).
At As-Suffa Institute we believe that those who cannot commit themselves to a long term course should not be deprived from studying the Sacred Sciences. Therefore, in order to cater for these individuals we introduced our now renowned weekend intensive courses.
Initially these began as one-day intensives, being taught in a traditional manner at As-Suffa Institute, however as time progressed we used the resources available to form the first of our unique, comprehensive courses in the Islamic History Series in July 2010. This opening course consisted of a detailed narrative and explanation of "The Life and Achievements of Khalid Bin Waleed" delivered by Shaykh Zahir Mahmood in his unique and passionate style. The course was delivered at a local University and was accompanied by a 200-page student folder which was fully referenced from over 10 different sources. According to the feedback from students, some of whom had travelled from all over the UK, this was the first course of its kind to be delivered in the English language in such detail.
As-Suffa Institute subsequently facilitated another two courses from The Islamic History Series: "The Life of Umar Ibn Al-Khattab" delivered by Shaykh Zahir Mahmood and "The Evolution of Fiqh- Part 1 of 4" By Mufti Liaquat Zaman.
The Summer of 2011 saw the deliverance of the first course within the Islamic Study Courses Series titled "The Journey to Half Your Deen" delivered by Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam AlKawthari.
Ensuring that the quality of course material and delivery were never compromised resulted in satisfied students who returned for course after course, as well as the noticeable increase in the number of first-time attendees. We have had numerous requests to expand our audience base by delivering such courses in other cities however we have been unable to do so as of yet.
Our humble intention is to continue bringing these courses to the community in order to increase the knowledge and practice of the Deen of Allah Azzawajjal which inshaAllah, will become a means of gaining nearness to Him for us and you. We aim to deliver three weekend intensive courses per year, to be delivered in the same tested and approved manner as our previous courses using methodologies that will stimulate and inspire the mind and heart of the student.
Amongst the various obligations upon a Muslim community, one central task is the instilling of Islamic knowledge and Tarbiyya (inclusive development) in our children. The As-Suffa Institute Madrassa caters for this need by providing an environment in which fundamental knowledge and principles are conveyed to the children in an engaging and understandable manner, alongside the core moral and spiritual development process that is in accordance with Islamic guidelines and standards.
By the Grace of The Most High, the Madrassa currently caters for approximately one hundred and fifty children between the ages of five and fourteen with classes becoming segregated at the age of seven. Progression through each stage is predominantly dependant upon successful completion of examinations which are held at the end of each academic year, as well as the continuous assessment of a child’s development throughout the year by their respected teachers. Classes are held each weekday between 5-7pm and are delivered by qualified and dedicated English speaking teachers for maximum rapport and effective communication. The classes are well structured and follow a practised programme consisting of Tajweed emphasised Qur’anic recitation, Hifzh (memorisation), Seerah (Life of Prophet Muhammad, Peace be Upon Him), and Akhlaaq (Moral Conduct). Theoretical knowledge is reinforced through the behaviour and spirit within the class encouraging the application of all that is learnt into their daily lives.
The ultimate objective of the As-Suffa Institute Madrassa is to nurture our youth with Islamic ideals leading to well grounded, confident and knowledgeable individuals who can serve as leading Muslim role models in their communities and beyond.