Course overview

Heirs of the Scholars is a part-time study programme which is specifically designed for those who cannot commit to full-time study due to other engagements. The course, available to both brothers and sisters, is structured in a manner to allow for those who desire a balance between
learning and fulfilment of various other obligations relating to family, work, education, etc.

Upon completion of the course, successful students should expect to acquire the following knowledge:

– The ability to independently write sentences and translate them into Classical Arabic with the correct punctuation and grammar.
– The ability to translate from Classical Arabic to English.
– To gain a comprehensive understanding of the lives of some of the earlier Prophets (Ambiyaa) peace be upon them all.
– To learn and revere aspects relating to the noble features, conduct, and character of our beloved Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.

(For further details on the course breakdown, click here.)

Also, it is now with great pleasure, that at As-Suffa we are now able to offer a unique opportunity for students who enroll on to our Heirs of the Scholars course the option to complete a BA in Islamic Studies alongside their Alimiyyah qualification. This is due to our partnership with the Markfield Institute. We strongly believe we are the only place of learning in the entire country that offers such a choice. (Please click here for further details). The inclusion of the BA (combined with the Alimiyyah) allows students to gain a credited and recognised qualification that not only develops their critical thinking and academic skills but also enhances their job prospects and provides further options for each student following their graduation.

We are pleased at As-Suffa Institute to have already produced a number of graduates from this programme. For those successful graduates who wish to move on to the full-time Alimiyyah course, this course may also serve as a stepping-stone.

For further details on the course, (which runs in the evenings between Monday and Friday) click here

Course information

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Course details



Monday-Friday, 7.30-9.30pm

2-3 times a week, dependent on year of study

Course length

4 years, with opportunity to continue on to advanced studies


As-Suffa Institute, 156 High Street, Aston, B6 4UX


Course fee

Student: £50/month

Standard: £60/month

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Year 1

Year 1 focuses primarily on the Arabic language, subjects include:

  • Quranic Arabic 
  • Hadith 
  • Fiqh 
  • Sarf 
Year 2

Year 2 aims to develop the Arabic language, along with application with the introduction of Hadith and Fiqh. Subjects include:

  • Qasas 
  • Quranic Arabic 
  • Sarf 
  • Nahw 
  • Fiqh 
  • Zaad 
Year 3

Year 3 continues the development of the Arabic language, Quran and Hadith and introduces students to Quduri. Subjects include:

  • Sarf 
  • Nahw 
  • Zaad 
  • Quran 
  • Quduri 
Year 4

Year 4 introduces the student to usool hadith along with Ijraa, Qirat Rashida and aqeedah. Subjects include:

  • Qudoori 
  • Usool Hadith 
  • Ijraa 
  • Qirat Rashidah 
  • Quran 
  • Aqeedah 


Shaykh Zahir Mahmood

The founder and principal of As-Suffa Institute & Outreach, Shaykh Zahir Mahmood was born and raised in the United Kingdom. After formal school studies, Shaykh Zahir Mahmood enrolled onto the Alimiyyah course at Darul Uloom, Bury. Shaykh Zahir Mahmood’s journey of studying the sacred sciences took him from the UK to Pakistan’s Jamiah Uloom Al-Islamiyyah, Banori Town and concluded with an ijaazah to teach from Darul Uloom, Newcastle, South Africa where Shaykh Zahir Mahmood benefitted from the teaching and guidance of erudite scholars like Molana Qasim Sema (may Allah preserve them).

With an enthusing spirit and vision for the progress of the Deen in the UK, Shaykh Zahir Mahmood returned and took on the role of the Khateeb for Jami Masjid– one of the largest in Birmingham, whilst studying for a BA in Islamic Theology from Birmingham University.

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Mufti Liaquat Zaman

Born and raised in Birmingham, Mufti Liaquat Zaman completed his school and college education before moving to Pakistan at the age of 18 with an intention to seek sacred knowledge. A short hifdh programme preceded official entrance onto the Alimiyyah Course at Jamiah Uloom Al-Islamiyyah, Banori Town where Mufti Liaquat Zaman dedicated the next 8 years of his life. Under the guidance of leading teachers Mufti Liaquat Zaman committed himself to the study of the various Islamic sciences with diligence and zeal. He developed close ties with his teachers, benefitting immensely from their company inside and outside of the classroom.

Upon graduation in 2008, Mufti Liaquat Zaman decided to further develop his passion and ability in Fiqh and enrolled onto the Iftah Course at Jamiah Tayyibah, Karachi. Here an intense year of specialisation terminated with Ijaazah in Iftah, whereby Mufti Liaquat Zaman returned to the UK with a view of imparting knowledge to his local community.

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Mufti Muhammad Imran

Mufti Muhammad Imran’s journey of seeking sacred knowledge began at Jamiah Islamiyyah, Nottingham at the age of 14 under the guidance of erudite scholars such as Molana Muhammad Kamal, Molana Fazal Raheem and Molana Abdul Haqq (may Allah have mercy on their souls).

Mufti Muhammad Imran then travelled to Darul Uloom, Karachi to benefit from a reprise of Hadith Studies with prominent scholars including Molana Shamsul Haqq (may Allah have mercy on his soul), Mufti Rafi Uthmaani and Mufti Taqi Uthmaani (may Allah preserve them both).

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Mufti Muhammad Islam

Today a respected teacher on the Alimiyyah Course at As-Suffa Institute and Arabic grammar aficionado, Mufti Muhammad Islam began formal study of the Islamic Sciences in Nottingham at Jamiah Islamiyyah, the madrassa of the distinguished late scholar Molana Muhammad Kamal (may Allah have mercy on his soul). This was concluded in Pakistan where Mufti Muhammad Islam graduated with Ijaazah from Molana Abdussalaam Hazrawi of Ghari Afghanan, Taxila and Molana Muhammad Sabir Hazrawi (may Allah have mercy on their souls).

Mufti Muhammad Islam then focussed his efforts on the two-year Iftah specialisation course in Fiqh at Jamiah Uloom Al-Islamiyyah, Banori Town under the guidance of Mufti Nizamudeen Shaamzai and Mufti Abdulmajeed Deenpuri (may Allah have mercy on their souls).

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Student Testimonials

Prior to joining As Suffa, I had studied in various places. I can confidently say that the HOTS Course is the most pragmatic Islamic Studies course I have come across. Grounded in the traditions of Quran and Sunnah, the HOTS Course equips students with the tools to tackle contemporary problems.  The teachers are passionate about what they teach and they engage the class well. The senior teachers are experts in their respective fields and possess a wealth of knowledge and experience. 

This course provides educational knowledge upon the grammatical aspect of the Arabic language to help enable a deeper and spiritual understanding of the Holy Quran- the words of Allah swt as well as the beautiful narrations of Hadith, blessed teachings of Fiqh  taught from authentic sources, derived from the pious scholars of Islam. As Suffa has tailored this course to fit the needs around working adults, students and parents with busy schedule. The teachers at As Sufa are educated, experienced, knowledgeable and respected. They create excellent lessons and teaching strategies to support our increase of knowledge.

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