Dars Nizami Course

Jamia Al-Karam’s acclaimed traditional Dars Nizami curriculum consists of a five-year syllabus split into two individual diploma programmes. The Foundation Diploma covers the first three years, and the Advanced Diploma covers the final two years. In addition to the core subjects in all years, there are supplementary subjects, seminars and study circles to further enhance the student’s knowledge, nurturing and understanding.

Summary overview of the Foundation Diploma in Islamic Sciences & Classical Arabic (FDIS):

  • Arabic Etymology (al-Sarf)

    Texts including ‘Imdad al-Sarf’ by Muhammad Imdad Hussain Pirzada, and ‘Tasrif al-Zanjani’ by ʿAbd al-Wahhab al-Zanjani (d. 660 AH).

  • Arabic Syntax (al-Nahw)

    Texts including ‘Imdad al-Nahw’ by Muhammad Imdad Hussain Pirzada, and ‘Mi’at al-‘Amil’ by ʿAbd al-Qahir al-Jurjani (d. 471 AH).

  • Islamic Jurisprudence (al-Fiqh)

    Texts including ‘Islamic Way of Worship’ by Muhammad Imdad Hussain Pirzada.

  • Prophetic Biography (al-Sirah al-Nabawiyyah)

    Texts including ‘The Beautiful Life of Muhammad (Allah bless him and grant him peace)’ by Muḥammad Imdad Hussain Pirzada, and ‘Sirat Diya’ al-Nabi’ by Diya’ al-Ummat Justice Shaykh Muhammad Karam Shah al-Azhari (d. 1418 AH).

  • Muslim Creed (al-Aqidah)

    Texts including ‘Islamic Beliefs’ by Muḥammad Imdad Hussain Pirzada.

  • Prophetic Tradition (Hadith)

    Texts including ‘al-Muntakhabat al-Imdadiyyah min al-Hadith al-Mustafawiyyah’ by Muhammad Imdad Hussain Pirzada.

  • Qur’an (translation and exegesis)

    Texts include ‘Tafsir Imdad al-Karam’ by Muhammad Imdad Hussain Pirzada.

  • Arabic Language (al-Lughah al-‘Arabiyyah)

    Texts include ‘Imdad al-‘Arabiyyah’ by Muhammad Imdad Hussain Pirzada.

  • Arabic Etymology (al-Sarf)

    Texts include ‘Diya’ al-Khawass’ by Zulfqar Pirzada al-Azhari.

  • Arabic Syntax (al-Nahw)

    Texts include ‘Hidayat al-Nahw’ by Siraj al-Din Uthman Chishti (d. 758 AH).

  • Islamic Jurisprudence (al-Fiqh)

    Texts include ‘Imdad al-Fiqh fi’l-‘Ibadat’ by Muhammad Imdad Hussain Pirzada.

  • Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence (Usul al-Fiqh)

    Texts include ‘Usul al-Shashi’ by Nizam al-Din al-Shashi (d. 344 AH).

  • Arabic Logic (al-Mantiq)

    Texts include ‘Isaghuji’ by ‘Athir al-Din al-‘Abhari (d. 660 AH).

  • Prophetic Tradition (Hadith)

    Texts include ‘al-Muntakhabat al-Imdadiyyah min al-Hadith al-Mustafawiyyah’ by Muhammad Imdad Hussain Pirzada, and ‘Mishkat al-Masabih’ by Muhammad ibn ‘Abd Allah al-Khatib al-Tibrizi (d. 741 AH).

  • Muslim Creed (al-Aqidah)

    Texts include ‘Bahar-e Shari‘at’ by Sadr al-Shari‘ah Mawlana Muhammad Amjad ‘Ali A‘zami (d. 1367 AH).

  • Prophetic Biography (al-Sirah al-Nabawiyyah)

    Texts include ‘Sirat Diya’ al-Nabi’ by Diya’ al-Ummat Justice Shaykh Muhammad Karam Shah al-Azhari (d. 1418 AH).

  • Qur’an (translation and exegesis)

    Texts include ‘Tafsir Imdad al-Karam’ by Muhammad Imdad Hussain Pirzada.

  • Arabic Literature (al-Adab al-‘Arabi)

    Texts include ‘Mufid al-Talibin’ by Muhammad Ahsan al-Siddiqi (d. 1312 AH).

  • Arabic Syntax (al-Nahw)

    Texts include ‘al-Kafiyah’ by Uthman ibn al-Hajib (d. 646 AH).

  • Islamic Jurisprudence (al-Fiqh)

    Texts include ‘Mukhtasar al-Quduri’ by Ahmad ibn Muhammad al-Quduri (d. 428 AH).

  • Prophetic Tradition (Hadith)

    Texts include ‘al-Muntakhabat al-Imdadiyyah min al-Hadith al-Mustafawiyyah’ by Muhammad Imdad Hussain Pirzada, and ‘Mishkat al-Masabih’ by Muhammad ibn ‘Abd Allah al-Khatib al-Tibrizi (d. 741 AH).

  • Arabic Logic (al-Mantiq)

    Texts include ‘al-Mirqat’ by Fadle Imam al-Khayrabadi (d. 1244 AH).

  • Qur’an (translation and exegesis)

    Texts include ‘Tafsir Imdad al-Karam’ by Muhammad Imdad Hussain Pirzada.

  • Arabic Literature (al-Adab al-‘Arabi)

    Texts include ‘Ta‘lim al-Muta‘allim Tariq al-Ta‘allum’ by Burhan al-Islam al-Zarnuji (d. 640 AH).

  • Scholastic Theology (‘Ilm al-Kalam)

    Texts include ‘Sharh al-‘Aqa’id al-Nasafiyyah’ by Mas‘ud ibn Umar Sa‘d al-Din al-Taftazani (d. 791 AH).

  • Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence (Usul al-Fiqh)

    Texts include ‘Nur al-Anwar fi Sharh al-Manar’ by Ahmad ibn Abi Sa‘id Mulla Jiwan (d. 1130 AH).

  • Prophetic Biography (al-Sirah al-Nabawiyyah)

    Texts include ‘Sirat Diya’ al-Nabi’ by Diya’ al-Ummat Justice Shaykh Muhammad Karam Shah al-Azhari (d. 1418 AH).

  • Principles of Hadith (Usul al-Hadith)

    Texts include ‘Nuzhat al-Nazar fi Tawdih Nukhbat al-Fikar fi Mustalah Ahl al-Athar’ by Ahmad ibn Ali, Ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalani (d. 852 AH).

Summary overview of the Advanced Diploma in Islamic Sciences & Traditional Scholarship (ADIS):

  • Qur’anic Exegesis (Tafsir al-Qur’an)

    Texts include ‘Tafsir al-Jalalayn’ by Jalal al-Din Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Mahalli (d. 864 AH) and Jalal al-Din ‘Abd al-Rahman ibn Abi Bakr al-Suyuti (d. 911 AH).

  • Islamic Jurisprudence (al-Fiqh)

    Texts include ‘al-Hidayah’ by Burhan al-Din Abu al-Hasan ‘Ali ibn Abi Bakr al-Marghinani (d. 593 AH).

  • Islamic Law of Inheritance (al-Fara’id)

    Texts include ‘al-Sirajiyyah fi’l-Fara’id’ by Siraj al-Din Muhammad ibn Muhammad al-Sajawandi (d. 600 AH).

  • Advanced Hadith Studies

    Texts include ‘al-Jami‘ al-Musnad al-Sahih’ by Abu ‘Abd Allah Muhammad ibn Isma‘il al-Bukhari (d. 256 AH).

  • Arabic Logic (al-Mantiq)

    Texts include ‘Sharh al-Tahdhib’ by ‘Abd Allah Yazdi (d. 1015 AH).

  • Arabic Rhetoric (‘Ilm al-Balaghah)

    Texts include ‘al-Balaghah al-Wadihah’ by ‘Ali al-Jarim and Mustafa Amin.

  • Qur’anic Exegesis (Tafsir al-Qur’an)

    Texts include ‘Tafsir al-Jalalayn’ by Jalal al-Din Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Mahalli (d. 864 AH) and Jalal al-Din ‘Abd al-Rahman ibn Abi Bakr al-Suyuti (d. 911 AH).

  • Islamic Jurisprudence (al-Fiqh)

    Texts include ‘al-Hidayah’ by Burhan al-Din Abu al-Hasan ‘Ali ibn Abi Bakr al-Marghinani (d. 593 AH).

  • Advanced Hadith Studies

    Texts include ‘al-Jami‘ al-Musnad al-Sahih’ by Abu ‘Abd Allah Muhammad ibn Isma‘il al-Bukhari (d. 256 AH).

  • Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence (Usul al-Fiqh)

    Texts include ‘al-Muntakhab al-Husami’ by Husam al-Din Muhammad ibn Muhammad (d. 644 AH).

  • Arabic Rhetoric (‘Ilm al-Balaghah)

    Texts include ‘Mukhtasar al-Ma‘ani’ by Mas‘ud ibn ‘Umar Sa‘d al-Din al-Taftazani (d. 791 AH).

  • Advanced Juristic Studies of Islamic Law (al-Ifta’)

    Texts include ‘Sharh ‘Uqud Rasm al-Mufti’ by Muhammad Amin ibn ‘Umar ibn ‘Abidin (d. 1252 AH).

  • Arabic Logic (al-Mantiq)

    Texts include ‘Tahrir al-Qawa’id al-Mantiqiyyah fi Sharh al-Risalah al-Shamshiyyah’ by Qutb al-Din al-Razi (d. 766 AH).

  • Dialectical Disputation (al-Munazarah)

    Texts include ‘al-Rashidiyyah ‘ala’l-Sharifiyyah fi Fann al-Munazarah’ by Shams al-Haqq ‘Abd al-Rashid al-Jawnpuri (d. 1083 AH).