Muslim communities are suffering, from the modern division between the Secular and Religious. In our individual lives, we have made a division between the public where we work, study and interact with mainstream society, and the private where our religion is kept boxed away. The result of this is that Islam, is confined to a small part of our lives, and is not allowed to have a holistic effect on the way we approach work, study, or our day to day interactions.
We have lost the integrated way of life achieved by Muslims for generations of Islam, a way of life Islam provided the foundations for not only spirituality, but also knowledge, ethics, science and commerce. A way of life which produced scholars such as Ghazzali, Ibn Sina, Farabi, Ibn Khaldun and others, scholars whos starting point was Islam, and who went on to make huge contributions to human knowledge and achievement, in philosophy, science, technology and commerce.
Until we revive this integrated way of life, Muslims will continue to struggle with reconciling their religion with the rapidly changing modern world. For many young Muslims in particular, this struggle culminates in self doubt, or even atheism.
We believe, the first steps to reviving this way of life must come from the Ulama, who are also the inheritors of the Prophets, as related by our Prophet(S) (Tirmidhi and others). Rather than training Ulama through a parallel system, we believe that Ulama should be already embedded in mainstream institutions of society, professionals, academics, new university graduates etc.
CICs objective is to take these young professionals, academics and graduates, and provide them with a deep and rigorous training in the Islamic sciences, in order to turn them into scholars who are rooted in the Islamic sciences, whilst also having a deep understanding of the problems faced by modern society.
Alimiyyah Programme Scholarship fund
It is with great pleasure that we announce, that we finally launched our 2 year Advanced Alimiyyah programme in September 2018. Despite the uncertainty always associated with the first year of any programme, we are delighted that we have been joined by 10 dedicated students from a diverse range of backgrounds. These students have sacrificed everything else to spend the next 2-3 years (depending on prior background) studying the Islamic sciences under the direction of Shaykh Akram Nadwi.
To help us cover the operational costs of running this programme, we have set tuition fees at £7000 per student. We did not want cost to be a barrier to these students seeking knowledge, so we have decided to set up a scholarship fund, to support these students through their studies, whilst allowing the College to remain financially viable.
Donating to this scholarship fund, will be a Sadaqah Jaariah, and an opportunity to partake in the rewards that will be due to these students for every syllable they go on to teach, and every act of service they undertake for the religion of Allah.
"Lend unto Allah a goodly loan. Whatever good you shall forward on your behalf you shall find it with Allah, as better and richer in reward." [Quran 73: 20]
We are able to accept both Zakah and Sadaqah contributions for this fund.
May Allah make this contribution of Zakah and Sadaqah Jariyah a source of blessing for you in both this world and the hereafter.