Course Outline & Structure

ABOUT THE COURSES

Dar al-Safa offers full-time and part-time Shari’ah courses. The full-time program focuses on developing scholars
that would become the teachers and leaders of tomorrow. The part-time course is designed to accommodate any
Muslim, male or female, that does not have the luxury of attending the full-time program. As a graduate of the part
time course, you are qualified to fulfill all Imaamat roles in masajid and communities.
The non-arabic part time course is aimed at those who seek to enrich their lives with the sacred sciences through a
primarily English syllabus.

FULL-TIME

ONE YEAR ARABIC INTENSIVE
This year is dedicated to the study of the Arabic language. Arabic is an essential tool for any student of the Islamic sciences. One cannot attain a higher level of Islamic education without a strong foundation in the Arabic language.
The program is divided into two, the sciences and the skills.

THE SCIENCES
Tried and tested grammar, morphology and rhetoric books are taught to students at this level, ensuring they master the theory of the Arabic language.
THE SKILLS
Skills include gaining proficiency in reading, writing, understanding and speaking the Arabic language. In this regard, texts such as Arabiyyah bayna yadayk and al-Qira’ah al-Wadihah are used. In addition and especially during the second half of the year, teachers begin speaking and teaching students in Arabic. This year is essential for anyone wishing to join the Shari’ah program

THE SHARIAH PROGRAM
The shari’ah program consists of five years and covers the Islamic sciences, starting at beginner’s level, progressing
to intermediate and eventually tertiary levels. These sciences include Islamic Jurisprudence, Hadith, Doctrine, Quranic exegesis, The Prophetic biography, Spirituality, Arabic writing.
The student while being introduced to the foundations of these sciences is at the same time being prepared to study the sciences at a higher level. The curriculum is entirely in Arabic. Certain teachers may adopt Arabic instruction while others may adopt English.

THE SYLLABUS

One year Arabic intensive
Nahwu (Syntax)
Sarf (Morphology)
Tajwid
Muhaadatha
Hadith
Translation of the Quran
Fiqh

Shari’ah Course
Hadith
Tafsir
Tajwid
Hifz of Hadith and Quran
Imla (Dictation and Handwriting)
Suluk
Tawhid
Nahwu
Usul al-Fiqh

The Part-time Imamat Course spans over a period of five years. The first year being the Arabic program and the next four years focusing on the Islamic sciences.

PART-TIME

ARABIC PROGRAM – 1 YEAR
THE SYLLABUS
Nahwu
Sarf
Tajwid
Translation

IMAAMAT COURSE 4 YEARS
THE SYLLABUS
Hadith
Nahwu
Translation
Suluk
Aqidah
Mustalah al-Hadith
Usul al-Fiqh
Uloom al-Quran

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT
The science of practical religion is divided into outward and inward science. The outward science concerns the functions of the senses and limbs. The inward science, concerns the condition of the heart and qualities of the soul.
The limbs perform either acts of worship or usages of life, while the heart, because it is removed from the senses is subject to either praiseworthy or blameworthy influences. The fruit of this science is the treatment of the hearts and souls through which is obtained a life that will persist for ever and ever. (Extracted from Ihya ulum id-Din – Imam Ghazali)
The teachers at Dar al-Safa go to great lengths to employ ingenuity in drawing students’ hearts to the inward sciences.In this way ensuring that the knowledge which is being acted upon is not done so as meaningless ritual.
Instead teachers nurture within the students, an appreciation for spiritual development so that they may reap greater reward in this world and the hereafter.

RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES
The Prophet (S.A.W) once said, “A person is likely to follow the faith of his friend, so look whom you befriend.” (Abu Dawud and Tirmidhi). The Prophetic wisdom of nurturing brotherhood and sisterhood is implemented with each new intake of students. Team building activities, such as camps, quizzes and various sporting and social events are organized so that students may get to know each other and befriend those that tread a similar path of seeking knowledge.

ADMISSIONS EVALUATION
Prospective students who wish to join the intermediate or advance levels of study will undergo an oral evaluation and assessment by a lecturer.
FIRST YEAR:
Applicants are required to be able to recite Quran with a fair amount of fluency.
SECOND YEAR:
Students must have sound Arabic literacy, be able to read Arabic text without harakaat and have covered relevant content in previous studies.
THIRD YEAR ONWARD:
Evaluation will be focused on the student’s level of Arabic literacy and relevant content in previous studies.

LANGUAGE
Classes are conducted Primarily in English. As students’ progress, teachers introduce Arabic to the extent of
students’ understanding. Students are at all times encouraged to implement and practice the Arabic that has been
taught so as to facilitate their transition to using Full Arabic texts for learning and reference.

ASSESSMENT METHODS
Dar al-Safa uses various testing methods to assess the skill levels of a student in a given module.
These tests are done formally and/or informally.
The assessment methods are as follows:
1. WRITTEN EXAMINATIONS
Official full scale examinations are written at regular intervals during the year.
2. WRITTEN CLASS TEST
To encourage students to keep their skill levels optimal, class tests are written throughout the course of the year.
3. ASSIGNMENTS & RESEARCH TASKS
* All class tests, assignments, research tasks and orals are done at the discretion of the lecturer.
* Should a student require tutoring, effort will be made to get the student on par.

SCHOOL HOURS
FULL-TIME:
Monday – Thursday: 8h00 – 13h30
Friday – 08h00 – 11h00
PART-TIME:
Weekday: Mon and Wed 19h00 – 21h00
OR
Saturday: 09h00 – 13h00