Languages and Medium of instruction:
Since Arabic is the prime language of instruction at the Jameah, much emphasis is laid on it. English and Urdu too are taught thoroughly and are accorded their deserved attention.
Because the original sources of Islam are in Arabic, it is important that the students acquire mastery on this language. This will help them read, write and comprehend the Islamic literature in Arabic passed onto us by our Arab predecessors. Incompetence in Arabic is a serious disadvantage to an Islamic scholar. To aim for higher goals in Islamic services and embark on his mission more confidently the student should acquire command over Arabic. Much reading and studying has to be done of the Arabic literature before he will start imparting the sciences to others. In view of that, the Jameah lays much stress for Arabic on its students. To make an achievement on Arabic, students are guided through speech contests, article writing and cassette listening.
To pass the message of Islam over to the English speaking communities, English has become a must for every Islamic scholar, especially those whose target groups is the English speaking masses, without which he will only be depriving a large part of the world from the teachings of Islam. Islam is a universal religion, and its universality can be rightly asserted through communication with the masses in the languages they understand best. Our duty is to sound the message to all and sundry, and then refer to Allah for guidance. Hence English too is given notable attention at the Jameah.
There is no denial to the fact that much of Islamic literature is authored by Muslim luminaries in the Indo Pak sub continent in the Urdu language. After Arabic, Urdu comes first in its contribution to Islamic literature. To ensure that the students are not deprived of the enormous Islamic legacy we have in the Urdu language, this language too is taught at the Jameah as an independent subject. On completion of this course as set out by the Jameah, the student is able to read, write and comprehend Urdu freely.
Islāmic discipline is the backbone of the institution which is in accordance with the Islāmic code. Knowledge enlightens students and regulates their practices. But it is through discipline that he becomes an exemplary person for his people. Thus knowledge and discipline are complimentary and supportive to each other. The first thing Rasūlullāh did after receiving the Qur’ān was to translate the Words of Allāh into action. ‘Ā’isha says, ‘Rasūlullāh’s morals were the Qur’ān.’ For this significant purpose disciplinary programmes are conducted regularly throughout the course.
Being wary of the fact that we have students from different schools of thought, the Jameah imparts Islāmic jurisprudence on both, Hanafī and Shāfi‘ī schools of thought to the respective students.
Research work enhances the study of students. It stimulates his thoughts and acquaints him with the vast literature outside his syllabus. Through research he can derive benefit from reference books, thus prepare thesis on any given topic. For this too, the Jameah provides time and guidelines to the students via its library.
The Jameah has an Iftā’ faculty, which issues verdicts relating to issues relating to public interest and enquiries. This is a two year post graduate course conducted and overseen by our learned Sheikh Mufti Ashraf Quraishi Sahib. Both theoretical and practical exercises are offered to the student. Those questions and answers are then added to our website.