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One-Year Program

11 core courses in one year. Completely online.

2021-2022 Registration Closed

In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Beneficent.

This one-year part-time online program is aimed at realizing many objectives, including studying the most important topics in the religious sciences, conceptualizing the principle cases of the religious sciences, and responding to and clarifying some of the obscure matters related to the religious sciences.

Course Subjects
The subjects covered by the program are divided into three groups.

Group 1: Primary Sciences

(Al-ʿUlūm al-Maṣādir)

I.The Qurʿān

  1. Qurʿānic Sciences (ʿUlūm al-Qurʿān)

  2. An Introduction to the Science of Hermeneutics (Muqaddima li ʿilm al-Tafsīr)

II. The Hadīth

  1. Hadīth Nomenclature (Muṣṭalaḥ al-Ḥadīth)

  2. Commentary on the Hadīth (Sharḥ al-Aḥadīth)

Group 2: Instrumental Sciences (ʿUlūm al-ʾālah)

Group 3: The Objective Sciences (Al-ʿUlūm al-Maqāṣid)

I. Linguistic Sciences

  1. Grammar (Naḥw)

  2. Morphology (Ṣarf)

II. Rational Sciences

  1. Logic (Manṭiq)

  2. Protocols of Dialectical Inquiry and Investigation (Ādāb al-Bahth wa l-Munāẓarah)

III. Religious Sciences

  1. Legal Theory (Uṣūl al-Fiqh)

  2. Legal History (Tārikh al-Tashrīʿ)

I.Theology ('Aqīdah)

II.Law (Fiqh)


A full year consistent with official holidays. The calendrical year is distinguished by the occurrence of three occasions which are notable for Muslims: ʿEid al-Fiṭr, ʿEid al-Aḍḥā, and the Mawlid (birthday of the Prophet ﷺ). The vacation days associated with these holidays will consist of the following:

  1.  ʿEid al-Fiṭr and ʿEid al- Aḍḥā: A full week prior to and a full week following the first day of ʿEid. 

  2. The Mawlid of the Prophet: from the start of the month of Rabīʿ al-Awwal to the 15th of the month.

Trimester Structure
The year is divided into three trimesters, with each trimester concluding with an exam. It is the obligation of the student to complete the three trimesters so they can be considered to have followed the courses and deserve recognition by way of a completion certificate.

Student Evaluations
Student evaluations will be completed by way of:

  1. Final written examinations at the end of the trimester on the assigned curriculum (60% of final grade).

  2. Directed work throughout the duration of the course (10% of the final grade).

  3. A research project conducted during the final trimester (30% of the final grade).


A student who receives over 50% in total over the course of the three trimesters will be considered to have passed the courses. A comprehensive grade of over 50% will define the student’s letter grade (or rank) in the course.

Awarded Certificate
If a student completes the three trimesters successfully, he or she will be awarded a certificate indicating the grade or rank they achieved throughout the program.

Arabic Track

The course will be taught entirely in Arabic.


You do not need to be at an advanced level of Arabic to sign up for this track - you only need to be able to understand everyday spoken and written Arabic. No other background knowledge needed.

There will be live Q&A sessions with Shaykh Zuhayr with live translation.

Schedule for Semester 1:

  • Starts Saturday, November 6th, 2021.

  • Classes are every Saturday and Sunday,
    7pm - 9pm, Cairo Time

  Deadline to register: November 5

Your Instructor


Shaykh Zohayr Qazzan is a leading scholar of Islamic jurisprudence. Orphaned at a young age, he was raised and taught by renowned scholars in southern Algeria including Shaykhs Bay Bil Aalam and Abdullah Bil Aaalam. The shaykh went on to study secular studies as well, completing a law degree in Algiers. He has since been teaching around the world bringing his intuitive understanding of Islamic knowledge to navigate modern issues around us and their philosophical underpinnings.

English Track

The course will be taught entirely in English.


No background knowledge needed.

Although this track will be taught by student(s) of Shaykh Zuhayr, there will also be live Q&A sessions with Shaykh Zuhayr with live translation.


  • TBD

  Deadline to register: November 12  

Your Instructors

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Ustadh Harun Saleh is currently a student at Al Azhar University and Markaz Imam Malik. Harun has studied with Shaykh Zuhayr for almost 3 years now online and in person at the Markaz and has completed many texts with the Shaykh as well as having benefitted immensely from close mentorship from the Shaykh.


Ustadh Mohamed Ali is a student at Markaz Imam Malik and also a 3rd-year PhD student at Georgetown University in the Arabic & Islamic Studies Program, where he has taught and mentored undergraduate and graduate students in Intermediate and Advanced Arabic over the past three years.


Ustadh Tariq Patanam began his studies with the memorization of the Qur'an before high school. Since then he has studied fiqh, aqeedah, tasawwuf and usul with Shaykh Rami Nsour in California, in the mahdarah of Murabit al-Hājj in Mauritania, and more recently at the Markaz Imam Malik with Shaykh Zohayr Qazzān in Egypt and Online.

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Have questions?

Additional questions can be directed to current students at the Markaz. Join the telegram group chat and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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