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1436 AH

Our Rabb! Grant unto us wives
and offspring who will be the
comfort of our eyes, and give
us (the grace) to lead the

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1 Dr Al-Arqam.......... 4
2 CORE............. 5
2.1. Introduction, Riyah and Far al-Ain+............... 5

2.2. Programme specification.......... 7

2.3. Curriculum............ 9
3 Enrichment................. 14
4 How do I begin?................................................................................. 15
5 Contact................... 16

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1 | Dr Al-Arqam
Dr Al-Arqam was established in 2008 as an education and development institute for
Muslims. Its function is to develop and educate Muslims, while equipping them with lifeskills. All programs at Dr Al-Arqam are free of charge.
The institute is committed to a better future. It aims to understand the dynamics of
contemporary challenges, to explore pragmatic and comprehensive approaches and
solutions, and to communicate this through classroom instruction, workshops, print and
other media.
Dr Al-Arqam is a registered charity and relies on the generous donations of the Muslim
community. Visit www.daralarqam.co.uk/donate for ways to help.

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2 | CORE
COREDr Al-Arqams flagship programrethinks
leadership thought and practice. The objective is to
produce conscientious leaders in different spheres of
life and society, who understand and cater for the
specific needs of those under their care.
In order to effect changes in the organizational culture
of our communities, we must revisit the concept of
riyah (foundations of leadership). Only leaders with
comprehensive knowledge, developed minds and a
sound firah can provide instruction in this intricate
In the interest of law and order, Muslims have
historically been encouraged to be patient in the face of
poor leadership. Excessive reliance on this practice,
though, has inadvertently obscured our perception of
what good leadership looks like in all spheres of life.
Leadership and authority, especially how they relate to
the contemporary world, are marginalized to such an
extent that few truly understand the concept of riyah
in contexts such as the household, workplace,
organizations, mosques and communities. CORE starts
at the very beginning: leadership of ones self and ones


Mandatory foundational programme
combining 3 strands: Development,
Education and Skills.
A combination of theoretical and practical
Developed on two foundational concepts:
Riyah and Far al-Ain+.
Macrocosm learning system by Dr AlArqam:
- allows each student to tailor
their own CORE;
- entrusts the responsibility of
progression to the student;
- is flexible enough for all

CORE is modelled on a far al-ain+ framework; we

consider significant portions of the material in the
programme obligatory for all Muslims to learn. The
plus (+) signifies that the programme goes beyond
the levels that are typically considered compulsory
under Islamic Law. This prepares students to confront
dynamic challenges faced by todays society. CORE has
also narrowed down the process of development as
much as possible making it completely and truly
accessible. This is why we believe CORE is a must for

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AllhJalla wa 'aldestined every individual to be a

leader. The scope of that leadership, or ri'yah, will
vary. CORE ultimately aspires to be part of that Qadar
(divine destiny) by nurturing the innate leader within
us all. To this end, CORE places significant emphasis on
the Way (revelation) and the mindsets of the first
generation of caring Muslimsthe pioneers,
reformers and establishers.
This is achieved by adorning students with three
powerful forms of learning: Development, Education
and Skills. These three strands are delivered through a
combination of theoretical and practical activities.

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You are all herders; each herder

is accountable for his herd. A
leader of people is a herder; he is
accountable for his herd. A man is a
herder of his household; he, too, is
accountable for them. A woman is a
herder for the home and children of
her husband; she is accountable for
them. A slave is a herder for the
property of his master; he is
accountable for it. Seemingly, you
are all herders, and you are all
accountable for your herds!
Prophet Muammad all Allhu
alayhi wa sallam

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Riyah of the self and family


Each individual styles their own unique CORE programme and

therefore the duration is indefinable. We recommend students
complete CORE 1.0 in 2-3 years.


See 2.3 below.


All modules contribute towards one of Dr Al-Arqams three

1. Development
2. Education
3. Skills


Macrocosm by Dr Al-Arqam. It would be contradictory to claim

that something is must for all Muslims while delivering it in an
inaccessible manner.
Programs marked with rigid structures and bureaucracies, although
seemingly impressive to those with more formalist persuasions, do
not appeal to all Muslims. On the other hand, excessively loose
systems leave students feeling confused with no clear direction or
understanding of goals and achievements.
This is why CORE, in pursuit of a paragon that is accessible to all
Muslims, employs a novel and unique Macrocosm system
developed by Dr Al-Arqam that contends obstacles impeding
educational and developmental progress. This learning system will
be available to all students through our Macrocosm Student Portal.
This system is defined by five unique features:
The broad framework does not dictate which particular modules
students must study as long as their chosen module fulfils the
general requirement (see 2.3 below).
The sequential structure of the syllabus or schedule is flexible. Our
only instruction to students is that they endeavour to prioritize the
Qurn and Aqdah modules, and the main Development module.

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Students can attend as little or as frequently as they wish
absolutely free of chargefrom as little as one module per week.
Our womens area accommodates sisters in daylight hours, while
our online streaming feature allows sisters to tune-in to evening
The flexibility of Macrocosm ensures that students experience all
four of Dr Al-Arqams delivery methods, whether it be safar
(outward bound) or aar (on campus):

Durs (Classical classes)

Nadawt (One-day seminars/events)
Dawrt (Short courses)
alaqt (Workshops)

Exemption requests are welcome for a large number of modules
and are typically offered after some form of assessment. This
feature will become available with the launch of our forthcoming
Student Portal. If you feel you have received a rich Islamic
Education, then still sign-up to benefit from the Development and
Skills that will revolutionise your world-view and set you on the
right track to becoming a conscientious and responsible leader in
front of Allh!

Education modules typically require passing an exam. All other

modules are assessed by course instructors.


Students are responsible for tracking their own progress and

organizing their schedules to work towards completing CORE 1.0.
Additional support, advice and mentoring are available upon

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It is the responsibility of all students to complete modules that fulfil the requirements of
the curriculum. Students must complete at least one module/course for each subject.
All available courses at Dr Al-Arqam are listed on our website and clearly states
whether a particular course at Dr Al-Arqam fulfils an element of the CORE programme
(the majority do).
Firah and Mind


Strand 1
(4 modules)

Strand 2
(3 modules)

Strand 3
(4 modules)


Firah and Mind
This eight-unit module is designed to nurture two fundamental elements of the human
being: firah and mind.
The firah, usually described as the innate and pristine nature within humans, refers to a
natural condition or state where man has conformed to the God-given standards of
integrity and virtue. Firah defines our humanity; an inborn tendency towards justice,
compassion, good will and worship. It is not derived from religion. It preceded it.
Religion only strengthens it.
Emphasis is also given to the mind in order to foster a particular mindset, an attitude
that determines how we interpret and respond to situations. It serves to organize and
broaden our thoughts and their processes, to make them sensitive of subtleties,
perceptive of eventualities, and be constructive and pragmatic when formulating
A summary of the eight units follows:

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UNIT 1: Tarbiyah of the Firah

UNIT 2: Tarbiyah of the Aql (mind)

Each topic is discussed in light of a Name of

Allh that corresponds with the fir quality.

Ulul-Albb (People of Understandings

and their observations as it relates to
needs and responsibilities).
Al-ilm wal-Anh:
i. ilm is forbearance, discipline,
self-control and endurance.
ii. Anh is deliberateness. To
deliberate is to carefully think or
talk something through; it means
slow (as opposed to hasty),
measured, and careful decision
Al-Taarr and al-Tabayyun (Examining,
investigating and seeking clarity on
Al- Azm wal-Tawakkul (The unyielding
strength and determination of heart and
mind in both planning and reliance on
Allh) wal-Akhd bil-Asbb (and taking
the appropriate, utmost means).

Firah and Al-Rabb.

Tawakkul and Al-ayy Al-Qayym.
Isn and Al-Ramn Al-Ram.
ay/Shyness and Al-Sam Al-Alm.
Izzah/Honour, integrity and
independence from others with Al-Mlik.

UNIT 3: Generic characteristics of a

Amnah and idq (Dependability and
usn al-ann (Positivity and abstinence
from suspicion).
Tasmu (Tolerance and leniency).
Al-Tamassuk bil-aqqi wal-Jamah
(Adhering to the truth and the
congregation of Muslims).
UNIT 4: Ghyt (Goals, ambitions) of the
abah with Allh

UNIT 5: Ghyt of the abah for the

Day of Judgement

His Maghfirah (Forgiveness).

His Ramah (Mercy).
Ikrm (Honour) with Allh.
His Ri (Pleasure) and the Meeting with
Admission into Jannah and
companionship with the Messenger all
Allhu alayhi wa sallam.

Admission into Jannah without isb

To be on the right side of the Throne of
To stand in the shade of the Arsh
To receive the book on the right hand.
To drink from the awd of the Prophet
all Allhu alayhi wa sallam.

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UNIT 6: Ghyt of the abah for the

time of death and in the grave

UNIT 7: Ghyt of the abah for the


Acceptance of good deeds and leaving

behind adaqah jriyah.
usn al-Khtimah (A good ending).
Having present at least 40 sincere
believers at the janzah.
Tawfq to answer the 3 questions of the

Removal of ulm (oppression), spreading

of justice and establishment of the Dn.
Protection of mankind and the Muslims
especially the weak and the poor.
Bringing joy and happiness to others and
repelling the reasons and means of their
Protection of the honour of man,
Muslims and in particular Muslim
The unity of the Muslims.
Attaining wealth and prosperity for
Allh, His Messenger, the Dn, the
Muslims, and humanity at large.

UNIT 8: Common ibdt (acts of

worship) amongst the abah
Frequent dhikr (remembrance) and
tilwah (recitation).
Frequent alh and in particular qiym
Frequent iym.
Diligence in zakh, and frequent
adaqah, lending, awqf (endowments)
and feeding the poor.
Actively seeking knowledge and tarbiyah.
Establishing the Dn through knowledge
of ones qaiyyah al-ayn. Involvement in
khayr (good) and fulfilling the
responsibilities of the Ummah according
to ones ability.

Great importance is placed on reformation of soul. A Muslim ought to be cognizant of
those things that contribute to its mature and healthy development as well as its ruin.
This includes battling destructive traits, eliminating damaging and harmful habits,
nurturing a positive temperament and engaging in favourable actions.
Character is essential, both for individual success and for our families and societies to
function successfully. This unique module is composed of three excursions, complete
with challenging workshops and physical activities, with the sole purpose of developing
and testing seven essential characteristics of a leader. Each characteristic is the sum
collection of other, preliminary characteristics. For example, a principal characteristic of
any leader is responsibility, which is a cumulative product of characteristics like care,
foresight and conscientiousness; protecting, committed and taking initiative et al. Due to
the nature of this particular module, a small fee is necessary to contribute towards the
students travel and accommodation.

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The family is both the fundamental unit of society as well as the root of culture. The
health and harmonious state of a society correlates highly with that of families. Care,
conscience and justice are cornerstones of healthy family living. Due to changing
patterns in lifestyles, morality and education, and spiritual ulcers like greed, envy and
ego, these cornerstones are near-missing in todays family life.
Familiesthe most important social institutions we haveare experiencing a damaging
change in structure and activity as a result of these changing patterns and spiritual
Our Family Development module explores the dynamics of the ideal family: the path
leading to it, potential obstacles hindering it and the measures necessary to not only
counter these obstacles but to prevent them from occurring in the first place. The
objective here, in contrast to the preceding modules, is to transit the aspiring leader
from riyah (guardianship and leadership) of oneself to the riyah of his family.
Worldviews are important. They interpret reality, or what man believes to be true, and
influence his thoughts and actions. A worldview provides him with an all-encompassing
perspective on every aspect of life. The basis of a Muslims worldview is his Aqdah, or
creed. It is a basic requirement that a Muslim knows his creed.
Due to the centrality of the Book of AllhSubnahu wa talat Dr Al-Arqam, there
are four Qurnic subjects a student must complete:
1. Foundations (Arabic alphabet)
Students must learn to read the Qurn in Arabic.
2. Tajwd
Students must be apt enough to apply the phonetic and embellishment rules
specific to Qurnic recitation (tilwah).
3. if
Students should experience what it is like to be a if student. Students have
the option to memorize the entire Qurn or selected portions of it.
4. Ulm al- Qurn
Students ought to complete a course on this subject. We highly recommend
Dr Al-Arqams specialized module for this (Ulm al- Qurn 1.0 Dawrah).

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Students are required to study Islamic Law governing the physical sphere of human life
as it relates to worship and social interaction, including purification, prayer, marriage,
and business transactions. This is typically achieved by studying a complete book on fiqh.
Our Skills strand is representative of life skills. Life skills refer to the skills usually
associated with managing and living a better quality of life; they help us to accomplish
our ambitions and live to our full created potential.
There is no definitive list of life skills. Some skills may be more or less relevant
depending on life circumstances. CORE starts with the more generic life skills required
for or complementary to riyah, becoming more and more specific in successive levels.
A summary of the four-module Skills strand follows:




1. A-Z of setting up
a business
2. Booking Keeping

A custom-designed
workshop that seeks
to cultivate initiative
and creativity.

1. Managing a Project
2. Basic Leadership
3. Time Management
4. Managing Finances

1. Dealing with
2. Oratory
3. Effective Writing

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3 | Enrichment
Enrichment courses function as a supplement to CORE. Dr Al-Arqam offers further
development courses and higher education modules to enhance the development of our
Enrichment courses are optional but highly recommended. These courses also afford us
the flexibility to pursue a discourse on issues that are not typically addressed in Islamic
learning institutes.
Some Enrichment courses require prerequisites. A common prerequisite for subjects like
Arabic and Usl al-Fiqh, for example, is that the student has completed CORE 1.0, or has
made significant progress on it. Our website contains details of any specific entry
requirements for each course at Dr Al-Arqam.

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4 | How do I begin?
CORE is free of charge and available to all who meet our general requirements.
What to do

Visit www.daralarqam.co.uk.


Browse our available courses and register for the CORE modules you need (to
By enrolling for a CORE module you are automatically registered as a CORE
student and therefore expected to commit to the entire CORE curriculum.


You may decide to request exemptions from any modules that you have studied
previously. (This feature will be available with the launch of our forthcoming
Student Portal).

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