Foundational Islamic Studies Program – Pretoria

One Weekend
A Month

This introductory course in the core Islamic sciences will help you understand your religion, grow closer to Allah, and find guidance and clarity for living Islam. This course will give you the opportunity to better understand your faith and what it means to live as a Muslim. During the course, we will delve into various classical texts including Fiqh, Seerah and Aqidah. This course is held once a month, online via zoom or in-contact in Pretoria.

"This course allows you to better understand your faith and what it means to live as a Muslim"

Madina Methodology

Our teaching methodology is unique in its process to teach students the variety of viewpoints within the bounds of Ahl’ Sunnah. This approach provides students with an unbiased understanding of many schools of thought.

At Madina, we believe in providing knowledge and information, not indoctrinating a particular point of view. This results in a well-rounded seeker of knowledge.

We believe in bringing the best scholars to the students, without requiring the students to travel the world to seek the knowledge they crave. Each student has the opportunity to interact with, and study under, scholars in a variety of fields from all across the world.


The objective of the Foundational Islamic Studies Program is to ensure that everyone has a strong basic understanding of their faith based on the Quran and Authentic Sunnah.


Al Quran

This encompasses Ulum al-Quran (sciences of the Quran) and Tajwid (recitation). These subjects include study of nature, preservation, historical timeline, context, occasions of revelation, style and recitation of revelation.


This includes the study of the terminologies and methodologies to understand and evaluate the Hadith literature that encompass the records of purported actions, statements, and descriptions of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family). It includes Seerah (Prophetic Biography) – the life of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family), providing insight into the mannerisms, ethics, and teachings from the prophetic life, as well as Tarikh (Islamic History), which covers the early formative period of Islam focusing on the four rightly guided caliphs and modern developments.


This entails a study of Aqidah (Theology) – the Islamic beliefs regarding the Divine Oneness and attributes of Allah (Tawheed), the Prophets, and the unseen; and Tazkiya (Purification of the Heart) – the practical aspects of spirituality bound by the Quran and authentic Sunnah.


This is the study of Islamic law as it pertains to the life of a Muslim. From the integrals of prayer to the proper conduct of a financial transaction, Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) provides insight into living according to the commands of Allah. We also cover Usul Al Fiqh (Legal Theory), which includes the principles upon which Islamic jurisprudence is derived; and explores the origins, proofs, and modes of deriving rulings.

What you will learn

  • Foundational knowledge of the principles of Islam, in practice and theory.
  • The tools needed to navigate the daily demands of faith in practice.
  • Introduction into various Islamic sciences for any seeker of knowledge to begin their journey


The program is held one weekend a month (Saturday and Sunday) at Madina Institute Pretoria at Masjid Abu Bakr Siddique. Classes are also available online via Zoom.

The exact dates will be provided upon submitting your application.

Who Should Enroll

Anyone with a curiosity for their religion. If you’ve always wanted to learn more about your faith but could never take time off to do so, this course is for you. 

Suitable people aged 16+

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Foundational Islamic Studies Program - Pretoria