Are your courses for females only?
Yes, the Rabia Institute was established specifically to fulfil a void in the offerings available for sisters to further their Islamic education in Halifax. Another local organisation by the name of Madni Youth Movement can be contacted who offer similar initiatives for brothers.
Are there any age restrictions on who can apply?
The courses have a minimum age requirement of 12+ due to their intensity. There is no upper age limit although it should be noted the courses have been developed to be intellectually challenging.
What are the minimum requirements?
As a basic minimum, students are expected to be passionate and enthusiastic about studying the Arabic language and proceeding to the Islamic sciences and most importantly it should be remembered that it is designed to be intensive so you should be wary of the fact that it will require serious dedication.
How old must I be to apply?
The minimum age for the ‘Sisters Islamic Scholarship’ course is 12. If you are currently aged 11 but will be turning 12 during the first semester (Jan-Mar) of the academic year you may apply. If you turn 12 later than the first semester, you will have to wait until the next academic year to apply.
I haven’t studied Islamic education for many years can I still apply?
Absolutely! As this is the first time such an institute has opened in Halifax, The teaching staff are fully aware of the requirement to take everyone through the first year at a steady pace.
Do I need to be able to read the Qur’an fluently?
We expect students to have an adequate level of recognition of Arabic letters and the ability to read the Qur’an even if it is at a slow pace. We are aware of the fact that many students will not have studied Islamic studies since childhood and we will ensure they are given plenty of support to once again familiarise themselves with Quranic Arabic. Once students are able to comfortably read and recognise verses they will begin learning the rules of Tajweed and various recitation styles.
What happens if I have been accepted onto the Islamic scholarship course but I find it too rigorous or demanding?
We accept it will take some students longer than others to settle in particularly those who have been out of touch with formal Islamic studies for a while. The teaching staff will try their upmost best to provide pastoral support to students but inevitably the course will not be for everyone. During the first semester if you feel you cannot continue with your studies, drop us an email and we will de-enrol you from the course.
What is your attendance policy?
There is a proven positive correlation between attendance and achievement. Our attendance policy will be communicated to students at the beginning of the first term including procedures to inform us of absence.
How Can I enrol onto the Islamic scholarship course?
The quickest and simplest way to enrol is via online application form which can be found under the admissions section of this website.
I don’t understand some of the fields on the application form, how can I get some assistance?
You can contact us via completing the following contact us form detailing which specific section you need assistance with and we will offer guidance accordingly.
Are there any opportunities to speak to other prospective students?
We usually hold an induction evening during December to allow prospective students to meet one another and an opportunity to meet some of the teaching staff. Keep up to date via the Events page
What happens once I’ve registered online or returned my application form?
Once we have received your application the admin team will begin to process it. If any further information is required, we will contact you via email in the first instance. If however we still cannot approve your application you may be required to attend an informal interview. Approved applications will result in you receiving a formal letter of acceptance.
If my application is successful, can I choose which class I would like to be in?
For the Scholarship Course, students will be allocated a class based on their age. We aim to have three classes representing 3 age groups. For e.g. 12-17, 18-25 and 25+ this allows for students to study with those who are of a similar age and generally have similar abilities. This also allows teachers to adapt the teaching style to suit the capabilities of students.
What are the fees for the Scholarship Course?
Our fees are very straightforward and highly reasonable. The cost is £20 per month but each semester must be paid for in advance. So you will be required to make a payment of £60 at the start of each semester. Each Semester lasts 3 months. The annual cost therefore works out to be £180, which is highly competitive.
Why must I pay for each semester in advance, can't I pay monthly?
Our fees have been calculated to cover the salaries and running costs of our courses. By charging an up-front payment at the start of the semester, grants us a level of confidence in being able to meet our costs for that term.
Shouldn’t such initiatives be free?
The aim of Rabia Institute is purely to ensure Islamic Education is both accessible and affordable for Sisters. Undoubtedly any initiative has to meet its running costs and expenses in order to continue providing a service. If we wished to make a profit, we would have started up a business instead.
Within our family there is more than one of us hoping to study. Are there any discounts available if we belong to the same family?
Unfortunately not.. At £5 per week we find them to be extremely competitive. If however there is more than 3 students belonging to the same family, please contact us and we may be able to offer some financial relief.
I’m really eager to study but my financial situation is preventing me from doing so. Is there any support available?
Not at this moment in time. If however we find there are several prospective students who have demonstrated potential for exceptional academic achievement but are facing financial hardship, we will look to introduce a scholarship scheme allowing individuals and local businesses to sponsor the study of such students. But in the meantime we still won’t turn anyone away so please contact us to see if we can come to some sort of arrangement.
I’ve never heard of Rabia Institute before, when were you established?
Rabia Institute was formed in 2014 as a result of community demand for the provision of Islamic Studies for sisters in Halifax and the surrounding West-Yorkshire area.
Are you a registered charity?
Yes, we are a fully registered charity and all legal and financial safeguards are kept up to date.
What is your association with the Madni Mosque?
Rabia Institute is an independent organisation working in association with the Central Jamia Mosque Madni. We work alongside the Masjid in order to further our collective aims.
How can we invite any of your teaching staff or scholars to our event?
This can be arranged by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org Individual scholars/teachers should not be approached directly during teaching hours.
Who is responsible for the overall management and leadership of the Institute?
As with most charities, we have independent trustees who are legally responsible for the management of the Institute and its assets. Overall governance is granted to Mufti Muhammad Abdus Samee to ensure the Institute successfully achieves its strategic objectives. However the day-to-day operational management is conducted by the teaching staff.
Who can I contact if there is a critical issue, which cannot be addressed by the teaching staff?
If there is any major issue, which cannot be satisfactorily resolved by the teaching staff, please email email@example.com
What is your policy on advertising external events or organisations?
Students are strictly prohibited from distributing promotional materials by any means whether print, electronic or word of mouth during teaching hours. As outlined in the student agreement any such instances will result in immediate expulsion. Any requests to promote an event or organisation must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org and written permission must be sought.
How can I find out about jobs or volunteering opportunities?
All paid and volunteering opportunities are detailed on the volunteer page.
I currently study at a similar institute but would like to study at Rabia Institute, will this be possible?
Various factors will affect the possibility for you to enrol at Rabia Institute. Firstly we would advise you not to completely abandon your current studies out of respect for the time and effort your existing teachers have invested in you. If you are currently studying on weekdays maybe you could enrol onto our weekend course also? However we do appreciate sometimes the reason may be due to unavoidable circumstances such as if you are having to make long journey and would like to study closer to home. If that is the case we are more than happy for you to enrol.
I have completed a year or two elsewhere but would like to enrol at Rabia Institute now.
As our first course is linked to the inception of the Rabia Institute we are anticipating all first-year students who will progress through the syllabus. If you feel the need to recap year 1 or 2 you can enrol for January 2015. Or if you prefer you may enrol in January 2016 when we will be offering year 2 of the syllabus. Nevertheless please contact us and inform us, as if there is sufficient interest in studying year 2, 3 or 4 of the syllabus we may be able to arrange a particular course.
Would I be able to continue my secular education alongside my Islamic studies course?
Our courses have been developed in a manner that will allow homemakers, students and working women to continue with their weekday occupations. We only require a commitment of 6 hours per week for the Scholarship programme.