The following is a summary of the Ihya Ulum-Uddin class…
The course focuses on a broad sweep of the major historical personalities, events and processes…Learn More
Study of the Book of Destructive Vices (kitab al muhlikat) from the famous Ihya Ulum…Learn More
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Sheikh Sulayman van Ael is the founder of The Ark Institute, an educational institution based in London. After becoming Muslim at the age of 18, he traveled the world to seek knowledge and gained ijazah (teaching licenses) in various disciplines from scholars from Sudan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Jordan (where he received ijazah from the Grand Mufti of Amman to give religious verdicts). He graduated from Rotterdam University with a BA in Theology and MSc in Islamic Counselling. He lectures extensively and has appeared on CNN and Al Jazeera. His multi award-winning Belgian national television documentary, My Jihad, was translated into 12 languages. As a scholar who resonates with young and old alike, Sheikh Sulayman is a powerful, dynamic and credible voice for the emerging formation of a confident, faithful identity of Islam in Europe.
We believe that the Sunni community (ahl al-sunnah wal-jama’ah) are unique in their tolerance of difference of opinion and, in fact, this is what defines us.
“Stop there they stopped, then proceed” – title of a paper by Sh Dr Umar Abdullah of North America.
Our main teachers are well-known scholars who are respected in the wider community of scholars and general Muslim public.
‘Surely this community of yours is one community, and I am your Lord; so serve Me.’
The Civilisations course delivered by Dr Rizwaan is a revealing and informative journey through a hidden history; taught in a manner that subtly draws you to understand why a connection to the past is of profound importance. The course skilfully maps events and key proponents to unravel the fortunes and devastations of the major civilisations over the centuries: based on academic sources presented in an accessible manner. The foundations are laid for the Geo-political course which further assists in understanding the shifting landscape of power.Anjum Saad
A very much needed course; the reason I attended this course is because I wanted a more complete picture of history in general and what was happening in the Muslim world at the same time. I found this course to be very detailed, informative and I would say transformative. I think it should be taught in all Islamic schools /madrassahs and selected parts should be taught in mainstream schools.Kawther Hashmi, Woking
An excellent course which gave me an eye opening introduction into not just Islamic civilisation, but sparked an Interest in the entire subject. It was very well presented and by a knowledgeable scholar who taught us the course material from various different angles and perspectives giving us excellent knowledge of the period as whole. The atmosphere was incredibly friendly and the layed back style in which the classes were presented all culminated in not only a fantastic experience but my own knowledge on civilisations increasing vastly.Ibrahim, High Wycombe
The Civilizations course is an extremely beneficial one. It facilitates the decolonization process by critiquing the inherited world view that many of us may have today. Since attending the course I have increasingly found myself constructing my own timelines to develop a more comprehensive understanding about my own heritage and subsequently my own narrative – that is in harmony with my faith.Roshan Mohammad Chaudhry
In regards to the History Course I found that the resources we were give was excellent as it had all the key information within it. This would allow us to understand the basics of this course. When presenting the lessons you would expand upon these notes developing our understanding of these basic notes. As of this, I managed to gain a grasp of the content and was able to have deeper understanding of the topics that we covered.Faizan Ali Khan, High Wycombe
A hugely beneficial course that is really one of a kind in it’s nature. It gives a completely different perspective on history that just cannot be found through traditional means of studyIbrahim Malik, Isleworth