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Celebrating 10 years in service to islamic scholarship


The initial idea that led to establishing Al-Salam Institute was the desire to facilitate the study of Islamic sciences. Shaykh Akram Nadwi had been travelling from Oxford to London on a weekly basis to teach a growing number of students, a large number of whom were also travelling from Oxford to attend these classes.


Al-Salam Institute is founded in Oxford by Sumaiya Akram, becoming one of the first centres for Arabic and Islamic sciences to cater for both male and female students.


After months of outreach and with the assistance of a small number of supporters, the Institute begins to attract a growing number of students from across the UK.


Additional teachers are introduced to broaden the scope of Islamic studies. The unique one-day a week model allows a flexibility that continues to attract students.


A structured advanced level syllabus begins to take form under the guidance of Shaykh Akram.


Awareness of the Institute grows steadily, attracting a high calibre of students travelling to Oxford from different parts of the UK in pursuit of structured Islamic courses.


After six years of advanced level teaching, it becomes clear to Shaykh Akram that a number of students are approaching the stage of authorisation; fit to become teachers and purveyors of Islamic knowledge in their own right.


The first cohort of students graduate from Al-Salam Institute. Development begins on the remodelling of the Islamic Scholarship Programme (‘Alimiyyah Degree) to resolve the growing disconnect between students at different stages in their studies.


Al-Salam Institute goes international with the Sacred Sciences Journey. Online support and learning management systems are developed to assist students in their study programmes and to provide much-needed flexibility to an increasingly diverse pool of students.


The worldwide Islamic Scholarship Programme launches in London, UK. The first cohort of students begin studying the Foundation level of the ‘Alimiyyah Degree.


ASI hosts its first Graduation Ceremony since remodelling the Islamic Scholarship Programme.


Al-Salam Institute sets its sights on the future, developing numerous projects that will propel the Institute to the mainstream for Muslims worldwide.

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