Short Courses

Don't have time to study full or part time? Why not to sign up for our Short Courses!

Different Range of Subjects

Admissions are open throughout the year. If you wish to apply please complete this form or contact the Short Course Department by email: or by phone: 020 8451 9993

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Persian Language

This course offers an excellent opportunity to master a very important language of the Islamic world used by many great Islamic scholars across the ages as well as today. One of the benefits of learning Farsi is the ability to access a huge body of Islamic literature and sources of Islamic knowledge.

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Arabic Language Course

The course has three semesters which are designed to prepare students with no previous knowledge of Arabic to read and understand Quranic and classical Islamic texts. At the end of the course, student would have developed the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and grammar.

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Tawhid in Qur'an

1st session: 28th October 2022

2nd session: 4th November 2022

Time: 18:30 – 20:30

Islam and Modern Ideologies

Date: Friday 19th November 2021 (Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm )

Venue: Muslim Centre of Essess

Address: 874 Eastern Ave, Newbury Park Ilford IG2 7HY

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Why a believer rather than a non believer

In this talk, some of the non-believers claims will be critically assessed, and it will be explained why certain interpretations of religion, and in particular, the Islamic faith, give an edge to believers over non-believers. The upshot of the arguments which will be presented in the talk is that in the light of these interpretations, individuals would be better off being believers rather than non-believers.

Sahifah al-Sajjadiyah

Ṣaḥīfah al-Sajjādīyah does not only contain supplications to God and stating one’s needs before God; rather, it is a collection of Islamic teachings in which ideological, cultural, social, political and some natural rules and religious rulings are in the form of supplications.


Moral Philosophy and Islamic Ethics

This introductory course deals with the main problems of moral philosophy including metaethical issues and normative ethical theories. The first part of each session focuses on the current debates on the issue and the second part examines the relevant Islamic views. There are a multitude of books and papers related to this course but our emphasis will be on the following books.

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Developing Emotional Resilience in Pandemic

Emotional Resilience can help us get through and overcome hardship and crisis. But resilience is not something we’re born with—it’s built over time as the experiences we have interact with our unique, individual genetic makeup. That’s why we all respond to stress and adversity—like that from the COVID-19 pandemic—differently.

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Fundamental Modern Questions and Challenges

With the onset of modernity, traditional Islamic societies have had to formulate their responses to this new phenomenon. Muslim thinkers and intellectuals have been at the forefront of dealing with these novel challenges. The Islamic College in London has invited a number of such thinkers and professionals to speak on these challenges in a series of nightly online short course and engage with the audience in the Q&A session that follows.

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Islamic Studies with Spiritual Retreat

The course ‘Islamic Studies with Spiritual Retreat’, introduces students to the academic study of Islam via an exploration of major topics in Islamic Studies such as:
Islamic Thought, Reading Quran and Hadith, Islamic Jurisprudence, Islamic Lifestyle in the West, Islamic Moral Values and Islamic History.


Nahj al-Balaghah Studies

Students taking this course will be introduced to the eloquent thinking and knowledge of one of the great personality of Islam. The course, open to all, will focus on selected topics from the collection over a period of 10 weeks. This course is designed for students of all religions who are keen to learn about the primary sources of Islam.

Introduction to Islam

Introduction to Islam provides the foundations of an understanding of Islam historically and in the contemporary world. It is taught by Islamic scholars, religious leaders, and experts in the field. No background knowledge is required, and it is open to people of any or no faith background.

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The Holy Prophet (saw)

The Islamic College is pleased to announce that coinciding with the upcoming anniversary of Prophet Muhammad’s birthday (1st of November 2019). it will offer a series of lectures on Friday nights on the life and teachings of the Seal of Prophethood.


Contemporary Issues in Islamic Thought

The most important issues related to the topics of the course will be discussed and you will be able to put the questions you wish to know more about to the class and also participate in the virtual class discussions. All classes, in accordance with the current regulations, are presented online.


Can Science Replace God?

The aim of this short course is to critically explore the validity of a range of claims made by the author of The God Delusion concerning God and religious ideas and ideals. The course introduces a philosophical doctrine known as Critical Rationalism as an intellectual tool for the investigation of the relationship between religion (and in particular Islam) and science and assessment of the views of the neo-atheists.

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Design & Decorate the Iznik Plate

Teaching will be practice based. Through a total of 24-hours, participants will learn to design and decorate the Iznik Plate. Guidance will be given on a one-to-one and a group basis. This course is limited to 8 seats and will be held on Wednesdays 18: -21:00. The starting date is 19 June 2019. Registration is Mandatory and beginners are welcome. (Age 16+)


Design the Marquetry Panel

Teaching will be practice based. Through a total of 24-hours, participants will learn to make a Marquetry pace with wood veneer. Guidance will be given on a one-to-one and a group basis. This course is limited to 8 seats and will be held on Fridays 18:00 -21:00. The starting date is 21 June 2019.  Registration is Mandatory and beginners are welcome. (Age 16+)

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Make & Design the Tiles Panel

Teaching will be practice based. Through a total of 24-hours, participants will learn to make and design a Tiles Panel. Guidance will be given on a one-to-one and a group basis. This course is limited to 8 seats and will be held on Tuesdays 18:00 -21:00. The starting date is 18 June 2019.  Registration is Mandatory and beginners are welcome. (Age 16+)


Recitation of the Qur’an

Recitation of the Holy Qur’an is highly recommended by Allah (SWT) and His Holy Prophet Muhammad (S). Since all Muslims value the recitation of the Holy Qur’an, we are blessed to offer this series of workshops to serve those who love the Qur’an. It is highly recommended to attend all three workshops to be able to recite the Holy Qur’an as nicely as possible.


Islamic Art & Illumination

Through a series of 24-hour sessions, you will learn how to build and design traditional Islamic Art and Illumination (Islamic Geometric Design & Arabesque). This course is limited to 15 seats and will be held on Tuesdays & Fridays 18:30-20:30. The starting date is 16th of January 2018. Registration is Mandatory and beginners are welcome. (Age 16+)


The God Debate

This course aims to familiarize students with the main arguments for God’s existence, their relative strengths and weaknesses, and possible atheist counter-arguments to them. It will look at the contributions made by leading proponents of both theism and atheism and take into account the latest relevant scientific theories.