A structured course designed to equip students with the confidence and tools required to solve Arabic texts.

This course is for those who want to refresh and improve their knowledge of the Arabic language, bridge the gap between theory and application and develop confidence in reading Arabic texts, and engage with the original sources of Islamic scholarship.

• Have you completed the ‘alimiyya course but feel that you could have worked harder at mastering the Arabic language?

• Did you graduate many years ago from an ‘alimiyya course and now feel your understanding of the Arabic texts is rusty?

• Are you currently teaching others but feel like you could improve your grasp of Arabic religious texts and enhance your teaching?

• Or have you studied Arabic at a basic level and now want to take your studies to the next stage and start understanding Arabic texts in tafsir, hadith, aqidah, fiqh, adab, and other subjects?

If you are any of the above, then Sibawayh* Program is for you. It has been carefully designed as a refresher course to help build your confidence and assist you in your studies, reading, teaching, and guiding others.

  • Dates

    The course starts in September 2022

  • On-site and Online

    *No Recordings are available for this course

  • Course Fee



Mufti Zubair Patel
Mawlana Hilal Patel
Mawlana Nazir Faruki
Mawlana Abdullah Patel
Mawlana Imran Maljee


September 2022 - July 2023

Course Start Date

13th September 2022


Tuesdays: On-site and Online

(Recordings of the live sessions are NOT available for this course)


8.30am to 1pm British Standard Time.

Exams & Assignments

Mid Year Exams: 2 Exams
End of Year Exams: 2 Exams

Course Fee

10% Discount available if you register by 31 August 2022



This course is for those who have studied Arabic before and have some basic understanding of its grammar and vocabulary but would like to refresh what they have learnt from the beginning.

Students should expect to allocate 3 to 4 hours per week for preparation and homework.

*Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained within this course is correct at the time of publication. Courses are subject to ongoing development which could necessitate cancellation of, or alteration to, the advertised courses.

What our students say about the course

“I am very grateful to Whitethread Institute for the Sibawayh programme. It was a great refresher for Arabic grammar and it expanded my knowledge of the Arabic language, as we applied our knowledge to a range of Arabic texts. I especially enjoyed studying balagha (rhetoric), which revealed the richness and depth of Arabic as a language, especially the language of the Quran. The teachers were very supportive and encouraging and taught the lessons based on the students’ pace. As a teacher myself, this course made me feel more confident in my abilities and I was able to incorporate what I had learnt into my own teaching. Being surrounded by scholars and students at Whitethread, I felt that I was part of a community that sincerely believes, and puts into practice, the fact that further educational development of Alimiyyah graduates is necessary to make us effective teachers and leaders.”

Salma Patel, UK

“The teachers are super helpful and go above and beyond to support us. Overall my experience has allowed me to really excel in understanding the Arabic language with confidence.”

Nusaybah, UK

“Whitethread institute Islamic courses are an excellent and innovative approach to fill the gap and deficiencies in learning through the traditional Darse Nizami course. It is a haven for the inquisitive students of knowledge who would like to further their knowledge or refresh it, after having qualified some time ago and return to the blessed path of seeking knowledge. For me, this has been an excellent way to fill in the gaps of my current part-time Adult Alim course in the most efficient way. The teachers are well qualified and hardworking and make learning interactive as well as informative. The flexibility of online learning with recorded videos help to cater for busy working adults like me in their own times. I would highly recommend this to every seeker of knowledge.”

Faraz Imran, UK

Course Content

The program will be primarily focused on helping students with difficult parts of Arabic grammar (nahw), etymology and morphology (sarf), dictionary, and lexicon usage, and then applying these skills to various Arabic texts. Students will start with some basic Arabic texts and gradually progress on to more challenging selections.

Subjects covered (subject to change)

• An overview of nahw and sarf through selections of the Ajrumiyya.

• A study of a varied selection of Arabic literature from sources such as Nafhat al-Arab, the Mukhtarat, Maqamat, Muʿallaqāt, and Diwan al-Shafi’i.

• A study of excerpts from Islamic scholarship mutun, such as Al-Lubab fi Sharh al-Kitab (commentary of Quduri), Sharh Aqida Tahawiyya, Ihya’ Ulum al-Din, Usul al-Fiqh, and Hadith.

This course has been named after one of the leading grammarians of the Arabic language.

Sibawayh, the Famous Grammarian (d.180)

Abu Bishr ῾Amr bin ῾Uthman al-Basri was a leading grammarian of Basra. Originally from the lands of Persia, he started his studies in the field of hadith under Hammad ibn Salamah (d. 167), the great hadith scholar of Basra. His journey as a grammarian started due to an incident that took place with his teacher Hammad. Once, when reading hadith, Sibawayh made a grammatical error in the reading of the hadith. Hammad informed him of his mistake and corrected him. Upon this Sibawayh stated that he will go and seek knowledge (of grammar) until a point where no one will be able to dispute with him. Thus, he left on his journey to master the Arabic language and went on to study in the company of the greatest grammarians of his time, such as Khalil ibn Ahmad al-Farahidi. Sibawayh was a hard-working and dedicated scholar and it was during this time that he wrote his huge scholarly work ‘Al-Kitab’ which was one of the first books to be written on grammar.

He was commonly known by his nickname Sibawayh. Various interpretations have been provided regarding this nickname, with some scholars stating that it was a nickname given to him by his mother, meaning ‘the scent of apples’. Others have stated that it was due to him always having a nice smell, whilst others have said it was due to his cheeks having a similarity to fresh apples.

Sibawayh, died at a young age between 35 and 40, and is held to be of the founding fathers of Arabic grammar (may Allah have mercy on him).


Mufti Zubair Patel

Course Instructor

Mufti Zubair Patel graduated from the Alimiyya and Ifta’ at Jamiatul Ilm Wal Huda Blackburn in 2005. He subsequently was selected to teach at the same institute for 3 years. Since leaving Blackburn, He has been teaching at Imam Zakaria Academy, Forest Gate, London where he holds a senior post and is well loved by both students and teachers alike, along with teaching at Jamia Al Rawda nearby.

Mawlana Hilal Patel


Mawlana Hilal Patel began his studies at Darul Ulum al-Arabiyyah al-Islamiyyah in Bury where he memorised the Qur’an and completed the Alimiyyah program. He then went on to complete the Ifta' Specialisation Program at Whitethread Institute and has been working at Whitethread’s Fatwa Centre since completing the course. Mawlana Hilal also serves as an Imam and teacher at his local Masjid in Kent.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are there any live sessions?

    All the sessions are live and available on-site and online.

  • Are we allowed to share the course with our partners or siblings?

    We expect all students who pay for the course to have explicit use of the content and should not be shared, therefore if your partner or spouse wants to take the whole course, then we would advise purchasing the course, if you want to make them aware of some snippets or questions which are relevant to them, then that is fine, everything in the resources section are available for free and can be shared.

  • Do we have lifetime access to the recordings?

    Unfortunately, all our sessions are copyright of Whitethread Institute, therefore students are not allowed to save, record or recreate the content of the sessions as the content is constantly updated. We do provide resources that are free to download or share.

  • Are there any funding opportunities for this course?

    Students can apply for zakat or sponsorship opportunities, for further details, please contact courses@whitethread.org

Why Study at Whitethread Institute?

  • Great studying environment

  • Interactive discussions between students and teachers

  • High level discussions where teachers are open to questions and do not shy away from sensitive or controversial issues

  • Comfortable studying environment

  • In depth coverage of topics

  • Deep understanding of the nuances of fiqh

  • Experienced and knowledgeable teachers

  • Students guided throughout their studies

  • All lessons taught in a practical manner relevant to current times