Registrations Status: Closed

Next Round of Admissions: After Ramadhan, 1441 (May/June, 2020)  ان شاء الله

Admission Process

The admission process for our English Classical Islamic Learning (ECIL) degree is as follows:

1 Interested Candidates will be required to fill the registration form on Zaynab Academy Online website.

Please note that the minimum age for applying for the Alimah Program in English is 18 years.

2  After the registration form has been submitted, another form will be sent to registrants. This form will have to be filled by a Muslim adult (at least 22 years old) who will recommend the registrant to be enrolled in an Islamic course. Further details regarding this will be conveyed in the email.

3 Meanwhile, registrants will be given pending admission and will be sent the ECIL Information Packet, in the beginning of the Academic Year, inshaAllah.

* Students should check their spam folder (or promotions tab for gmail) if they do not receive an email from us within 7 days of submitting the online application. If students don’t find the registration email is in their spam folder, they may write to, and notify about the delay in their admission process.

*Kindly note registrations only open once a year, processing of applications commences soon afterwards, and registrants may hear from us no later than 3 – 7 days of submitting the registrations form.

Program Structure

Program Duration 6 years. This includes CIL Part I (3 years) and CIL Part II (3 years)
Weekly Time Commitment 9-10 hours/week in class.
Program Structure Students must successfully complete the following modules:

  • CIL Part 1
  • CIL Part 2

Students will study classical Hadith texts like Sahih al-Bukhari, Sahih al-Muslim, Jam’i Tirmidhi with detailed explanation and commentary. More information will be provided as the course progresses, inshaAllah.

Tajweed Proficiency Level 1
Pre-requisites Basic knowledge of the Arabic alphabet and the ability to read it.
For Ages 18 years and above.
Requirements for Enrollment A good internet connection and a pair of headphones.
Instruments for Assessment Students will be assessed through quizzes, assignments, termly exams, and an annual exam for each course.
Attendance Requirement Students are required to maintain an attendance of at least 90% in each course they are taking in a term. To be marked present, A student must:

  • Attend class live or
  • Listen to the recording of the class within 2 weeks of class

Program Schedule:

Days: Anywhere from 3 to 6 days a week, depending on the Academic Year

Session Duration: Approx. 2 hours 30 minutes per session. Number of sessions for each darajah (class) are different.

Cost: Free

*Recordings will be available for those who find timings inconvenient.

How are Classes Conducted?

Classes are conducted via an online learning tool called WizIQ. Some of the features of our virtual classroom include:

  • Live Audio Streaming
  • Content sharing via the White Board
  • Chat Box for live interaction with the Instructor
  • Availability of Class Recordings

Learning Management System:

Our classes also feature an interactive Learning Management System. Some of the features of the LMS include:

  • Discussion Forums for interacting with class mates and Teaching Assistants
  • Announcement Board
  • Assignment Submission
  • Downloading Class Presentations and Slides
  • Online Quizzes and Exams
  • Online Calendar
  • Instant Messages
  • Student Grade Cards


Q: What is the fee for this program?

Ans: This program is completely free of cost and ZAO takes no fee whatsoever.

Q: Please tell me more about the advanced CIL course to be offered in future.

Ans: After students successfully complete 3 years of this degree program, they will qualify for another 3-year course which is the completion of the ‘Alimah’ program. Admission in to the future program will be dependent on the student’s aggregate performance over 3 years.

Q: The class timings are not convenient for me, what should I do?

Ans: Class recordings will be available for all such students who find timings inconvenient.

Q: Do I need to separately register for the Qur’an Program and Foundations?

Ans: No, your registration for the English Classical Islamic Learning Program automatically translates on to registration for the Qur’an Program and Foundations which is required for your degree completion. Both latter courses are embedded within ECIL.

Q: What if I am not fluent in English?

Ans: Our Urdu Classical Islamic Learning Program is designed for students who are not fluent in English. For more details, click here.

Q: What is the difference between English CIL and Urdu CIL?

Ans: English CIL is designed for students who are only comfortable with English as the language of instruction. Urdu CIL is for those students who are comfortable with Urdu.