Registrations Status: Closed

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

About the Course

A free online 6 year ‘Alimah’ Program, designed to introduce women to the classical methodology of Islamic knowledge and scholarship through a modern educational approach. The philosophy of the course is distinct in its embrace of the entire academic tradition of the Ahl-al Sunnah wal-Jama’a with respect for all scholars of Tafsir, Hadith, Fiqh, and Usul al-fiqh. Moreover, the Alimah program highlights the importance of spiritual purification (tazkiya) and inner reform (islah).

At Zaynab Academy Online, the seat of learning is the heart that should get moist with taqwa, tazkiyah and tarbiyyah, in order for an individual to qualify as an Alimah. These can only be obtained through live interaction and company of the senior scholars and Shuyukh of our Ummah. As the course progresses, we will continually encourage students to develop their spirituality while identifying opportunities for them to do so.

Admission Process


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

2 After the registration form has been submitted, an email will be sent to the registrant within 20 days, with an interview date and time. Thereafter, on the proposed date, a one-on-one interview will be conducted by Zaynab Academy Online female support staff and/or instructors.  The interview will be a short, friendly one and Zaynab Academy Online will try to accommodate and help you out. Further details of the interview will be communicated via email.

3 Successful candidates will be granted admission in the Urdu – Alimah Program via email.

Program Structure

Program Duration 6 years.
Weekly Time Commitment 15 hours/week in class

Other than investing time in-class, students are also required to spend up to 2-5 hours/week in self-study.

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.

  • Basic knowledge of the Arabic alphabet and the ability to read it.
  • Ability to converse, read and write in Urdu.
  • Ability to read and comprehend simple English as administrative policies and instructions will be communicated in simple English Language.
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/subject.
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


1: Is there a fee for the course?

Ans: There is no fee for the course; however the students have to purchase their own books or make use of e-books.

2: Who should consider taking Urdu CIL?

Ans: All those who understand and can interact in simple Urdu, no matter which part of the world they are from can take this course. Residents of Pakistan should enroll in Urdu CIL rather than English CIL.

3: Can I take this course if I live outside Pakistan?

Ans: Yes. Only timings may seem a bit odd to you if you live outside Pakistan since all schedules are made according to Pakistan Standard Time.

4: I want to study an Islamic course to gain knowledge about our Deen but I am not sure if I would be able to commit myself for entire 5 years. Can I enroll for one year initially?

Ans: Yes. First step matters a lot. You can enroll and see if you can manage and wish to take your studies with us forward. 6 years is recommended and we are here to assist you. Otherwise, you can always consider coming back and join us where you left.

5: What if I’m not fluent in Urdu?

Ans: Being able to comprehend and communicate in simple Urdu is enough for this course. However, if you face difficulty in understanding simple Urdu, we would recommend our English Classical Islamic Learning Program.

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

Ans: English CIL is designed for students not residing in Pakistan and who are only comfortable with English as the language of instruction. Urdu CIL is for those students who are comfortable with Urdu. Moreover, Urdu CIL has more depth in its curriculum.

*subject to discretion and decision of the Academic Department.