Arabic Language Introduction Course (ALIC)

6 week course (1hr 30min/week)

This course is designed for complete beginners in mind although its design and delivery should be beneficial for those who have basic Arabic that needs some revision. ALIC is the first of a new series of academic courses being offered at ECM to provide the community with the basic competencies which would enable them to grow more cognisant of their own religious and cultural tradition. The Arabic language is indeed the key to the Qur’an, Prophetic Hadith and the rich scholarly heritage which we have been endowed with. It is therefore a community responsibility to learn and teach from this heritage as much as we can.

Learning Outcomes

ALIC aims to provide the community the chance to learn Arabic from scratch. It is therefore an introductory course equipping the students with insights into the foundational aspects of the Arabic language in terms of form, structure and grammar. It is a 6 week course which leads to Ramadan – the month of Qur’an – after which the next stage would be to begin Arabic Level 1 using the Madinah Books series.

Expected learning outcomes for ALIC students are:

  1.  The Arabic Alphabet: recognition of the letters and being able to read words.
  2.  The Parts of Speech of the Arabic language: Ism (Nouns), Fi’l (Verbs), Harf (Prepositions).
  3.  The Signs (alaamaat) for each part of speech: being able to recognise and distinguish them.
  4.  The two main types of Sentence (Jumlah) in Arabic: Ismiyyah and Fi’liyyah (Nominal & Verbal).
  5.  Introductory level vocabulary: recognition of simple and oft-repeating sentences and phrases.
The Course in Terms of a Broader Curriculum of Study

ALIC is the introductory course for ECM’s Arabic Language Programme. The objective behind ALIC is to provide insights and tools to enable community members (students) to progress through the Madinah Books series – the chosen syllabus for the mosque’s Arabic Language Programme. The Madinah Books are a three-part series developed by the Arabic Language Institute at the Islamic University of Madinah. The series and programme of study is world leading and well reputed for its efficacy in equipping non-Arab speakers with the proficiency to undertake advanced studies of the Islamic sciences at university level.

The Syllabus of the Arabic Language Courses

The designated syllabus for ECM’s Arabic Language Programme is the Madinah Books Series 1,2,3. This course (ALIC) provides a useful and essential overview of the Arabic language in terms of: structure, the parts of speech, recognition and distinguishing these different parts of speech. The main teaching material for ALIC will be instructor notes which will be supplemented by examples of Arabic language phrases and sentences from both the Islamic tradition and outwith.

Course Duration & Time

The course will run for 6 weeks up until the beginning of Ramadan. The first class begins on Monday the 25th of April. There are two main classes at this moment: one for females and a second for males. The female class is on Mondays from 11:00 to 12.30 at ECM Exhibition Hall, and the male class is on Saturdays from 10.00 to 11.30 with the first male class commencing on the 30th of April.

The Course Instructor

This course will be instructed by Yahya Barry, the Imam of ECM. Yahya is a graduate from the Islamic University of Madinah where he underwent a two-year Diploma at the Institute for Teaching Arabic to non-Arabic Speakers before completing his BA in Islamic Theology. He is therefore well acquainted with the Madinah Book Series. Yahya, furthermore has considerable work experience with the Arabic language, ranging from his role as an Arabic-English translator at a firm in Saudi Arabia to more recently, his position as an Arabic Language tutor with the Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies Department at the University of Edinburgh.

How to benefit from the Course(s)

The courses are designed with a long-term focus in perspective. They are meant to equip the Edinburgh community with the competencies to follow up Islamic knowledge and scholarship. It is therefore run on an open and self-responsible basis: meaning that members of the community are responsible for the level of their own scholarship and studies. The courses are cumulative in the sense that one course builds on another, just as one lesson builds on another. For that reason, students are responsible for their regular attendance and keeping up with the notes. The instructor is at hand to explain, clarify and point to references/resources. ECM challenges the community to take up the initiative in taking ownership of their learning experience. Students are welcome to form study groups and make use of appropriate media to support their learning processes.


Contact for more Information: info [at] edmosque [dot] org


Resilience Workshop

The idea behind the workshop is to share with the people of Edinburgh some of the tools which Islam came with in order to build a strong identity and self-belief which resists the trials and tribulations of this life whether it be: discrimination, hate crime, depression, loneliness, anxiety, poverty, low self-esteem …

The workshop will be a series of interactive sessions taking place Saturday and Sunday the 23rd and 24th January between 2.30pm and 4.30pm.

Non-Muslims wishing to attend the workshop are very welcome to do so!

The workshop is led by the Imam of Edinburgh Central Mosque – Yahya Barry, PhD Candidate Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, MA Peace & Conflict, MA The Religious Roots of Europe.

Community Garden project information day

The community garden project at the Central Mosque is having an information day on Saturday, 5 Dec from 10-12 in the Exhibition Hall.

Everyone is welcome to learn about the project and to contribute in shaping it. This is a joint project of MWAE, the Central Mosque and Greenspace Trust.