Darul Ilm Birmingham stresses the importance of not abandoning the traditional way of teaching, that is why we base all of our courses on the Dars-e-Nizami curriculum and the Madrasah way of teaching. We stress the importance of Adab (Islamic etiquette) and the close relation between the teacher and student, that is why it is much easier to teach and learn knowledge when there is a close nisbat (relation) between both sides. Regardless whether a student attends lessons on-site or online, we make sure that Adab is always present and that students respect and follow our rules of conduct in class, as well as practices Islam in his/her daily life.
We teach with the medium of English and a lot of weight is put on engaging in discourses in Arabic, writing and reading Arabic texts. This is so that the student acquires a firm knowledge of the Arabic language which is an essential subject that one needs to know in order to study more advanced books in Hadith, Tafsir, Fiqh, etc.
Quality is also our main focus; we want quality, and not just quantity. That is why we prefer small classes of serious dedicated students, rather than big classes of individuals that do not really want to study. We always conduct interviews with each and every prospective student, in order to ensure that he/she understands what we ask of him/her. This is so that we can establish the principles in the students from the very first day. And success comes only from Allah, The Most High.
Darul ilm Birmingham uses the most qualified teachers in the various subjects to deliver the various lessons. The subjects are taught in the early years slowly but concisely to make sure the subjects are mastered. In the later years the pace speeds up but one quality our madrasah prides itself on is completion of every kitab even the latter year hadith books. In this way, we aim to graduate the most comprehensively knowledgeable students.
We monitor the progress of our students and have meetings with them annually to discuss their progress. We also encourage students to do anjuman and practice delivering speeches to ensure that they can be future leaders and deal with the wider community.