Around 70% of Muslim children in the UK attend part-time Islamic education, known as madrasah/maktab. For most children, this education ends between the ages of 14 and 16, and even earlier for many girls. Sadly, they stop their Islamic education just when they need it the most. As they reach secondary school, 6th form, and college, they will encounter ideas and lifestyles that challenge everything they were taught as children. Additionally, they are navigating the complexities of youth and puberty. It is crucial for them to have constant guidance and mentoring during this time.
Traditional modes of madrasah education in the UK and Western Muslim communities are not sustainable alongside the pressures of GCSEs and A levels. To address this problem, we launched The Youth Mentoring Programme specifically for young people aged 14-18.
The programme focuses on mentoring, providing direct access to knowledgeable scholars who guide them. Formal teaching and contact time are limited to a couple of hours a week, mainly through talking sessions where various aspects of life are discussed from an Islamic perspective. Each student will receive personalized mentoring and development planning, with 2-3 sessions to identify and monitor their goals. These sessions also create a safe space for individuals to address personal matters.
Our male and female mentors, who are graduates of shari’ah, will provide the mentoring. Although we expect most students to have received basic Islamic education, we will use the weekly sessions to cover areas not typically included in madrasah/maktab education. If there are significant gaps in essential Islamic knowledge, we will offer on-demand courses to address this. Our comprehensive courses cover all the essential areas of Islamic education a Muslim needs. Visit our courses page to explore the full range.
Shaykh Shams Adduha Muhammad is a co-founder and the former director of Ebrahim College (EC), an Islamic seminary in East London that trains Muslim faith leaders of the future.
Shaykh Shams has led EC to become a leading contemporary Muslim seminary and one of the largest adult Islamic education providers in the UK. After 17 years at EC, he left to focus on consulting and grass root work. He set up Mawarid Lifestyle (ML).
Shaykh Shams is himself an Islamic seminary graduate and has an MA in Islamic studies from the university of London. He has also worked as an Imam, a teacher and deputy head of an independent Islamic school, and a translator of classical Islamic works.
Shaykh Shams is particularly interested in contextualising traditional Islamic studies for British Muslims and faith leaders. Currently, he teaches courses at Mawarid Lifestyle, mentors young people on ML’s Youth Mentoring Programme, and counsels people who are struggling with doubts in their iman. All of his current work can be accessed at mawaridlifestyle.com
☑️ Iman in an age of doubt
☑️ Issues Affecting Young People
☑️ Fiqh & Spirituality of salah plus other areas of fiqh
☑️ Personal Development
☑️ Access to many other Mawarid Courses
☑️ The Prophet SAW
☑️ Beliefs, Worship & Spirituality
☑️ Character, Social Life, Money & Dealings
Young people aged 14 – 18 who are willing to learn & develop.
The course is for students who are keen to learn and be good Muslims. It is vital that parents remain engaged and involved in their learning.
We cannot meet our objectives with young teenagers whose parents are not going to take an active interest in this give their support when we need it.
Students will always have access to their teachers & mentors.
We will use chat and live online sessions to stay in contact.
Students can also reach us by phone.
Fees can be paid in 3 instalments ( £600 per annum )
£300 before start date ( 20th September 2023 )
Then £150 to be paid first week of Jan 2024
Final payment of £150 first week of April 2024