London Academy G1/A1






Teachers 2017 – 2018

  • Dr Akram Nadawi (Hadith: Virtues of the Qu’ran)
  • Mufti Muhammed ibn Adam (40 Hadith, Aqida)
  • Shaykh BaBikir (Shifa of Qadi Iyad)
  • Shaykh Thaqib Mahmood (Shima’il, Hanafi Fiqh)
  • Prof. Hugh Kennedy (Islamic History, one lecture in term 2)
  • Saquab Ashraf (Tafsir Sura Ya Sin/Sura Kahf)

Brief Overview

The London Academy is based upon a programme that allows students to access the rich variety of Islamic sciences.The academy is split into two weekly programmes: General and Auxiliary. New students with no previous learning experience are encouraged to attend the General programme (Year G1), although students can register for either programme (Year G1 or Year A1). However, please note it is not possible to combine module choices between A1 or G1, and this will be strictly enforced during the year. 

Subjects and CEI Texts

Students registering for ‘Year G1’ will be provided with bespoke CEI texts for the core subjects: Ya Sin, 40 Hadith & Shima’il. These texts include the Arabic and English translation of the material together with ample room to take notes. Each text is authored by the teacher of that particular course. It is highly recommended for A1 students to purchase Shaykh Hamza Yusuf’s translation of the Aqida Tahawiyya (see A1 subjects for more details).


London Academy classes are held weekly, running from 6.30 to 9.30 pm. The academic year is based around the university academic timetable and consists of three terms, with Christmas and Easter breaks. The timing and format of the classes thus makes them particularly suitable for those who work in London as well as those who may be students at the various universities throughout the city. CEI also believes that the consistency in holding weekly classes allows for a superior learning environment where students can benefit from regular exposure to the content of the sciences and the teachers, thus breeding a familiarity with the nature of Islamic scholarship and enabling students to reach the goal of being functionally literate in the sciences of Islam. As was narrated by the Lady ‘Aiysha, Allah be pleased with her, the most beloved actions to the Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him peace, were the most consistent.


Both programmes are held on Friday evenings  at Friends House, NW1 2BJ (nearest tube: Euston). Friends House is a historic Quaker building situated in the heart of Central London’s Bloomsbury district, home to many prestigious educational establishments such as UCL, Birkbeck and SOAS. Located directly opposite London Euston Station, Friends House is easily reachable by all major rail, bus and tube services.

Course fees

CEI London Academy fees are heavily subsidised through the donations and fundraising efforts of friends and supporters. Student fees do not cover the full cost of running the course; we therefore rely on the generosity of individuals who keep CEI running and facilitate the learning of others through their prayers and financial support. It is our belief that knowledge should be accessible to those that seek it, which is why we endeavour to keep students fees as low as possible in London and our classes in Crawley free.