The Course at a Glance

Campus (In-Class Learning)

Taronga Road Mosque, Rondebosch East (Female Section Upstairs)

Please Note: Online learning may supplement in-class learning pending Covid-19 Lockdown interruptions to in-class learning.


Online Learning

Online Learning LIVE via Zoom. Access to all lecture recordings and course material.


Days & Times

Monday – Thursday: 8:15am – 12:55pm
Friday: 8:15am – 10:30am


2021 Terms

Term 1: 27 Jan – 31 Mar
Term 2: 13 Apr – 25 Jun
Term 3: 13 Jul – 23 Sep
Term 4: 05 Oct – 08 Dec


Important Dates

Book Collection: 25 Jan – 26 Jan
Orientation Day: 27 Jan
Classes Commence: 28 Jan

Online applications only. No walk-in registrations allowed due to COVID-19 protocols.

Course Pre-Requisites

  • A basic ability to read Arabic text (Qur’an or Surah). Please Note that this is not a Qur’an reading, Hifth or Tajwīd course. Students will never be asked to recite in class.
  • An email address, a mobile phone with a WhatsApp number and access to Internet or Mobile Data to access supplementary learning material.
  • Online Learning (and In-Class Learning pending Lockdown): Access to a laptop, desktop computer or mobile tablet device.
  • A commitment to set aside at least 1-2 hours a day to revise the work covered in class and to try to attend all or most classes.
  • A positive mindset and strong desire to learn the meaning of the Qur’an. Many students from varying ages, backgrounds and ability have walked this road and succeeded!



Nahw: An introductory study of core Arabic grammar concepts
Sarf: An introductory study of the Arabic morphology of the verb
Readers: Two basic Arabic readers
Qur’an: Full Qur’an coverage with selected commentary and explanation
Basic Fiqh: Essentials of purification (Taharah) and prayer (Salah)
Personal and Spiritual Development: Daily advice on living Islam


Additional Services

We offer several additional services throughout the year that are aimed at supporting the student’s needs, such as:

  • a counselling service
  • academic support (tutorial sessions)
  • workshops
  • guest speakers
  • team building sessions and social events with teachers and fellow students

Detailed Course Information

The course is based on a tried and tested methodology that has seen over 2000 students participate (full-time and part-time) with the ability to understand large portions of the Qur’an. These students have been from diverse backgrounds and ages – ranging from teens to grandparents.

Nahw 1: Introductory Study of Core Arabic Grammar Concepts

Creating Arabic proficiency by navigating the basics in Arabic through:

  • Translation of basic Arabic Readers
  • Word Analysis
  • Building Pertinent Vocabulary

Nahw 2: Foundations in Arabic Grammar

Word Analysis, Sentences, common Arabic Fragments:

  • Identifying nouns
  • Understanding the root-letter concept
  • Nominal and Verbal sentences
  • Compound phrases
  • Pronouns and Demonstratives

Nahw 3: Secondary Concepts in Arabic Grammar

Focus on Grammatical Analysis of Text:

  • Identifying conditions of nouns
  • Knowing the causes and signs of the states of nouns
  • Consulting Arabic I’rab text as a continuous reference resource for students

Sarf 1: Foundations of Morphology

Six foundational Verb Scales & Root Letter Analysis:

  • Basic tri-lateral verb study  
  • Verb pre-fixes

Sarf 2: Intermediate Morphology

Introduction to Advanced Verb Scales (al-Mazīd Fīhi)

  • Tri-lateral verb with additional letters
  • 9 scales

Sarf 3: Study of the Weak Lettered Verb

Study of the Weak-Lettered Verb:

  • Introduction to verbs with weak root letters in the 3 different root letter positions
  • Verbs with more than one weak root letter
  • 10 scales

Qur'an Study

A study of the entire Qur’an is undertaken, incorporating:

  • Linguistic analysis, including a practical application of the Nahw & Sarf concepts learnt
  • Translation and basic Tafsīr (explanation and commentary) of chapters with a more detailed Tafsīr of selected chapters
  • Contextualisation of the key messages and profound insights from the Noble Book

Arabic Readers

Grammar and Morphology readers aimed at improving fluency, building vocabulary and establishing Arabic sentence patterns:

  • Qissa Yusuf
  • Man Kasaral Asnama (Who broke the Idols?) by Moulana Taha Karaan

Fiqh 1: Basics of Purification

An overview of the essentials of purification and salāh, including the integrals, supplications and practical application.

Personal & Spiritual Development

Workshops to improve study skills and enhance one’s spiritual preparation for studying the Qur’an.

Additional Services

We strive to meet the diverse needs of our students with a range of additional support services:


To assist students with the understanding of new concepts, answer individual questions or address areas of concern:

  • in-class tutors are available during sessions;
  • weekly group tutoring sessions are conducted during class hours;
  • private tuition can be booked at a nominal cost

On-site Counselling

Student support is offered in the form of on-site private counselling sessions with qualified counsellors for students who experience difficulties – including those arising from personal circumstances, which adversely affects their personal progress and learning experience.

Workshops & Guest Speakers

Guest speakers are invited periodically to address the class, sharing their knowledge of specific fields and providing unique insights into relevant topics.

Workshops are arranged to complement the learning modules in the existing curriculum, offering a practical component aimed at promoting personal development.

Teambuilding & Social Events

School functions, team building sessions and social events are conducted throughout the year, integrated into the course curriculum, from the Zahraa Alumni Network and in collaboration with other institutions.

These are aimed at providing a space for healthy socialisation as well as to encourage active and engaged citizenship.

Course Fees

Important Course Fee Info:

Course fees contribute towards the financial sustainability of the institution and assist with delivering a high quality learning experience.

  • Total Course Fees: R7800 per student
  • Full year course charged as a yearly fee: The course runs from January to December and students are please required to pay fees according to the payment option chosen. Fees are due irrespective of number of sessions attended that month/quarter.
  • Three payment options are available: Monthly (Jan – Oct), Quarterly or once-off Annual. Quarterly and Annual payments are preferred to ease the administration.
  • Monthly course fee payments: This payment option extends over a period of 10 months i.e. from Jan – Oct and is due by the 20th of each month.
  • Family discount: Applicable to those who have 2 or more family members from the same household attending the course.
  • Early bird discount: Applicable for once-off annual payment of fees. This offer is applicable until 28 February 2021. Students who deregister during the year can request a pro-rata refund on annual payments.
  • Special Circumstances: In anomaly cases, whereby a student is no longer able to attend classes during the year, we request that they please formally notify us via email, so that we may deregister them from the course.

Fees and Payment Options

 Per Student  2 Students from 1 Household
Non-refundable fee includes course textbooks R350 R700
Jan – Oct paid over 10 months R780 R1320
1st: Jan – Mar R1950  R3300
2nd: Apr – Jun R1950  R3300
3rd: Jul – Sept R1950  R3300
4th: Oct – Dec R1950  R3300
Once-off Annual:
Early Bird Discount valid until 28 Feb 2021 R7000 R12000

Payment Methods

Fees can be paid as a cash payment directly to our Administrator or as a Bank EFT (preferred method). We request that students kindly refrain from making cash deposits into the bank account.


Banking Details

Account Name: Zahraa Institute NPC

Bank: First National Bank

Account Type: Cheque Account

Account No: 62329602206

Branch Code: 250 655

Reference (Registration Fee):

Name + Surname + 2021

e.g. Jane Doe 2021

Please Note: NO NEED to send proof of payment or to follow-up with us regarding your payment – please patiently await our correspondence. If no correspondence is received 1 month AFTER you have made payment, then please notify us via email to query your application.

Reference (Course Fees):

QF + Name + Surname

e.g. QF Jane Doe