Funding Categories

Funding Categories

Empowering individuals, women in particular, through education and building their capacity.

Category – A Category – B Category – C Category – D Category – E Category – F
Shariah education

Recognised degree level course (BA – equivalent) in Arabic medium (preferably in Arab world leading universities/institutions)

Rashid course

A 2 year part-time UK based course on Islamic Studies and Quran Recitation (for students, young mothers and professionals)

Gap year

Between college and university, or after graduation in conjunction with Rashid course:

1 year abroad Subjects: Arabic, Tajweed and Hifz & 2 year part-time Rashid Course in UK

Sharing Knowledge & Skills

Delivering courses in developing countries in core subjects and professions (Religious and General)

Post-Graduate Courses/Degrees

In general Islamic studies in English medium, preferably in Western universities

Continuous Learning

Supporting Life-Long learning courses (subject to receiving funding)

Please note:

  • Funding for above categories is priority based in above order.
  • All funding is subject to satisfactory progress reports and course completion.
  • All funding is subject to proven commitment and with 90% attendance.
  • All categories will have written criteria for entitlement.
  • All funding is subject to availability of funds.
  • GOK reserves the right to disqualify any applicant without declaring any reason.

Category A – Shariah Education

Shariah Education Programme

  • Two years Diploma in Arabic language from a mainstream or recognised institution.
  • Three/Four years Degree course in Shariah education (in Islamic Sciences: Usul-Ad-Deen and/or Usul-Al-Fiqh) from a mainstream or recognised institution.

Attaining Qualifications

At the end of the course, an individual would obtain the following:

  1. Diploma in Arabic language.
  2. Degree in Shariah education in Arabic medium (BA equivalent).

Criteria for Shariah Education Funding

  • The individual should be proactive, confident and talented.
  • The applicant must be a graduate from a Western university (in any subject).
  • The person must have studied, and completed Arabic language abroad for at least 1 year (alternatively, if they have studied Arabic locally, they maybe considered).
  • He/She must be enrolled or studying at a mainstream or a recognised institute abroad (they maybe considered before enrolment, if they have decided on the institute and meet its admission criteria, as well as, GOK’s funding criteria).
  • He/She must be determined to complete the full Shariah course in Arabic medium.

Note: Funding is reviewed annually, and its continuation is subject to successful completion of each year.

Category B – Rashid Course

A 2 year part-time UK based course on Islamic Studies and Quran Recitation for students, young mothers and professionals delivered by Beacon Institute.

Rashid Course – Programme

Tajweed Course

  • Tajweed Course (2 hours per week, 6 Terms) – depending on progress level.
  • Tajweed Teaching Assistant (1-2 terms) – 2 hours weekly session.

Islamic Studies Modules:

  • Aqidah – Islamic Creed (2 days).
  • Fiqh I – Purification and Prayer (2 days).
  • Fiqh II – Fasting, Zakat and Hajj (2 days)
  • Family life – Marriage (2 days).
  • Nourishment of the Soul (2 days).
  • Why Scholars Differ and its Impact on Daily Life (2 days).
  • Ulum-ul-Quran (1 day).
  • Ulum-ul-Hadith (1 day).
  • Introduction to Usul-ul-Fiqh (1 day).
  • Seerah of the Prophet – saw (1 day)
  • Maqasid al-Shariah (1 day )
  • Effective Teaching Methods (1 day).

Attaining Qualifications

Upon successful completion, one would attain the following:

  1. Certificate in Rashid Course (issued by Beacon Institute).
  2. Registered Teacher status of GOK (enabling the individual to teach in Islamic and Supplementary Schools).

Criteria for ‘Rashid Course’ Funding

  • The individual should be proactive, confident and talented.
  • The person must be determined to accomplish all Tajweed modules and Islamic Studies modules successfully.
  • He/She should be willing to pay a percentage of the total cost. The amount/percentage will be determined by GOK Trustees, which will be based on,
  • How much the applicant can afford.
  • Availability of funds.

Note: Funding is reviewed annually, and its continuation is subject to successful completion of each year.

For more detail about Rashid Course, please visit:
www.rashidcourse.com / www.beaconinstitute.co.uk

Category C – Gap Year

Gap Year – Programme

Before Gap Year:

  • Year 1 of the 2 year Rashid Course part-time programme (Tajweed and Islamic Studies modules) in the UK whilst studying at College/University (Ideally).
  • 1 year Arabic Language Studies, delivered by Beacon Institute or other local credible institutions, whilst studying at College/University (Ideally).
  • 6 weeks Summer intensive Tajweed and Arabic ‘top up’ courses prior to going abroad.

Gap Year:

  • 1 year abroad, studying towards completing a Diploma-level Arabic language course at a recognised institution.

After Gap Year:

  • Year 2 of the 2 year Rashid Course part-time programme in the UK.

Ideally, all of the above (except the 1 year abroad) should be completed and passed before going abroad on a “Gap Year”.

For a Gap Year, one must go abroad (France/Egypt/Syria etc), and be enrolled to an accredited Arabic Language course. Additionally, one should also be focusing on Tajweed, Hifz and Seerah (privately or through attending additional/supplementary courses)

After completing the Gap Year, the second year of the Rashid Course (remaining Tajweed and Islamic Studies modules) should be completed in the UK.

For more detail about the Rashid Course, Please visit:
www.rashidcourse.com / www.beaconinstitute.co.uk

Note: One may take the ‘Gap Year’ after graduation, if missed before graduation.

Attaining Qualifications

Upon successful completion, one would attain the following:

  1. Diploma in Arabic Language (from a recognised institution abroad).
  2. Certificate in Rashid Course (issued by Beacon Institute).
  3. Registered Teacher status of GOK (enabling the individual to teach in Islamic and Supplementary Schools).

Criteria for ‘Gap Year’ Funding

  • The applicant should be proactive, confident and talented.
  • The person must have accepted a place at University for an undergraduate course, or have successfully completed the course.
  • The individual should have passed the Year 1 Rashid Course modules (Tajweed and Islamic Studies), and a 1 year part-time Arabic language course in the UK before going abroad.
  • He/She should be willing to pay a percentage of the total cost. The amount/percentage will be determined by GOK Trustees, which will be based on,
  • How much the applicant can afford.
  • Availability of funds.

Note: Funding is reviewed annually, and its continuation is subject to successful completion of each year.

Category D – Sharing Knowledge & Skills

Sharing Knowledge & Skills Programme:

The following would be eligible:

  • Delivery of short Islamic courses in developing countries, by Western qualified/trained teachers/instructors (in Tajweed, Arabic language and Islamic Studies).
  • Delivery of short training programmes in developing countries, by Western qualified/trained teachers/instructors and professionals in different beneficial sciences (e.g. effective teaching methods, Medicine, Law etc).
  • Delivery of short courses in developing countries, by Western qualified/trained teachers/instructors on core subjects (English, Maths, Science & ICT).
  • Delivery of Islamic courses in Western countries by renowned scholars from the Muslim world.

Attaining Qualifications

  • Course completion Certificate (issued by GOK and other local or international partners).

Criteria for Sharing Knowledge & Skills Funding

  • Event must be initiated and organised by Gift of Knowledge.
  • Organised by GOK in partnership with any credible local or international project or service providers.

Category E – Postgraduate Courses/Degrees

Postgraduate Courses/Degrees Programme

  • Enrolled at a mainstream University or at a recognised educational establishment.
  • The course must be in the Islamic sciences.

Attaining Qualifications

The candidate should be aiming to achieve the following diploma/degree upon successful completion:

  • Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma or Degree (Masters, MPhil)
  • A Doctorate Degree (PhD)

Criteria for Post Graduate Courses/Degrees Funding

  • The candidate should be proactive, confident and talented.
  • The post graduate course must be in the Islamic sciences.
  • He/She should be willing to pay a percentage of the total cost. The amount/percentage will be determined by GOK Trustees, which will be based on,
  • How much the applicant can afford.
  • Availability of funds.
  • Determined to complete the full course successfully with 90% attendance (if attendance is required).

Note: Funding is reviewed annually, and its continuation is subject to successful completion of each year.

Category F – Continuous Learning

Continuous Learning Programme

The following would be eligible:

  • Any beneficial course for individuals, and for the community, for which, grant/funding is available or secured.
  • Any professional development programme/course, for which, grant/funding is available or secured.

Attaining Qualifications

  • Course completion Certificate (issued by the relevant course/training provider).

Criteria for Continuous Learning Funding

  • Proactive and engaged in community work.
  • Eligible for any funded course.
  • Fulfils requirements of funding authorities.
  • Determined to complete the course successfully with 90% attendance.
  • Subject to receiving local/national/European funding.

SEEKING KNOWLEDGE IS A DUTY UPON EVERY MUSLIM (Tirmidhi)