Wokefield Park, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Dec 19th till 28th

Immerse yourself in the Tarbiyyah Experience of a Lifetime!


IlmSummit is AlMaghrib’s 10-day intensive knowledge retreat. It is unique as every student “lives” with the instructors - from early Fajr time until late night, from side gatherings to down-time, from tarbiyyah sessions to meal times, from checking individual tajwīd to group sessions on your chosen topics - you will never get such an opportunity to benefit from the wealth of knowledge and experience our teachers will offer you during every moment of this unforgettable experience.

After last year’s incredible success, the 7th Ilmsummit to be held returns back to the UK by popular demand!


The luxurious Wokefield Park Hotel in Reading, England. Costs include hotel room, full meals and street parties, leisure facility access and tuition for the entire program


Our resident on-site instructors will include Sh Mohammed Faqih, Sh Abu Eesa Niamatullah, Sh Abdul Nasir Jangda, Sh Yahya Ibrahim and Sh Omar Suleiman along with a few surprises!


Friday December 19th – Sunday December 28th, 2014


Register here ASAP. 90% FULL already.


  • Shaykh Abu Eesa Niamatullah

    Shaykh Abu Eesa has chosen what he calls his “favourite book ever by his favourite scholar ever” – the incredible Fath’l-Bari by the great Imam Ibn Hajr al-‘Asqalani (rahimahullah). There will be quite the Bukhari theme throughout Ilmsummit 2014 this year and it kicks off with this detailed explanation of Imam al-Bukhari’s wonderful book “Kitab’l-‘Ilm” (“The Book Of Knowledge”) which is the third book of his magnum opus Sahih’l-Bukhari.

    Using Imam Ibn Hajr’s commentary to Kitab’l-‘Ilm, expect a fascinating insight into the principles of hadith, the biographies of the hadith narrators most of whom you’ve never come across before, the chance to recite actual hadith and interact with their variations in real time both in class and in private sessions later, and extrapolating detailed legal and spiritual lessons relevant to our current time from what is one of the most important chapters in Imam al-Bukhari’s collection.

    Shaykh Abu Eesa Niamatullah born in London, England, he tracks his roots to the NaserKheil tribe of the North West Frontier in Pakistan. He studied both Pharmacy at the University of Manchester and then Anthropology, and then later studied Arabic, Islamic Law and the Qur'an with its memorisation from scholars in a diverse array of locations. Shaykh Muhammad Salim 'Abdul Wadud al-Shanqiti (rahimullah), Mufti Taqi al-Usmani, Shaykh Abdullah al-Judai' and Shaykh Kehlan al-Jubury count from amongst his many teachers, leading to a real variety of experiences and depth in the Islamic Sciences which are so famously expressed in Shaykh AE's multi-dimensional da'wah and teachings.

  • Shaykh Omar Suleiman

    Shaykh Omar Suleiman in his first ever Ilmsummit will continue flying the Bukhari flag. Playing to his strengths, Shaykh Omar will be teaching the commentary to the book known as “Kitab’l-Riqaq” (“The Book of Heart-Softeners”) taken from the magnificent Sahih’l-Bukhari. By expounding on some of the most spiritual hadith in our tradition, and indeed the most authentic as per the grading of Imam al-Bukhari (rahimahullah), Shaykh Omar will bring forth practical examples of how we can incorporate core ideals which remind us of the Divine, and allow us to transform our hearts into those of taqwa-filled vessels. Expect a deep academic and spiritual analysis, a study of not just the texts but other technical secrets too which will please all students of knowledge.

    Shaykh Omar will also be conducting a number of Tarbiyyah, Wild Card and workshop sessions for both brothers and sisters on different days. Along with the opportunity to spend time picking the brain of one of our youngest scholars who has his finger on the pulse, we are sure you will be benefit immensely from his presence.

    Shaykh Omar Suleiman is the young evergreen scholar with the big smile. Born and raised in Louisiana, he has a unique way of relating to a western audience through his character, and has gained the love of people of all ages and backgrounds. As an AlMaghrib instructor, he teaches the hugely popular "Behind the Scenes" seminar which focuses on the strengthening of the soul and disciplining the nafs

  • Shaykh Yahya Ibrahim

    Shaykh Yahya Ibrahim returns again this year after a very short but impactful visit in last year’s Ilmsummit 2013. This time round, Shaykh Yahya will be giving us significant time as he teaches the book Usul’l-Sunnah which is attributed to the great Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal (rahimahullah). This book is a very beneficial and complete exposition of what Sunni Islam is based upon, the methodology of Ahl’l-Sunnah and the establishing of our core beliefs by which we protect ourselves in a confusing world, and by which we ensure that we enter into the After life with the Pleasure of Allah. At a time where faith and creed is so denigrated, we have the luxury of being able to fully grasp the fundamental precepts required as part of ‘aqidah. A fascinating book in the hands of a very experienced and well qualified teacher, this core session promises to be excellent.
    Shaykh Yahya will also be conducting a specific Sister’s Workshop which is not to be missed!

    Shaykh Yahya Ibrahim is of Egyptian descent, and Canadian by birth. Raised in a practising household, he memorised the Qur’an in his teens and has been involved in the da‘wah for over 20 years.

  • Shaykh Mohammed Faqih

    Shaykh Mohammed Faqih will be teaching us lessons from the Tafsir of Surat’l-Hujurat in our Tarbiyyah Sessions with a specific emphasis on principles to help improve our collective conduct. As for Shaykh Mohammed’s core sessions throughout Ilmsummit, we are delighted to announce our relationship with Imam al-Bukhari’s masterpiece al-Adab al-Mufrad continues! Utilising his specialisation in the Sciences of Adab, he will be covering the previously untaught commentary on the section of Interaction Between The Believers which is a comprehensive look at all aspects of behaviour and presentation which so desperately needs reviving today.

    The Shaykh will also be conducting workshops as well as Qur’anic recitation lessons for the advanced students in the group. Along with one-to-one counselling sessions pulling on all of his skill as a long-time experienced Imam, and his training sessions on how to recite some of the most touching nasheeds you will hear, Shaykh Mohammed is already setting himself up to be the powerhouse superstar of Ilmsummit 2014!

    Shaykh Mohammed Faqih is the doctor of etiquettes and mannerisms. His style in fashion and stride in walk makes you say: “that man’s fit to be president”. Shaykh Mohammed has melted the hearts with lessons in tazkiya, akhlaq, and even self-discovery and psychology.

    Shaykh Mohammed traces his roots back to the ancient city of Harar in the Horn of Africa. Originally from Yemen, his forefathers immigrated to East Africa and played a central role in the Islamic history of the region.

  • Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda

    Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda simply went down a storm at Ilmsummit 2013 where the students were exposed to a wonderfully balanced core session of Qur’anic Tafsir.

    Back by popular demand, the Shaykh will again be sharing Qur’anic gems and wisdoms during his Tafsir sessions in this year’s Ilmsummit 2014 as well as joining us for some out-of-the-box wild card sessions which we are sure everyone will love!

    Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and at the age of 10 began the road to knowledge by moving to Karachi, Pakistan, and memorizing the entire Qur’an in less than one year.

    After graduating from High School, he continued his studies abroad at the renowned Jamia Binoria and graduated from its demanding seven year program in 2002 at the top of his class with numerous licenses to teach in various Islamic Sciences.

    He has served as an instructor and curriculum advisor to various Islamic schools and Islamic studies programs including Bayyinah Institute and the Qalam Seminary. His light-hearted nature and southern warmth make him one of the most sought-after speakers on the international scene.

  • Ustadh Wisam Sharieff

    Ustadh Wisam Sharieff is a veteran of Ilmsummits throughout its run in Houston but this is his first appearance in the UK and we are very excited knowing exactly what kind of energy he brings to his Qur’anic literacy and Tajweed sessions that will be conducted daily throughout our stay.

    Group sessions, academic sessions, reciting one-on-one in private sessions, Ustadh Wisam will be dedicating all his skill and experience into ensuring that whatever level of Qur’an you entered Ilmsummit with, you will leave bigger, better and more in love with the Book of Allah.

    Ustadh Wisam will be available at all times, will correct your recitation, ensure all mistakes are exposed and a practical plan is implemented that has immediate results there and then can be continued upon your return as all students of knowledge should be planning to do. The dynamism and passion of Ustadh Wisam is addictive and we are sure you will be hooked!


“Absolutely incredible! By far the best experience I've had in doing any sort of Islamic course. To live onsite for 10 days with the shuyukh and the students, learning about the deen is a feeling I can't put into words. Let's just say that I never wanted it to end! Can guarantee you that it's the best financial/time sacrifice I could've made.”

(Warda Hamza, Ilmsummit 2013 student)

“I don't know if words can do justice to the experience we have had at Ilm summit. It's like trying to describe Hajj and Umrah, we start off trying to describe the greatness of it to others but then you just say "you know, you just have to go", the essence is indescribable.”

(Amina Shaikh, Ilmsummit 2013 student)

“I just want to say thank you to everyone for making me feel so welcome during IlmSummit. The past ten days have been from the best I've ever lived. Thank you to the organizers for doing a great job.”

(Reem Sheikh, Ilmsummit 2013 student)

“Subhan Allah being at Ilm Summit was like seeing the world from the mountaintop. It's called Ilm Summit for a reason. Things that over whelmed me look smaller, alhamdulillah and with the ilm and tarbiyyah, manageable inshaAllah.”

(FatinHilaluddin, Ilmsummit 2013 student)

“One of the major benefits from attending a learning retreat are the lessons you learn from the fellow attendees. It's a given to learn from the brilliant teachers, but you probably learn as much from the fellow students. The one to one conversations are truly priceless.”

(Ghulam Haydar, Ilmsummit 2013 student)

“WAllahy this was one of the best experiences I got in my life. I have been on 3 - 4 day retreats with many other institutes but above all – wAllahy - the level of knowledge AlMaghrib delivered at this IlmSummit - subhanAllah like Sh Abu Eesa says - just Smacked it Out of the Park! Bismillah i maashaAllaah!”

(Kaka Ali, Ilmsummit 2013 student)

Photo Album


*All prices include the program registration, materials, all meals and lodging for the entire 10 days.
**IlmRush cardholders and IlmSummit Alumni will receive an additional discount. Please contact ilmsummit@almaghrib.org
***Spots are only confirmed once initial payment is made
****All IlmSummit payments are non refundable


De Vere Venues Wokefield Park blends the charm of a traditional mansion house hotel in Reading with the amenities of a modern executive centre to offer a fabulous choice of accommodation and superb leisure facilities, including a US PGA-standard 7,000-yard championship golf course, boasting elevated tees and nine lakes for the ultimate golfing challenge.

With full-time chefs, cooking up full English (halal!) breakfasts and five course meals, you will be fed better than you could ever have expected! Also look forward to the “Street Parties” which has culinary excellence presented in the huge Atrium of the Executive Centre for a real different, fun meal experience. And then with the stunning Mansion House as the scene for our famous Ilmsummit Banquet on the final evening, prepare for a real special ending.

We might have a busy, ilm-packed programme but we promise to give you time to take advantage of its wonderful facilities which can be booked once you arrive and choose what suits you best after you’ve digested the programme schedule.

As you would imagine with 250 acres of landscaped grounds, outdoor activities are well catered for at Wokefield. From adrenaline-fuelled mud buggies, laser quest and high ropes, beautiful walks, archery and crazy golf, to the relaxation of the swimming pool and spa, this is one of the best-equipped hotels in Reading, and is easily accessible from the M4 and close to Reading for direct trains from London.

  • Bake and Grill

  • Swimming Pool
    Mini Gym

  • Bedrooms
    Warbrook House
    Room Service

  • Golf Course
    Tennis Courts
    High Ropes

  • Man House