About IDA

Introduction to Islāmic Da‘wah Academy

The Islāmic Da’wah Academy, commonly known as the IDA, was founded to facilitate a greater understanding and awareness of the teachings of Islam. It aims to educate people from all walks of life, and especially young Muslims, in all aspects of their religious development. Since its inception in 1991, the IDA has grown into an internationally recognised institute of academic excellence and religious revival. Under the guidance of its founder, the respected scholar and lecturer, Shaykh Mawlānā Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullāh, the IDA has continued to progress to achieve its aim of helping to create the Muslims of tomorrow.

At present the IDA provides a multifaceted service catering for the diverse and unique needs of Muslims living in the west. Throughout the years, the IDA has targeted its activities primarily at the Muslim youth, who traditionally lacked access to Islamic services. Via its various projects and schemes the IDA continues to strive to help the new generation of Muslims channel their energies and capabilities appropriately; enabling young people to become individuals who are assets for society as a whole. The responses received from the IDA’s various beneficiaries and the endorsement of the IDA’s work by leading scholars of the Islamic world is, alhamdulillāh, a sign that facilities such as the IDA’s are an essential contribution to current Islamic services.

How you can support the IDA

After thanking Allāh, we wholeheartedly extend our gratitude to all those brothers and sisters who have supported and who continue to support the IDA.

Help us to continue helping you by partaking in the IDA’s schemes and helping us to share the message.

The IDA is a registered charity relying on lillāh donations from the public in order to fund all its activities. You can get involved by:

  1. Continuously making du’ā for the acceptance and success of the IDA’s work.
  2. Using the IDA’s services and participating in its various programmes and events.
  3. Referring to the IDA those who may benefit from its services.
  4. Distributing the IDA’s literature and advertising its events in your locality.
  5. Contributing lillāh donations towards the IDA’s ongoing projects. Donations can be made via the internet, by post or in person.
  6. We hope and pray that we can, with the assistance of Allāh ta’ālā, continue to help sow the seeds; creating future generations which will be fruitful for us all.



For Brothers

Weekly Programmes

Tuesday English Programme

A short gathering is held in English on Tuesday evenings. Aimed primarily at a young audience, relevant topics are discussed, with a view to increase Islamic awareness and social responsibility.

Friday Tazkiyah Gathering

This gathering focuses on spiritual rectification and is extremely popular, attracting brothers from many places outside Leicester. The most respected Shaykh imparts his enlightening discourses in the Urdu language, although a simultaneous English translation enables a wider audience to benefit.

Monthly Programmes

Monthly Tazkiyah & Tarbiyah Programme

This gathering is held on the first Saturday of each month. Many people from all over the country attend for the purpose of self-rectification and spiritual development. Time is allocated for the completion of qadhā salāh, recitation of the Glorious Qur’ān, dhikr and learning masā’il pertaining to daily needs. The most respected Shaykh Mawlānā Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullāh also addresses the gathering with his words of wisdom.

Bimonthly Programmes

In its effort to serve the needs of the wider Muslims community, the IDA organises numerous bimonthly programmes throughout the country. Qualified ‘ulamā from the IDA address these gatherings.

Annual Programmes

Annual Youth Conference

The Annual Youth Conference was initiated to help spread the teachings of Islam on a national scale. The conference has grown from strength to strength, attracting people from all over the UK. Lectures focus on the need to become better Muslims and therefore better citizens and members of society.

Preparatory Course for Hajj

Hajj, the sacred pilgrimage, is the fifth pillar of Islam. It is a duty which many Muslims only get the opportunity to fulfil once in a lifetime. Thus, many prospective pilgrims are anxious that this important worship be completed properly. To meet these concerns, the IDA annually coordinates a comprehensive guidance course for intending pilgrims prior to the Hajj season. The most respected Shaykh has been conducting this popular course since it was initiated in 1995.

The five day course (delivered in Urdu with a simultaneous English translation) discusses the essential rites of Hajj and is accompanied by a daily question and answer session. A two day abridged version of the course in English is also organised every year.

The “How To Perform” series of booklets are a useful compliment to the course and detail the main content of the lecture material in a simple, easy to read format. Recordings of the course and copies of the how to perform series are available to order and purchase.

Please contact us for more information.

For Sisters

Monthly Programmes

Monthly Tazkiyah Gathering

This gathering takes place on the first Saturday of the month. Many local sisters benefit from this gathering which includes talks delivered in both English and Urdu. The most respected Shaykh often enlightens the gathering with his presence.

Bimonthly Gathering for Sisters

This gathering has proved to be a very beneficial service attracting a large number of sisters. All lectures are imparted in English and the lecture series is designed to help sisters attain a better understanding of Islam.

Annual Programmes

Annual Sisters’ Gathering

In conjunction with its Annual Youth Conference for brothers, the IDA holds an annual gathering for sisters.

Sisters who are unable to attend any of these programmes can either listen live or download previous programmes from this website.

Youth Activities

IDA Kids’ Club

The IDA’s weekly Kids’ Club has gained a regular audience and popularity. Designed to cater for children of primary school age, the weekly programme aims to help children grow into responsible and considerate Muslim youth. The programme, delivered by young ‘ulamā (and ‘ālimāt for the young girls), takes place on Saturday afternoons and consists of short talks, stories, quizzes and various other activities including sports. The talks cover a range of topics e.g. importance of keeping good company, drug prevention, development of moral character, respect for parents, teachers and neighbours, etc.

The Boy’s session takes place from 11:00am to 12:30pm.

The Girl’s session takes place from 12:45pm to 2:15pm.

Fatāwā Department

The IDA’s Fatāwā department is staffed by qualified muftīs proficient in English, Urdu and Gujarati. The department provides solutions based on Islamic law and deals with queries related to all aspects of Fiqh, including matrimonial and inheritance issues. Queries are taken by letter or by telephone (0116 262 5440). All correspondence is held in strict confidence.

Monday11:20am – 11:50am

11:20am – 11:50am

3:30pm – 4:00pm
11:20am – 11:50am

3:30pm – 4:00pm
Tuesday11:20am – 11:50am

11:20am – 11:50am

3:30pm – 4:00pm
11:20am – 11:50am

3:30pm – 4:00pm
Wednesday11:20am – 11:50am

11:20am – 11:50am

3:30pm – 4:00pm
11:20am – 11:50am

3:30pm – 4:00pm
Thursday11:20am – 11:50am

11:20am – 11:50am

3:30pm – 4:00pm
11:20am – 11:50am

3:30pm – 4:00pm
FridayCLOSED3:30pm – 4:00pm3:30pm – 4:00pm
Saturday11:35pm – 12:05pm11:35pm – 12:05pm11:35pm – 12:05pm

Nikāh Service

  • To obtain a nikāh application form please contact the IDA (0116 262 5440) and arrange the date and time for nikāh.
  • The form must be returned at least two weeks before the day of the nikāh.
  • Proof of identity in the form of an original passport must be produced for examination with the completed nikāh application form. We will retain a copy for our records.

Other Services

  • The establishment of the five daily Salāh and Salātul Jumu’ah.
  • A second Salātul-Jumu’ah during the summer months (Adhān: 2.45pm)
  • Tarāwīh Salāh.
  • Salātul-‘Īdayn.
  • English lecture before Salātul-Jumu’ah.
  • Daily book reading and religious discourse.
  • Special youth programmes.
  • Receiver system to relay all programmes, including adhān and salāh. The frequency is 454.250 MHz.
  • Weekly and monthly programmes are also broadcast live from our website.
  • Various workshops and short courses.
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