I studied at Al Qalam Institute, for approximately 4 years. I studied Hidayatun Nahwa, Mishkat, Seerah ibn Hisham, Qasas an Nabiyyeen, Durus al Balagah, Jalalayn, ilm as Seegah, ibn Katheer, Suwar min Hayatis Sahabah/Tabi’een and Nafhatul Arab.
The stand out factor was a distinctive style and ability to teach the same classical subject matter in a contemporary and easy manner. The teacher was able to explain the intricacies of the classical books in a simple and modern method, many a time with brilliant examples that one could remember going forward. .
Also, the approach is well adapted to suit the needs of students today, but without compromising on any detail or intricacies of the classical works. The teacher makes easy what is hard therein and makes applicable what seems obsolete therein. He was always open minded and allowed questions and discussion in class, which promoted an intellectually stimulating discussion on subject matter that was unclear.
In a nutshell, the teaching method is contemporary yet traditional, forward thinking yet grounded in orthodoxy.
I would highly recommend any student of knowledge to study with Mawlana Hashim.