The Essentials

In Level One: The Essentials, the Islamic Studies Curriculum focuses on religious knowledge that every Muslim must learn, that which is "personally obligatory," or fard ayn.

Foundations

In Level Two: Foundations, the Islamic Studies Curriculum builds on the Essentials Level by teaching the remainder of that which is, “personally obligatory” (fard ayn). And to introduce and ground the student in the Islamic Sciences - the formal disciplines of the tradition.

Intermediate

In Level Three: Intermediate, the Islamic Studies Curriculum builds upon the previous two levels but also marks an important shift, building in reasoning and application. In order to begin Level Three, the student will be expected to have reached a level of mastery in Arabic that suits the topics and subject-matter to be covered to accommodate the methodological and curricular shifts in this level.

Advanced

Level Four: Advanced, is the pinnacle of the general Islamic Studies Curriculum. In Level Four, the student is expected to move beyond simple accumulation to activation. Our intellectual heritage is not a historic artefact of the past, rather it is a living inherited system that continues to produce through its application by those with the technical expertise and know-how.

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The Essentials

In Level One: The Essentials, the Islamic Studies Curriculum focuses on religious knowledge that every Muslim must learn, that which is "personally obligatory," or fard ayn.

Foundations

In Level Two: Foundations, the Islamic Studies Curriculum builds on the Essentials Level by teaching the remainder of that which is, “personally obligatory” (fard ayn). And to introduce and ground the student in the Islamic Sciences - the formal disciplines of the tradition.

Intermediate

In Level Three: Intermediate, the Islamic Studies Curriculum builds upon the previous two levels but also marks an important shift, building in reasoning and application. In order to begin Level Three, the student will be expected to have reached a level of mastery in Arabic that suits the topics and subject-matter to be covered to accommodate the methodological and curricular shifts in this level.

Advanced

Level Four: Advanced, is the pinnacle of the general Islamic Studies Curriculum. In Level Four, the student is expected to move beyond simple accumulation to activation. Our intellectual heritage is not a historic artefact of the past, rather it is a living inherited system that continues to produce through its application by those with the technical expertise and know-how.

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Level One
Lessons 12
   Hours 17

Level: One Instructors: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani & Mohammad Tayssir Safi Course Overview An introduction to the formal study of Islamic beliefs through a traditional manual of Islamic theology. Take this course to understand the basic met...

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What Muslims Believe and Why: Dardir's Kharida al-Bahiyya
  • Shaykh Mohammed Tayssir Safi
  • Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Level One
Lessons 12
   Hours 7

Level: One Instructor: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Course Overview The Prophet said that, “Whoever travels a path to seek knowledge, Allah facilitates for them a path to Paradise.” (Muslim) This course is the first step in your pursuit of religious...

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Absolute Essentials of Islam (Hanafi): Getting Started With Your Belief and Practice
  • Shaykh Abdullah Anik Misra
  • Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Level One
Lessons 12
   Hours 22

Level: One Instructors: Shaykh Abdullah Misra & Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Course Overview Having godfearingness (taqwa) is a prerequisite for being able to benefit from the great guidance of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). Take this course ...

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Living Right: Halal and Haram and Living Prophetic Excellence (Hanafi)
  • Shaykh Abdullah Anik Misra
  • Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Level One
Lessons 12
   Hours 13

Level: One Instructor: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani & Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat Course Overview The Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) said that there will always be a group of his followers who will preserve and uphold h...

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How Islam Works: What is Religion, and How It Is Preserved, Transmitted, and Interpreted
  • Shaykh Abdullah Anik Misra
  • Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat
  • Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Level One
Lessons 24
   Hours 61

Level: One Instructors: Ustadh Tabraze Azam & Ustadh Sufyan Qufi Course Overview Allah Most High says, “I have not created jinn-kind nor mankind for any purpose other than to worship Me.” (Qur’an, 51:56) Take this course to get comprehen...

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On Worship (Purification, Prayer, Fasting, Zakat, and Hajj): Shurunbulali’s Ascent to Felicity
  • Ustadh Tabraze Azam
  • Ustadh Sufyan Qufi
Level One
Lessons 24
   Hours 21

Level: One Instructor: Shaykh Yahya Rhodus & Ustadha Shireen Ahmed Course Overview This course covers a practical manual on living the sunna, avoiding the sins of the limbs and heart, and upholding good character, written by the 12th-century revive...

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On Spirituality: Living the Sunna, Leaving Sin, and Acquiring Good Character: Ghazali’s Beginning of Guidance
  • Kevin Butts
  • Ustadha Shireen Ahmed
  • Shaykh Yahya Rhodus
Level One
Lessons 9
   Hours 10

Level: One Instructor: Shaykh Abdullah Misra Course Overview This is a Level One course, as it is an introduction to the life of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). This course is an excellent entr...

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Ibn Sayyid al-Nas’s Light of the Eyes: An Introduction to the Prophetic Biography
  • Shaykh Abdullah Anik Misra
Level One
Lessons 12
   Hours 14

Level: One Instructor: Shaykh Abdullah Misra Course Overview This course is suitable for students of all levels. The students will have a chance to hear the hadiths on the Prophetic description (Shama’il) described and abridged through unbroken chains...

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Picture the Prophet: Tirmidhi’s The Sublime Characteristics of the Prophet Explained
  • Shaykh Abdullah Anik Misra
Level One
Lessons 12
   Hours 13

Level: One Instructor: Shaykh Abdullah Misra Course Overview This is a Level One course that opens the door to further hadith study in the future. Every student of knowledge should at least be familiar with the 4...

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Imam Nawawi’s Forty Hadith: The Axis of Faith
  • Shaykh Abdullah Anik Misra
Level Two
Lessons 12
   Hours 8

Level: Two Instructors: Shaykh Hamza Karamali and Shaykh Mohammed Tayssir Safi Course Overview Traditional Islamic logic studies the rules of correct mental inference. Muslim scholars received Aristotelian logic as early as the second Islamic century...

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Islamic Logic: Definitions, Arguments, and Sound Thinking: Abhari’s Isaghuji
  • Shaykh Mohammed Tayssir Safi
Level Two
Lessons 12
   Hours 19

Level: Two Instructor: Hamza Karamali Course Overview Allah Most High sent His messengers with “clear signs” (Qur’an, 57:25). They called people to abandon the blind imitation of the false religions and customs of their ancestors and to use their minds to d...

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Beliefs: Sanusi's Umm al-Barahin - Foundational Proofs for Why Islam is True
  • Shaykh Mohammed Tayssir Safi
Level Two
Lessons 12
   Hours 21

Level: Two Instructor: Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat Course Overview This is a Level Two course in the Islamic Studies Curriculum. “This,” Allah Most High says about the Quran, “is the Scripture in which there is...

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Ulum al-Qur'an: On Revelation, How It Was Preserved and Understood, and Why It Is True
  • Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat
  • Mawlana Irshaad Sedick
Level Two
Lessons 24
   Hours 41

Level: Two Instructor: Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat Course Overview The Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace, greatly emphasized the recital of sura al Kahf and sura al Waqi’a, due to their significance. The former is a guide to staying...

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Tafsir of Great Suras: Yasin, Mulk, Waq'ia and Kahf: Linguistic and Thematic Analysis
  • Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat
  • Mawlana Irshaad Sedick
Level Two
Lessons 24
   Hours 70

Level: Two Instructors: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani & Shaykh Yusuf Weltch Course Overview This is a Level Two course in the Islamic Studies Curriculum. In this in-depth course, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains the ess...

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Nawawi’s 40 Hadith: The Essential Guidance of Islam
  • Shaykh Yusuf Weltch
Level Two
Lessons 36
   Hours 22

Instructors: Shaykh Yahya Rhodus & Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary Level: Two Course Overview This is a Level Two course in the Islamic Studies Curriculum. It is based on Imam Haddad’s Book of Assistance. The ...

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Haddad's Book of Assistance: Complete Guidance for Turning to Allah
  • Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary
Level Two
Lessons 19
   Hours 20

Level: Two Instructor: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Course Overview This is a Level Two course in the Islamic Studies Curriculum. This course provides an introduction to the science of Usul al-fiqh and serves as a clear first step for the students of knowledge...

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Usul al-Fiqh: How Islamic Law is Derived and Interpreted: Halabi’s Mukhtasar al-Manar
  • Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Level Two
Lessons 22
   Hours 29

Level: Two Instructor: Shaykh Yusuf Weltch Course Overview This is a Level Two course in the Islamic Studies Curriculum. It serves to provide a proper understanding of the Islamic rulings of worship. In this course, Shaykh Yusuf Weltch cov...

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Quduri's Mukhtasar: On Worship (Purification, Prayer, Fasting, Zakat and Hajj)
  • Shaykh Yusuf Weltch
Level Two
Lessons 24
   Hours 67

Level: Two Instructor: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Course Overview This is a Level Two course in the Islamic Studies Curriculum. It serves to provide a proper understanding of the Islamic rulings of trade and transactions.

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Quduri’s Mukhtasar: On Financial Transactions
  • Ustadh Sufyan Qufi
  • Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Level Two
Lessons 12
   Hours 30

Level: Two Instructors: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani & Shaykh Yusuf Weltch & Ustadh Sufyan Qufi Course Overview This is a Level Two course in the Islamic Studies Curriculum. This course is based on the Mukhtasar of Imam Quduri, which is one of the most ce...

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Quduri's Mukhtasar: On Marriage and Divorce
  • Ustadh Sufyan Qufi
  • Shaykh Yusuf Weltch
  • Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Level Two

Level: Two Instructor: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Course Overview This is a Level Two course in the Islamic Studies Curriculum. This course is based on the Mukhtasar of Imam Quduri, which is one of the most celebrated and influential primers in the Hanafi school ...

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Quduri's Mukhtasar: On Public Law
  • Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Level Two
Lessons 24
   Hours 66

Level: Two Instructors: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani & Shaykh Mohammed Tayssir Safi Course Overview This is a Level Two elective course in the Islamic Studies Curriculum. This course covers one of the greate...

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Beliefs: Ghazali's Qawa'id al-Aqa'id - Understanding Beliefs, Proofs, and the Spiritual Cultivation of Faith
  • Shaykh Mohammed Tayssir Safi
  • Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Level Two
Lessons 24
   Hours 26

Level: Two Instructors: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani  Course Overview This is a Level Two elective course in the Islamic Studies Curriculum. It is based on Imam Mawsili's great primer on Hanafi fiqh, al-Mukhtar, and its commentary, al-Ikhtiyar li-Ta`lil Masa’i...

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Mawsili's Mukhtar: On Worship: Understanding Purification, Prayer, Fasting, Zakat, and Hajj [Elective]
  • Ustadh Sufyan Qufi
  • Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Level Two
Lessons 36
   Hours 141

Instructor: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Course Overview Allah Most High says, “I have not created jinn-kind nor mankind for any purpose other than to worship Me.” (Qur’an, 51:56) Take this course to increase your knowledge of the questions that worshipper...

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On Worship: Shurunbulali’s Nur al-Idah - In-Depth Study of Purification, Prayer, and Fasting
  • Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Level Two
Lessons 34
   Hours 34

Level: Two Instructors: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani & Ustadh Sufyan Qufi Course Overview This is a Level Two Elective course in the Islamic Studies Curriculum. It is based on Imam Mawsili's great primer on Hanafi fiqh, al-Mukhtar, and its commenta...

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Mawsili's Mukhtar: On Transactions, Marriage, and Public Law [Elective]
  • Ustadh Sufyan Qufi
  • Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Level Two
Lessons 36
   Hours 80

Level: Two [Elective] Instructor: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Course Overview This Level Two class explores intermediate Islamic beliefs through a close study of Imam Sawi’s commentary on Imam Laqqani’s Jawhara al-Tawhid — a poem that covers mainstream ...

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Belief: Sawi On Jawhara al-Tawhid: Understanding Islamic Beliefs
  • Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Worship: Quduri's Mukhtasar (Purification, Prayer, Fasting, Zakat and Hajj)
  • Shaykh Yusuf Weltch
Level Two
Lessons 23
   Hours 44

Level: Two Instructor: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Course Overview  This is a Level Two course in the Islamic Stu...

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Usul al-Fiqh: Aqhisari's Samt al-Wusul Explained - Understanding the Principles of Legal Interpretation (Hanafi)
  • Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Level Two
Lessons 11
   Hours 16

Instructor: Shaykh Ahmed El-Azhary Course Overview This course is a unique combination of beliefs and logic based on Imam Sanusi’s foundational theology treatise Umm al-Baraheen (The Summary of Theological Proofs) and Abhari’s indispensable Logic manual Isaghuj...

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The Sanusiyya and Isaghuji: Sound Beliefs and Sound Reasoning
  • Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary
Level Two
Lessons 9
   Hours 10

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An Introduction to the Science of Hadith: Bayquni's Hadith Terminology
  • Shaykh Mohammed Tayssir Safi
Level Three
Lessons 2
   Hours 10

Level: Three Instructors:  Shaykh Yahya Rhodus & Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary Course Overview This is a Level Three course in the Islamic Studies Curriculum. This course is based on the text Minhaj al-Abideen (The Best Way for the Worshippers) by Imam ...

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Ghazali's Minhaj al-Abidin - Understanding the Hurdles on the Path to Allah and How to Overcome Them
  • Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary
Level Three
Lessons 2
   Hours 10

Level: Three Instructor: Shaykh Abdrragmaan Khan Course Overview This course teaches the student how to “unpack” the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) as narrated in the most authentic source of his teachings, Sahih Bukhari, and...

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Intermediate Hadith Studies: Zabidi’s Mukhtasar of Sahih al-Bukhari Explained [Elective]
  • Shaykh Yusuf Weltch
Level Three
Lessons 24
   Hours 64

Level: Three Instructor: Shaykh Hamza Karamali Course Overview This is a traditional word-by-word explanation of a hashiya (gloss) on Shaykh al-Sanusi’s popular matn in Islamic theology, Umm al-Barahin. Hamza Kara...

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Beliefs: Bajuri’s Commentary on the Sanusiyya Explained - Deeper Understanding of the Proofs and Key Issues of Theology
  • Shaykh Hamza Karamali
  • Shaykh Mohammed Tayssir Safi
Level Three
Lessons 37
   Hours 71

Level: Three Instructor: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Course Overview This is a Level Three course in the Islamic Studies Curriculum.

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Law: Nasafi's Kanz al-Daqa’iq: Explained: On Worship - Deeper Understanding of Legal Rulings (Hanafi)
  • Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Level Three
Lessons 81
   Hours 218

Level: Three Instructor: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Course Overview This course covers a comprehensive commentary on the five acts of worship written by one of the authorities of the Hanafi school of law.

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On Worship: Shurunbulali’s Maraqi al-Falah Sharh Nur al-Idah: In-Depth Study of Purification, Prayer, and Fasting [Elective]
  • Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Level Three
Lessons 35
   Hours 42

Level: Three Instructor: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Course Overview  This is a Level Three course in the Islamic Studies Cur...

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Beliefs: Bajuri's Hashiya al-Sanusiyya Explained: Allah's Attributes and Proofs for His Existence
  • Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Worship: Kanz al-Daqaiq - Rules of Worship
  • Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Level Four
Lessons 23
   Hours 29

Level: Four Instructor: Shaykh Hamza Karamali Course Overview This is the first of an eight-part series of courses that unpack the questions (masa’il) of Taftazani’s pithy Sharh al-’Aqa’id al-Nasafiyya, arguably the most important textbook ever writ...

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Theology: Taftazani's Sharh Al-Aqa'id Al-Nasafiyya Explained - Critical Investigations in Theology, First Principles, and the Nuances of Theology
  • Shaykh Mohammed Tayssir Safi
Level Four
Lessons 53
   Hours 62

Program Description This program will encompass a thorough study of three texts. 1) The first is Sharḥ al-‘Aqā’id al-Nasafīya, one of the most important works ever written in `Ilm al-Kalām, which will take the full duration of the program (50 ...

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One-Year Specialization Certificate in Islamic Theology, Logic and Contemporary Challenges
  • Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary
Level One
Lessons 12
   Hours 10

Level: One Instructors: Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan Course Overview Having godfearingness (taqwa) is a prerequisite for being able to benefit from the great guidance of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). Take this course to learn how to have g...

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Living Right: Halal and Haram and Living Prophetic Excellence (Shafi'i)
  • Mawlana Irshaad Sedick
Level One
Lessons 24
   Hours 9

Level: One Instructors: Shaykh Jamir Meah & Shaykh Farid Dingle Course Overview Allah Most High says, “I have not created jinn-kind nor mankind for any purpose other than to worship Me.” (Quran, 51:56) Take this course to get comprehensive and knowl...

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On Worship (Purification, Prayer, Fasting, Zakat, and Hajj): Ba Fadl's The Short Abridgement
  • Shaykh Muhammad Carr
Level One
Lessons 12
   Hours 10

Level: One Instructor: Shaykh Farid Dingle Course Overview “Whoever travels a path to seek knowledge, Allah thereby facilitates for him a path to Paradise.” (Muslim) This course is the first step in your pursuit of religious knowledge by Ahmad bin ...

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Getting Started with Your Belief and Practice : Habshi’s Encompassing Epistle Explained (Shafi` i)
  • Shaykh Farid Dingle
  • Ustadha Shazia Ahmad
Level One
Lessons 24
   Hours 13

Level: One Instructor: Shaykh Muhammad Carr

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On Worship: Ba Fadl's The Short Abridgment
  • Shaykh Muhammad Carr
Level Two
Lessons 24
   Hours 15

Level: Two Instructors: Shaykh Jamir Meah & Shaykh Farid Dingle Course Overview This course will cover the details of financial transactions, inheritance, marriage, divorce, child custody, injurious crimes, fixed Sharia punishments, hunting and halal ...

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Abu Shuja's Matn: On Marriage, Transactions, and Public Law
  • Shaykh Muhammad Carr
Level Two
Lessons 23
   Hours 22

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Abu Shuja's Matn: On Worship (Purification, Prayer, Fasting, Zakat and Hajj)
    Level Two
    Lessons 22
       Hours 12

    Level: Two Instructor: Shaykh Muhammad Carr Course Overview This thought-provoking and insightful intermediate (Level Two) course in Islamic Legal Theory is for anyone seeking to gain an appreciation of how Islamic Law works.

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    Usul al-Fiqh: How Islamic Law is Derived and Interpreted: Juwayni's Waraqat
    • Shaykh Muhammad Carr
    Level Three
    Lessons 13
       Hours 14

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    Umdat Al-Salik Wa ‘Uddat Al-Nasik (Reliance of the Traveller)
    • Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan
    • Shaykh Muhammad Ba-Dhib