Orientation Day is Wednesday, August 9th, 2017.
Classes are scheduled to commence Sunday, August 13th, 2017.
Upon arrival to Atlanta, students from out of town will be busy adjusting to the new landscape; it is a time of excitement, anticipation, and exploration. Ideally, students should try to book their airline tickets to ensure at least a week to settle into their new home and locality. A week will be sufficient to acclimate and arrange necessities including transport, local banking, shopping, and locating places of interest.
Insha’Allah, our esteemed Founding Director Shaykh Muhammad al-Ninowy and other Madina instructors will be there to welcome you to the Madina Institute and introduce the Islamic Studies program. You will get to meet the staff and fellow students. Lectures will cover everything you need to know about class schedules, grading & certification, student conduct, tips, methods and pacing of personal study, as well as how to approach Sacred Knowledge, spiritually. Particular attention will be given to the Arabic Language course – introduction and placement testing so teachers can organize classes appropriately. More details on the program will be available at the Student Orientation Insha’Allah.
Student Activities & Community Service
At Madina Institute USA, community involvement and khidma (service) are essential to the student experience & spiritual training. They are encouraged to join masjid activities (such as lectures, dhikr and halaqas), and volunteer for services & charitable events both inside and outside of the local Mosque.
Duluth is blessed with fair weather and scenic parks, which allow students to participate in various outdoor activities and sports in their time outside of class. Summer is typically hot & humid, the winter is chilly with a bit of rain, but spring & autumn are warm & colorful in Georgia – ideal for the outdoors. Over the weekend, students may get together with community members to attend picnics, go hiking, and play team-sports like soccer and football. There are also multiple restaurants and fitness gyms within walking distance. Some halal and ethnic foods are available within walking distance, but generally, more options are accessible within a 10-minute drive.