What makes Madina Institute unique?
In just one year, the accelerated full-time program covers up to 2-3 years worth of material, most not even reached in a traditional seminary or madrasa.
Direct access to the scholars & transmission of knowledge. Sisters & brothers spend time with distinguished ulama’ in & out of the classroom setting, taking from their knowledge, experience and character.
Madina’s program produces home-grown teachers, leaders and scholars for America and beyond, in America. Our goal is to produce strong Muslims who are highly educated, open-minded, loyal to the Prophetic tradition and dedicated to serving humanity and spreading Islam in their actions, words and states of being.
The comprehensive curriculum covers all 7 basic sciences of Islamic knowledge with ample breadth and depth, giving students an informed perspective and solid grounding in faith.
Madina empowers students by exposing them to a variety of perspectives and teaching critical thinking, and teaching them the tools to navigate the different texts and resources.
It’s a transformative experience that blends knowledge (‘Ilm) & action (‘Amal).
Your educational experience (Tarbiya) is well-rounded by 4 dimensions of personal development:
Academic Study (Ta’leem): Comprehensive study of the core sciences that will give you a strong foundation and clear direction in the world. Madina programs are serious and academically rigorous, geared to accelerate active learners.
Worship (‘Ibada): Your heart will fall in love with the tranquility of Madina Institute’s masjid atmosphere, where you spend your days & nights learning, praying, reading and in remembrance (dhikr).
Service (Khidma): Students are tasked with regular duties to the community and get other opportunities to serve, whether by teaching, outreach, or other volunteering.
Companionship (Suhba): Spending your time with scholars and other students of knowledge helps to make it a truly transformative experience. Steep your heart in the Baraka of the People of Knowledge.
What is intellectual perspective of Madina’s curriculum?
– Academic & Non-dogmatic: Our scholars will present issues of the Deen from a myriad of perspectives in an academic, objective manner. They encourage you to ask questions and be open-minded; learn to think critically & logically while giving matters proper context, empowering you to make informed decisions in whatever you choose to follow.
– Ahl al-Sunnah wal-Jama’a: We adhere to the traditional teachings based strictly on the Quran and Prophetic Sunnah & the path of the Sahaba and pious predecessors. We teach Fiqh (Legal Jurisprudence) based on the 4 madhahib (Hanafi, Shafi’i, Maliki & Hanbali) and ‘Aqidah based on the Maturidi, Ash’ari and Athari schools.
–Tazkiyah al-Nafs: Spirituality We take a balanced and academic approach to this oft-misunderstood subject as a science taken directly from source texts and outlining the specific methodologies and interpretations in light of the Shari’ah, drawing from the foundational works of luminaries such as Ibn ‘Ata’illah.
Full-Time Islamic Studies Modules:
The Full-Time accelerated Islamic Studies course is the Flagship program of Madina Institute – it’s where you’ll get the most “bang for your buck.” It’s 6 days a week and includes all the major sciences of Islamic scholarship: Arabic, ‘Aqidah, Quranic Sciences, Hadith Sciences, Fiqh & Legal Theory, Sirah & History, Tazkiyah, and even a course on Emotional Intelligence.
Mornings are spent in our immersive Arabic course (which is combined with our Full-Time Arabic Language Course).
Afternoon classes (and occasionally weekends) will consist of the other Islamic sciences, and will be taught in modules. Our resident instructors will cover one text at a time in their area of specialty. For instance, during weeks 1-2, students will do an intensive study of the ‘Aqidah by Imam al-Tahawi with Shaykh Muhammad al-Ninowy. At other times of the year, we also have visiting scholars who will cover a textbook in their field of expertise during their stay. Exams are scheduled and interspersed throughout the academic year.
Part-Time Islamic Studies Modules:
The Part-Time program will generally cover subject modules in a weekend intensive class, once a month. They will just cover primer texts in most of the core sciences of Islam (except Arabic & Tajwid, which require extensive practice and interactive classes over time).
Students may choose to attend class live (which includes a big savings in tuition fees), or attend live online classes.
As a full-time student your daily life at Madina will be busy, but fruitful insha’Allah.
– Each week day starts with 4 hours of Arabic designed to be engaging, interactive and full of practice.
– This is followed by a break and Dhuhr prayer before returning to the classroom at 2:30 pm for afternoon classes covering core Islamic material. These afternoons are spent with either with Shaykh Muhammad Ninowy (who instructs in all subjects) or a visiting scholar teaching in their area of expertise.
– Though classes may occasionally go longer as experts wish to cover more material, they are typically finished by 5 or 6 pm, allowing students to go home or even remain in the masjid revising notes, reading, discussing and relaxing.
– Depending on the availability of visiting scholars, classes may extend beyond the typical Monday-Friday schedule into the weekend to complete syllabus material. These exceptions are discussed and delineated in advance and offset with adequate free time during the week for study and personal needs.
– Friday classes end by 11:00 and are always followed by community service (khidma), preparing the masjid for Jumuah prayer and ensuring the grounds, even the kitchen, are in pristine order. Khidma is an ongoing activity and also extends to weekends as needed or for special events.
– Free time and weekends are usually spent taking care of normal errands, household chores and occasional leisure activities as well as the necessary study. Scholars avail themselves for additional questions and there are regular extracurricular activities, whether community-wide or just for students. Weekends also include occasional Khidma, or community service opportunities, such as cleaning the masjid, feeding the hungry, teaching youth halaqas, and so on.