One Year Intensive in Islamic & Arabic Studies


The One Year Intensive in Islamic and Arabic Studies program is designed to educate the young Muslims of the Islamic community regarding their faith. In this time of confusion, hate and violence, we look to foster an environment of knowledge and growth to tackle those challenges and to transform our students intellectually and spiritually. Above all, we look to foster an environment to build the leaders and scholars of today, tomorrow and beyond to transform their community and the world at large into an abode of love & peace.

This program will give students a firm foundation in the core sciences of Islamic Studies. Our unique teaching methodology entails teaching our students the various viewpoints within the bounds of Ahl’ al-Sunnah. This approach provides students with an unbiased understanding of many schools of thought. At Madina, we believe in providing knowledge and information, not indoctrinating a particular point of view. This results in a well-rounded seeker of knowledge. 

This program will also provide students with a strong foundation in the Arabic language with an emphasis on the skills of reading and comprehension. We look to provide our students with the tools needed to access traditional Islamic texts.  

The program also entails electives in Islamic and Quranic ethics to develop our students spiritually and to embody the message of the Quran. Students are also free to choose from other electives offered depending on their goals and interests, such as courses in further Islamic Studies and Advanced Arabic etc.

On Campus Courses

The Applied Quranic Ethics & Virtues courses will take place on campus in the month of Ramadan if the COVID-19 situation has improved enough to allow it. If students are not able to travel to the campus for the Applied Quranic Ethics & Virtues courses they are free to choose from other electives offered depending on their goals and interests.

The main objective of this program is to educate the young Muslims community. We hope to assist them on their personal journey of growing as better Muslims by instilling the values and ethics of our faith within them. We hope to ground them in a firm understanding of the foundational Islamic sciences so that our community of tomorrow is willing and able to face the challenges to our faith. We also look to develop the leaders of tomorrow and equip them with the tools needed to become competent and qualified community leaders.

Course Requirement

The students that are enrolled for the One Year Intensive in Islamic & Arabic studies program are required to successfully complete the following courses. In addition the students can enroll to any number of elective courses which includes courses in Islamic Leadership, courses in Non-Violence and Peace Studies, advanced courses in Arabic, additional courses in Islamic Sciences etc.

To view all the courses we offer in detail, please visit our Curriculum page

Required Courses

Courses in Arabic Language Studies:

  • – Vocabulary and Structures I
  • – Vocabulary and Structures II
  • – Reading and Comprehension I
  • – Reading and Comprehension II
  • – Grammar (Nahw and Sarf) I
  • – Grammar (Nahw and Sarf) II

Courses in Islamic Sciences:

Quranic Sciences

  • – Tajwid I
  • – Bridge to the Quranic sciences

Quranic Virtues & Ethics

  • – Quranic Virtues and Ethics I
  • – Applied Quranic Virtues and Ethics I

Hadith Sciences

  • – Hadith Terminology I
  • – Hadith Literature I
  • – Hadith Sciences I

Theology (Aqidah)

  • – Credal Theology (Aqidah) I
  • – Scholastic Theology (Kalam) I
  • – Scholastic Theology (Kalam) II
  • – Comparative Theology I

Logic (Mantiq)

  • – Traditional Logic I

Prophetic Biography (Seerah)

  • – Prophetic Biography (Seerah) I

Islamic Law (Fiqh)

  • – Islamic Law – Hanafi I
  • – Islamic Law – Shafi I

Legal Theory (Usul Al Fiqh)

  • – Legal Theory – Shafi I
  • – Legal Theory – Hanafi I

Islamic Spirituality (Tazkiya)

  • – Islamic Spirituality (Tazkiya) I
  • – Islamic Spirituality (Tazkiya) II

Islamic History (Tarikh)

  • – Islamic History I – The Rightly Guided Rulers

Islamic Philosophy

  • – Islamic Philosophy I – Introduction to Islamic Philosophy

Islamic Research

  • – Research Methodologies I
  • – Research Paper I

To view all the courses we offer in detail, please visit our Curriculum page

Program Schedule

Classes run approximately from 9 AM to 5 PM EST on weekdays. Generally the first half of the day is spent on the study of the Arabic language. The second half of the day is scheduled for Islamic Studies classes. Some of the courses and electives are offered on selected weekends with visiting instructors.

Program Format

This 10 month program will be conducted online for a duration of 9 months, and onsite for 1 month. The onsite portion of the program will be conducted during the month of Ramadan and students will be required to travel to the Madina Institute campus in Atlanta, Georgia. At the Atlanta campus students will cover the Applied Quranic Ethics and Virtues course and will have the opportunity to spend time with Shaykh Dr. Muhammad al-Ninowy and other teachers, reliving the age old tradition of Islamic Scholarship of learning from teachers in physical proximity.

Important Note: The onsite part of the program will only be conducted if Madina Institute deems conditions safe for students to travel to the campus given the COVID-19 situation.

Full-time or Part-time Option

Full time students are those students who take all course requirements for graduation within the year. Students who take less than the course requirements within the year and intend on completing the course in over a year are classified as part time students. 



10 months


Full-time or Part-time




  • Have a strong foundational understanding of the various Islamic sciences. This entails a deep study in the field of theology, Quranic sciences, Hadith sciences, legal theory, jurisprudence and more.
  • Have clarity and ability to think critically
  • An understanding and implementation of Islamic Ethics
  • Know the Arabic language at an intermediate level
  • Continue on the leadership, scholarship or career path*

*Depending on the elective courses selected


Our program is designed for anyone who:
1) Can dedicate 9-10 months full time to learn the foundations of the religion online 
2) Yearns for intellectual & spiritual growth
3) Desires to be an Imam or Community leader
4) Aims to be a Youth Leader
5) Aspires to be an Islamic Scholar
6) Seeks a Career in Religious Studies


Courses taught by world-renown scholars.


Learn the foundations of faith & more in less than a year.


Earn a Certification in Islamic Leadership or/and continue with degree programs for Scholarship track

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