Islamic Leadership Courses


The Islamic Leadership courses are designed equip the aspiring community leaders with the tools they require to navigate the current environment we live in. This program includes courses on interfaith dialogue, public speaking, family counseling and youth counseling. Each of these courses will be taught by a qualified instructor. 

Why Leadership courses?

The main objective of this program is to provide community leaders with the skills needed to properly perform their role and benefit the community. This will be done through developing their ability to speak in public settings, educating them on dealing with family and youth problems, as well as educating them in the proper method of doing dialogue with followers of other faith systems. 

Course 1 - Interfaith Dialogue Workshop

​Have you ever been asked to represent Islam in public?  Are you worried about Islamophobia, but feel ill-equipped to discuss Islam in your local interfaith community?  The goal of this course is to reduce Islamophobia in your community. Most Muslims wish to be more active citizens but lack interfaith knowledge and communication skills.  This weekend-intensive workshop is specially designed to enhance communication and empower American Muslims with advanced-knowledge drawn from traditional Islamic sources, as well as from recent academic research.  The course encourages Muslims to practice Ihsan with love and respect for all, while maintaining compliance with the Holy Quran and the model practiced by Prophet Muhammad – peace be upon him.

Workshop Outline:​


  • Saturday Morning Session 10am-1:00pm


      1. Religions in America
      2. ​Defining Religions
      3. Traditional vs Academic
      4. Growth Trends
      5. ​Freedom of Religion
      6. ​Islamophobia & Bias
      7. ​Media
      8. ​Terminology (Islamist, Islamism, Muslim, Islamic, Muslim-Majority, Inter-religious, Inter-belief)
      9. ​Bias
      10. ​Terminology
      11. Introduction to Judaism
      12. Hebrew Bible Review
      13. Patriarchs & Matriarchs in the Old Testament
      14. Prophet Musa
      15. Definition of Messiah
      16. Priestly to Rabbinic Judaism Transition
      17. Jewish Diaspora
      18. Jewish Sacred Periods and Festivals


  • Saturday Lunch & Salah Break 1:00pm –  2:30pm
  • Saturday Afternoon Session 2:30pm – 5:00pm


      1. Introduction to Christianity
      2. New Testament & Synoptic Gospels
      3. Maryam and Prophet Eisa in Christianity
      4. Apostles, Paul, & Constantine
      5. Trinity & Christology
      6. The Great Schism
      7. ​Protestant Reformation
      8. ​Christian Sacred Periods and Festivals
      9. Review & Questions


  • Sunday Morning Session 10am-1:00pm​


      1. ​Interfaith Model in Quran & Hadith
      2. ​​Taqwa, Hidaya, & Balagh
      3. Stages of Iman, Islam, and Ihsan
      4. ​Development of Interfaith Dialogue​
      5. 1893 World Parliament of Religion
      6. Definition of Pluralism
      7. ​Interfaith Dialogue Best Practices
      8. ​Difference between Dawa & Dialogue
      9. ​Difference between Argument & Dialogue
      10. ​Identification of Good Dialogue Partner
      11. ​Examples of Poor Interfaith Dialogue
      12. ​Examples of Transformational Interfaith Dialogue
      13. Body Language


  • Sunday Afternoon 2:30pm-5:00pm


    1. ​Controversial Interfaith Topics Q&A
    2. ​​Poor Education in Muslim-majority countries
    3. ​​Terrorism
    4. Islamic Expansion by the Sword
    5. Treatment of Jewish tribes in Madina
    6. Shaking hands with opposite gender
    7. Treatment for those who exit Islam
    8. Treatment of Women in Islam
    9. Hijab, Mosque accommodations, Female Khateeb, Hudood Ordinance, Honor Killing
    10. ​​Interfaith Marriages & Dating
    11. ​​LGBTQ
    12. ​​Evolution


Workshop Leader: ​Hisham Qureshi

Hisham Qureshi is a PhD student and an Instructor of Record at University of Georgia’s Department of Religion.  He passionately teaches “Introduction to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam,” and is frequently requested as guest-speaker on World Religions & Religious Diversity.  Qureshi has been involved in multiple interfaith-dialogue initiatives at UGA and off-campus. He is also a founder of a UGA student-club called “Inter-Belief Works,” which invites all students (religious & secular) to increase awareness of other beliefs, and volunteer with empathy to serve the Other in their local community. 

 Qureshi’s PhD research is focused on enhancing interfaith dialogue among the five most-popular religious-traditions in America. Prior to his recent academic interest in religion, Qureshi spent more than 15 years in the global aerospace and defense industry as an Aerospace Engineer and a Management Consultant. Both the American and European patent-offices have recognized Qureshi as an inventor of three intellectual patents.

Course 2 - Public Speaking

Course Overview:

Day 1 – Public Speaking Workshop

  • Analyze an audience and tailor the delivery accordingly
  • Design presentations for maximum impact
  • Expand on key points to ensure clarity
  • Inspect the proposed venue
  • Master techniques to overcome nervousness and present with confidence
  • Practice techniques that ensure clear, concise and effective wording is used
  • Deliver a polished, professional and credible speech
  • Handle questions and comments effectively


Day 2 – Speaking About Islam and Muslims in the Public Square


  • Gain an understanding of speaking about religion within the First Amendment guidelines
  • Define public square
  • Explore ISB techniques in speaking about Islam and Muslims
  • How to handle difficult questions?


Taught by: Islamic Speakers Bureau (ISB Atlanta)

ISB strives to be the trusted voice of Islam and Muslims in the metro Atlanta area. They educate, train and break down stereotypes about Islam. They highlight the diversity and richness of the Muslim communities and showcase how Muslims contribute to the betterment of society in all spheres of life.

ISB speakers are professionally trained and certified to educate and engage with audiences on a wide variety of topics. “Teach and not preach” is the motto that ISB speakers follow whether they are presenting about Islam and Muslims or speaking about the world’s other major religions.

Course 3 - Family Counseling

This mini-course is an overview of the important elements of providing family counseling as a community leader. The course is intended to enhance the skills and effectiveness of community leaders, while helping them to develop clarity around their role in using counseling to help families in their communities. The course will introduce topics impacting Muslim families and will provide students with the opportunity to practice basic skills through experiential exercises and case studies.

Defining Roles & Boundaries

  • Do no harm
  • Ethical considerations
  • Burnout prevention


Elements of a Therapeutic Encounter 

  • Creating a safe space
  • The art of listening

     o Assessment

     o Healing

  • Skills Practice

     o Reflective listening

     o Validation


Intersection of spirituality & mental health

  • Common mental health issues
  • Common spiritual issues


Understanding family systems

  • Affecting change
  • Cultural diversity


Understanding abuse

  • Domestic violence
  • Spiritual abuse
  • Sexual violence


Responding appropriately as a community leader

  • Using a trauma-informed approach
  • Building a referral network
  • Self-care for the helper


Suggested Texts:

Professional Spiritual & Pastoral Care: A Practical Clergy and Chaplain’s Handbook. Stephen Roberts. 2012.

The Lost Art of Listening: How Learning to Listen Can Improve Relationships. Michael P Nichols. Guilford Press. 2009.

Counseling Families Across the Stages of Life: A Handbook for Pastors & Other Helping Professionals. Andrew Weaver, Linda Revilla & Harold Koenig. Abingdon Press. 2002.

Before You Tie the Knot: A Guide for Couples. Mohamed Magid & Salma Abugideiri. CreateSpace. 2013.


Taught by: Salma Alkadi Abugideiri

Salma Elkadi Abugideiri is a licensed professional counselor in private practice in McLean, VA. She received her master’s degree in counseling from George Mason University, and completed a post-master’s certification program in marriage and family therapy at Virginia Tech. She provides counseling to individual adults, couples, and families. Counseling services treat many problems, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, spiritual issues, trauma, abuse, and cultural adjustment issues. She also provides premarital and marriage therapy. Therapy can be provided in Arabic.

Salma Abugideiri is also a founding board member and the primary trainer for the Peaceful Families Project, an organization dedicated to educating Muslim community leaders and members about domestic violence. She has written and produced educational materials addressing the Islamic perspective on domestic violence.

Course 4 - Youth Counseling

The Youth Counseling course is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, Imams and community leaders how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

What you learn:

  • Information about common mental health concerns 
  • How to recognize signs of mental health and symptom abuse
  • How to use a 5-step action plan to help a youth who may be facing a mental health problem or crisis, such as suicide.


Taught by: Dr. James Jones

Professor of World Religions and Chair of the Dept of World Religions and the African Studies Program at Manhattanville College (Purchase, NY). Dr. Jones’s research focuses on the intersectionality of between Islamophobia and racism. DMin from Hartford Seminary and a MA in Religion from Yale Divinity School. He is President of the Malik Human Services, a marriage counselor for more than two decades, and a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains. He sits on the National Board of Directors of CAIR. Dr. Jones is also a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Trainer. MHFA’s goal is to train people to be able to identify, understand and respond to people with mental health or substance abuse issues.


Each of the course will be covered over the course of a weekend. Classes will run from 10am to 5 (or 6pm) on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Interfaith Dialogue: February 15-16, 2020
  • Public Speaking: March 21-22, 2020
  • Family Counseling: April 4-5,2020
  • Youth Counseling: June 13,2020 (Note: Youth Counseling is covered in one Saturday instead of one whole weekend)

We believe in providing students with access to instructors who are well versed in the subject that they are covering and have ample experience to draw on. Using their experience, they are able to impart upon students more than just theoretical knowledge, but also the practical problems that arise when working in that field and their possible solutions. 


You can register for one or more courses. Each course cost $100. If you register for the entire series you get a 20% discount (i.e. for all 4 courses, the total cost will be $320).

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Location & Contact

All the courses will be taught at Madina Institute Atlanta location


3580 Sweetwater Road
Duluth, GA 30096

For any queries you can email or call us:


Phone: (770)-279-1200

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1 Weekend per Course






In Class


  • Better public speaking skills 
  • An understanding of the correct approach towards interfaith Dialogue 
  • An introduction to the skills needed to provide family counseling
  • An introduction to the skills needed to provide youth counseling


This program is designed for aspiring and current community leaders and Imams.  Applicants must be 16+ years old. No previous Arabic or Islamic Studies background is required.


Courses taught by qualified and experiences instructors.


The courses are designed to be completed in a weekend


Earn a Certification at the end of the course

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