Curriculum

Islamic Sciences

Madina Institute’s Islamic Sciences category incorporates more than 30 courses under the following 13 subject categories

Quranic Sciences

SUBJECT OVERVIEW

The knowledge of Ulum al-Quran, or ‘The Sciences of the Qur’an’ deals with the knowledge of those sciences that have a direct bearing on the recitation, history, understanding and implementation of the Qur’an. It is therefore, a vast field of Islamic scholarship, and one that is of primary importance. This will prepare the student for Quran Tafsir in which the knowledge learnt will practically be applied as the journey to understand the Quran begins.

This subject covers the important aspects of Quranic Sciences. With regards to recitation, students will learn the rules of recitation according to the recitation of Hafs, understand the different methodologies of reciting the Qur’an (the qira’at), the blessings of reciting the Qur’an, and the etiquette of its recitation. Students will learn the causes of revelation the knowledge of Makki and Madani revelations (asbab an-nuzul), the knowledge of the various forms (ahruf) it was revealed in, the understanding of its abrogated rulings and verses (nasikh wal-mansukh), the knowledge of the various classifications of its verses (muhkam and mutashabih, ‘am and khas, mutlaq and muqqayad, etc.) and the knowledge of its interpretation (tafsir).

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • – Recite the Quran with a proper application of its rules
  • – Better understand the Quran, in that the student will be familiar with the history of its revelation and collection, and the various aspects that aids its comprehension
  • – Understand the development of the script of the Quran
  • – Realize the wealth of knowledge and insight that exists with regards to the Book of Allah
  • – Identify the Makki and Madani verses to a certain extent
  • – Explore the different types of Tafsir books

COURSES TAUGHT

Tajwid I (Credit hours – 1)

This course is an introduction to proper recitation of the Quran. Students learn the correct pronunciation of the Arabic letters, as well as the rules of correct recitation of the Qur’an.

Bridge to the Quranic sciences (Credit Hours – 2)

Basic introduction to Sciences of the Quran. This includes a brief survey of topics related to the Quran, including defining what the Quran is, its content, names, miracles, causes and types of revelation, kinds of verses, abrogation, transmission and preservation, division, language and style, recitation, modes of recitation, exegesis, and interpretations.

Quranic Virtues & Ethics

SUBJECT OVERVIEW

Character building is an essential part of the development of the student of knowledge. This subject is designed to provide students with theoretical knowledge of Quranic ethics as well as an opportunity for practical application of the Quranic virtues and ethics. The Islamic tradition is not one of only information but is one of actual transformation, development, and progress in one’s manners and ethics. In order to ensure that our students also have the opportunity to embody the message of the Qur’an we offer courses on the application of Quranic ethics. 

TOPICS COVERED

  • – Islamic Deontology
  • – Applied Islamic Ethics
  • – Islamic Consequential Ethics
  • – Meta Ethics
  • – Islamic Virtue Ethics
  • – Islamic Normative Ethics

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • – Exploration of Quranic Virtues & Ethics
  • – Better understanding of virtues & ethics found in the Qur’an
  • – Knowledge of how the Quranic illustrates Islamic ethics 
  • – Practical steps on how one can apply Quranic Virtues & Ethics into one’s life

COURSES TAUGHT

Quranic Virtues and Ethics I (Credit Hours – 1)

This unique course is an insight into the subject of Quranic Virtues & Ethics. This course will focus on delving through the verses of the Quran to explore how the Quran defines virtues and ethics. Also enable students to reflect on and recognize the structure of ethics in the Quran at a deeper level.

Applied Quranic Virtues and Ethics I (Credit Hours – 3)

This course will require students to practically apply that which they have studied in the subject of Quranic Ethics through a set of exercises. 

Hadith Sciences

SUBJECT OVERVIEW

Traditions (Hadith) are records of actions, statements and descriptions of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him and his family). As these traditions are a key source of Islamic law, thought, culture, and life – second only to the Qur’an itself – this course aims to derive points of benefit from the Prophetic traditions.

This course intends to nurture the student’s faith, deepen their religious understanding, increase them in love of the Beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him and his family) and gain clarity on how to live the essence of his wisdom.

Studying the principles of hadith classification and terminology is a major component of hadith studies. This course covers the types of chains of transmission (asanid), types of acceptable narrations (maqbul) and the types of rejected narrations (mardud).

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • – Gain precise definitions and explanations of core Islamic concepts
  • – Contextualize this Prophetic guidance to our contemporary lives
  • – Understand the beauty, wisdom, virtue, and mercy that is the essence and reality of Prophetic guidance
  • – Describe the difference between ‘Hadith’ and ‘Sunnah’
  • – Demonstrate an understanding of the different phases in the collating of hadith literature in the first three centuries of Islam
  • – Evaluate the methods used to classify hadith
  • – Demonstrate an understanding of the hadith types and their definitions
  • – Differentiate between the levels of authenticity of hadith narrations.

COURSES TAUGHT

Hadith Terminology I (Credit Hours – 1)

This course is an introduction to the sciences of Hadith. Students will be introduced to the methodology of the scholars of hadith in authenticating and categorizing reports. They will also learn the various terminologies used by them. The text covered in this course will be Nukhbah al-Fikar.

Hadith Literature I (Credit Hours – 1)

As an introduction to Hadith literature, students will examine the Arbain al-Nawawi (Nawawi’s 40 Hadith). With the help of the instructor students will memorize and learn to interpret the saying of the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him and his family).

Hadith Sciences I (Credit Hours – 2)

This course is an introduction to the sciences of Hadith. In this course students learn the foundations that ground the paradigm of hadith sciences. Students will also learn the method of takhrij, and of the essential resources that are required for it. They will also explore the various disagreements among scholars regarding the principles of hadith learned in Hadith Terminology I, while analyzing their proofs and arguments.

Theology (Aqidah)

SUBJECT OVERVIEW

Theology (Aqidah) covers all beliefs and belief systems of Muslims, including sectarian differences and points of contention. Though theology is the cornerstone of the Islamic religion, it is often quite misunderstood by Muslims themselves in a modern era where classical works are neglected. Through detailed study and memorization of classical texts and proofs, as well as a study of Scholastic theology (Kalam), students become vested to navigate the landscape of polemics and inter- and intra-religious discussion with sound logic and perspective.

This subject will introduce students to the most important political and theological groupings in the formative period of Islam, from the period following the assassination of the third caliph, Uthman, until approximately the middle of the 4th century AH / 10th century CE. By studying these texts in the context of their time, as well as the intersections between them, students will gain a deeper insight into the reasons for the formation of the theological schools of thought. Furthermore students will look at the possibility of applying the scholastic theological paradigm on contemporary issues to arrive at solutions.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • – Appreciate the diversity of political and theological opinion in the formative period of Islam and its relationship with historical events
  • – Understand the development of different Muslim sects and theological schools from a critical historical perspective
  • – Gain critical appreciation of theological labels such as Ahl al-Sunnah, Shia and Mu’tazila in the light of their genesis
  • – Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary Muslim groups in the modern era
  • – Gain a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental beliefs of Ahl al-Sunnah
  • – Gain a comprehensive understanding of the Ash’ari and Maturidi schools and the differences between them

COURSES TAUGHT

Credal Theology (Aqidah) I (Credit Hours – 2)

This course is an introduction to Islamic credal theology. Students learn about the historic context behind the development of the Sunni school of thought and the three Sunni schools, namely: the Ash’ari, Maturidi, and Athari schools. They are also exposed to the foundational matters in creed, with a special focus on the understanding of Tawheed, as well as the differences between the sunni tradition and other Islamic groups. The text covered for this class is al-Aqidah al-Tahawiyyah.

Scholastic Theology (Kalam) I (Credit Hours – 1)

This course is a foundational study of Ashari theology as covered in the text al-Bajuri’s al-Risala. The course will analyse the methodology of the Ashari school in understanding Ilahiyyat, Nabawiyyat, and Sami’yyat. This includes an examination of numerous matters that are discussed under these categories such as Attributes of Allah, rational proofs for His existence,  natural philosophy, attributes of His messengers, and free will. This course will also introduce the science of Ilm ul Kalam, its development, objectives, and discuss its possibility of reformation. 

Scholastic Theology (Kalam) II (Credit Hours – 1)

This course is an introduction to the credal methodology of the Maturidi school. Students will study the opinions of the Maturidi school as well as the structure of Maturidi texts by covering the text  Al-‘Aqaid al-Nasafiyyah. They will also further their understanding of the science of Kalaam through the supplemental reading of al-Taftazani’s commentary.

Scholastic Theology (Kalam) III (Credit Hours – 1)

This course is a study of Umm al Barahin. This course builds on the students’ understanding of Ash’ari scholastic theology that they have developed from the Scholastic Theology I course. For supplemental reading students will read the entire commentary of Ibn Isa upon the Sanusi creed. 

Comparative Theology I (Credit Hours – 1)

This course is a comparative study of the Ash’ari and Maturidi schools. Students will analyze the source of the major differences between the schools as well as their implications. They will solidify their understanding of the structure of both schools through a study of Masail al-Ikhtilaf Bayn al-Asha’irah wal-Maturidiyyah.

Applied Theology I (Credit Hours – 1)

This course is a study of scientific and philosophical arguments against the existence of God. Students will learn to recognize, analyze and critique common arguments and challenges.

Applied Theology II (Credit Hours – 1)

This course is a study of the refutation of anthropomorphism written by Ibn al-Jawzi, Daf‘ Shubhah al-Tashbih. Students will learn the proper method of understanding mutashabih verses of the Quran and Hadith of the Messenger. Students will look at detailed examples of such texts while studying Ibn al-Jawzi’s methodology in negotiating such text within the framework of the definitive texts. Upon completion of this course students will have developed a firm understanding of the approach of scholars when interpreting such verses and hadith.

Logic (Mantiq)

SUBJECT OVERVIEW

This subject is a study of logic as it was taught and studied by Islamic theologians as well as modern logic. The study of logic assists students in developing consistency in their thoughts and arguments. It assists them in constructing clear, consistent and valid arguments. It also equips them with the tools necessary to analyze arguments of others and judge their validity or invalidity. 

The study of Aristotelian logic, which was used by Muslim theologians is a necessary prerequisite in accessing higher level texts in scholastic theology and legal theory. This is because many theologians used this form of logic and its terminology in constructing their arguments and developing their points. 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • – Have a firm understanding of the principles of Aristotelian logic
  • – Understand the Arabic terminology used in the application of Aristotelian logic 

COURSES TAUGHT

Traditional Logic I (Credit Hours – 1)

This course is the study of a primer in Mantiq, The Matn of Isaghuji. In this course students will learn of the different types of knowledge, the difference between inductive and deductive reasoning, the different forms of syllogism, the language of Mantiq and more. 

Modern Logic I (Credit Hours – 2)

This course is the study of a text called A Modern Formal Logic Primer. 

Prophetic Biography (Seerah)

SUBJECT OVERVIEW

“Certainly, there is an excellent example for you in the Messenger of Allah, for him who looks forward to Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah much.” [Qur’an 33:21]

The Seerah (Prophetic Biography) course is designed to acquaint students with the life and noble teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him and his family) with its primary and secondary sources. Students will trace the life history of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him and his family) in Mecca from the days before the advent of Islam; known as the time of ignorance, to the different phases of revelation and prophethood.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • – Have comprehensive knowledge about the Prophet’s lineage, his birth, his early life, and the methods he adopted in his Da‘wah (Islamic call) at the beginning of his mission (peace and blessings upon him and his family)
  • – Understand his way of dealing with various matters (peace and blessings upon him and his family)
  • – Know about the miracles of the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him and his family)
  • – Know about the lives of the companions (peace and blessings upon them)
  • – Know the authentic citations of the Prophet in order to distinguish them from those that are inauthentic.

COURSES TAUGHT

Prophetic Biography (Seerah) I  (Credit Hours – 2)

This course is a study of the Prophetic biography as recorded by one of the earliest scholars in the field, Ibn Hisham. Students will learn about the environment of Arabia prior to his birth, his early life, announcing of the message, life in Mecca, migration, and life in Madina (peace and blessings upon him and his family).

Islamic Law (Fiqh)

SUBJECT 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). This module provides comprehensive and knowledge-based answers to all of the questions students are likely to face in their worship of Allah, the Most High, all in light of a formal textbook on Hanafi and Shafi law that have been used for centuries.

This subject covers the necessary aspects of the Islamic law of personal and inter-personal worship from the five pillars of Islam. Students will study ritual purification (aharah), the daily prescribed prayers (salah), purifying alms (zakah), fasting during the month of Ramadan (sawm), and the major pilgrimage (hajj).

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • – Understand the rules of purification and prayer that Muslims are likely to encounter in their daily life
  • – Understand the Islamic law related to the five pillars of Islam
  • – Understand the principles that govern these rulings
  • – Be dynamic with the modern challenges through deep understanding of the principles of fiqh

COURSES TAUGHT

Islamic Law – Hanafi I (Credit Hours – 2)

This course is an introduction to the Hanafi school of jurisprudence. The students will study the history behind the formation of the school, it’s main contributors, and it’s major works. The students will also study the rulings regarding matters of worship, namely:  tahara (purification), salah (prayer), zakah (alms), sawm (fasting), and hajj (pilgrimage). The text used for this course will be Mukhtasar al-Quduri.

Islamic Law – Shafi I (Credit Hours – 2)

This course is an introduction to the Shafi school of jurisprudence. The students will study the history behind the formation of the school, it’s main contributors, and it’s major works. The students will also study the rulings regarding matters of worship, namely:  tahara (purification), salah (prayer), zakah (alms), sawm (fasting), and hajj (pilgrimage). The text used for this course will be al-Ghayah wal-Taqrib.

Legal Theory (Usul Al Fiqh)

SUBJECT OVERVIEW

This course aims to deliver a comprehensive understanding of the roots of law according to the Hanafi and Shafi School. Students will engage with the principles and investigative methodologies through which practical legal rules are developed from the foundational sources. The primary base of law is the Qur’an. The second source is the Sunnah, reports about the sayings, actions, or tacit approvals of the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him and his family). The third source is the consensus (ijma) of all Muslim interpretive scholars in a specific age on a legal rule about an issue not covered in the Qur’an or Sunnah. The fourth source is analogy (qiyas), or rule by precedent. Some Hanafis, such as Ibn Abidin and Maliki jurists, consider customs (urf) to be an additional source of law. In addition to these basic sources, several assumptions and principles aid the jurist in deriving interpretive rules: preference (istihsan), unregulated interest (masla- hah mursalah), and the presumption of continuity (istishab).

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • – Obtain adequate knowledge-of the sources of Shari’ah that regulate a Mukallaf (legally responsible) person
  • – Apply traditional Usul al Fiqh to the modern era
  • – Demonstrate proficiency in the understanding of the methodology of Islamic lawmaking
  • – Confidently recall the position of the Hanafi and Shafi schools of thought on different usuli principles
  • – Apply traditional Usul al Fiqh to the modern era
  • – Understand the origins of the differences in the schools of Islamic law

COURSES TAUGHT

 Legal Theory – Shafi I (Credit Hours – 1)

This course is an introduction to the field of legal theory. Students will be exposed to the structure of Islamic legal theory as well as the major chapters within the subject. The text covered in this course will be the primer of al-Juwayni, al-Waraqaat.

Legal Theory – Hanafi I (Credit Hours – 2)

In this course students will advance their understanding of legal theory by studying the main text in Hanafi legal theory, Usul al-Shashi (or an equivalent text). Students will be exposed to the methodology of Hanafi Jurists in applying their principles to the Islamic sources in order to derive rulings.

Applied Legal Theory I (Credit Hours – 2)

In this course students will analyze the arguments of various schools on the topic of innovation. Students will learn to apply the principles of jurisprudence in order to gauge the strength of these arguments and pick out flaws. The text covered for this class will be Izhar al-Surur, which uses the example of the celebration of the Prophet (peace be upon him and his family) birthday to apply the principles of innovation.

Islamic Spirituality (Tazkiya)

SUBJECT OVERVIEW

In the famous Hadith of Jibril, the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him and his family) delineates the three key principles of the Islamic faith; Islam, Iman and Ihsan. The first, Islam, includes the “five pillars of the religion. These rituals are designed to discipline the body to perform outward practices of faith. The second, iman, includes the “six pillars of belief”, intended to discipline the mind. The third, ihsan, is meant to develop the soul by inculcating God-consciousness in every aspect of life.

Referred to as “Tazkiyah” in the Qur’an and as “Ihsan” in the Sunnah, this course introduces the history, theory and practice of the discipline of Islamic spirituality and speaks about its basis in the Quran and Sunnah. It looks at the formal development of this Prophetic Legacy, which focuses on purification of the heart and inner reform, and introduces its goals, objectives and practices.

Instruction of the student and the method of learning by Imam Zarnuji deals with the etiquette of a student; and the approach a seeker of knowledge should have toward knowledge and the teachers of knowledge. Bidayatul Hidayah by Imam Ghazali deals with topics like obedience; refraining from disobedience; and the etiquette of Companionship with the Creator and the creation.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • – Understand the qualities that will draw one closer to Allah
  • – Understand the actions that will create distance between one and Allah

COURSES TAUGHT

Islamic Spirituality (Tazkiya) I (Credit Hours – 1)

This course is a study of Imam al-Zarnuji’s text titled Instruction of the student (Talim al-Mut’allim). This is an indispensable text for students who are beginning their journey in the pursuit of sacred knowledge. Students will learn the importance of having correct intention, the effective methods of study, and the responsibilities of a student of knowledge.

Islamic Spirituality (Tazkiya) II (Credit Hours – 1)

This course is a study of Bidayat al-Hidayah of Imam al-Ghazali. The path to self-purification and realization is a life-long journey. This journey must have a starting point on solid foundations, explained beautifully by Imam Al-Ghazzali in his book Bidayat al-Hidayah. This book lays out the foundations of the science of tazkiya, by alerting one to the spiritual diseases of the heart and to their cures.

Islamic Spirituality (Tazkiya) III (Credit Hours – 1)

This course is a study of the Hikam of ibn ‘Ataillah. The Hikam is a book of wisdoms and a masterpiece of Islamic spiritual literature by the renowned Sufi saint and sage of the 7th century, Ahmad ibn ‘Ata’illa Al-Sikandari. It is a brief yet pithy compilation of spiritual insights and advice that transport the reader to a higher level of understanding themselves and Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala.

Islamic History

SUBJECT OVERVIEW

Islamic History (Tarikh) covers the early formative period of Islam and provides students with an enriched and informed understanding of their religion in the broader historical spectrum. Adding perspective and context to the study of Islamic sciences, contributes to an accurate understanding of macro and micro details of faith. The historical perspective provides a rich interaction with Islamic Studies.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • – Demonstrate knowledge of the major events that occurred during the reign of the Khulafa 
  • – Demonstrate knowledge of the growth of the Ummah during the reign of the Khulafa 
  • – Demonstrate an understanding of the issues that arose during the Khilafah of Imam Ali 
  • – Demonstrate an understanding of the development of the major sects in the early period of Islam

COURSES TAUGHT

Islamic History I – The Rightly Guided Rulers (Credit Hours – 2)

This course introduces us to four of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family): Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (RA), Umar al-Faruq (RA), Uthman bin Affan (RA) and Ali ibn Abi Talib (RA. Using the book written by Imam as-Suyuti, “The Hisory of the Khalifas Who Took The Right Way” (Al-Khulafa Ar-Rashidun) as a reference, the students of knowledge will gain an in-depth view of their remarkable lives through stories about their individual contributions to Islam, their accomplishements and their struggles as the successors after the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him and his family)

Islamic History II – Early and modern Islamic sects (Credit Hours – 1)

This course introduces the different sects in Islam from the early period of Islam as well as those found in the current times.

Islamic Philosophy

SUBJECT OVERVIEW

There are many widespread philosophies in the contemporary world that influence and effect the world view of unaware Muslims. Therefore the study of philosophy plays a key role in facing contemporary challenges. This subject is designed to equip students with the tools needed to navigate such challenges. The courses offered under this subject will ground the student in a firm understanding of the history and development of Islamic Philosophy. They will also equip them with a proper understanding of the development of many western ideas by studying influential modern philosophers.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • – Demonstrate a proper fundamental understanding of Islamic thought 
  • – Recognize the roots and development of modern philosophy 
  • – Recognize the flaws of modern philosophy 
  • – Represent and critique some of the influential ideas proposed by modern Muslim thinkers

COURSES TAUGHT

Islamic Philosophy I – Introduction to Islamic Philosophy (Credit Hours – 1)

This course is an introduction to Islamic Philosophy. This course will include a study of the history of the development of Islamic Philosophy as well as major Islamic Philosophers. Students will also study important topics in Islamic philosophy such as metaphysics, analyzing issues pertaining to causality and free will, and epistemology, investigating issues pertaining to reason and revelation. 

Islamic Philosophy II – Understanding Modern Philosophy (Credit Hours – 1)

This course is a study of the history and development of modern philosophy. Students will cover the section on the history of modern philosophers found in Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr’s book, A Young Muslim’s Guide to the modern world. 

Islamic Philosophy III – Survey of Modern Islamic Thinkers (Credit Hours – 1)

This course is a survey of modern Muslim thinkers. Students will study, analyze, and critique the ideas proposed by contemporary Muslim thinkers in their attempt to resolve modern challenges.    

Islamic Economics

SUBJECT OVERVIEW

This subject is an introduction to understanding the dynamics of an ethical economy as organized by Islamic rules, regulations, and jurisprudential guidelines. It will emphasize Islamic ethical and economic rules for handling market transactions, taxation, treasury, and other institutions. Moreover, it will give students a firm grasp of economic jurisprudential (Fiqhi) terms like Zakat, Kharaj, Riba, Khums, the types of Buyoo’ (sales contracts), and Sharikat (business partnerships) and more. Students will learn how an Islamic economy enables people to provide revenue for themselves and how it supplies the state with a revenue sufficient for public services, enriching both the people and the state. They will also understand the economic and institutional causes of underdevelopment in most Muslim countries and what potential reforms could enable faster and more stable economic progress. The course will explore the contributions of Muslim jurists to this field, citing various names and works ranging from traditional jurists to contemporary scholars. Finally, it will inform students of the debates Muslim jurists and economists are having about potential reformations for the future of Islamic banking, Islamic finance, and global markets.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • – Obtain a reliable overview of the essential institutions, rules, and procedures prescribed in Islamic jurisprudence
  • – Understand the different forms of legitimate property ownership in Islamic jurisprudence
  • – Understand the venues for revenue and expenditure in an ethical government
  • – Apply economic analysis to understand the causes of underdevelopment in Muslim countries today
  • – Obtain a broad overview of the debates concerning Islamic finance and integration to global markets

TOPICS COVERED

  • – What is Islamic Economics, and what makes it different?
  • – What is the theory of private and public property in Islam?
  • – How would a state governed by Islamic ethics collect its revenue?
  • – What is the role of Zakat in maintaining public services?
  • – What are Usury and Riba, and what are the different approaches towards dealing with the Riba dilemma?

PRIMARY TEXTS

  • – The Economic System in Islam by Taqiuddin An-Nabhani

REFERENCE TEXTS

  • – Economic Teachings of The Prophet Muhammad by M. A. Khan
  • – Islamic Economics by M. A. Khan

COURSES TAUGHT

Islamic Economics I – Introduction to Islamic Economics (Credit Hours – 1)

This course introduces the dynamics of an ethical economy as organized by Islamic rules, ethics, and jurisprudential teachings. Students will learn how an Islamic economy enables people to provide revenue for themselves and how it supplies the state with a revenue sufficient for public services, enriching both the people and the state. They will be exposed to concepts like Zakat, Baitul Maal, Riba, and more. The text covered in this class will be The Economic System in Islam.

Islamic Research

SUBJECT OVERVIEW

The coursework in Islamic research and writing will help the students in the following processes:  (1) scholarly investigation (2) the compilation and analysis of their findings (3) compilation of a well-argued and properly documented research paper.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • – Understand the research methodologies involved in an academic Islamic research
  • – Able to produce a well-argued and properly documented research paper

COURSES TAUGHT

Research Methodologies I (Credit Hours – 1)

This course consists of lessons and presentations on research methods and academic writing.

Research Paper I (Credit Hours – 2)

This course is required for students hoping to graduate from the One year Intensive in Islamic and Arabic studies program. For the research paper, students will formulate their research question, conduct their research, and present their findings in the form of a research paper. 

Research Paper II (Credit Hours – 4)

This course is required for students hoping to graduate with an Associates degree. This course is similar to Research Paper I but the research conducted will be more in-depth and involves additional steps in the research process. 

Note: Students enrolled for the Associates degree will not be required to take the Research Paper I course.

Arabic Language Studies

The Arabic Language Studies incorporates 8 language courses under 3 subject categories namely: Vocabulary and Structures, Reading and Comprehension, and Grammar (Nahw and Sarf)

Vocabulary and Structures

The following 2 courses are offered as part of this subject

Vocabulary and Structures I (Credit Hours – 3)

The students will cover the following as part of this course:

  • – Learn basic vocabulary in different topics.
  • – Practice correct pronunciation.
  • – Practice proper spelling and simple writing rules.
  • – Learn each vocabulary’s part of speech.
  • – Practice using vocabulary in writing.
  • – Get familiar with vocabulary usage in reading.
  • – Learn synonyms and antonyms. 
  • ..and more

Vocabulary and Structures II (Credit Hours – 3)

The students will cover the following as part of this course:

  • – Learn a wider variety of vocabulary in different topics.
  • – Practice correct pronunciation by creating sentences.
  • – Practice proper spelling and writing rules by writing short paragraphs.
  • – Learn each vocabulary’s part of speech and link that with its morphological status. 
  • – Practice vocabulary usage in reading and writing.
  • – Learn synonyms and antonyms. 
  • – Learn derivatives and make your own personal dictionary.
  • – Learning singular and plural and their related rules
  • – Learn more types of masculine and feminine
Reading Comprehension

The following 3 courses are offered as part of this subject

Reading and Comprehension I (Credit Hours – 3)

The students will cover the following as part of this course:

  • – Read short passages and conversations loud.
  • – Recognize vocabulary in their contexts. 
  • – Get exposed to simple linguistic structures. 
  • – Read and understand simple questions.
  • – Respond to simple questions.
  • – Apply learned grammar rules.
  • – Practice writing short sentences.

Reading and Comprehension II (Credit Hours – 3)

The students will cover the following as part of this course:

  • – Read reading passages about different topics.
  • – Recognize vocabulary in their contexts and apply related grammar rules.
  • – Get exposed to some complicated linguistic structures. 
  • – Read and understand questions.
  • – Respond to any question that is assigned in the book.
  • – Apply learned grammar rules.
  • – Practice writing short paragraphs.

Advanced Reading and Comprehension (Credit Hours – 4)

The students will cover the following as part of this course:

  • – Get introduced to advanced reading passages.
  • – Analyze advanced grammar rules.
  • – Learn about Arabic poetry.
  • – Learn topics in Balagha (Rheotoric).
Grammar (Nahw & Sarf)

The following 3 courses are offered as part of this subject

Grammar (Nahw and Sarf) I (Credit Hours – 2)

The students will cover the following as part of this course:

  • – Learn parts of speech. (Ism, Fi`al, and Harf).
  • – Learn verb tenses.
  • – Learn verb conjugation.
  • – Learn the concept of the morphology pattern (al-mizaan as-sarfi).
  • – Learn the words’ roots and relations.
  • – Learn nominal and verbal sentences.
  • – Learn the essential part of sentences.
  • – Learn I`araab and different types of I`araab
  • – Practice applying grammar rules on a daily basis.
  • – Learn simple derivatives.
  • – Learning singular and plural.
  • – Learn masculine and feminine.
  • .. and more.

Grammar (Nahw and Sarf) II (Credit Hours – 2)

The students will cover the following as part of this course:

  • – Learn derivatives.
  • – Expand your personal dictionary.
  • – Review nominal and verbal sentences.
  • – Review the essential parts of the sentence. 
  • – Learn adverbs and adjectives.
  • – Learn types of the predicate.
  • – Learn the adverbial clause and the adjective clause.
  • – Learn i`raab of fi`l. 
  • .. and more.

Advanced Grammar (كتاب متن الآجرومية) (Credit Hours – 4)

The students will cover the following as part of this course:

  • – Learn the famous text of Aajjrumiyyah in Arabic grammar.

Islamic Leadership

The Islamic Leadership subject is designed to equip our students with the tools required to develop into competent community leaders who are able to navigate the current environment we live in. This module includes courses on interfaith dialogue, public speaking, family counseling and youth counseling. Each of these courses will be taught by a qualified instructor.

Interfaith/Intrafaith Dialogue

SUBJECT OVERVIEW

Interfaith dialogue is an important part of the Muslim comminuty effort to integrate into society and develop relations with followers of other faith traditions. Muslim community leaders must possess the skills needed to develop such relations with the other faith systems in their communities.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • – Demonstrate an understanding of of the importance of interfaith
  • – Demonstrate an understanding of the abrahamic faith systems 
  • – Demonstrate an understanding of the prophetic model of interfaith 

COURSES TAUGHT

Interfaith Dialogue I (Credit Hours – 1)

This course is designed to train students in performing quality interfaith work in their communities. It is also 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 and blessings upon him and his family)

Public Speaking

SUBJECT OVERVIEW

The art of public speaking is essential for those looking to become community leaders. A community leader must be able to effectively communicate with his/her congregation in order to provide them with spiritual and moral guidance.  

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • – Analyze an audience and tailor the deliver accordingly 
  • – Master techniques to overcome nervousness and present with confidence 
  • – Deliver a polished, professional, and credible speech
  • – Gain an understanding of speaking about religion within the First Amendment guidelines

COURSES TAUGHT

Public Speaking I (Credit Hours – 1)

This course is designed to assist students in developing the skills needed to become effective public speakers. It is also designed to help students gain an understanding of speaking about religion within the First Amendment guidelines. This course also explores ISB (Islamic Speaker Bureau) techniques in speaking about Islam and Muslims in public and how to handle difficult questions.

Youth Counseling

SUBJECT OVERVIEW

Developing the youth is an important duty of community and youth leaders. Is important for community and youth leaders who work with the youth to be trained in addressing certain problems that they may encounter in the teenagers that they work with.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • – 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

COURSES TAUGHT 

Youth Counseling I (Credit Hours – 1)

The Youth Counseling course is designed to teach our students 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.

Family Counseling

SUBJECT OVERVIEW

Community leaders often find themselves playing the role of counselor to families and couples. They are also the ones sought out for help by community members who are in difficult family situations. Therefore we offer the subject of family counseling in order to develop  certain essential skills that our students and community leaders would need. 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • – Demonstrate essential skills such as reflective listening and validation
  • – Demonstrate an understanding of the various types of abuse 
  • – Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate responses as a community leader 

COURSES TAUGHT

Family Counseling I (Credit Hours – 1)

This 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.

Non-violence and Peace Studies

This subject aims to provide a substantive understanding of nonviolence and peace studies’ foundations and applications from reliable academic sources.

Non-violence and Peace Studies

SUBJECT OVERVIEW

This subject aims to provide a substantive understanding of nonviolence and peace studies’ foundations and applications from reliable academic sources. The course starts by understanding the sources of power in the hands of rulers in dictatorships and democracies alike and how the way we think of power defines how we react to violence. It later discusses the limits of violent and destructive strategies in achieving their stated ends, and how nonviolent strategies present themselves as better alternatives on both practical and moral measures. Moreover, the course will expose students to a set of Muslim nonviolent strategists starting from the Prophet Muhammad’s (SAWS) methods of dealing with his opposition to Shaykh Amadou Bamba’s anti-colonial resistance in Senegal, and how they were all inspired by their faith in their struggle. It will also present the case for nonviolence as a fundamental ethical principle in Islam. The course will cover tens of different nonviolent strategies to persuade opposition or resist oppression, economically, socially, or politically. It will present an extensive history of the successful use of nonviolence across history through various methods and in different places around the world. Finally, it will compare, with the support of history and statistical studies, the short-term and long-term effectiveness of violence and nonviolence in solving conflicts. Finally, the course will provide a broad explanation of how and why nonviolence indeed works better than violence.

TOPICS COVERED

  • – What are the full costs of war?
  • – Can there be realistic alternatives to war and violence?
  • – Can we compare the results of nonviolent struggles versus violent struggles?
  • – Do Muslims have a history of nonviolent action against authoritarian rulers and occupiers?
  • – How can peaceful methods enable people to defeat violent opposition?

 LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • – Become highly acquainted with the popular and academic literature on nonviolence and peace studies
  • – Understand why war and violence are highly costly and inefficient methods of solving conflicts and moral dilemmas
  • – Confidently explain what nonviolent action is and how it is different from pacifism
  • – Obtain a strong background regarding the extensive use of nonviolent struggle across Muslim history
  • – Recall a broad set of nonviolent strategies (e.g., boycotts, strikes, etc.) that have historically replaced violence successfully

PRIMARY TEXTS

  • – The Politics of Nonviolent Action Trilogy (Parts I, II, III) by Gene Sharp
  • – Islam and nonviolence edited by Glenn D. Paige, Chaiwat Satha-Anand (Qader Muheideen), and Sarah Gilliatt.

REFERENCE TEXTS

  • – Defense, Peace, and War Economics by Christopher J. Coyne

 COURSES TAUGHT

Introduction to Nonviolence & peace studies (Credit Hours – 1)

This course is an introduction to nonviolence and peace studies. Students will learn about the foundations of costs of war and its seen and unseen effects. They will study the history of war studies as a distinctive field and the rise of nonviolence and peace studies as a realistic alternative. Moreover, they will be exposed to analyses comparing nonviolent struggle to war (violent struggle) based on their short-term and long-term effects. The texts covered for this class will be Politics of Nonviolent Action – Part One and Defense, Peace, and War Economics.

Islam & Nonviolence (Credit Hours – 1)

This course is a survey of the vast scholarship on the intersection of Islam with nonviolence. Students will be exposed to a history of violence and nonviolence in Islamic thought. They will also learn the ideas and struggles of a set of Muslim thinkers, activists, and peacemakers who paved the way for significant socioeconomic changes. Moreover, they will study how nonviolence intersects with global transformation, social transformation, the role of women in Islam, and more. The texts covered for this class will be Islam and Nonviolence.

Methods & Dynamics of Nonviolent Action (Credit Hours – 1)

This course is an in-depth study of nonviolent methods and strategies and how they are useful in creating change without bloodshed. It will focus on exactly how and why nonviolence works. Students will learn about effective nonviolent methods like boycotts, peaceful protests, strikes, noncooperation, and mass civil disobedience and compare them to their violent counterparts. The methods will be discussed extensively with plenty of historical examples in different countries around the world. The texts covered for this class will be Politics of Nonviolent Action – Part Two & Three.

Emotional Intelligence

Thorough this subject, Madina Institute seeks to teach the students how to cultivate personal development, professional leadership, and relationship success through recognizing the relationships between cognition, emotion and behavior.

Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

SUBJECT OVERVIEW

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the study of an individual’s ability to perceive, understand and manage their own emotions and others around them.  Following the prophetic model, Madina Institute seeks to teach the students how to cultivate personal development, professional leadership, and relationship success through recognizing the relationships between cognition, emotion and behavior. Emotional Intelligence studies equip students with the basic skills necessary to appropriately digest, understand and benefit from their studies in a well-rounded manner.

 COURSES TAUGHT

Emotional Intelligence I (Credit Hours – 1)