1 year intensive program

Miftaah Seekers

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ "‏ مَنْ سَلَكَ طَرِيقًا يَلْتَمِسُ فِيهِ عِلْمًا
سَهَّلَ اللَّهُ لَهُ طَرِيقًا إِلَى الْجَنَّةِ ‏"‏ ‏.‏ قَالَ أَبُو عِيسَى هَذَا حَدِيثٌ حَسَنٌ ‏.‏
Jami` at-Tirmidhi 2646

Narrated by Abu Hurairah: That the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: "Whoever takes a path upon which to obtain knowledge, Allah makes the path to Paradise easy for him."

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Across this country many Muslims desire to learn and enlighten themselves with the knowledge of the Quran and Arabic language. For this reason, Miftaah launched a one-year Intensive Arabic and Islamic Studies Program so that Muslims may have the opportunity to educate themselves in the sciences of their religion. Students may begin this program with minimal experience beyond the ability to read and write Arabic and by the end, students grow to understand the Quran as well as other classical and contemporary Arabic texts. The course will cover all parts of the Arabic language by studying Nahw, Sarf, and Grammar using the lens of the Holy Quran and the sayings of our Prophet SAW. Students will also develop a comprehensive understanding of Islamic law and religious thought.

Arabic and Islamic Studies Program

The goal is to provide students the ability to navigate Arabic text on their own and provide sound academic knowledge. Therefore, the seekers' program offers four courses in Arabic and four courses in Islamic Studies every day.

Arabic Conversation

Building upon what is learnt in Introduction to Arabic Grammar, this class aims to reinforce many of the concepts learned in Introduction to Arabic Grammar, increase students’ vocabulary, and introduce them to new grammatical forms. The class focuses on providing students with a firm grasp of phraseology that is common to both spoken and written speech, including, but not limited to, a thorough review of Arabic possessive, descriptive, vocative, and indicative phrases. The class also covers how gender is used in Arabic, the full range of Arabic subjective, objective, and possessive pronouns, and the Arabic broken plural. As with Introduction to Arabic grammar, preparation for class and homework are essential so that students may devote in-class time to communicating in the language rather than talking “about” the language. Upon completion, students will be able to formulate basic sentences and speak Arabic on a beginner’s level.
Course Length: 2 Semesters
Text Used: First Steps to understanding Arabic

Arabic Morphology

This course provides students with a necessary base understanding of how Arabic root letters are conjugated to create different words. By the end of the course, students will know how to conjugate verbs in various tenses, determine base letters from non-base letters, and identify verbal patterns that convey information about the number, gender, and voice of the subject of a sentence. Students will also be able to identify the usage of verbs in the Qur'an.
Course Length: 2 Semesters
Text Used:

Arabic Grammar

This course consists of a systematic study of Arabic syntax and parallels the material learnt in Beginner Arabic Morphology I. The comprehensive text used in this course covers the various classifications of different types of sentences and the different components of a sentence’s anatomy, provides a basic but detailed understanding of the Arabic case system, and discusses how Arabic nouns respond to prepositions and verbs in accordance with the role the noun plays in the sentence.
Course Length: 2 Semesters
Text Used: Hidayat ul Nahw, Duroos ul Lughat (Shaykh Hashim al Qalam), Arabic Tutor 2

Arabic Literature

This course aims at giving students a chance to put their Arabic comprehension skills used in their first-year grammar and conversation class to use. It also develops those skills. The class uses Sheikh Abu Hassan Ali Nadwi’s classic didactic text Qasas al-Nabiyin (Stories of the Prophets) to provide students with a manageably challenging reading experience. The fun and engaging text of Qasas al-Nabiyin gradually introduces more complicated and varied grammar and vocabulary as the text goes on. Therefore, each qissah (story) becomes like a baby step towards higher level Arabic comprehension for the student. This class gives students the skill and confidence to begin digesting some of the Islamic intellectual traditions’ most difficult and important works.
Course Length: 2 Semesters
Text Used: Tafsir al Jalalyn

Quran Comprehension

Students will study a compilation of verses from both the Quran. Various ayahs will be analyzed covering areas such as grammar, syntax, definitions, and moral conduct, encouraging the student to improve their knowledge of the Arabic language.
Course Length: 2 Semesters
Text Used: Tafsir al Jalalyn, Safwtul al Tafseer

Hadith Comprehension

This class is an introduction to the comprehension of primary religious sources in their original language and forms the basis of one’s ability to interpret, analyze, and apply Islam’s holy texts. Using the concise and to the point sayings of God’s Messenger (pbuh) collected in the classical text, students will begin to utilize concepts learned in their morphology and syntax classes to understand the Prophet’s (pbuh) words. A discussion of the grammar and vocabulary included in each hadeeth will be accompanied by a lesson on the hadeeth’s meaning and a discussion of its application in our place and time.
Course Length: 2 Semesters
Text Used: 40 Nawawi, Riyadus Saliheen HC

Tazkiah: Purification of the Heart

This Tazkiyah course will read and reflect over texts by Imam Ghazali, Imam Zarnuji, and other select texts. The objective of these readings is to train the student of knowledge by helping them learn practical tools to purify their hearts and build a stronger relationship with Allah SWT.
Course Length: 2 Semesters
Text Used: Purification of the Heart, Selection’s from Ihyaa, Ayuhal Wald Ghazali

Arabic

Arabic Conversation

Course Length: 2 Semesters
Text Used: Duroos-ul-Lughat-il-Arabiyyah by Dr. V Abdul Rahim

The course aims to reinforce many of the concepts learned in Introduction to Arabic Grammar and Morphology, increase students’ vocabulary, and introduce them to new grammatical forms. The class focuses on providing students with a firm grasp of phraseology that is common to both spoken and written speech. This includes a thorough review of Arabic possessive, descriptive, vocative, and indicative phrases. The course also covers how gender is used in Arabic and the full range of Arabic subjective, objective, and possessive pronouns. Preparation for class and homework are essential so that students may devote in-class time to communicating in the language rather than "talking about” the language. Upon completion, students will be able to formulate basic sentences and speak Arabic on a beginner’s level.

Arabic Morphology

Course Length: 2 Semesters
Text Used: Miftaah Sarf Textbook, First Steps in Understanding Sarf by Hashim Mohamed

This course provides students with a necessary base understanding of how Arabic root letters are conjugated to create different words. By the end of the course, students will know how to conjugate verbs in various tenses, determine base letters from non-base letters, and identify verbal patterns that convey information about the number, gender, and voice of the subject of a sentence. Students will also be able to identify the usage of verbs in the Qur'an.

Arabic Grammar

Course Length: 2 Semesters
Text Used: Miftaah Nahw Textbook, First Steps to Understanding Nahw by Hashim Mohamed, Hidayat al-Nahw by Shaykh Siraj al-Din Uthman Chishti Nizami

This course consists of a systematic study of Arabic syntax and parallels the material learnt in Arabic Morphology. The comprehensive text used in this course covers the various classifications of different types of sentences and the different components of a sentence’s anatomy. It provides a basic but detailed understanding of the Arabic case system, and discusses how Arabic nouns respond to prepositions and verbs in accordance with the role the noun plays in the sentence.  At the end of this course, students will gain a firm grasp of constructing and dissecting Arabic sentences, as well as complete understanding of the properties of a noun.

Arabic Literature

Course Length: 2 Semesters
Text Used: Tafsir al Jalalayn by Jalal ad-Din al-Maḥalli, Hayat us-Sahaba by Muhammad Yusuf Kandhlawi, Qasas Un Nabiyyeen

This course gives students a chance to develop their Arabic comprehension skills. The class uses various Arabic text to provide students with a challenging but manageable reading experience. These texts gradually introduce more complicated and varied grammar and vocabulary as the semester goes on. Therefore, each text becomes like a step towards higher level Arabic comprehension for the student. This class gives students the skill and confidence to begin digesting some of the most difficult and important works of the Islamic intellectual tradition.

Islamic Studies

Quran Comprehension

Course Length: 2 Semesters
Text Used: Tafsir al Jalalyn by Jalal ad-Din al-Maḥalli, Safwatul Tafasir by Shaykh As-Sabuni

Students will read, review, reflect on and dissect verses from the Holy Quran. Various verses will be analyzed covering grammar, syntax, definitions, and moral conduct. This course will encourage the student to improve their knowledge of the Arabic language. By the end of this course students will be able to comprehensively read and the understand the Quranic text.

Hadith Comprehension

Course Length: 2 Semesters
Text Used: Al-Nawawi's Forty Hadith by Abu Zakaria An-Nawawi, Riyad-us-Saliheen by Abu Zakaria An-Nawawi

This class is an introduction to the comprehension of prophetic sayings in their original language and forms the basis of one’s ability to interpret, analyze, and apply their lessons. Using the sayings of Prophet Muhammad's SAW collected in the classical text, students will begin to utilize concepts learned in their morphology and syntax classes to understand them. Upon completion, students will be able to identify the hadiths, discuss of the grammar and vocabulary included in each hadith, and understand it's meaning and application in our lives.

Sciences of Fiqh

Course Length: 1 Semester
Text Used: Mabadi ul Usool by Mufti Saeed Ahmad Palanpuri

This course examines the preamble to the principles of jurisprudence. It also discusses the Islamic ruling and the related disciplines and divisions. As it examines the sources of the agreed legislation, namely the Qur'an, Sunnah, consensus, and measurement.  The course reviews the methods for establishing the authenticity of hadith and for determining when the legal force of a scriptural passage is abrogated by a passage revealed at a later date. An exposition of the methods by which the rules of Fiqh are deduced, covering the sources for Islamic law, rules of interpretation, commands, and prohibitions, the consensus of opinion, and abrogation. This course will encounter and explore these, as well as other, fascinating and important questions.

Prophetic Biography (Seerah)

Course Length: 1 Semester
Text Used: Miftaah Seerah Textbook

Students will cover the events which occurred in the life of the Prophet SAW from his birth to the end of his life. The purpose of this course is to provide insight into the mannerisms, ethics, teachings, and examples of prophetic life. Seerah contributes to the holistic understanding of other sciences such as hadith and Quranic sciences, by adding a layer of context. Students explore the Prophetic interactions with society, religion, and many facets of his life that contribute to better understanding and loving him (S). Students will explore the challenges which the Prophet SAW faced and how he and his companions dealt with them.

Purification of the Heart

Course Length: 1 Semester
Text Used: Selection’s from Al-Ghazal's Ihyaa Ulum Al-Din, Ayuhal Wald by Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali, Kitabul Arba'in Fi Usulil Deen by Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali

The heart is the most crucial part of the body and is directly connected to one’s soul. This Purification of the Heart (Tazkiyah) course will read and reflect on texts by Imam Ghazali. This course will explore the self in detail, from the diseases of the heart to the plots of shaytan and the concept of Tazkiyah. The objective of these readings is to train the student of knowledge by helping them learn practical tools to purify their hearts and build a stronger relationship with Allah SWT.

Sciences of the Quran

Course Length: 1 Semester
Text Used: An Introduction to the Sciences of the Qur'an by Shaykh Furhan Zubairi

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. 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).

Sciences of the Hadith

Course Length: 1 Semester
Text Used: Introduction to Ḥadīth Studies by Shaykh Furhan Zubairi

This course consists of several religious scholarly disciplines used by Muslim scholars in the study and evaluation of the Islamic hadith—i.e. the record of the words, actions, and the silent approval of Prophet Muhammad SAW. Classification of a hadith is based upon the chain of narration, context, the strength of the narrators, number of narrators, etc. This course covers the very basic definitions pertaining to the classification of the hadith. The student will be able to comprehend the basic and common terminology used to classify hadith upon completing this course.

What You’ll Learn

Foundational knowledge of the principles of Islam.
The tools needed to navigate the basic tenets of faith.
Practical insight into living the theoretical principles of faith.
Ability to seek out and understand Islamic Studies resources.

Who Should Enroll

Our program is designed for anyone who:
Yearns for intellectual & spiritual growth
Can dedicate themselves to studying the foundations of the religion
Aims to become a Community leader or Youth leader
Aspires to be an Islamic Scholar
Seeks a Career in Religious Studies

program schedule

August 28, 2023 - May 26, 2024

Sunday - Thursday

9 AM - 4 PM

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Private and Group Study Pods
Miftaah Café
Lounge Area
Free Wifi
Free Parking
Free Breakfast Provided
Free Lunch Provided

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frequently
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What payment options are available?

Tuition payments may be made per semester or on a monthly basis.

Is the Miftaah Seekers Program open for High School Students?

The program is open to students that are 17 and older. Students that have completed High School and are available to dedicate a full-time schedule may apply.

What is the program schedule?

Classes will be held Sunday - Thursday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST.

Will there be an online option?

No, the Miftaah Seekers Program will be only available onsite.

Will there be food accommodations?

Miftaah will provide free lunch accommodations for students. Dinner will not be included.

Will there be lodging accommodations?

No, Miftaah will not be responsible for providing lodging accommodations.

I am a beginner in Arabic. Is this class suitable for me?

Yes absolutely, our Arabic curriculum was designed and taught for beginners learning the language of Arabic.

Are scholarships available?

Yes, scholarships are available upon request. Please fill out the Scholarship Request Form at https://miftaah.org/sponsorship to receive a scholarship.