Classes are held in-person twice a week, two hours each day, in the evenings at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo–designed for full time students and working professionals.
Our nine-month program is rooted in the classical tradition and in conversation with the modern and contemporary.
Students will receive a certificate upon completion, and an opportunity to continue with our full 6-year Ijazah program.
Meet Our Teachers
Imam Ahmad Deeb is the current Imam and Religious Director of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo. He has been trained primarily by his father Shaykh Abdallah Deeb, along with some of the great scholars of the east and west. He also holds an Usul al-Din degree from Cape Town, South Africa, and a Master's degree in Islamic Studies from Bayan Islamic Graduate School.
Shaykh Ismail Bowers is the Associate Imam of ICGT and lead instructor at Pillars Seminary. He holds an 'Alimmiya degree from the prestigious Al-Qarawiyyin University in Fes, Morocco. He also holds a Master's in Theology from Emory University and is currently a Ph.D. student in The Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford.
A nine-month curriculum that gives you a foundational understanding of everything you need to know in Islam
Learn the essentials of Muslim creed, including proofs for God's existence, and the major articles of belief through rational and textual evidences rooted in the Qur'an and authentic Sunnah.
Devotional Law (Fiqh)
Understand the essentials of Muslim practice and the detailed rulings concerning the major pillars of worship and devotion such as prayer, fasting, zakat, and hajj.
Develop the tools of the spiritual path, while understanding the make-up of the human being, how one purifies their heart, and the process of authentic religious experience.
Eschatology ('Alamāt al-Sa'ah)
Learn the fourth dimension of Islam: signs of the end of times and fiqh al-tahawullāt (the law of transitions).
Gain a foundation in classical Arabic, with a focus on grammar and morphology, so you can understand the Qur'an in its revealed language.
Learn the life of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ from his blessed birth to his blessed death. Focus will be placed on appreciating the Prophet's ﷺ life and example with reference to major themes in the Qur'an.
Pillars Seminary Foundations Certificate
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Teaching Methodology and Pedagogy
Learn through organized lessons and presentations that engage multiple learning styles, with visuals and discussion.
Opportunities for Application
Through homework, regular assessments, and real-life examples, you will be able to apply what you learn in your life.
You will learn with, and as part of, a local community supporting one another--as was the Sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ in Madinah.
Pillars has given me the knowledge and understanding on how to approach Islam and using the blessings of our faith in my daily life, far beyond what I was able to before.
Pillars influenced me to stand firm on my faith and be proud of myself as a born muslim. It brought me out of the old stale shackles of islamic ideas borne for a long time of my life and put me to read, learn, and understand and practice our divine religion.
God bless our teachers Shaykh Ismail and Imam Ahmad for their sincere efforts and their patience with our endless questions. This course has only made me hungry for more knowledge and Pillars classes.
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Pillars Seminary Foundations Certificate
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