Classes are held in-person twice a week, two hours each day, in the evenings at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo.
Our eight-month program is rooted in the classical tradition and in conversation with modernity.
Students will receive a traditional certificate (Ijāzah) upon completion of the program.
Imam Ahmad Deeb, the current Imam of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, has been trained by some of the greatest scholars of the east and west. He will be conducting Pillars Seminary workshops throughout the year. Ustadh Ismail, the current Associate Imam of ICGT, is the first American to formally receive an 'Alimmiya degree from the traditional Al-Qarawiyyin University in Fes, Morocco. He will be the primary teacher of Qur'anic Arabic and the Islamic sciences each week.
An Eight-Month Curriculum that Lasts a Lifetime
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.
Gain a foundation in classical Arabic, with a focus on grammar and morphology, so you can understand the Qur'an in its revealed language.
Engage contemporary issues through the tradition with expert seminars on various modern topics.
Restructure Your Understanding of Faith
Like many, you may have spent years of your life attending seminar after seminar, watching lecture after lecture, and still feeling scattered in your understanding of Islam. The Foundations Certificate helps give you the "pillars" of Islamic learning, allowing you to organize your knowledge into a systematic whole.
Teaching Methodology and Pedagogy
Learn through organized lessons and presentations that engage multiple learning styles.
Opportunities for Application
Through homework and regular assessments, as well as real-life examples, one is able to apply knowledge to life.
You are learning with, and as part of, a local community that supports one another.