Pillars Seminary

Apply to be a student in Pillar's 2023-2024 Year I Foundations Certificate program. Learn Qur'anic Arabic and all the foundational Islamic sciences from relevant expert sources in a structured format.

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Classes are held in person twice a week, two hours each day – designed for full-time students and working professionals.

Visionary Curriculum

Our program is rooted in the orthodox tradition, put into conversation with contemporary discourse.


Students will receive a certificate upon completion and an opportunity to continue with our full Ijazah program.

Meet Our Teachers

Imam Ahmad Deeb has been trained primarily by his father Shaykh Abdallah Deeb from an early age, along with some of the great scholars of the east and west. He also holds an Usūl al-Dīn (Foundations of Religion) degree, and a Master's degree in Islamic Studies from Bayan Islamic Graduate School. He is currently a doctoral student in Psychology.

Shaykh Ismail Bowers holds an 'Alimmiyah (License in Islamic Scholarship) 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.

Pillars Seminary Foundations Certificate

No more dubious sources. Study Islam with credible experts. 


Our Curriculum

A nine-month curriculum that gives you a foundational understanding of the essentials of your faith.

Theology (Aqīdah)

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.

Spirituality (Tazkiyah)

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).

Qur'anic Arabic

Gain a foundation in classical Arabic, so you can begin your path to understanding 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

No more scattered information about your faith that leaves you feeling confused and insecure. Study a complete, structured syllabus that will give you confidence.


Teaching Methodology and Pedagogy

Engaging Lectures

Learn through organized lessons and presentations that engage multiple learning styles, with visuals and discussion. 


Through homework, regular assessments, and real-life examples, you will be able to apply what you learn in your life.

Communal Learning

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 Seminary Foundations Certificate

Begin your journey of seriously studying your religion and giving yourself the foundations that will last a lifetime.


Pillars Seminary Foundations Certificate

Like many, you may have spent years of your life attending seminars and watching lectures, while still feeling scattered in your understanding of Islam. This Foundations program helps give you the pillars of your faith, and the necessary tools which allow you to organize your knowledge into a complete whole.