Our Mission & Method

 

Darul Qasim exists to facilitate the learning and imparting of knowledge derived from the Prophethood of Muhammad, Allah bless him and give him peace.

Meaning of al-Qasim

Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) said: “I am a Distributor (Qasim) and Allah is the One who Gives.” The distributive function of Prophethood, while it includes physical assets such as wealth and property, emphasizes the knowledge that Allah bestows on His prophets. The prophets left behind an intellectual inheritance rich with knowledge.  It is an inheritance that, in the case of Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace), has transformed, and continues to transform, the lives and hearts of men and women all over the world.

Why Learn Academically?

The Qurʾān and Sunnah were revealed and practiced, respectively, in the context of a real society that faced difficult challenges. These challenges were overcome, and a remarkable new civilization was born, because the early Muslims understood the relevance of the Qurʾān and Sunnah to the world around them. There are two essential tools that facilitate the acquisition of such understanding, the Arabic language and Islamic studies. A deep knowledge of Arabic is the means through which exegesis, close textual analysis, is possible. It is the key to understanding how the culture, sociology and philosophy of previous generations functioned in the light of the Qurʾān and Sunnah. Islamic studies includes such disciplines as ʿAqīdah, Islamic thought, and Fiqh: it is the means through which one gains access to the Qurʾān and the resulting spiritual connection to our Creator, a connection that is the surest path for happiness in this life and the next.

Coexistence

Darul Qasim subscribes to the universal message of Islam which embraces coexistence with others as part of God’s Will on Earth. It is the opinion of Shaykh Mohammed Amin Kholwadia and the Darul Qasim board, that in line with the rulings of authoritative Muslim jurists of the past and present, Muslims must abide by the laws of the sovereign state in which they reside. Following the law of the land is incumbent upon Muslims wherever they may choose to live. Any protest and/or demonstration against policies of the state must be within the legal boundaries of the given state and its laws. Anyone who chooses to violate the laws of the land should not use religion (i.e. Islam) as a cloak to violate its rules and regulations. Anyone who does, does so by his or her own volition and not under the teachings of Islam.

The Darul Qasim Method

Darul Qasim aims to add value to existing paradigms of higher education through the following programs:

  1. Pre-collegiate Programs
  2. Bachelor’s level Program
  3. Master’s level Program
  4. Doctoral level Program
  5. Research and Publications
  6. Conferences and Seminars

For more information on each of the programs above, please visit Programs of Study.

Darul Qasim aims to offer these academic services through the lens of traditional Sunni understanding — the added value that incorporates the need to procure salvation in the Hereafter.