What Sets Us Apart
We Believe that Islamic Learning is a Lifelong Quest
At Darul Qasim, we see each person at our institution as an individual on a shared quest for more knowledge; as is our motto. This mindset sets our institution apart in that it is a mantra that manifests itself in all that we do and all that you see. It is a philosophy that runs throughout the entire institution.
To begin the journey in the quest for more knowledge at Darul Qasim, a student enrolls in a culture that values a consistently authentic, structured knowledge based on the oral tradition. The road is challenging yet rewarding, rigorous yet eye-opening. It is a road with an eye toward a continuous and ongoing approach to learning applicable, relevant yet very traditional Islamic knowledge.
This also means that the faculty at Darul Qasim are also always learning, where colloquiums are held and teachers sit in other teachers classes to learn. Such is the culture at our institution.
We Approach Islamic Content with Rigid Fluidity
The plethora of knowledge passed down by the Prophet Muḥammed (peace and blessings be upon him) is not subject to change. As Muslims we accept, implement and submit to the truth of that knowledge. As such, the content is never changed in meaning or intended meaning in order to accommodate any context.
However, at Darul Qasim, we do believe that there is a certain fluidity in which we can cater to the current Western Muslim culture. In doing so, the content as originally revealed 1400 years ago is the same, but the re-presentation of that content is more relatable to the current climate.
To better visualize how we apply this creative process at our institution, think of a box of pens. The pens inside remain the same, but the box can be updated and made to appeal to different audiences and highlight the content in different ways. Similarly, Darul Qasim faculty take great care and diligence in re-presenting Islamic content to our students in a way they can connect.
We Approach our Pedagogy with Great Academic Rigor, which Gives Students a Strong Foundation in their Understanding of Classical Islam
Darul Qasim offers students a culture where one will strive to reach the highest standards. The institution operates with a seriousness toward studies and academic structure. While there is support found in teachers and students, the Darul Qasim curriculum also offers autonomy to the student and provides a platform for critical thinking, which is why the foundations courses are rigorous and comprehensive.
In approaching subject matter in this way, Darul Qasim helps to develop the American Muslim mind and offer a spiritual and intellectual home for learning and discussion. For us, it is not about how many students are learning on campus, it is about the quality of teaching, the caliber of the curriculum and the ability to understand the implications of classical Islam in the Western context.
We See Ourselves as an Intellectual & Spiritual Home to Develop the Western Muslim Mind
The students at Darul Qasim come from all walks of life. Our campus is a unique platform where professionals are integrating with scholars. While some students are what one would expect at a higher education program; highschool graduates who have chosen a path to higher Islamic learning, many others are not. Those are students who have chosen alternate career paths such as medicine, engineering, literature, philosophy or communications, and who seek to integrate Islamic learning into their professions. This produces a thriving hub for application-oriented learning where Islamic subject matter really comes to life.
We Place Emphasis on Learning Arabic for the English Speaker
At Darul Qasim, learning classical Arabic begins in the foundations courses. This may sound challenging for the English speaker, but our curriculum is geared with this in mind, with many of our own faculty having learned Arabic as a second language. Our focus on Arabic is because we believe that the richness of the content cannot be unlocked and properly understood without the beautiful key that is the Arabic language.
The Qur’ān 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 Qur’ān 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 Qur’ān and Sunnah. Islamic studies includes such disciplines as ‘āqīdah, Islamic thought, and Fiqh: it is the means through which one gains access to the Qur’ān and the resulting spiritual connection to our Creator, a connection that is the surest path for happiness in this life and the next.”
Our Research Helps to Advance Collective Islamic Thought
Another unique aspect to the Darul Qasim campus is the focus on research. Faculty, advanced students and field professionals collaborate tirelessly to author pertinent papers and issue present-day fatwas.
By presenting research papers and submitting them to leading journals, Darul Qasim leverages its knowledge-base to the public arena and provides a seat at the table. We see it as our prerogative to elevate the Muslim mind and Muslim thought to the mainstream discussion. It is at the level of higher learning that respect flourishes and changes can be made.
We Welcome All Adults, at Every Stage of Life
With a diversity of programs, Darul Qasim has something to offer every adult seeking Islamic knowledge. In doing so, our programs have multiple set ups to accommodate different schedules. For example, our basic entry-level program, called Shaykh Al-Hind, is offered in a full time capacity as well as a part-time week night capacity with nightly and weekend options.
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We Value Co-existence
At Darul Qasim, we are cognizant of our duty to produce positively contributing members of society. As such our campus respects and values its surroundings. The statement below as issued by Darul Qasim sheds light on our position as an Islamic institution in the west:
“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 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.