Intermediate Islamic Studies Program


The Intermediate Islamic studies program at Darul Qasim will take you on a rich and in-depth journey into the methodology behind the Islamic tradition.

What You Will Gain

The full-time students complete their course work with the completion of 56 courses over a period of four years. The student completes the course with the following:
– Proficiency in Classical Arabic and Modern Arabic
– The ability to read knowledge recorded from the Oral Tradition
– Firm grounding in Islamic theology (ʿAqīdah)
– Strong foundations in the methodology and principles of Qurʾānic Exegesis, Hadith, Islamic Law, and Discursive Theology
– An in-depth and thorough understanding of one Madhhab (Legal School of Thought)

Students who complete this program will possess the necessary competence and skills to serve their local communities as Imams, program or youth directors, teachers, etc. The student completing may also choose to pursue further training and certification with certified institutions in the fields of community counseling, chaplaincy, Islamic school department leadership, etc.

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Important Dates

Application Deadline AUGUST 15, 2018

New Students Orientation AUGUST 17, 2018

First day of class AUGUST 22, 2018

What to Expect

Darul Qasim’s principal objective is to familiarize students with the ‘tools of understanding’ for reading knowledge recorded from the Oral Tradition, which vary from those used to obtain knowledge from a written tradition. This is because historically, the core content of Islamic knowledge transmitted during the first three generations of Islamic civilization was based on the Oral Tradition. Subsequent generations documented and reported the content of that knowledge in books. This naturally requires an understanding of the context in which something was said, the people it was said to, and the colloquial meanings from that time. Darul Qasim guides students to explore and understand the finesse embedded in the layers of our tradition.

What the Structure Entails

The intermediate Islamic studies program is built on an extensive study of Arabic grammar and rhetoric. These language skills are used to study texts on principles of Qurʾānic Exegesis, Hadith, Islamic Law, and Theological studies. These basic principles along with courses in a particular Legal School of Thought (Madhhab) will develop the understanding of the ‘Content’ (Mafhūm Islāmī) of early Muslim intellectual civilizations and the Oral Tradition of the first three generations.

Prerequisite: The Immersion Shaykh al-Hind Program

Prior to the Intermediate Islamic studies program, students are required to complete the Immersion Shaykh al-Hind program or its equivalent. Students will spend the prerequisite year studying foundational Arabic, while also being introduced to the core content of Islamic sciences. For more information on the Shaykh al-Hind program, click here.

Year 1-2: Requisites, Instrumental Sciences

‘Instrumental Sciences’ are taught predominantly in the first two years of the program within the Department of Arabic and Instrumental Sciences. The instrumental sciences come to a completion with an in-depth study of rhetoric and logic to allow the student to develop a rational mindset through the Islamic lens. Additionally, focus is placed on building a proficiency in the student’s ability to speak, read, and write Arabic in the modern context.


Year 1

Year 2

Department of Arabic and the Instrumental Islāmic Sciences
Arabic Syntactic Compendia
Arabic Lab Level 1
Intermediate Arabic Syntax and Introduction to Arabic Literature
Arabic Lab Level 2
Advanced Arabic Syntax – Part I
Introduction to Arabic Rhetoric al-Balāghah al-Wāḍiḥah – Part I
Arabic Lab Level 3
Advanced Arabic Syntax – Part II
Introduction to Arabic Rhetoric al-Balāghah al-Wāḍiḥah – Part II
Arabic Lab Level 4
Department of Qurʾānic Studies and Recitation
Introduction to Tajwīd
History of the Qurʾānic Text
Translation of the Qur’ān
Introduction to the Exegesis of the Noble Qurʾān
Department of Islamic Law
Introduction to Ḥanafī Legal Compendia – Part I
Introduction to Ḥanafī Legal Compendia – Part II
Introduction to Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School: Part I
Introduction to Islamic Legal Methodology
Introduction to Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School – Part II
Islamic Legal Methodology – Part I
Department of Hadith
Ethics in the Prophetic Tradition – Part I
Ethics in the Prophetic Tradition – Part II
Department of Theology
Introduction to Theology
Intermediate Islamic Theology

Year 3-4: Specializations, Core Content

By the end of the fourth year, the student will be well versed in their Hanafi fiqh, or corresponding Madhhab (Legal School of Thought), by completing the two (awwalayn) of the four volumes of Hidāyah (Hanafi advanced text of Islamic Jurisprudence) or its equivalent in the other three legal schools of thought. Furthermore, the student will be introduced to scholastic theology, discussing philosophy in light of fundamental Islamic beliefs along with the rationalization of objections raised against these beliefs through Sharḥ al-ʾAqāʿid al-Nasafī.

Year 3

Year 4

Department of Arabic and the Instrumental Islāmic Sciences
Selections from Arabic Literature – Part IARAB351
Arabic Lab Level 5
Selections from Arabic Literature – Part IIARAB352
Arabic Lab Level 6
Arabic Lab Level 7
Arabic Lab Level 8
Department of Qurʾānic Studies and Recitation
Introduction to Principles of Qurʾānic Exegesis
Thematic Study of the Noble Qurʾān
Concise Qur’ānic Exegesis – Part I
Concise Qur’ānic Exegesis – Part II
Department of Islamic Law
Introduction to Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School – Part IIILAW331
Islamic Legal Methodology – Part II
Introduction to Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School – Part IVLAW332
Islamic Legal Methodology – Part III
Advanced Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School, Volume 1 and 2
– Part I
Advanced Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School, Volume 1 and 2
– Part II
Department of Hadith
Introduction to Hadith Methodology and Literature
Introduction to the Hadith Sciences
Reading the Hadith – Part IHAD402
Reading the Hadith – Part II
Reading the Hadith – Part IIIHAD404
Reading the Hadith – Part IV
Department of Theology
Introduction to Advanced Dialectic Theology – Part I
Introduction to Advanced Dialectic Theology – Part II

What Darul Qasim Strives to Provide Students

A student completing the Intermediate Islamic Studies program will exhibit proficiency in three areas:


The ability to read and comprehend all the material covered with a clear understanding


The ability to repeat and reproduce, confirming an understanding of the content learned when
cross-examined by the teacher


The ability to disseminate the content learned throughout the program.


“After over a decade of taking classes online and with other institutes on a part-time basis, I’m so happy that Darul Qasim is my home for learning. The quality of instruction is phenomenal. Our highly-trained teachers bring centuries old texts to life by connecting the Islamic tradition to current-day realities, social sciences, spirituality, and practice. I travel daily in the middle of my workday to attend class at Darul Qasim and always leave inspired. The professionalism and educational quality is top-notch. The quality is so worth it for me that I stay later at work to make up the time I spend on campus during the day.
Our teachers bring their strong and faithful grounding in the tradition while being fully able to speak to the latest work in the Islamic sciences, so our education is both authentic and relevant.”

Abdul Sattar Ahmed

Second Year Student, 2015-2016, BS Finance, BS Information Sciences | Senior Software Engineer

My year at Darul Qasim has been a wonderful experience. I have been to my share of Higher Level Islamic Institutes, enjoying their own distinguishing features – so what sets Darul Qasim apart? I feel what Darul Qasim brings to the table is academic curiosity and a passion for research. This year my research has spanned a variety of topics from bitcoins, the stock market, gelatin, to the origins of Satan: whether he was an angel or a jinn. This focus on research is based on the philosophy that Shaykh Amin imparts to all the students: that the greatness of a people is based on their academic superiority. Personally, this year has been a breakthrough for me in that many questions of creed that had long been gnawing away at me were finally answered in detail with convincing proof, questions that i feel every young muslim is challenged with at some point like the issue of free will, predestination, the problem of evil, proof of God’s existence. I am truly excited to move on the Advanced program and can only imagine the layers of knowledge that are yet to unfold.

Atiq Taiyab

Completed the Intermediate Islamic Studies Program 2016, Darul Qasim