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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.