Suffa Islamic Seminary, full-time enrollment currently requires a 3-year commitment for a 60 credit-hour program in Islamic Sciences and Tradition. This course of study covers subjects such as Aqeedah, Fiqh, and Hadeeth for the fundamental introduction to the Islamic Sciences and Tradition. Although we are working towards accreditation from both national and international academic associations, at the moment students will receive a certificate of achievement upon successfully completing the program.
As Arabic will be the main medium of instruction, students will be required to read, write and understand a certain level of Arabic in order to continue within the program. Students who possess this skill may test out of the prerequisite classes. However, they will be required to attend the classes offered on Arabic rhetoric later during the program. [18hrs]
Beginning with a definition of Tawheed or Divine Unity, students will study the fundamental aspects of belief within the Sunni Muslim Tradition while also exploring the various creeds within the Islamic Tradition. [6hrs]
These three years of study focus strongly on an exposition of Islamic rulings within the various schools of thought. Beginning with the Fiqh of Worship, students will eventually cover the Fiqh of Civil Transactions as well as other fundamentals of Islamic Jurisprudence.[12hrs]
An important source of Islamic rulings, the study of Prophetic Traditions will allow students to familiarize themselves with the language of Hadeeth and explore the chain of narrations, the types of traditions, and the categorization based on these.[6hrs]
As an introduction to the study of Tafseer, students will study the linguistics and transmitted interpretations of the last chapter of the Quran as analyzed by the traditional scholars. Students will also begin to explore the ways in which legal rulings are derived from the Quranic verses.[6hrs]
At Suffa we highly encourage all our students to study Tajweed as it is essential to begin their journey into the Arabic Language. Tajweed is the science that is based around recognition and recitation of the Arabic letters along with the application of these sounds. The Tajweed classes have been made a prerequisite/co-requisite to all our courses. The class is based around the Noorani Qaaida. A DVD collection on Tajweed has also been created as a reference tool for our students and the general public. [Click here for DVD collection details]
One of our elective courses for our students is comparative religion. This class explores the three Abrahamic Religions; Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The class aims to increase our knowledge of the other religions and what they have to offer and see the brotherhood between the three religious groups.
Suffa also aims to provide a course for Islamic Finance. This class will be an elective. It will be based around the book “The Art of Islamic Banking and Finance”.