Message from AQA Chairperson
Islam has never become rooted in a particular land until that land began producing its own religious scholars. There are several million Muslims in the United States. Yet, there is a shortage of academic institutions capable of training students in the varied sciences of Islam, while also creating for them the opportunity to pursue their secular and academic fields, thus allowing them to fully develop and understand the intellectual history and culture of the West, and make them well rounded and wholesome leaders, relevant and contemporary.
A program of this kind would make them better rounded, accomplished, and capable of providing solutions for the challenges encountered by the Muslim Community in the American Context. Clearly, there is an essential need for Muslim institutions that can wed Islam’s classical texts with the contemporary context. The shortage of homegrown scholars has led to two lamentable situations. First, there are very few Muslim scholars who can meet the religious and pastoral needs of a rapidly expanding Muslim community in the West. Second, much of our younger generation has become alienated from the mosque and from religious culture.
To meet these demands, we introduce the Al-Rahmah Seminary program. We believe that with the leadership of Shaykh Yaseen, we will be able to provide the opportunity for creating homegrown scholars who can meet the religious and pastoral needs of our communities.
Jazakum Allahu Khair
Chairman, Al-Rahmah Quran Academy