The Al-Rahmah seminary program (Islamic Scholarship Program) is a 6 year integrated course designed to develop Muslim Leaders deeply rooted in traditional Islamic Sciences, while possessing a high level and grasp of the modern world around them.
The Seminary Program has been thoughtfully designed, allowing students to integrate the Islamic Sciences with their high school and college degrees.
The total instruction time will be 16 hours per week (subject to vary). This allows students the time to complete high school, and also a minimum of two years towards their college degree accomplished by the time they graduate from Al-Rahmah Seminary as scholars.
As the seminary program is an intergrated program, we strongly encourage students to take this seriously by enrolling in college at the same time. Students who do not wish to will only be granted admission after careful consideration. This is based upon the discretion of the seminary board.
The breakdown of the six year program is as follows:
Ma’had al-lughah (Arabic Institution/Academy) 2 years:
During these two years, students will complete a comprehensive study of the Arabic Language, studying subjects such as:
- Nahw (Syntax/Grammar) – Nahw is that science, which teaches us how to join a noun, verb and particle to form a correct sentence, as well as what the (condition) of the last letter of a word should be.
- Sarf (Morphology) – Sarf is a science that teaches the form and structure of words in the Arabic Language
- Balaghah (Eloquence/Arabic Rhetoric) – the study of principles and rules of composition
- Adab (Arabic Literature) – The study of written material such as poetry, novels, essays, characterized by excellence of style and expression.
- Essay writing – Students will be trained in essay writing, to learn how to compose words, sentences, themes, and to encourage their usage of vocabulary and various writing styles.
- Analyzing Quran – With the skill set acquired from the subjects mentioned above, students will now analyze Quranic chapters to gain an appreciation for its excellence in expression.
- Tajweed – Rules and guidelines for Quran recitation) During these two years, students will also be introduced to the following Islamic Sciences: Tafseer (Quranic Exegesis), Hadith, Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence), and Aqeedah (Islamic Creed).
Ma’had al-Uloom al-Islami (Institution of Islamic Sciences) 4 years:
During these four years, students will complete a comprehensive and rigorous study of the subjects listed below. Famous classical texts will be taught relevant to the subject in this program. Students will have a comprehensive understanding of different theological groups, and also different law schools within Islam.
- Tafseer – In Islamic Sciences, Tafseer is defined to be: The science by which the Quran is understood, its meanings explained, and its rulings derived. In this subject, students will navigate into the deeper meanings, interpretations, exegesis and application of the Quran.
- Usool al-Tafseer – This course is a survey of the principles of Quranic exegesis. The curriculum focuses on ‘uloom al-Qur’an (background knowledge required of anyone who undertakes explanation of the Qur’an, especially its use of the Arabic language). It also includes a survey of works of tafseer, including the major classical works of tafseer bil-ma’thoor and tafseer bil-ra’y as well as modern trends in tafseer, particularly thematic tafseer.
- Hadith – A systematic approach to the learning of statements, actions, and approvals of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) Hadith studies are a number of religious disciplines used in the study and evaluation of the Islamic hadith by Muslim scholars. It has been described as the science of the principles by which the conditions of both the chain of narration, and the text of the hadith, are known. This science is concerned with the sanad and the matn with its objective being distinguishing the authentic, from other than it. Another definition is: knowledge of the principles by which the condition of the narrator and the narrated are determined. Students will study major Hadith texts in this subject.
- The principles of Hadith – This course is a survey upon which the principles of hadith rest. In this course, pupils will learn about the history of Hadith, its collection, classifications, levels of Muhadditheen, Hadith collections.
- Fiqh – Fiqh is Islamic Jurisprudence. It is the study of the Islamic code of conduct expounded by the Quran and Hadith. In this subject, the students will learn the rulings in Islam pertaining to everyday life of a believer, with special emphasis to contemporary America. Students will be introduced to comparative fiqh, and will be made well acquainted with the various schools of Islamic Thought.
- The principles of Fiqh – This course is a study of the history of Islamic Legislation, the development of Sunni Schools of Islamic Law. This course will also cover deeply the principles upon which Islamic Jurisprudence lays, specifically, the sources of Islamic Law, legal maxims, and Maqaasid.
- Seerah and Islamic History – This course is the study of the chronological account of the Prophet’s life, with special emphasis to context, and application of lessons in our everyday lives. There will also be a systematic study of the history of Islam from the time of the Caliphs, until recent times.
- Aqeedah (Islamic Creed/Dogma) – This course is a study of sunni creed, based upon the authentic sources of Islam. In this subject, students will learn how creed was formed, and the emergence of various creed schools within Islamic History.
(Currently Al-Rahmah seminary is only providing the Ma’had al-lughah program)
Please note, students applying for admission into the scholarship program must have completed the ma’had al-lughah at Al-Rahmah seminary, or have gained proficiency in those subjects at another institution prior to joining Al-Rahmah.
Islamic Sciences have been divided into two categories:
- Higher, intended and advanced sciences.
The first category is foundational subjects, prerequisites and tools without which a pupil cannot navigate into the higher sciences.
The second category is the actual major Islamic Sciences, known as the ‘Aaliyah (higher/advanced).
The higher Islamic Sciences are founded upon the Quran and Sunnah. To fully understand, grasp and appreciate these subjects, one must immerse themselves with the core subjects. The Quran and Sunnah are in Classical Arabic. Moreover, all the traditional sciences are in the Arabic Language.
Studying the core foundational subjects will equip the students with the proficiency required in the language to study, analyze and grasp the higher and advanced sciences.
There will be a total of 16 hours of instruction during the week.
Classes will be between 9AM-1PM, Tuesday through Friday
Al-Rahmah seminary program is an integrated program that provides students with the tools required to complete their high school subjects during the Ma’had al-lughah stage.
During the four years of higher and advanced studies, students will have their afternoons available for enrollment at a local college. Students will be expected to take a minimum of two classes per semester. This would ensure that upon graduating from Al-Rahmah Seminary, students will have completed two years of their college degree, thus adding to their career options.
Upon graduation from the scholarship program, students will have the opportunity to attend any university to complete their bachelors, or enroll at a famous Islamic Seminary within the United States, or worldwide to pursue further studies in the field of Islam.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be a U.S. citizen, legal resident or current visa holder.
- International students who currently DO NOT have a visa will not be considered. A visa must be obtained before an application will be processed.
- Able to fluently read the Qur’an.
- Be able to commit to a full-time program and financially support yourself during the program.
- Must have completed grade 9 of high school.
- Male and female can enroll at the Al-Rahmah Seminary. Specific classroom arrangements will be made for this program.