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Qurʾanic Immersion: Recitation, Reflection, and Application

When: Every Wednesday, 4 pm – 6 pm EST; Starting April 14
Location:  ONLINE ONLY



This course is designed to train participants on the most effective methods of interacting with the book of Allah in order to gain its living companionship and God-given directions. This course will focus on practicing most of the rules of reciting the Qur’an (tajwīd) and familiarizing students with the techniques of Qur’an memorization. It also instructs students on how to reflect upon the Qur’an’s timeless teachings and practically apply these reflections to their day-to-day lives and social context. By the end of this course, participants will be able to recite the Qur’an properly; will have an established foundational practice of Qur’anic memorization, reflection, and application; and will have gained the tools to continue a life-long personal relationship with Allah, the Exalted, through His final revelation.


Learning Outcomes:

  • Implement at least the following Qurʾanic verses and hadiths:

    • (وَرَتِّلِ القُرْآنَ تَرْتيلا) “And recite the Qurʾan with measured recitation”

    • (خَيْرُكُمْ مَنْ تَعَلَّمَ القُرْآنَ وَعَلَّمَه) “The best amongst you is the one who learns the Qurʾan and teaches it”

    • (كانَ خُلُقُهُ القُرْآن) “His (saw) character was the Qurʾan”

    • (الْمَاهِرُ بِالْقُرْآنِ مَعَ السَّفَرَةِ الْكِرَامِ الْبَرَرَة) “The one who recites the Quran smoothly and precisely will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels”

  • Design personal goals and plans for Qurʾanic memorization, recitation, reflection, and application in their daily lives


  • Required:
    • All students applying to the three-year Masters in Islamic Leadership (except those who pass the placement test or demonstrate previous training). 
    • Ability to read Arabic script and being aware of the basic rules of reciting the Qurʾan (tajwīd).
    • Memorizing some Surahs from the Quran, preferably one Juz’.


Dr. Suheil Laher serves as Academic Dean at Fawakihan Arabic language institute. He has been a tafsir and tajwid instructor at Fawakih since 2010 and has made significant contributions to the content and development of these courses. After studying electrical engineering at MIT, he earned an MA in Religious Studies from Boston University and completed his PhD in Islamic Studies at Harvard University. He has previously taught Arabic at Harvard, Brandeis and Boston Universities. He has benefited from a number of teachers of traditional Islamic disciplines, in the U.S. and abroad, and has ijazahs in Islamic theology (‘aqidah), Islamic law (fiqh), hadith and other subjects. He has taught ‘aqidah courses at the Ella Collins Institute and the Bukhari Institute. He also has extensive experience working with youth while serving as Muslim Chaplain at MIT (part-time, 1998-2014).


Ustadha Zaynab Ansari spent a decade studying Farsi, Arabic and traditional Islam in the Middle East, graduating from a seminary in Damascus, and spending time in the land of her ancestors. She also took degrees in history and Middle Eastern Studies at Georgia State University, where she collected oral histories from Atlanta’s historic African-American Muslim community for her research. Zaynab Ansari serves as an instructor, board member and scholar-in-residence at Tayseer Seminary, where she teaches classes on Islamic law, Qur’anic studies, Prophetic biography, American Muslim history and women in Islam. She is a contributor to various Islamic educational portals, including Seekers Guidance and Rabata, the latter a pioneering online resource for women’s theological training.


General admission: $150 per one course. Then, $100 for each additional course.

Students: $100 per one for all students (including BIS students). Then, $50 for each additional course. Financial aid is also available for all courses. Please scroll down to find out more.


The Boston Islamic Seminary is committed to providing quality instruction to all, regardless of financial circumstances, through a generous financial aid program.

Please note that financial aid is offered on a first come, first served basis until available funds are exhausted. Please apply as early as possible to increase your chances of being awarded.

Boston Islamic Seminary admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.

You can learn more about our financial aid policy here.

If you have any questions, please write to info@bostonislamicseminary.org.