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Quranic and Prophetic Communication During Challenging Times

Instructors: Dr. Basyouny Nehela & Abdur-Rahman Syed 

Time: Saturdays  5pm – 7pm EST; Starting Saturday 2nd May 2020 for twelve (12) weeks 

Location: WebEx & Moodle

Registration Cost: See end of page for information on registration fee, student discount & financial aid.


Challenging times call forth the best in us. We’re not alone in our struggle, however. We need to communicate effectively with one another in order to survive and thrive. We must speak up, offer solutions, and give the people around us clarity and hope.

This kind of leadership requires human connection and emotional intelligence. It is an art that we can learn best from the Qur’an and from the greatest influencers in history: God’s messengers themselves.

This course is a theoretical and practical introduction to Qur’anic and prophetic communication. Drawing from the Qur’an and the stories of the prophets – along with insights from contemporary psychology, philosophy, politics and art – we can learn how to embrace the current moment and to inspire action in others.

Click the video on the right to watch Ustadh Abdur-Rahman Syed explain more:


Dr. Basyouny Nehela holds an M.A. in Fundamentals of Religion, and a Ph.D. with Honors in Da’wa and Islamic Culture, both from Al-Azhar University. He is currently the Dean of Academic Affairs and professor at Boston Islamic Seminary. Dr. Basyouny was previously an Associate professor at Qatar University’s Faculty of Sharia and Islamic Studies, Department of Islamic Creed and Da’wa, a faculty member at Al-Azhar University and Islamic American University, and Imam of the Islamic Society of Boston.

He has also served as head, and coordinator of many academic committees covering Curriculum Enhancement, Core Curriculum, Strategic Plan, Academic Activities and Events, & Professional Development. He has taught many academic courses including Fundamentals of Dawa, Ethics, Comparative Religion, Islamic Creed, Islamic Culture, Quranic Studies,…etc.

He participated and presented in many academic and Islamic conferences in America, Egypt, Qatar, Malaysia, Canada, India, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Jordan…etc. He has designed and developed some academic curricula and courses for academic organizations and schools in America, Africa and some Arab countries.

Dr. Basyouny has published over 200 articles in newspapers and magazines on topics such as the methodologies and means of Quranic Education and Da’wa, contemporary youth issues and Islamic thought as well as presented in various television and radio shows at Al Jazeera network .He also offers regular workshops and lectures on family issues and contemporary marital and educational problems.

He received Qatar University’s yearly award for the best academic online course at the university, and another award from the College of Sharia for the best chair of the academic activities committee.

Abdur-Rahman Syed is an international business advisor and communication expert with a special interest in the Islamic economy and in prophetic approaches to the human sciences. Abdur-Rahman is the founder and executive director of Algebra, a UAE- based advisory firm that helps business and non-profit leaders identify and communicate their vision and strategy. He has more than fifteen years of experience in branding, communication strategy, marketing and corporate strategy in financial services, hospitality, education and philanthropy. He has advised clients in the US, UK, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Brunei and Malaysia, in addition to serving in strategy and marketing positions in the international Islamic finance and investment industry. He is also a visiting faculty member at the Karachi School of Business & Leadership, where he teaches MBA students and facilitates corporate workshops on management communication. He is also working on a book on prophetic communication. Abdur-Rahman holds a bachelors degree in politics and religion from Harvard University, with post-graduate study in political philosophy at the University of Chicago and Boston University. He was an active member of the Boston and Cambridge Muslim communities from 1995 to 2000 and 2005 to 2011 before moving to the United Arab Emirates.


One 12-week course is $100 for students (including BIS students) or $150 for non-students.

After that, each additional course is an additional $50. Prices will be automatically calculated at checkout.

Financial aid is 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-serve 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.