Boston Islamic Seminary (BIS) graduate certificates consist of a minimum of five graduate-level programs aimed at preparing students to better serve in their current leadership roles in Muslims communities. All graduate certificates focus on providing relevant and foundational Islamic knowledge connected to various professions whose practitioners serve in leadership roles in the Muslim community and American society more broadly.

Islamic Foundations Courses

Description

 

This certificate consists of a five-course introduction to the essentials of Islamic belief, practice, and spirituality. It provides solid grounding for participants of all backgrounds to gain a firm foundation for further study. This graduate certificate emphasizes personal reflection, spirituality, and socio-ethical development, which is at the heart of all true Islamic learning.

Objectives

  • Improving the performance of Muslim religious leadership in American society.
  • Developing the next generation of leaders who are well grounded in Islamic knowledge and character.
  • Ensuring mastery of the personally obligatory knowledge of belief, practice, and spirituality.
  • Encouraging spiritual routines and interpretive principles that impact how participants engage with their surroundings and communities.
  • Preparing students who are interested in pursuing the full-time religious leadership program.

Course Work

 

  • FOUN 101: Qurʾanic Immersion: Recitation, Reflection, and Application.
  • FOUN 102: Introduction to the Sciences of the Qurʾan and Hadith.
  • FOUN 103: Introduction to the Sciences of ʿAqīda, Fiqh, and Tazkiya.
  • FOUN 104: Introduction to Islamic Systems.
  • FOUN 105: The Vocabulary of Islam.

Who should apply?

 

  • Required for:
    • All students applying to the three-year Master’s in Islamic Leadership program (except those who pass the placement test or demonstrate previous training).
    • All Muslims who have not formally studied the personally obligatory knowledge of belief, practice, and spirituality.
  • Recommended for: parents, teachers, imams, chaplains, or anyone responsible for teaching fundamental Islamic knowledge to others.

Prerequisites

 

A successful application will include a meeting with an academic advisor.

Qurʾanic Immersion

Recitation, Reflection, and Application – FOUN 101 (A Graduate Certificate Course)

Description

Participants who plan to serve in the capacity of religious leader will identify and learn 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 cover most of the rules of reciting the Qurʾan (tajwīd) and familiarize students with various techniques of Qurʾan memorization. It also teaches students how to reflect upon the Qurʾan’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 Qurʾan properly, will have an established foundational practice of Qurʾanic memorization, reflection, and application, and will have gained the tools to continue a life-long personal relationship with Allah through His final revelation.

Objectives

  • Improving the performance of Muslim religious leadership in American society.
  • Developing the next generation of leaders who are well grounded in Islamic knowledge and character.
  • Training participants on making reflection and application of the Qurʾan’s meanings a part of their daily lives.
  • Providing participants with a solid foundation and essential skills for a continuous fruitful relationship with the Qurʾan.
  • Demonstrating to participants how to relate to sacred knowledge experientially and further their own personal development.
  • Preparing students who are interested in pursuing the full-time religious leadership program.

Participant 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 (saas) 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.
  • Outline and connect the lived examples of past and present scholars of tajwīd to one’s own life.

Who should apply?

  • Required for:
    • All students applying to the three-year Master’s in Islamic Leadership program (except those who pass the placement test or demonstrate previous training).
    • All Muslims who have not formally studied the personally obligatory knowledge of belief, practice, and spirituality.
  • Recommended for:
    all who strive to increase their nearness to Allah through the proper recitation of the Qurʾan and reflection upon its meanings.

Prerequisites

  • Ability to read Arabic script (or memorize rules by ear).
  • Application and meeting with academic advisor.

Introduction To The Sciences Of Quran And Hadith

FOUN 102 (A Graduate Certificate Course)

Description

This course familiarizes participants with Islam’s primary sources; the Quran and Hadith. Participants will study the Quran’s preservation, contextualization, and abrogation, as well as the collection, authentication, and content of the Hadith. Also, participants will be able to understand the historical canonization of Islam’s primary sources and appreciate the tools developed by our righteous predecessors to maintain the authenticity and integrity of our sacred texts. Participants will also develop the practice of reflective engagement with the Quran and Hadith, enlivening their relationship with Allah (SWT) and His Prophet ﷺ.

Objectives

  • Improving the performance of Muslim religious leadership in American society.
  • Developing the next generation of leaders who are well-grounded in Islamic knowledge and character.
  • Training participants to locate and use the Islamic texts to help them in their continued research in Quran and Hadith studies.
  • Modeling how to approach the Quran with an open mind and heart, increasing one’s engagement with the Quran and Hadith.
  • Preparing students who are interested in pursuing the full-time religious leadership program.

Participant Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the core technical terminology of Quran and Hadith studies, and the key books and scholars of these disciplines.
  • Recognize and identify key Quran commentaries and books of Hadith, and have humility and care in approaching them.
  • Comprehend and appreciate the diversity of authentic opinion that exists in the interpretation of the Quran and Hadith.

Who should apply?

  • Required for:
    • All students applying to the three-year Masters in Islamic Leadership program (EXCEPT those who pass the placement test or demonstrate previous training).
    • All Muslims who have not formally studied the personally obligatory knowledge of belief, practice, and spirituality.
  • Recommended for:
    Parents, teachers, Imams, chaplains, interfaith workers, or anyone interested in deepening their knowledge of the Quran and Hadith.

Prerequisites

A successful application will include a meeting with an academic adviser.

Introduction To The Sciences Of ʿAqīda, Fiqh, And Tazkiya

FOUN 103 (A Graduate Certificate Course)

Description

Students in this course begin their study of the foundational sciences of ʿaqida, fiqh, and tazkiya, tracing their development, key figures, and central texts. Participants will learn the obligatory knowledge and key concepts related to these sciences, such as Allah’s names and attributes, rulings for ablution and prayer, and basic matters relating to the refinement of character. Participants will gain a holistic understanding of the essential sciences of Islam.

Objectives

  • Improving the performance of Muslim religious leadership in American society.
  • Developing the next generation of leaders who are well grounded in Islamic knowledge and character.
  • Introducing students to the core of personally obligatory knowledge related to practice, belief, and spiritual purification.
  • Contextualizing certain areas of agreement and discord in the intellectual development of the sciences of ʿaqīda, fiqh, and tazkiya.
  • Familiarizing students with the core technical terminology (muṣṭalaḥāt) of the sciences of ʿaqīda, fiqh, and tazkiya.
  • Training participants to think clearly about law, ethics, belief, and spirituality via the established cognitive frameworks (uṣūl) of each science.
  • Preparing students who are interested in pursuing the full-time religious leadership program.

Participant Learning Outcomes

  • Practice and relay the essential teachings of ʿaqīda, fiqh, and tazkiya.
  • Distinguish between questions of law, theology, and spirituality.
  • Recognize the role and centrality of trained and qualified scholars (mujtahids, muftīs, faqīhs, muḥaddiths, etc).
  • Know how to obtain essential knowledge and put it into practice when it becomes obligatory (i.e., as related to marriage, business transactions, inheritance, etc).

Who should apply?

  • Required for:
    • All students applying to the three-year Master’s in Islamic Leadership program (except those who pass the placement test or demonstrate previous training).
    • All Muslims who have not formally studied the personally obligatory knowledge of belief, practice, and spirituality.
  • Recommended for:
    parents, teachers, imams, chaplains, interfaith workers, or anyone interested in deepening their knowledge and ability to teach others.

Prerequisites

A successful application will include a meeting with an academic advisor.

Introduction To Islamic Systems

FOUN 104 (A Graduate Certificate Course)

Description

In this course, participants will delve into the foundations of Islamic systems and their basic principles, historical origins, and contexts as implemented by the Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him) and his righteous followers throughout history. The course will further include fundamental guidance and case studies that will help students utilize the Islamic systems in every affair of their lives with full conviction and appreciation. Participants will have a solid understanding of how Islam systematically organizes and tackles different domains of human activities and relationships.

Objectives

  • Improving the performance of Muslim religious leadership in American society.
  • Developing the next generation of leaders who are well grounded in Islamic knowledge and character.
  • Introducing participants to the intellectual development of these specific systems and helping them place certain discussions in their appropriate historical contexts.
  • Motivating participants to put knowledge into practice in various aspects of their daily lives while inculcating the prophetic example into their spiritual practices.
  • Preparing students who are interested in pursuing the full-time religious leadership program.

Participant Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a general understanding of how Islamic systems work and what the core and agreed upon principles are.
  • Apply the guidance and frameworks of Islamic systems to one’s daily life, and thereby progress on one’s spiritual path.
  • Comprehend and appreciate the diversity of opinion that exists in Islamic law with regard to Islamic systems.

Who should apply?

  • Required for:
    • All students applying to the three-year Master’s in Islamic Leadership program (except those who pass the placement test or demonstrate previous training).
    • All Muslims who have not formally studied the personally obligatory knowledge of belief, practice, and spirituality.
  • Recommended for:
    parents, teachers, imams, chaplains, interfaith workers, or anyone interested in deepening their knowledge and ability to teach others.

Prerequisites

A successful application will include a meeting with an academic advisor.

The Vocabulary Of Islams

FOUN 105 (A Graduate Certificate Course)

Description

This course provides students with a firm grasp of the principal Arabic terms and concepts needed for a sound and profound reading of the Islamic primary sources and engagement with Muslim and interfaith communities. Students will study the nomenclature and linguistic subtleties that comprise the Islamic lingua franca. By the end of the course, they will have gained the ability to engage the primary sources of various Islamic disciplines and will be able to effectively convey the meanings of key Islamic terms and concepts to an English-speaking audience.

Objectives

  • Improving the performance of Muslim religious leadership in American society.
  • Developing the next generation of leaders who are well grounded in Islamic knowledge and character.
  • Familiarizing students with the core Islamic terms that a chaplain, imam, counselor, or educator will encounter and use in their research and service to the community.
  • Demonstrating the need for proper understanding of core terms in the Islamic sciences for which there is not a common standard across disciplines or translators.
  • Preparing students who are interested in pursuing the full-time religious leadership program.

Participant Learning Outcomes

  • Interpret and apply the core terms relevant to Islamic religious leadership that impact the views and perceptions of Muslim and interfaith communities.
  • Prepare students to engage in writing, speaking, and interacting with their communities using the core vocabulary of Islamic religious leadership.
  • Clarify misunderstandings of common terms and explain their proper meaning.

Who should apply?

  • Required for:
    • All students applying to the three-year Master’s in Islamic Leadership program (except those who pass the placement test or demonstrate previous training).
    • All Muslims who have not formally studied the personally obligatory knowledge of belief, practice, and spirituality.
  • Recommended for:
    parents, teachers, imams, chaplains, and interfaith workers.

Prerequisites

A successful application will include a meeting with an academic advisor.

2020IS

Introduction to Islamic Systems

Offered Spring, 2020

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2020IQH

Introduction to the Sciences of Qur’an and Hadith

Offered Spring 2020

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2020V

Vocabulary of Islam

Offered Spring, 2020

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