Frequently Asked Questions

Is my gift to BIS Zakat-eligible?

Yes. It is permissible and highly recommended to give part of your Zakat to Islamic academic institutions in the US, established for teaching Islamic knowledge and training Muslims to deliver the message of Islam. You may read about this in more detail here

How much does it cost to sponsor a full-time student at BIS?

For the 2022-2023 Academic year, the cost to attend the Master of Islamic Religious Leadership (MIRL) as a full-time student is $20,750.00. You can see more details here:

In cases where an individual or group of individuals collectively sponsor a student, BIS offers monthly payment plans.

• Full tuition of one student ($1750/month) x one sponsor
• Half tuition of one student ($875/month) x two sponsors
• One-third tuition of one student ($585/month) x three sponsors
• One-tenth tuition of one student ($175/month) x ten sponsors

We ask Allah to make us from those who support knowledge and its seekers and increase us all in faith, wealth and health, Ameen!

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About the Seminary

According to a NPR survey, there are more than 2,100 mosques in the United States but they have a challenge – there aren’t enough imams or spiritual leaders, especially those who realize the challenges of a Muslim American today, to go around. BIS was established to address the gap in qualified American Muslim religious leaders. BIS is also the first Islamic Seminary in the U.S. to receive the authority to award the Masters of Islamic Religious Leadersrhip (MIRL) degree.