Introduction to the Sciences of Qur’an and Hadith

Dr. Suheil Laher and Dr. Asif Hirani

Thursday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm; Starting January 23 – April 23, 2020

Location: 41 Quint Ave, Allston, MA 02134



This course familiarizes students with Islam’s primary sources, the Qurʾān and Ḥadīth.l Special emphasis will be placed on the various disciplines related to the Qurʾān and Ḥadīth as textual sources of Islam. Students will study the Qurʾān’s preservation, contextualization, and abrogation, as well as the collection, authentication, and contents of the Ḥadīth science. By the end of the course, students will understand the historical canonization of Islam’s primary sources and appreciate the tools developed by Islam’s righteous predecessors to maintain the authenticity and integrity of the sacred texts and also will develop the practice of reflective engagements with the Qurʾān and Sunna, enlivening their relationship with Allah (SWT) and His Prophet (Peace be on him).

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain and present the core foundations of Qur’an and Hadith studies, and the releant books and literature on these disciplines.
  • Recognize and identify the scholars of the sciences of Qur’an and Hadith in developing and preserving the knowledge of the revelation.
  • Comprehend and appreciate the diversity of opinion that exists in the interpretation of the Qur’an and Hadith.

Who Should Apply?

  • Highly Recommended: All Parents, teachers, Imams, chaplains, interfaith worker, or
    anyone who F 101 is interested in deepening his/her knowledge and ability to teach


Dr. Suheil Laher serves as Academic Dean at Fawakih, an 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 M.A. in Religious Studies from Boston University and recently completed his Ph.D. 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 US 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).

Dr. Asif Hirani completed his Bachelors of Business Administration in Fashion designing before switching gears to the pursuit of Islamic Studies. He has completed his Masters in Islamic Studies (Usul-ud-din) from Karachi University and attained his PhD from Al-Madina International University in Tafsir & Uloom-ul-Quran. He is currently serving as a Resident Scholar of Worcester Islamic Center in Massachusetts.


The Boston Islamic Seminary offers competitive tuition rates when considered against other non-degree academic programs offered by a variety of institutions throughout Greater Boston. Standard tuition is $400 per program.

Fees $400



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 the financial aid application deadline is one week before the start-date of any given course. 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.