Introduction to the Islamic Sciences: Fiqh, Aqida and Tazkiyya

Dr. Suheil Laher, Dr.  Asif Hirani  & Dr. Ayman Ibrahim 

Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 9:00pm; Starting January 14 – April 14, 2020

Location: 41 Quint Ave, Allston, MA 02134


Introduction to the Sciences of Qur’an and Hadith(FOUN102) (Graduate Certificate Program  )


This course familiarizes students with Islam’s primary sources, the Qurʾān and Ḥadīth. Especial emphasis will be given to 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 content of the Ḥadīth. By the end of the course, students will 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 and also will develop the practice of reflective engagement with the Qurʾān and Sunna, enlivening their relationship with Allah (SWT) and His Prophet (S).


  • Preparing  students to pursue the advanced academic level of the Islamic studies and religious leadership.
  • Clarifying to students much of the personally obligatory knowledge of the Sciences of Qur’an and Hadith in Islamic religious leadership. 
  • Providing students with a solid foundation and essential skills for a continuous fruitful relationship with the Quran and Hadith.
  • Demonstrating to students how to experientially relate to sacred knowledge and further their own personal development.
  • Transmitting some of the qualifications necessary to accurately deliver this knowledge as a role model who puts knowledge into action.
  • Providing students with the skills and knowledge that qualify them to understand and present authentic interpretations of the Qur’an and Hadith.
  • To train students to locate and use the Islamic academic resources to help them in their continued research and training in Qurʾānic and Ḥadīth studies.

Student Learning Outcomes:  

  • Explain and present the core foundations of Qur’an and Hadith studies, and the key books of 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.
  • Design ongoing personal goals to obtain and increase essential Islamic knowledge and put it into practice.

Who Should Apply?

  • Required: All students applying the three-year Masters in Islamic Leadership (except those who pass the placement test or demonstrate previous training.) 
  • Highly Recommended: All Parents, teachers, Imams, chaplains, interfaith work, or anyone interested in deepening their knowledge and ability to teach others.


A successful application will include a meeting with an academic adviser


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.

Dr. Ibrahim is a research physician interested in development of novel therapeutic modalities and its ethical implications, bioethics and intersection between science and religion.   Dr. Ibrahim holds a degree in medicine, a postgraduate degree from high institute of Islamic studies, Egypt, and completed various studies in management and Law. He held various leadership positions in research in academia and industry with extensive exposure to various Bioethical applications in real life. He was an instructor and dissertation advisor for online graduate school programs, lectured in Islam and science and has numerous scholarly publications in those fields.


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, however, until our August 16th deadline, we are offering all programs at a substantial discount.

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.