BIS Launches the Master of Islamic Religious Leadership (MIRL)!

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Applications are now open for BIS’s flagship program, the Master of Islamic Religious Leadership (MIRL)! This program aims to prepare professional American Muslim religious leaders for committed service to society. BIS’s uniquely-designed interdisciplinary curriculum will equip students with a deep understanding of Islam, the contemporary context of the modern world and the skills necessary to serve competently in one of three specialties:

  1. Religious and Spiritual Leadership.
  2. Religious Counseling and Arbitration.
  3. Outreach and Daʿwah.

Click here to learn more about the program.

BIS Annual Fundraising Iftar (Virtual)

Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 6:00 PM EST, online

Join Boston Islamic Seminary for their Annual Fundraising Iftar

“Leadership and Unity”

We are privileged to host Dr. Altaf Husain, Dr. Sharif El-Tobgui and Imam Abdullah Faaruuq among other esteemed speakers at our virtual fundraiser, as we celebrate the launch of the Master of Islamic Religious Leadership (MIRL) program.

Register for the fundraiser here.

Watch the fundraiser here.

BIS MA Program Approved by MA Board of Education

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Alhamdulillah, BIS is pleased to announce that we have received unanimous approval from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education for our graduate program, Master of Islamic Religious Leadership (MIRL)! InshaAllah, the first cohort will start their studies in Fall 2021.

“It is a great blessing from Allah and a great historic milestone for the Muslim community in Massachusetts and all over the United States,” said BIS President Dr. Basyouny Nehela.


To read the full press release on the approval from the Massachusetts Board of Education, please click here. To learn more about the MIRL program, please click here.

New MA Proposal and Fall Updates

Alhamdulillah, it has been a fruitful semester for the BIS. Together, we have helped over two hundred students in the U.S. and around the world gain foundational and traditional knowledge on personal reflection, spirituality and practice;


and the history of Islamic scholarship and contemporary issues. Preparations are underway for the Spring semester, when we will be offering several new workshops and courses, inshaAllah, so be sure to be on the lookout for more information in the coming weeks!

BIS is also happy to announce that, by the Grace of Allah, we have entered the final stages of obtaining degree-granting authority from the Department of Higher Education for our proposed program, Master of Islamic Religious Leadership (MIRL). You can learn more about the program here and help support our accreditation process by submitting a public comment about MIRL and BIS to the Department of Higher Education via email.

Fall 2019 Open House

Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

This event is intended to formally welcome and introduce community members and prospective students to the Boston Islamic Seminary’s faculty, new classroom facility and the start of our Fall 2019 semester.


Faculty members will give the audience each a 10 minute presentation on the exciting programs being offered. The event will be free of charge, however registration is required. 

BIS- Annual Fundraising Iftar

Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM 

Join Boston Islamic Seminary for their Annual Fundraising Iftar

“Investing in Religious Leadership”

Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda, Dr. Basyouny Nehela, & Dr. Altaf Husain

Book Talk: By Dr.Martin Nguyen

Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Join us as we celebrate the release of Dr. Martin Nguyen’s newest book.  Modern Muslim Theology: Engaging God and the World with Faith and Imagination (Religion in the Modern World)


Dr. Nguyen has taught “Islam in America (Fall 2016), and Islam, Race, and Power (Spring 2017) for the Boston Islamic Seminary’s Continuing Education program.

This book aims to bring Muslim theology into the present day. Rather than a purely academic pursuit, Modern Muslim Theology argues that theology is a creative process and discusses how the Islamic tradition can help contemporary practitioners negotiate their relationships with God, with one another, and with the rest of creation.

Fall Open House and Symposium

Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Join the Seminary for our Fall 2018 Open House and Symposium. You’ll have an opportunity to learn more about the Seminary, our Fall courses, and meet our instructors.

Annual Fundraising Iftaar

Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Boston Islamic Seminary invites you to our biggest event of the year,  our Annual Fundraising Iftaar on Sunday, May 27th, 2018 with special guests, Ustadha Yasmin Mogahed and Dr. Altaf Husain.


This year’s theme: Establishing Our Foundations, reflects the preparations for the launch of our Graduate Program in the Fall of 2019. We look forward to sharing our vision for that this year will bring inshaAllah.

The Boston Islamic Seminary is an institution of higher education that aims to train religious leaders who will serve the American Muslim community and to enhance the understanding of Islam in the contemporary context among people of all backgrounds.

Chart Your Journey: Opening Ceremony

Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM 

Are you interested in gaining Islamic knowledge, but don’t know where to begin? Join Ubaydallah Evans and Shaykh Basyouny to learn how to chart and begin your journey. The event is Sunday, September 18th, at 2:00 pm at ISBCC, and will also feature special guest and Master Calligrapher, Hajji Noor. 

Real Talk - Black Lives Matter

Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 6 PM – 7:00PM 

Discussion with Ustadha Zaynab Ansari & Nihal Mubarak on how we can productively use social media and be sincere, practical activists in the wake of systemic racism.

Real Talk - Spiritual Approaches To Combating

Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 6 PM – 7:00 PM 

As we continue educating ourselves about systemic racism and the reality our Black brothers and sisters live in , join us tomorrow at 6pm for our next Real Talk session with Imam Zaid Shakir & BIS student Harith Morgan.

Bring your questions and join the conversation as they discuss spiritual approaches to combating racism – and how we can use prophetic teachings when finding a balance between showing grace and standing for justice.