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A Prophetic Portrait: A Study of the Shama’il of the Prophet Muhammad with Ustadh Hisham Mahmoud

Date & Time TBD
ISBCC (Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center)


The Prophetic virtues are timeless and inform every generation everywhere. The genre of shama’il exemplifies the Prophet’s superlative demonstration of each virtue as narrated by those closest to him. He is exalted among men and was anointed to perfect moral character. This course seeks to cover aspects of the supernal character of the Messenger of God and suggest practical ways to refine our own within our individual and communal contexts.  We will continue from where we left off during the Prophet and I course offered in the Fall of 2017; videos of the previous class will be made available for students who need them. May God bless and sanctify the Prophet and his family.



Ustadh Hisham Mahmoud has studied theology, hadith, legal theory, jurisprudence, ethics, Qur’anic recitation, and Arabic with scholars in Morocco, Mauritania, and Egypt. He co-authored a forthcoming work entitled, “A Portrait of the Prophet,” as a translation of one of the most important commentaries on the personal qualities of the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم. He has lectured internationally on the Islamic sciences and on world religions, and continues to read with scholars and students in the United States. He has taught for more than a decade at Yale, Princeton, and Harvard Universities, then left the Academy to institute his own national initiative, Lanturna, a non-profit, educational institution that intends through its various projects to establish learning collectives across the country to enrich community life and enhance personal lifestyle. Currently, he resides in Pennsylvania with his wife and two children.


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 $850 per course, however, in our startup phase, we are offering all courses at a substantial discount.

Single Weekend Seminary – Price Listing

General Rate Student Rate
Tuition $135 $75


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.

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