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TISA

is educating and nurturing those
who aspire to be:

Scholars

Imams

Youth Leaders

Chaplains

Non-Profit Managers

Preparing Muslim Leaders to serve Islam and the American Muslim Community

Our nation needs scholars and leaders just like you to serve the American-Muslim community while promoting a greater understanding of Islam throughout contemporary society.

The Islamic Seminary of America, an Islamic Seminary Foundation institution, is a lighthouse of knowledge and faith devoted to equipping American-based leaders. We aspire to raise the general level of Islamic understanding within the American Muslim community and throughout American society. Let us help raise you to a new level of growth in your desire to live out Muslim ideals of justice, equity and contribution to the common good.

Who we are. What we do

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to be the world’s preeminent community of scholars where generations of religious scholars and ethical leaders pursue the highest levels of knowledge, research and training, rooted in the Quran and Sunnah and integrating the rich traditions of classical Islamic knowledge with Western academic scholarship.
What we aspire to be

OUR VISION

Our vision is a world constantly bettered by religious scholarship and ethical leadership. The Islamic Seminary of America, an Islamic Seminary Foundation institution, aspires to be a lighthouse of knowledge and faith devoted to equipping American-based leaders and serving as an authoritative voice for a balanced Islam.

SPRING 2020 COURSE SCHEDULE

Advanced Aqidah

Instructor : Yasir Qadhi
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Advanced Fiqh al-Ibadat

Instructor : Tamara Gray
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Principles and Practices of Islamic Humanitarian Work

Instructor : Abed Ayoub
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NEWS

Shura Conference Call for Proposals

SHURA CONFERENCE CALL FOR PROPOSALS Sacred Activism: Islam & Cross-Cultural Competency The Association of Muslim Chaplains and The Islamic Seminary of America, in cooperation with the Muslim Endorsement Council of Connecticut are pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 10th National Shura & In-Service Training for Chaplains, Imams, and other Service Providers to...

The Journal of Islamic Faith and Practice Submissions

Guidelines for Authors The Journal of Islamic Faith and Practice Invites : Original social science- and humanities-based research papers reflecting on all aspects related to Islamic faith and its practice in America Abstracts of dissertations, theses, and research findings related to the American Muslim community (700-1,000 words). Shorter reflection pieces of (2,000-3,000 words) by activists, imams,...

Presidential Search

THE OPPORTUNITY – PRESIDENT OF THE ISLAMIC SEMINARY OF AMERICA (TISA) The Islamic Seminary of America (TISA) is a relatively new institution dedicated to educating and nurturing those who aspire to be scholars, Imams, Chaplains, youth leaders and non-profit managers. As an independent graduate institution for Islamic leadership education, TISA aims to prepare the next...

FEATURED FACULTY

Omar Suleiman

Founder and President, Yaqeen Institute; Adjunct Professor, SMU

Omar Suleiman

Imam Omar Suleiman is the President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research and a professor of Islamic Studies at Southern Methodist University. He’s also the resident scholar of the Valley Ranch Islamic Center, and Co-Chair of Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square, a multi-faith alliance for peace and justice.

Originally from New Orleans, LA, he began his journey of traditional Islamic learning in the year 2000 and has spent years studying in the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Malaysia, etc. Upon becoming certified in various traditional sciences, he completed a Bachelor’s degree in Islamic law, a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, a Master’s degree in Islamic Finance, a Master’s Degree in Political History, and is in the process of completing his PhD from the International Islamic University of Malaysia in Islamic Thought and Civilization.

His career started in his hometown of New Orleans where he served as the Imam of the Jefferson Muslim Association in New Orleans for 6 years and directed the ICNA Relief “Muslims for Humanity” Hurricane Katrina Relief effort. It was in this time that he was noted on a national level as being a strong advocate of community service, interfaith dialogue, and social justice. He co-founded the East Jefferson Interfaith Clergy Association and was awarded for his outstanding civic achievement by the Mayor and City Council of New Orleans in 2010.

He then moved to Dallas and became the Resident Scholar of the Valley Ranch Islamic Center in 2013 and more recently, Co-Chair of Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square. In Dallas, he has been a noted leader and voice for peace, and has partaken as a representative of the Muslim Community in many city functions. He has since been a guest at various national functions to share his experiences in community building.

Shaykh Omar most recently founded the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research which is a think tank that focuses on instilling conviction based on Islamic texts, and producing contribution. He also founded M.U.H.S.E.N (Muslims Understanding and Helping Special Education Needs), a nonprofit umbrella organization serving the community to establish a more inclusive “Special Friendly” environment for our Brothers & Sisters of all Disabilities.

Shaykh Omar has taught Islamic Studies at the university level since 2008. As a valued AlMaghrib instructor, Shaykh Omar developed one of the most successful seminars “Behind the Scenes: An In-Depth Study of the Spiritual Practices of the Best Generations.” He also is one of the main features at our annual conferences and retreats: IlmFest and IlmSummit.

In media, he’s one of the creators of the internationally acclaimed “Inspiration Series,” which has reached millions of Muslims and Non Muslims through YouTube and Islamic Television stations worldwide. He’s also known for his series on Quran weekly, as well as his contributions to Hadith of the Day.

Dalia Mogahed

Director of Research, ISPU; MBA, U of Pittsburgh

Dalia Mogahed

Dalia Mogahed is the Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, where she leads the organization’s pioneering research and thought leadership programs on American Muslims. Mogahed is former Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, where she led the analysis of surveys of Muslim communities worldwide. With John L. Esposito, she co-authored the book Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think. President Barack Obama appointed Mogahed to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in 2009. She was invited to testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations about U.S. engagement with Muslim communities. Her 2016 TED talk was named one of the top TED talks that year. She is a frequent expert commentator in global media outlets and international forums. She is also the CEO of Mogahed Consulting.

Tamara Gray

Executive Director, Rabata; PhD, U of St. Thomas

Tamara Gray

Shaykha Tamara Gray is the founder of Rabata, an organization dedicated to promoting positive cultural change through creative educational experiences. She is an Islamic scholar and holds multiple ijazas in Islamic sacred texts and subject matters. Shaykha Tamara recieved her doctorate from the Leadership, Policy and Administration program at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She holds a master’s degree in Curriculum Theory and Instruction, and worked for twenty-five years in the field of education, before moving into the non-profit world.

Shaykha Tamara works as Executive Director for Rabata, building and sustaining its many and varied educational projects. Some of the projects of Rabata are: the Ribaat Academic Program; an online seminary for Muslim women, Daybreak Press publishing, Daybreak Bookshop and Community Gathering Space, Leadership and Legacy Curriculum Materials, etc.. She is also a community faculty member at Metropolitan State University in the Ethics and Religious Studies department, and Associate Chaplain at the University of St. Thomas.

Shaykha Tamara is also a public speaker, often engaged to speak about issues of gender, leadership, Islam, and spirituality; locally, nationally and globally. Some of her platforms have included the International Leadership Association, the World Parliament of Religions, the Bonyaan conference on the Muslim woman (Sweden), the Islamic Society of North America and several universities, including Princeton, Virginia Tech and Oxford University.

Her publications range from several culturally appropriate English language curriculum programs to translations of sacred texts. Shaykha Tamara’s most recent work is the translation of Mukhtasir al-Jami’ fi al-Sīra al-Nabawiyya by Samīra Zayid [Compendium of the Collection of Sources on al-Sīra al-Nabawiyya] (Co-translator) scheduled for release in Fall 2017.  Her book, Joy Jots: Exercises for a Happy Heart, is in its third print.

Shaykha Tamara is part of the ISNA task force for more inclusive and welcoming mosques, on the advisory board of Muslim Women’s Association of Chicago, and the Muslim Anti-Racism Committee. She also sits on the board of Sakana Community Resource, working with faith based financial tools and affordable housing, and on the board of the Collegeville Instititute’s Interreligious Fellows Program, working to develop educational programming for faith leaders around social justice issues.

Ihsan Bagby

Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Kentucky

Ihsan Bagby

Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Bagby’s research focuses on the study of the American Muslim community in general and masjids in particular. PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Michigan. Director of ISNA’s Masjid Development Initiative. Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Policy and Understanding. Board member of Muslim Alliance of North America, Masjid Bilal (Lexington, KY) and CAIR-KY.

Rania Awaad

Director, Rahmah Foundation; Clinical Instructor, Stanford

Rania Awaad

Raised in the U.S., Ustadha Rania Awaad began her formal study of the traditional Islamic sciences when her parents permitted her to travel to Damascus, Syria at the age of 14. Her desire to continue studying the Deen resulted in multiple trips back to Damascus, interspersed between her high school, college and medical studies. She was honored to receive Ijaazah (authorization to teach) several branches of the Shari’ah sciences at the hands of many renowned scholars, including many female scholars. She has received Ijaazah to teach Tajwid in both the Hafs and Warsh recitations from the late eminent Syrian scholar, Shaykh Abu Hassan al-Kurdi. In addition to completing several advanced texts of the Shafi’i madhhab, she is licensed to teach texts of Maliki fiqh, Adab and Ihsan. Currently, Ustadha Rania teaches online and local classes for The Rahmah Foundation, Rabata, and is on faculty of Zaytuna College where she teaches courses in Shafi’i fiqh, women’s issues in fiqh, and has helped develop and co-direct the Tajweed and Hifz progam.

Ustadha Rania also a medical doctor with a specialty in Psychiatry. She completed her Psychiatric residency and fellowship training at Stanford University where she is currently on the faculty as a Clinical Instructor in the Stanford Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences department. Her medical interests include addressing mental health care concerns in the Muslim community- particularly that of Muslim women and girls. She has been awarded grants from the NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) to conduct research on this topic and has presented her findings at several medical conferences. Other on-going endeavors include the compilation of manuscripts addressing female-related mental health and medical issues from a fiqh-oriented perspective. She currently serves as the Director of the Rahmah Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching Muslim women and girls traditional Islamic knowledge. In this capacity she also heads the Murbbiyah Mentoring Program which trains young women how to teach and mentor Muslim girls and teens. Ustadha Rania is both a wife and a mother; she has been counseling and teaching women classes on Tajwid, Shafi’i Fiqh, Ihsan, marriage and raising children since 1999.

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