About IOK Seminary

The IOK Seminary was established in 2010 with the goal of educating and training the next generation of Muslim American leaders, imams, chaplains, teachers and scholars to serve the religious and spiritual needs of their communities. It is a unique program that offers a one-year certificate in Islamic and Arabic studies, a two-year Associate’s degree in Islamic and Arabic studies, a four-year Bachelor’s degree in Islamic and Arabic studies, and an Ijāzah (Authorization) degree in teaching and transmitting Ḥadīth.

One of the notable aspects of the IOK Seminary is the diversity of its faculty, which consists of scholars who were trained in the traditional Islamic Sciences from institutions of higher learning throughout the world, including Madinah University, Al-Azhar, and Dār Al-‘Ulūm. This diversity creates a rich academic environment, exposing students to different approaches, perspectives, and understandings of the Islamic tradition.

How It Works

The Seminary strives to strike a balance in the students’ educational lives by dividing the day in two halves. In the morning, students will focus on their Islamic and Arabic studies. In the afternoon they will focus on their academic studies at local colleges and universities.

Mission

The IOK Seminary aims to educate and train men and women as Islamic leaders and scholars by combining a classical understanding of Islam with contemporary scholarship. We aim to foster a healthy understanding of our sacred tradition and its application in modern day society.

Who Is It For?

The IOK Seminary is for sincere, highly motivated and dedicated individuals who want to pursue higher Islamic Studies without having to travel abroad or sacrifice their university studies. Enrollment will be limited and based on a selective process including but not limited to an interview, admission’s essay and assessments.

Credit Hour Policy

Part-time

Academic credit at the IOK Seminary is determined and assigned on the basis of credit hours, commonly known as “credits” or “credit hours”. The academic year of the IOK Seminary part-time program is based on a standard trimester system (fall, winter, and spring). Each trimester runs for ten weeks. One unit of academic credit per trimester is based on contact hours. A contact hour is defined as 55 minutes of class time, once a week. Students are expected to study and prepare for a minimum of 2 hours for every contact hour.

Full-time

Academic credit at the IOK Seminary is determined and assigned on the basis of semester credit hours, commonly known as “credits” or “credit hours”. The academic year of the IOK Seminary is based on a standard two-semester system (fall and spring). Each semester runs 15 weeks. One unit of academic credit per semester is based on contact hours. A contact hour is defined as 55 minutes of class time, once a week. Students are expected to study and prepare for a minimum of 2 hours for every contact hour. A four-unit class will meet four times a week.

 

Transfer Credits

The unique nature of the curriculum at IOK Seminary means that very few, if any, credits from other educational institutions will transfer over as a substitute for the courses offered at the Seminary. Courses that are sought for transfer credit must be submitted in writing, along with the syllabus of the equivalent course.

 

 

Transfer of Credits to Other Institutions

Credits earned at IOK Seminary may or may not be transferable to other institutions of higher learning. This is entirely at the discretion of the institution and program that is being pursued. It is recommended for students who are interested in transferring credits over to another institution to contact that institution prior to enrolling in courses, since IOK Seminary has not entered into any transfer agreement with any other college or university.

 

 

Nondiscrimination/Harassment Policy

 

IOK Seminary is committed to providing and modeling a learning, working, living, and community environment that is free of unlawful discrimination and harassment in all of its policies, practices, procedures, and programs. This commitment extends to the Seminary’s administration of its educational policies, admissions, employment, educational programs, and activities. In keeping with this commitment, the Seminary does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, military and veteran status, medical condition, physical disability, citizenship, gender, pregnancy, or age.

 

No form of discrimination or misconduct is tolerated at Institute of Knowledge. The nature of these types of incidents are contrary to the educational mission of the Institution, as well as federal and state law. Those identified as being responsible for such acts will be held accountable under the procedures described in this policy (up to and including expulsion), and should understand that a student may decide to make a criminal complaint, outside of the institution.

 

Complaints/Grievances Policy

When conflicts occur, they can often be resolved through discussion that engages both parties who are directly involved.  However, when such attempts are unsuccessful or in cases in which a seminary student feels the need for third party support in resolving a conflict with a faculty member or another student, the Seminary will provide a process for third party support and intervention toward investigating and rendering decisions fairly and promptly.

 

IOK Seminary Graduates

The Associate’s Degree in Islamic and Arabic Studies is designed for students to develop literacy in the Islamic Sciences. It will establish a solid foundation within the various disciplines of Islamic Studies, enabling them to pursue higher studies and to face challenges of Muslims in the West as active members of society. They will be able to teach introductory classes, lead study circles, deliver sermons, teach seminars, serve as youth directors and chaplains, and be effective afterschool and weekend-school teachers.

Educational Objectives:

As an Islamic Seminary, the IOK Seminary provides a unique opportunity for students to study Islam and its main disciplines in a formal, structured, and traditional manner. The program will not only focus on the academic study of Islam, but will also focus on moral and spiritual education. It will train religious leaders academically, spiritually, and practically to serve the American Muslim community. To guide faculty and students, the Seminary has four educational objectives.

1) Belief

  • Faith: Firm belief in God, His existence, oneness, majesty, omnipotence and uniqueness, and His last and final Messenger, Muhammad ﷺ
  • Worship: Faith translates into action and drives our speech and behavior
  • Morals and Values: Islamic morals and values are shaped by teachings found in scripture

2) Manners and Ethics

  • Sincerity: Be sincere in your intentions and respectful in your actions
  • Steadfastness: Be persistent in your efforts and patient for results
  • Discipline: Be prepared, on-time, honest, and forbearing

3) Academic Excellence

  • Arabic: focus on the four skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening to achieve fluency
  • Islamic Studies: understand the material through reading, analysis, and selective memorization in order to work towards mastery of the subject

4) Service

  • Public Service: Serve the Muslim community by imparting knowledge through sermons, lectures, seminars, study-circles, and classes.
  • Outreach: Present Islam, its beliefs and teachings, to wider audiences with the goal of building bridges through mutual understanding, cooperation, tolerance, and removing misconceptions.
  • Community Service: Serve the community through various volunteer efforts focused on humanitarian causes.

Learning Outcomes

The Student Learning Outcomes for students who complete the Associate’s degree are as follows:

1) Demonstrates an intermediate level of proficiency in the Arabic Language. This includes: the ability to read Arabic works without vowels, translate them with the help of a dictionary, and analyze passages grammatically.

2) Demonstrates a firm grounding in the foundational topics taught in the field of Quranic Studies, including a commentary of the 30th part of the Quran.

3) Demonstrates a firm grounding in the foundational topics taught in the field of Hadith Studies.

4) Demonstrates a firm understanding of the practical rules and regulations related to ritual purification and acts of worship such as prayer, fasting, charity, and the pilgrimage.

5) Demonstrates the ability to discuss and analyze intellectual discourse surrounding Islam and Muslims in today’s world.

The four-year bachelor’s degree program builds off the associate’s degree and is for those students who want to pursue a path of scholarship. The bachelor’s degree is designed to be equivalent to four years of study in a traditional Islamic Studies seminary or university. Careful attention is given to helping the student achieve proficiency and mastery of necessary texts and subject matter. In addition to serving the American Muslim community through sermons, lectures, classes, and seminars, students will also be able to research complex issues and present them to scholarly audiences.

Educational Objectives: 

As an Islamic Seminary, the IOK Seminary provides a unique opportunity for students to study Islam and its main disciplines in a formal, structured, and traditional manner. The program will not only focus on the academic study of Islam, but will also focus on moral and spiritual education. It will train religious leaders academically, spiritually, and practically to serve the American Muslim community. To guide faculty and students, the Seminary has four educational objectives.

1) Belief

  • Faith: Firm belief in God, His existence, oneness, majesty, omnipotence and uniqueness, and His last and final Messenger, Muhammad ﷺ
  • Worship: Faith translates into action and drives our speech and behavior
  • Morals and Values: Islamic morals and values are shaped by teachings found in scripture

2) Manners and Ethics

  • Sincerity: Be sincere in your intentions and respectful in your actions
  • Steadfastness: Be persistent in your efforts and patient for results
  • Discipline: Be prepared, on-time, honest, and forbearing

3) Academic Excellence

  • Arabic: focus on the four skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening to achieve fluency
  • Islamic Studies: understand the material through reading, analysis, and selective memorization in order to work towards mastery of the subject

4) Service

  • Public Service: Serve the Muslim community by imparting knowledge through sermons, lectures, seminars, study-circles, and classes.
  • Outreach: Present Islam, its beliefs and teachings, to wider audiences with the goal of building bridges through mutual understanding, cooperation, tolerance, and removing misconceptions.
  • Community Service: Serve the community through various volunteer efforts focused on humanitarian causes.

Learning Outcomes 

The Student Learning Outcomes for students who complete the Bachelor’s degree are as follows:

1) Demonstrates fluency in reading, writing, and understanding the Arabic Language. This includes: the ability to read, translate, understand, and analyze classical Arabic works in Quran Exegesis, Prophetic teachings, Jurisprudence, and theology.

2) Demonstrates proficiency in reading, understanding, and teaching Quranic passages highlighting the background of revelation along with the meanings, morals, themes, and lessons that can be derived.

3) Demonstrates proficiency in having a holistic understanding of the Prophetic tradition and how narrations are used to derive legal rulings as well as how they are used to define Islam’s morals, values, and ethics.

4) Demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of all of the topics traditionally studies in Islamic Jurisprudence including purification, worship, family law, commercial law, and criminal law.

5) Demonstrates proficiency in the foundational concepts covered in the study of Islamic Theology.

6) Demonstrates the ability to discuss and analyze intellectual discourse surrounding Islam and Muslims in today’s world.

Assessment of Learning Outcomes

During each semester, students are assessed regularly through participation, assignments, quizzes, and exams.