بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
اللهم َ صلّ على سيّدنا محمد الفاتح لِما أغلق و الخاتم لِما سبق ناصرالحق بالحق والهادي إلى صراطك المستقيم وعلى آله حقّ قدره و مقداره العظيم
Fayda Institute(F.I.I.S.T.) is an Islamic educational institute that is designed to enhance the knowledge base of the grassroots Muslim community in the West. It is specifically designed to produce Islamic scholarship according to the highest standards. Our Islamic Studies program is based on the mahdhara system found in Mauritania and the Maaliki tradition, and the curriculum taught in Sham and the Shafi'i tradition. Students choose one of two tracks to follow ie., the Maaliki Track or the Shafi'i Track. We adhere to the Kalaam Tradition of the Ashari school of thought and follow various paths of spiritual wayfaring. We focus on the core texts in the Arabic language curriculum and Shariah Sciences that will provide the tools for the student to grasp the outward and inner meanings of the texts of the Sacred Tradition, beginning with most elementary text to the most advanced. This type of approach to Islamic Studies produces scholars trained according to the traditional methodology of the Islamic intellectual heritage, with a deep and profound experience in the traditional texts.
We offer specific courses on a semester basis. Students can apply as "Resident" students seeking to obtain a specialized license to teach(Ijaaza) in Islamic Studies over the entirety of the program. Non-Resident students do not seek to complete the program, rather just take courses to increase their Islamic Knowledge about a particular subject. All Students must take the core courses as outlined in the curriculum in order to qualify for certification. All texts studied are completed from beginning to end. Students will be able to study at their own pace according to their level and will have constant access to instructors.
Our undergraduate and graduate level Islamic Studies courses are taught mostly in Arabic, while the elementary program is taught in English(with the exception of three courses) as a way of "merging" the student toward all Arabic instruction. Thereafter, all courses require Arabic proficiency.
The Arabic Language Center is specifically designed for beginners with little time to spare. We use a dynamic book called "First Steps to Learning the Wonders of the Arabic Language" authored by our very own Arabic instructor, Shaykh Muhammad Abdus Sabur, as well as Kitab al-Asassi and the Muhammad Bin Saud Series. Our program is unique and facilitates easy acquisition of the language with a special methodology implored by the instructor.
The Center for the Study of the Quran allows students to experience the Book of Allah by learning the various sciences of the Quran, it's different recitations(qira'aat), and proper pronunciations(tajweed). The program is directed by Shaykh Nuh Saunders who establishes the necessary courses to be taught that each student should needs to learn. We focus mainly on four recitations namely Hafs, Warsh, Qalun, and Duri. Students will have a choice on which to specialize in. We have teachers from Mauritania and the Sudan ready to instruct our students in these recitations and memorization.
We want to change the culture of the Muslims. We seek to change their social circles from circles of ignorance, to circles of light. We seek to change their interests from interests that darken their souls, to interests that illuminate them. We want all Muslims to engage the traditional intellectual heritage of Islam. By offering a dynamic curriculum that exposes them to Sacred Texts, along with qualified teachers ready and willing to teach them from beginning to end, we hope to fill a void that is present in our communities. Our priorities must be indicative of that which we are commanded to do, and that is to seek knowledge. We eliminate the excuses, and provide an opportunity for everyone to learn.