Weekend Foundational Islamic Studies Program

Overview & courses

The Weekend Foundational Islamic Studies is a light seminary study program for working professionals, students or homemakers in Atlanta, GA & surrounding areas – mature teens & adults who want to seek deeper knowledge & guidance but need something that will fit in their busy schedule.

Immerse yourself in an illuminating curriculum – carefully crafted & taught by expert teachers & scholars – giving students a deeper understanding of scholarly texts in the core sciences of Islam, that helps you build a solid & complete framework for living your Deen righteously.

Madina’s diverse methodology shows the various viewpoints from within the bounds of Ahl al-Sunnah, offering you an unbiased appreciation of many schools of thought. At Madina we believe in providing students with knowledge & critical thinking skills – not indoctrination to a particular point of view, so you can become a well-rounded Seeker of Knowledge!

Quranic Sciences (Ulum Al-Quran)

    • Basic introduction to Sciences of the Quran. This includes a brief survey of topics related to the Quran, including defining what the Quran is, its content, names, miracles, causes and types of revelation, kinds of verses, abrogation, transmission and preservation, division, language and style, recitation, modes of recitation, exegesis, and interpretations.

Hadith Sciences (Ulum Al-Hadith)

  • This course is an introduction to the sciences of Hadith. Students will be introduced to the methodology of the scholars of hadith in authenticating and categorizing reports. They will also learn the various terminologies used by them. The text covered in this course will be Nukhbah al-Fikar.

Islamic Theology (Aqidah)

  • This course is an introduction to Islamic credal theology. Students learn about the historic context behind the development of the Sunni school of thought and the three Sunni schools, namely: the Ash’ari, Maturidi, and Athari schools. They are also exposed to the foundational matters in creed, with a special focus on the understanding of Tawheed, as well as the differences between the sunni tradition and other Islamic groups. The text covered for this class is al-Aqidah al-Tahawiyyah.

Prophetic Biography (Seerah)

  • This course is a study of the Prophetic biography as recorded by one of the earliest scholars in the field, Ibn Hisham. Students will learn about the environment of Arabia prior to his birth, his early life, the announcement of the message, life in Mecca, migration, and life in Madina (peace and blessings upon him and his family).

Islamic Spirituality (Tazkiya)

  • This course is a study of Bidayat al-Hidayah of Imam al-Ghazali. The path to self-purification and realization is a life-long journey. This journey must have a starting point on solid foundations, explained beautifully by Imam Al-Ghazzali in his book Bidayat al-Hidayah. This book lays out the foundations of the science of tazkiya (purification of the heart), by alerting one to the spiritual diseases of the heart and to their cures.

Islamic Legal Theory (Usul Al Fiqh)

  • This course is an introduction to the field of legal theory. Students will be introduced to the methodology and principles used by scholars to extract legal rulings from the Quran, Sunnah, and other sources. Students will also learn the structure of Islamic legal theory as well as the major chapters within the subject. The text covered in this course will be the primer of al-Juwayni, al-Waraqaat.

Islamic Law (Fiqh)

  • This course is an introduction to Islamic Law. In this course students will learn the rulings of purification and prayer according to the two largest schools of fiqh, the Hanafi and Shafi’i schools.

Contemporary Islamic Thinking

  • This course is designed to provide our students with an appreciation for the Islamic perspective on certain important contemporary issues. These include atheism, liberalism, LGBTQ, feminism, and mental health.

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Program Overview

Program Length

1 Weekend a month (Total 10 months)




Part-time (1 weekend a month)


Instructor Led

What you’ll Gain

  • Gain clarity, certainty & guidance for modern living
  • Authentic & reliable knowledge of the principles of Islam from the Quran & Sunnah
  • Practical Insight into living by the principles of Faith
  • Direct access & connection to expert scholars
  • Develop an understanding of the foundational sciences

Who should Enroll

  • Those seeking deeper knowledge and a program to go beyond the basics you learned from parents, elders, lectures,
    or at the masjid
  • Professionals, parents, & students ages 16+
  • Sunday School teachers & community leaders

Admissions Overview

Program Start Date

  • January 20th, 2024

Who can Apply

  • Anyone – 16+ years of age
  • No prior Arabic knowledge is needed

Program fee

  • Full program fee – $1000 (can be paid in 2 installments)
  • Can register for individual courses ($150 per course)

Steps to Apply

If you are not ready to apply yet, but have questions or would like to stay in touch, please contact us at admissions@madinainstitute.com

  • 1. Complete Online Application
  • 2. Pay the program or course(s) fee
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  • Once you submit your online application, a Madina Institute admissions counselor will be in touch with you to assist with any questions and to provide updates or further instructions.

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What our students say

At Madina, I finally got to ask the questions I was always scared to ask. The immeasurable knowledge I received at Madina Institute provided the clarity I was looking for.
Suhayla Saudin
Graduate Student
 I think the most amazing thing I witnessed during my studies is the diversity in the students. There are students who are new to Islam, students who lost touch with their faith but wanted to rekindle that relationship, students who have memorized the entire Qur’an, and some people who are learning to read.
Mohsin Darab
Undergraduate Student
The program is a force of nature- each day is filled with so much effort that due to its very essence, it is impossible for us students not to grow. (And InshaAllah, all growth is towards Allah Ta'la). From one week to the next, we can see and feel such a drastic change within ourselves.
Sara Abu Alrub
Entrepreneur & Photographer

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