The Study Circle is an avenue for anyone wishing to enrich their knowledge of Islam through the interdisciplinary study of Islam and various subjects through the medium of English. The Study Circle is meant to provide all Muslim adult learners with a solid, systematic grounding in Islamic knowledge so they may apply what they have learned in all personal and professional environments. This means that through the gradual reading of various subject matters in Islam, and through competent, grounded teachings, one will be able to relate any matter in Islamic studies to any field of professional and personal practice. The Study Circle is the platform for traditional and contemporary Islamic studies, culminating, not only in personal confidence and better understanding and practice of Islam, but also in the general license (ijaaza) in the comprehension of the Islamic tradition. The ijaaza will be conferred to all students upon completion of all four courses.
The Study Circle Program consists of 4 courses:

  • Course I  – The Inner Laws of Islam (Fall 2017)
  • Course II – The Greater Laws of Islam (Spring 2018)
  • Course III – The Outer Laws of Islam (Fall of 2018 & Spring of 2019)
  • Course IV – The Laws of Methods & Critique in Islam (Fall of 2019) 

Upon completion of these four courses, students will embark on a one-year guided self-study specializing in an area of their personal choosing, under the supervision of our teacher.

[Registration is currently closed for 2017, the next cycle will begin in the Fall of 2018]

Course I: The Inner Laws of Islam
Description: This course is an in-depth course of Ihsan otherwise known as purification of the heart or spiritual psychology. Students will cover the book written by the late Shaykh Emin Er, translated by Khalil Abdur-Rashid and Joseph Walsh. This text was taught to Shaykh Khalil directly by Shaykh Emin and students will learn all of the major aspects of purification of the heart. This text is required reading for anyone who wants to better understand and practice the science of Islamic spirituality and to better improve their relationship with Allah.

Text: Laws of the Heart

You may use this coupon code (2ST5B5TG) for 15% off of price of the book.
* Weekly classes, (approximately 16 weeks)  Wednesday nights 9:30pm eastern time / 8:30pm central (exact date to be determined)
* Instruction will be in English
* Courses will be taught online
Pre-requisites: None
Tuition for each course is $200.

Payment Options:
* Full tuition at the beginning of each semester
* Monthly ($100 for registration and September meeting, $50 due at the end of October, $50 due at the end of November).
* No one will be turned away for lack of funds
We look forward to having you join The Study Circle.
About Our Teacher:
Shaykh Khalil Abdur-Rashid was born in Atlanta, Georgia as the son of Mayor Chuck Khalil Burris, who was a student of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the first African American mayor of Stone Mountain, a suburb of Atlanta, GeorgiaHe is currently the Muslim Chaplain at Harvard University ( pursued Islamic studies academically and traditionally in the United States and overseas for numerous years. He has a Masters degree in Islamic Law from Marmara University, Turkey. He holds two full Ijaazas in Sharia disciplines, both Usul and Furu, as well as an Ijaaza in the Spiritual Sciences and Quran Recitation. He holds a Master of Arts in Middle East Studies as well as a Master of Philosophy in Islamic Law both from Columbia University in New York City. He is currently completing his doctorate on American Muslim Identity.

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