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ADULT ISLAMIC EDUCATION

Everyone Needs a Sound Foundation

California Islamic University offers a full time program of study which caters to English speaking Muslims. We have attempted to combine the best and most practical ways of studying Islam, while remaining within the paradigm of an Islamic worldview. CIU focuses not only on academic and educational development, but also stresses the importance of spiritual and moral education. By emphasizing the realization that Islam is a holistic way of life manifested in all layers of society, our classes prepare students to become assets to the community at large.

A UNIQUE METHODOLOGY

We Take Our Audience Into Consideration

THE TEAM

We Are Passionate About Islamic Education
Mustafa Umar
Mustafa Umar

Director & Professor

Shaykh Mustafa is the founder and director of CIU and its lead instructor.

Shahid Ali
Shahid Ali

Adjunct Professor

Shaykh Shahid graduated from Al-Azhar University.

Ahmed Billoo
Ahmed Billoo

Adjunct Professor

Shaykh Ahmed graduated from the Islamic University in Madinah.

Jameel Besada
Jameel Besada

Adjunct Professor & Curriculum Designer

Ustadh Jameel is a Latino convert to Islam. He hopes to complete his degree in Islamic Law from the Islamic University in Madinah.

Nasreen Khan
Nasreen Khan

Adjunct Professor & TA

Ustadhah Nasreen is passionate about teaching people the fundamentals of their faith.

Yousuf Salama
Yousuf Salama

Lecturer & Researcher

Yousuf is passionate about Islamic education, particularly Islamic history, and graduated from the College of Islamic Studies and UCLA.

Omar Elsayed
Omar Elsayed

Operations Manager

Omar is passionate about Islamic education and wants to make sure every student is given special attention.

Kenny Solis
Kenny Solis

Administrative Assistant

Kenny is passionate about serving the Muslim community and motivating people to increase in knowledge.

COURSES

Core Classes
Diploma Requirements

Degree Requirements

History I: Life of the Prophet

This course will give a broad overview of the life and mission of the Prophet Muhammad as actualized in history. It will highlight important lessons from the events surrounding his career as well as reflect upon the methodology through which his life should be studied.

Qur’an I: Prophets in the Qur’an

This course will cover all the verses pertaining to the Prophets [before Muhammad] in the Qur’an. It will highlight lessons to be learned from their stories and how they can be applied to others in similar circumstances. An analysis of the same prophets in the Bible will clarify the similarities and differences between the two scriptures.

Islamic Law I: Essentials of Islamic Practice

This course will cover the teachings of Islam pertaining to purification, prayer, fasting and Ramadan, zakāh, food, and dress. It will also reflect upon the wisdom behind these practices and discuss how and why differences of opinion concerning some rules exist.

Islamic Law II: Essentials of Islamic Practice

This course will cover the teachings of Islam pertaining to vows, family matters, death, economic transactions, inheritance, politics, crime and other issues. It will also reflect upon the wisdom behind these practices and dispel certain myths that are circulated about particular practices.

Prophetic Teachings I: Wisdom from the Prophet

This course will cover a variety of sayings and actions of the Prophet Muhammad in order to give a bird’s-eye view of his teachings. It will also demonstrate how reports about the Prophet are to be interpreted linguistically and contextually.

Spirituality I: Purification of the Heart

This course will highlight certain spiritual diseases of the heart such as envy, anger, hatred, gossiping, arrogance and deceit. It will explain why people are prone to be affected by them and recommend techniques to prevent and cure them.

Qur’anic Recitation I: Reading the Qur’an in Arabic

This course will teach students how to read the Qur’an in Arabic, starting from the basic letters and building up to being able to read fluently from a copy of the Qur’an.

Qur’anic Recitation II: Proper Recitation of the Qur’an

This course will cover all the rules pertaining to the correct recitation of the Qur’an such as pronunciation [makhārij], lengthening [madd], and accentuation [ṣifāt]. It will also cover how to use the signs and symbols printed in copies of the Qur’an to help apply these rules, according the recitation style of Hafs.

Beliefs I: Survey of Islamic Beliefs

This course will cover the fundamental beliefs in Islam. It will also explain the rationale behind certain concepts such as how to: prove that God exists, reconcile divine decree with free will and explain why evil exists. It will teach people how to respond to doubts and misconceptions that seek to undermine the foundation of Islamic beliefs.

History II: The First Five Caliphs

This course will cover the history of Islam from the Caliphate of Abu Bakr to the resignation of Hasan ibn Ali. It will cover the major historical events that occurred, analyze the lives of the influential actors during this time, and reflect upon how and why Islam spread to different regions of the world. The course will also highlight other important lessons from history and serve as a model to shape the future of Islam.

History III: The Umayyads to the Fall of Baghdad

This course will cover the history of Islam from 661-1258. It will cover the major historical events that occurred, analyze the lives of the influential actors during this time, and reflect upon how Islam was practiced in different parts of the world. The course will also highlight other important lessons from history and serve as a model to shape the future of Islam.

Islamic Law III: Principles of Interpretation

This course will cover the way that the Qur’an and Hadith should be interpreted. It will explain why a mere literal reading of these texts is not sufficient and impart the tools and methods that are needed to properly contextualize the sources of Islam.

Spirituality II: Companions of the Prophet

This course will highlight certain events from the lives of distinguished Companions of the Prophet in order to know them as people and understand how they implemented the teachings of Islam.

Qur’an II: Survey of the Qur’an

This course will analyze the Qur’an as a text in terms of how it was revealed to the Prophet, transmitted by the Companions and their successors, preserved by future generations of Muslims, and analyzed by Muslim scholars throughout history.

Prophetic Wisdom II: Survey of Hadith

This course will analyze the reports about the Prophet Muhammad in terms of how they were transmitted by the Companions and their successors, were preserved by later generations of Muslims, and were analyzed by Muslim scholars throughout history.  It will explain what a hadith is, why these reports exist, and what authentication criteria has been developed to filter them for authenticity.

Arabic I: Beginning Arabic

This course will prepare a student to comprehend the language of the Qur’an and Hadith, as well as the scholarly literature of Islam. It will enable students to attain a foundational vocabulary, a basic level of grammar, and elementary skills in reading and writing, which will pave the way for future fluency in speaking and listening comprehension. Prerequisite: Ability to read the Arabic script

Arabic II: Intermediate Arabic

This course will build more vocabulary and grammar skills to get a student to an intermediate level of Arabic where they are able to read and construct short sentences in Arabic.

Arabic III: Advanced Arabic

This course will build more vocabulary and grammar skills to get a student to an advanced level of Arabic where they are able to read texts, comprehend questions about the reading and answer those questions, all in Arabic.

Skills I: Public Speaking & Communication

This course will focus on both the theory and practice of how to speak publicly about Islam and communicate with people through different mediums. It will cover methods that aid in becoming a more effective speaker and communicator.

Skills II: Critical Analysis of Readings on Islam

This course will analyze classical and contemporary writings about Islam. It will teach how to go beyond a shallow reading of a text in order to understand and analyze the motives and intent of the author, to fact check data, and to critically engage with the ideas that are presented.

ACADEMIC TRACKS?

We offer different academic tracks to accommodate the needs of our students.

DEGREE PROGRAM – FULL-TIME / PART-TIME

For serious students who would like to complete a diploma or a BA in Islamic Law & Theology. Courses consist of lectures, discussions [or labs], exams and essays. The degree can be completed in two years, or taken part-time over a few more years.

AUDIT PROGRAM

For students who would like to learn but cannot commit to a degree program. These students attend lectures along with degree students but do not participate in any discussions (or labs) and do not take any exams.

ON-DEMAND VIRTUAL CLASSES

For those students who like to take things at their own pace. Previously taught courses are available online where a student may proceed through the material at their own pace and leisure. Includes access to basic assessment exams to test one’s knowledge.

ACADEMIC CALENDAR

2016-2017

Instruction Begins Sep 26
Quarter Ends Dec 9

Instruction Begins Jan 9
Quarter Ends Mar 24

Instruction Begins Apr 3 - May 26
Quarter Ends Jun 27 - Jul 21
 

Thanksgiving Holiday  Nov 24–25
Ramadan Holiday 2017  May 27 - Jun 25
Winter Break  Dec 12–Jan 3
 

SCHEDULE OF CLASSES

Fall 2016
Course Schedule
History I: Life of the Prophet Shaykh Shahid Ali Th 7-9:50PM
Islamic Law I: Essentials of Islamic Practice Shaykh Shahid Ali Mon 7-9:50PM
History I: Life of the Prophet Shaykh Ahmed Billoo T Th 1:30-2:50PM
Islamic Law I: Essentials of Islamic Practice Shaykh Ahmed Billoo T Th 3:30-4:50PM
Qur’anic Recitation I: Reading the Qur’an in Arabic Ustadh Yousuf Salama Mon 7-9:50PM
Arabic I: Beginning Arabic Shaykh Mustafa Umar Tu 7-9:50PM
Discussions/Labs Schedule
History I: Discussion Ustadh Yousuf Salama Wed 7:30-8:30PM
Islamic Law I: Discussion Ustadh Yousuf Salama Wed 8:45-9:45PM
Qur’anic Recitation I: Lab Ustadh Yousuf Salama Fri 9-11:50AM
Arabic I: Lab Ustadhah Nasreen Khan Sun 8-10:50AM

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ADMISSION

Attend In-Person or Online

Degree Program

Audit Program

Affordability

Can I Afford an Islamic Education

We strongly believe that a sound Islamic education is the right of every individual and that no one’s financial situation should ever prevent them from learning about Islam. That is why the courses at California Islamic University are only $50/unit (or $30/unit to audit), which is much more affordable than most colleges in America.

 For those whose circumstances prevent them from paying for classes up-front, we offer financial aid in the form of interest-free loans to help cover the cost of tuition. Such financial aid is on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on the funds we have available.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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How much are the classes?

Classes for the degree program are $50 per unit. To audit a class it is $30 per unit. All classes are four units except the Qur'anic Recitation and Arabic classes, which are 6 units, since they require more instruction time.

How can I start taking classes? Is everyone accepted?

In order to enroll into the B.A. degree program, you must apply to CIU. We try our best to accommodate as many students as possible but we cannot accept everyone into the program. Anyone who would like to just take classes without pursuing the B.A. degree can register as an audit student.

What happens after I fill out the application?

Once you have filled out the online application, it will be reviewed by our staff. If you are accepted into the program, you will be sent an enrollment agreement to complete and sign. Once you have submitted the enrollment agreement, you will officially become a student of CIU and will then get to choose which classes you want to take for the upcoming quarter. If you applied for financial aid [which is an optional part of the application], you will be presented with a financial aid offer in the form of loans, grants, and work-study for the academic year. If you choose to accept the offer, your tuition will be offset by the financial aid you receive. Keep in mind that there are certain minimum requirements that must be maintained in order to qualify for, and maintain, financial aid.

Where do I apply for financial aid?

The financial aid application is part of the general application process. Once you start the online application process, you will be asked if you would like to apply for financial aid. If you select yes, you will encounter the financial aid application form. Once you have applied, you will receive a financial aid award letter, if you qualify, within a few weeks. Financial aid is given on a first come, first-served basis. So, technically, there is no deadline, but once the funds are depleted, there will be no more financial aid available. Therefore, prospective students should apply as soon as possible in order to secure their chances to earn financial aid.

Can I complete the degree program online?

Yes, it is possible to complete the entire degree program online as well as onsite. For those whose schedules do not match the course offerings, it is recommended they complete the courses online so there is no delay in their ability to take classes and graduate on time.

What is the difference between the College of Islamic Studies and California Islamic University?

There are three main differences. One, California Islamic University has its own campus in the city of Fullerton, CA, whereas CIS used the masjid as its main campus. Two, CIS offered an associate's degree whereas California Islamic University will offer a bachelor's degree. Three, about 20% of the course content has changed and each course will be more developed, structured, and intensive than the previous courses offered by CIS.

Do previous classes from the College of Islamic Studies carry over?

California Islamic University offers many of the same classes previously taught by the College of Islamic Studies. However, the format in which the classes are taught are slightly different and more demanding. According to the requirements of the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education [http://www.bppe.ca.gov], a student may only transfer or test out of a maximum of 75% of the units required for the degree. Units from the College of Islamic Studies do not automatically carry over to CIU since the intensity of the courses are different. Since the B.A. degree is 180 quarter units, and 90 units are transferred in from another institution, only 45 units may be tested out of. This means that a student may potentially test out of eleven 4-unit courses and have only nine courses remaining for the degree.

When is the deadline to apply for financial aid?

Financial aid is given on a first come, first-served basis. So, technically, there is no deadline, but once the funds are depleted, there will be no more financial aid available. Therefore, prospective students should apply as soon as possible in order to secure their chances to earn financial aid.

How can you offer a bachelor's degree in only two years?

California Islamic University is an upper division college [see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upper_division_college]. This means that it does not provide the first two years of undergraduate instruction and requires students to already have completed two years of study at another institution. A Bachelor's degree at CIU requires 180 units of coursework. Ninety of these units will be taken at another institution in any subject and the remaining ninety will be taken at California Islamic University through the twenty courses offered.

Can I test out of classes if I already know the material?

It is possible to test out of classes if you are confident that you have already achieved the learning objectives of the course. There is a fee applied to administer the examination to determine whether you have met the learning objectives or not. A maximum of 75% of the units required for a degree may be transferred or challenged. Since 90 units are transferred from another undergraduate program, there remains 45 units that can be tested out of at CIU.

Which institutions can I transfer units from? What if I already completed a degree?

Any institution that is accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education will be accepted by California Islamic University. Any foreign institution which can be proved to be equivalent to an institution that is accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education will also be accepted. If you have already completed an associate's or bachelor's degree that meets the above criteria, those units may be transferred over to CIU.

What is the procedure to challenge classes which I think I don't need to take?

If you are confident that you know the learning material of a particular course and have met the learning objectives of that class, you may take a challenge exam to test out of the course. A maximum of 45 units may be challenged as part of the 90 unit degree program at CIU. There is a $20 fee for each challenge exam and the exam may only be taken once. The exam will consist of both a written and oral component. Contact info@calislamic.com to request a challenge exam for any course. Keep in mind that if you pass a challenge examination, this grade will not be calculated as part of your final GPA. Email the admissions office at info@calislamic.com to setup a challenge exam for a specific course.

What if I am not interested in the courses you are offering in the upcoming quarter?

If you are on track for the B.A. degree and have already taken the courses that are being offered, you will have to wait until the following quarter to take courses. Due to limited faculty, we can only offer a limited number of courses per quarter at this time. To plan your schedule properly, please visit this page to see what courses will be offered over the next two academic years: http://www.calislamic.com/schedule

What if my college was on a semester system and I only acquired sixty units?

Some colleges operate under a quarter system whereas others operate under a semester system. A bachelor's degree requires either 120 semester units or 180 quarter units. To figure out the semester to quarter unit conversion, multiply by 1.5. So if you completed 60 semester units at another institution that you want to transfer to CIU in order to get the bachelor's degree, multiply those 60 units by 1.5 and it will equal 90 quarter units.

I want to take the classes and get the B.A. degree, but don't have that much time. What should I do?

It is very important to decide whether or not you want to pursue a degree. If you do, you must intend to eventually complete all twenty courses, or 90 units, in addition to having completed two years of undergraduate studies elsewhere. If you are only interested in taking some classes, here and there, depending on your schedule and interest level, then it is recommended you take courses as an audit student.

I am currently a college student. Shouldn't I wait until I graduate before starting these classes?

No. In fact, we have designed our program in mind so that students can simultaneously pursue their career education and Islamic education at the same time. It is like double-majoring in a university, except you attend two different schools at the same time.

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