California Islamic University constitutes a program of study that is catered to Muslims living in the West. It draws on the wisdom and experience of traditional Islamic institutions worldwide while taking into consideration the historical-critical approach to studying religion as taught in Western universities. The curriculum attempts to combine the best and most practical way of studying Islam by utilizing modern pedagogical methods, while remaining within the paradigm of an Islamic worldview.
The Calislamic curriculum presents a comprehensive study of the entire religion of Islam taught through various subjects. There are no majors, minors or electives. The two-year integrated course of study draws upon the classical tradition of Muslim scholars while adjusting the content to be more suitable to the modern context. There are no ancient textbooks. The combination of uplifting lectures and insightful discussions allows the student to balance between an intellectual and spiritual study of Islam and its sources. Students develop the tools to inquire, analyze, apply and critique.
On successful completion of the entire program, a student will receive a degree certifying that they possess a sound foundation in the most essential Islamic sciences. This will enable them to thoroughly understand Islam, navigate through the modern discourse on the subject, and also impart the knowledge they have gained to others. It will provide them with a core foundation to filter un-Islamic ideas as well as arm them with tools needed to spread Islam wherever they go. The program prepares one to become an asset to the community at large by realizing that Islam is a holistic way of life manifested in all layers of society.
Equipped with these tools, graduates are grounded to undertake any area of study and channel it through the filter of what God wanted us to think and do in all aspects of our lives. Most importantly, students become equipped to be both the best Muslim and the best citizen of the world they can be.
We focus on practical, beneficial knowledge for people living today. We emphasize teaching the core subject matter in every course, rather than getting caught up over irrelevant or impractical details.
We loathe overspecializing in only a few subjects. A balanced Islamic education requires that Theology, Islamic Law, History, Hermeneutics and other subjects all be studied at a foundational level. We give students the tools to understand and connect with Islamic teachings on a deeper level.
Everything we teach is based on the Qur’an and the authentic teachings of the Prophet [Sunnah]. When there is room for different interpretations, rather than pushing a particular school of thought in theology or jurisprudence, we maintain respect for legitimate scholarly differences of opinion.
Professionalism is a key component of our methodology. We want your educational experience to be transparent and reliable. We constantly try to apply the saying of the Prophet: “God has prescribed excellence in everything [you do].”