About Us

Mission and vision

Institute of Islamic Education (IIE) was founded by Mawlana Qari Muhammad Abdullah Saleem under the patronage of Hadrat Mawlana Muhammad Naim Sahab (RA), Shaykh al-Hadith of Darul Uloom Deoband Waqf.Established in 1989 in Elgin, IL, IIE is an independent, not-for-profit, full-time educational institution aimed at providing its students with an education in the sacred and intellectual foundations of Islamic heritage.

We have grown from our humble origins and now are educating brothers and sisters on two separate campuses. We offer three full-time programs; The Hifdh al-Qur’an Program, the Ālim Program and Ifta (authority to issue religious decrees, i.e. Fatwa). IIE follows a classical method of instruction, emphasizing on close teacher-student interaction, and focusing on textual transmission and analysis. IIE also offers weekend and evening programs for part-time learners.

We invite you to learn more about our Institute and our programs, both full-time and part-time. May Allah the Most High bless you now and forever.


Mission and Vision

  • Preserving Islamic heritage of Muslim ummah and educating our children, boys and girls with the true understanding of Islam and its peaceful teachings.
  • Propagating and disseminating knowledge and upholding our legacy of Islamic scholarship
  • To be recognized as one of the pioneering institutions of higher learning in Islamic religious sciences in the U.S.

We understand from Hadith that knowledge will be lifted from the earth by the death of true scholars and the ignorant will lead the masses as we get close to the end of times. We are indebted to those before us who have preserved this knowledge for us. Now it is our turn to carry this responsibility to propagate this knowledge and uphold our legacy of Islamic scholarship. This is the mission of IIE, a mission that is truly needed for the growing Muslim communities across the United States.

President’s Message

Dear Parents,  

Al salam alykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu,

Welcome to one of the oldest institutions of Islamic learning in the United States. This masjid was founded by my father in the early 1980s so that we, as a community, could establish an institute of Islamic learning in the suburbs of Chicago. At the time the Muslim community was scattered and, as a result, insignificant in size. My father and his fellow scholars saw the need for a space that served communal and religious needs, and it out of these twin concerns that propelled them to establish IIE.

IIE, which had begun in a small residential complex, attracted Muslim men, women and children. The community taught our young children Qur’an, sunnah, fiqh, ethics and Islamic values. Simultaneously, it became a center of family counseling and many other social and religious activities.In time and with the support of the community, IIE emerged as one of the pioneering and oldest madrasah’s in Illinois.

We are indebted to those who, before us, have preserved this knowledge; now it is our turn to uphold our legacy of Islamic scholarship for this generation and the next. This is the mission of IIE, a mission that will serve the growing Muslim communities across the United States. I do wholeheartedly welcome you to visit this precious institution, as often as your time will allow, so that you, too, can contribute to our strong community.  

Sincerely yours,

Ubaidullah Saleem,



Family Counseling

Institute of Islamic Education offers counseling services for families as well as individuals. IIE encourages the community to approach the scholars here to assist and guide them through any difficulties they might face. Allah, the Most High, states in the Qur’an, “And it is not for the believers to go forth all at once. For there should separate from every division of them a group [remaining] to obtain understanding in the religion and warn their people when they return to them that they might be cautious” (10:22). These scholars, men and women, are here to serve the community in all of their religious needs and contribute in any way possible.


The Institute of Islamic Education offers its masjid and faculty for Marriage (Nikah) services. In line with the Islamic teachings of publicizing one’s marriage, IIE welcomes anyone to use its facilities for such an auspicious occasion. Marriages at IIE are facilitated by qualified and experienced scholars, and IIE offers marriage certificates in line with county guidelines.

Allah, the Most High, states in the Qur’an,“And from His signs are that He has created from amongst you spouses so that you may find tranquility in them, and He has created between you (the spouses) affection and mercy. Verily in that are signs for those that ponder,”(30:21). From this verse, along with many other verses and prophetic narrations that speak about the benefits and virtues of marriage, we learn the importance of marriage in Islam. It is when Allah, the Most High, puts blessings (barakah) in a marriage that the couple truly reaps the benefits of this union. Thus, it is praiseworthy to perform marriages in a masjid, as they are the most blessed of places to Allah, the Most High.


The Institute of Islamic Education also offers Janazah Salah (funeral prayers) year round and is an ideal choice for many muslims in the Chicago Land area. An Islamic Scholar leads the prayer and may also escort the funeral precession to the neighboring Bluff City Cemetery (945 Bluff City Blvd, Elgin, IL 60120) which is conveniently located only a minutes drive (0.7 miles) away from the Institution. This close proximity allows for the funeral process to be done in a smooth uninterrupted manner.

The Bluff City Cemetery has a large section that has been purchased by the muslim community, to purchase a grave you may contact, Masjid-al-Huda (630) 529-1365.


The institute is situated 40.7 mile in the North-West from Downtown Chicago (27 mile from O’Hare). In a very peaceful and environment friendly location, spanned on a seven acres of lands, IIE is one of the largest Islamic institutions in the United States with the following facilities:

  • Masjid al-Islam: This is the central building of the IIE, in this beautiful masjid daily five prayers, Jumu’ah and ‘Eidayn are offered by the community. Classroom and administrative sections, both are annexed to the masjid.
  • Boys Dorms: This is a large building, which has boarding and kitchen facilities for boys.
  • Noor Elementary School: A beautiful school building; elementary classes for local small children are conducted at this facility.
  • Girls Building and Dorms: A separate girl dorm with classrooms, boarding and kitchen facility is situated half mile away from the main campus and is supervised twenty-four hours by female staff.
  • Gymnasium: A beautiful, large and highly equipped gym is situated in the main campus, which provides sport facilities to both, boys and girls. The gym is served by the professional sport coach.



Six Year Ālim Program

Our Ālim Program is a six-year, post-secondary program designed to train our students into the classical Islamic sciences. The course is based on a traditional curriculum of study, covering a wide array of subjects such as:

  • Arabic Grammar (Syntax and Morphology)
  •  Arabic Literature (Speech, Composition, and Rhetoric)
  • Logic (Mantiq)
  • Islamic Theology (‘Aqidah)
  • Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence (Usul al-Fiqh)
  • Fiqh (Jurisprudence)
  • ‘Ulum al-Hadith (Sciences of Hadith Interpretation)
  • Hadith (Prophetic Traditions)
  • Usul al-Tafsir (Principles of Exegesis)
  • Tafsir al-Qur’an (Exegesis)
  • Sirah (Prophetic Biography)


Hifdh al-Qur’an Program (integrated with High School)

The Hifdh al-Qur’an Program is a pre-secondary and secondary program designed to help its students to memorize the entire Noble Qur’an. The Hifdh al-Qur’an Program, previously restricted to only Qur’anic memorization is now integrated with the standard curriculum offered in middle and high schools through an online virtual school.

With the blessings of Allah, we have produced more than 200 Huffadh since the school was established in 1989. Most graduating Huffadh go on to lead Ramadan prayers and teach Qur’an in their local mosques and schools.

Not only do our students  their daily Qur’an classes, but we also provide extracurricular classes on fundamental Islamic education, ethics, and advanced tajweed.

Daily Class Schedule

  •  Monday – Friday
    • Morning Class: 8 AM to 11 AM
    • Academics class: 12 PM ~ 1 PM, 2 PM ~ 4 PM
  • Evening Class: 5 PM to 8 PM
  • Saturday: 8 AM to 11 PM
  • Sunday: Closed 


Part Time Hifdh Program

We understand that some students may not be able to commit to the full-time Hifdh program.

Therefore, IIE has introduced the part-time Hifdh class, geared towards this audience.

Our part-time classes take place on weekdays from 6 PM to 8 PM.

Our qualified Nadhira and Hifdh teachers work diligently to serve these students.


Two-year Ifta (Religious Decree) Program

This two-year program is designed for those who have obtained a degree in Islamic religious sciences; those who have completed a six-year Ālim course are eligible to get admission in this program. This is a specialization program in Fiqh. Those who complete this program a title of Mufti is conferred upon them and they are entitled to issue Fatwason social and religious matters of the community.