Alim Course

For as long as one can remember, studying the higher Islamic sciences meant spending many long years abroad in a country far away. Discouraged by the problems associated with travel and study outside of the United States, many young and motivated seekers of knowledge were long deprived of authentic sources of Islamic learning.

IIE prides itself upon providing the exact same educational quality found over seas. Our highly qualified teachers, from all around the globe, have dedicated their lives towards safeguarding the knowledge of Islam. By the grace of Allah, this knowledge will remain intact for generations to come by the conveyance of this knowledge from teacher to student, heart to heart, in an ever continuous cycle.

Our course is intensively packed into six rigorous years. Students will cover all of the required subjects of a full-time Islamic studies Shari‘ah course without sacrificing or omitting any core material. After the completion of the course the student will be authorized by the senior sheikh of the institute that he is qualified in the various Islamic sciences, by means of an ijazah. This ijazah links the student from his teacher to his teacher all the way up to the Prophet in a chain which has been authentically documented.

Our Alim Program is a six-year, post-secondary program designed to train its students in the classical foundations of the 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-Quran (Exegesis)
  • Sirah (Prophetic Biography)


The Institute has made essential modifications to the curriculum to fit the American student body and audience with whom graduating scholars will most likely work with. The only educational prerequisite is a high-school diploma or a high-school equivalence, and basic sight-reading ability in Arabic; further knowledge of Arabic or the Islamic sciences, though helpful, is not required

Students of the course will gain many necessary skills for becoming future community leaders. Students will be trained to deliver khutbahs, speeches, conduct halaqahs, and propagate the faith.


IIE offers boarding for students seeking to reside on campus for minimal fees. Boarding includes separate facilities for both male and female students as well as meals