Introduction to the Program
Do you want to just memorize books, or do you want to transform yourself and change the world? Knowledge is your tool, and Safina Society is your movement.
This program is a one year intensive that will inculcate literacy in all the seven sciences of the Sharia: Quran, Hadith, Arabic, Usul, Aqida, Fiqh, & Tasawwuf. Students will have hours of inspirational interaction with Sh Osama Salhia, Mufti Niaz Hannan, and Dr. Shadee Elmasry, along with special guest teachers along the way. The program is fleshed out with daily adhkar, separate memorization sessions, as well as training in community outreach, oration, and teaching.
Students will attend sessions live Monday through Thursday (Eastern Standard Time). For students that are unable to attend the live classes, recordings will be made available for later viewing, as well as instructor office hours for extra help. Due to the intense nature of the program, it is highly recommended that students attend the live sessions. Certificates of achievement will be furnished upon the passing of exams.
In addition to the outlined coursework, our program offers a series of electives that develop other aspects of life and deen. Through guided tasmi’ sessions, relief work with our team, and bonus workshops, Safina Society will facilitate a culture of improvement for students of our Intensive program.
All you need is a computer and the mindset to learn.
Meet the Instructors
Mufti Niaz Hannan
Mufti Niaz Hannan is the Imam and Religious Director at Islamic Center of South Jersey. He began his journey in the blessed lap of his mother and late grandfather, Shaykh Maulana Raihanul Haque may Allah have mercy upon him. After beginning hifz of Quran at North Penn Mosque, he continued his Quranic education at Darul Uloom Al-Madania in Buffalo, NY, and completed hifz there in the spring of 2004. Mufti Niaz then studied Shari'a in the UK, graduating in 2011 from Jamiatul Ilm Wal Huda UK, then completed an MA in Islamic Studies. He is the Muslim Chaplain at Drexel University in Philadelphia, and a part-time instructor for Safina Society, IQRA Institute, and Riwaq Institute of Greater Philadelphia, as well as Imam Ghazali Institute in New York.
Live Courses 2020-2021
Sarf with Application
Mufti Niaz Hannan
The linguistic definition of "sarf" صرف is derived from the linguistic root ص ر ف meaning "to change/turn." In English, sarf is known as Arabic Morphology, which is a sub-science of classical Arabic that deals with the meanings that come from patterns of vowelization and extra letters within the template of a word. These meanings include tense, voice, gender, plurality, and added connotations such as the notion of seeking help, gradual action, immediate action, etc. We will be studying from The Treasures of Arabic Morphology, one of the best available works in English that follows the format of earlier textbooks that have been used for centuries and have a proven track-record of effective instruction in the topic.
We will also study from Cream of Arabic Imperative Words by Safwat al-Masadir. This work is a supplementary work for students of sarf. It contains a large list of commonly used verbs and organizes them by their verb form and verb category, making it an essential companion and exercise guide. Along with the Hans-Wehr Dictionary and Min Kunuz al-Sarf, this work is essential for students of Arabic.
Ulum al Quran
Mufti Niaz Hannan
Allah describes the Quran as the "guidance to mankind, and the Criterion (of right and wrong)" (2:185 Baqara). The scholars have sought to explain the sciences associated with the Revelation. This discipline became known as Ulum al-Quran, or Sciences of the Quran, and includes many susub-topics, such as the nature and order of revelation, explanations of the types of expressions used in the revelation, and how the sacred text is to be correctly recited. Imam Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti wrote one of the leading comprehensive manuals on Ulum al-Quran, entitled Al-Itqan fi Ulum al-Quran. The text we will be using is an English translation of Shaykh Salah al-Din Arqahudan’s summary (mukhtasar) of this great work.
Nahw with Application
Sh. Osamah Salhia
This intermediate level Arabic grammar course will comprehensively cover the concepts of nahw, or grammar, through a commentary on the famous Ajrumiyya, written by one of the most prolific scholars of Al-Azhar in the past century, Shaykh Muhammad Muhyi al-Din Abd al-Hamid. Our course will deeply examine the grammatical principles as well as the practical applications of nahw through the examples in the text and in the Quran. It will provide a solid foundation for the student to be fully equipped for advanced level studies.
Other Full-Time Courses
Sh. Osamah Salhia
Allah says, "O you who believe, believe." How can we believe when we are already addressed as those who believe? The verse means, learn your beliefs in depth and detail. This class covers the most important sub-topics within aqida.
All 3 Instructors
The meat of all sciences if Fiqh because it is the largest science and also the one applied most in day to day life. We will cover the fundamentals of ibadat (rituals) and mu'amalat (interactions). Each student shall select the madhhab of their choice.
Ulum al Hadith
Mufti Niaz Hannan
What makes a hadith sound or sahih? How are fabricated hadiths determined? This course covers these questions, and tracks the history of hadith compilaiton.
Usul al Fiqh
Sh. Osama Salhia
This class covers what makes something obligatory or forbidden. It addresses the five rulings of Sharia as well as the sources of rulings.
Special Course: Relief Work
We enjoy the blessing of time, health, & iman. We cannot keep this to ourselves. Serving the less fortunate is incumbent upon us, even if it is very little. By physically going to places of need and serving the poor, we hope to alleviate the hardship and purify our wealth.
Special Course: Tasmee
The Tasmi' program will offer a collaborative platform for brothers and sisters to review and memorize the 30th Juz in a peer-group fashion. This is a self-paced program that helps with smaller, consistent doses of Quran memorization and review.
Open & Closing Sessions
Dr. Shadee Elmasry
Part of every student's life should be awrad, which are the adhkar of the morning and evening. We will be reciting these daily so that they become a habit of everyday life.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I register?
You can register for the program here.
How long is the course? What are the hours like?
If I miss a course due to an emergency, can I watch it later?
Are there exams?
Yes, there will be exams at the end of each semester. Certificates of achievement will be furnished upon the passing of exams.
How do I log in?
Who do I contact if I have any questions?
Please direct all questions to MyArkview@SafinaSociety.org. We will be happy to assist you!
I have other committments during the live class times. Can I still participate in this program?
For students that are unable to attend the live classes, recordings will be made available for later viewing, as well as instructor office hours for extra help. Due to the intense nature of the program, it is highly recommended that students attend the live classes
Mondays - Thursdays 9am-3pm
Sundays 2-5pm for scholarship classes
Additional hours TBD for bonus sessions
Ages 17+, must have graduated high school
Must be fluent in reading Arabic
Need a computer with reliable internet
$400/month or $4,000/year