The Foundations class goal is to give those who attend the basic and essential knowledge of Islam, faith, prayer, purification, and spirituality. Starting with purification of the heart to prepare themselves properly for acquiring outward knowledge. Via this program the students will be able to confidently understand the various acts of purification and worship. Having this knowledge and its understanding of the real-world application is a primary and fundamental objective of this course. This course is suited for those who have a desire to learn how to lay a firm Islamic Foundation in their lives.

Learning Objectives

  • To fulfill the duties of learning that which is incumbent upon every Muslim.  

  • Introducing the basics of faith and beliefs in Islam. 

  • Extensive section on “how to correct the prayer” when one makes a mistake which is vital to arriving with certainty towards “perfecting one’s prayer.” 

  • Give the students an understanding of the process of purification as it relates to ritual worship. 

  • Bring an understanding of the various types of water and their role in the two branches of purification (removal of impure substances and the rectification of an impure state). 

  • The ability to master the components of wudu (illumination) and the ritual bath, including knowing what necessitates them both. 

  • The ability to master and understand purification in the absence of water.

  • Provide an understanding of the legal rulings surrounding menstrual and postpartum bleeding.

  • Understanding and knowing how to perform the prayer in their allocated time, including what necessitates rectification through an extra prostration, what invalidates the prayer, and what is necessary for its validity.

  • Provide the beginner with the fundamental obligatory knowledge of fiqh (jurisprudence) along with some very useful principles of fiqh that make it easy for the student to conceptualize legal rulings and make them easy to memorize.
  • Extensive detail concerning correcting the prayer gives the student a strong sense of certainty about how to conduct prayer properly both under normal and abnormal circumstances.
  • The class will instruct the student in the foundational aspects of both inward and outward conduct according to the shari’ah.
  • Imparting students with a firm understanding of the Islamic faith and application of worship.

  • Provide good company and coffee!


Registration and Logistics

  • Classes begin on Wednesday, August 10th at Ribat Cafe
    • 6408 Edsall Rd, 3rd floor,
      Alexandria, VA 22312

  • Please click here to register.

Learning Objectives

  • Introducing the sophistication and depth of Islamic Studies
  • Learning and applying Sacred Knowledge found in the Sciences of Quran, Hadith, Theology, Law, and The Prophetic Biography
  • Imparting students with a desire to constantly better themselves and to serve the Muslim community
  • Provide mentorship and good company

Year 1 Courses

  • Iman: The Foundations of Islamic Belief & Theology 
  • Islam: The Rules & Wisdom of Worship 
  • Ihsan: The Beginning of Guidance
  • Seerah: The Prophetic Character & Biography

Year 2 Courses

  • Quran: The Sciences of The Quran
  • Tafsir: Explanation and Understanding The Quran
  • Hadith: Commentary on select Prophetic Traditions
  • Ulum al-Hadith: The Hadith Sciences
  • Usul al-Fiqh: Introduction to the Philosophy and Principles of Islamic Law

Graduates will be able to:

  • Fulfill their individual obligation (fardh al-ayn) to study foundations of Islam
  • Appreciate Islamic Scholarship
  • Live a life grounded in the Way of The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ
  • Pursue Higher Islamic studies.
  • Serve their communities with guidance and sincerity
  • Call others to Islam through Knowledge & Wisdom

Registration, Tuition, and Logistics

  • Classes begin on Sunday, August 28th at ICNVT Musjid (lower level)
    • 4420 Shirley Gate Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
  • Tuition (including books and class materials) – $200/semester
  • Tanwir Institute does not turn away any student.  For financial assistance, please complete this form.
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