Understanding Islam Academy

2-2570 Haines Road, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, L4Y 4A3



Sunday - Thursday 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.

The ideal model of Islamic education set by the Prophet of Islam, peace be upon him, involves the understanding of both the text and context, or sources and society. Every vibrant, productive, and conscious Muslim community has Islamic institutes of education where the teachers and scholars create an environment of interactive learning and insightful discourse.

As the name itself implies, Understanding Islam Academy, originating in summer 2002, is an endeavour facilitating the understanding (Fiqh) and education of sacred Islamic traditions and sources in the contemporary North American context.

Far from theoretical discourses on ‘good to know’ subjects, UIA’s deliberately designed sessions offer stuff you ‘need to know’ as a Muslim who loves Allah and His creation.

UIA Objectives:

1. Empowering our participants with the essential tools to interpret and implement the central message of the Qur’an and the traditions of the Prophet Muhammd (pbuh)

2. Instilling confidence in them through the analysis of rich Islamic history

3. Enabling them to produce a personal intellectual Islamic response to the challenges their community and human family are facing today

4. Inspiring them to actively seek, read, research, and specialize in Islamic sciences

5. Harmonizing the often conflicting approaches to Islamic learning (the traditional/spiritual, academic, and literal) in our community

6. Establishing a dynamic and dialectic movement between the Islamic sources and our North American environment, required to develop a healthy Muslim identity

Our Instructors & Pioneers:

It is with these objectives in sight, we have invited and featured scholars, academics, professionals from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines. Visit our Instructors page for the complete list.

Understanding Islam Academy is a project of DawaNet, which is a grassroots network of Muslims that specializes in creative methods of outreach, social service, and community development in Canada. Some of DawaNet’s well-known projects include www.TorontoMuslims.com, MuslimFest, Canada Zakat, Project Civic Engagement and MY Voice.

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