SUHBAH Arabic & Quran Seminary: Application for August 2019-December 2019

SUHBAH Arabic & Quran Seminary

Please read thoroughly before beginning the application.

SUHBAH Arabic & Quran Seminary
Application for August 2019 through December 2019 Session




Suhbah means “companionship”, “fellowship” or “to accompany”. It comes from the same root letters as the word “Sahaabah” – the companions of Prophet Muhammad (S). At Suhbah Institute, our mission is to accompany and inspire individuals along their journey of growth by providing quality, nurturing and easily accessible Islamic learning that is applicable to our ever changing lives and circumstances – whether that be in our relationships with others, with ourselves, or with our Lord.


Suhbah Institute proudly presents the SUHBAH Arabic & Quran Seminary. SUHBAH Seminary is a 5-month, full-time (with part-time options) Islamic studies and leadership program in Houston, TX that aims to equip students with the foundational Islamic sciences and leadership skills so that they may go back and better benefit their communities. Students will primarily study Classical Arabic and Quranic tafseer with secondary studies in Fiqh, Seerah, Hadith, Women studies, counseling skills and other disciplines. Students will be trained to teach the course material to their peers throughout the program so that they are prepared to give back to their communities by re-teaching the curricula to their local masajid, sunday schools, youth groups, etc once they return. The mission of SUHBAH seminary is to inspire growth and learning to nurture well-rounded Muslims, grounded in foundational Islamic knowledge, aware of the ever changing socio-economic dynamics of our world, who can serve and teach in their local communities in the position of instructors, halaqa leaders, youth group leaders, community activists, mentors, and/or part-time Imams.


DATES and TIMES of the program (subject to change):
August 12, 2019 through December 20, 2019
Mondays through Thursdays, 9am-2pm (for full-time students)

LOCATION: To be decided (in Houston, TX)

TUITION: $500/month (full-time student)
For scholarships, email (subject upon availability)

Student MUST be able to read Arabic
Student must be at least age 16 or older (specific exceptions can be made, email to inquire)
Student must have the appropriate immigration status to study as SUHBAH does not offer any student visas

A full-time student would attend 3 periods each day, 4 days a week (Mon-Thurs, 9am-2pm [subject to change]) for the entire 5 month program.
Part -time students, who are unable to commit to full-day studies, are welcome to choose to attend only 1 or 2 of the 3 periods each day. Part-time students would still attend 4 days a week (Mon-Thurs) but for a shorter duration per day. (Part time tuition is $200/month to attend 1 period a day OR $400/month to attend 2 periods a day).


CLASS SCHEDULE [subject to change]:
Period 1 – 9:00am-10:30am – Arabic Language
Period 2 – 10:40am-12:10pm – Quran & Tafseer Studies
Period 3 – 12:30pm-2:00pm – Islamic Studies and other rotating classes (details below)

PERIOD 1 & 2: The 2 primary focuses of study (period 1 & 2 of the day) concentrate on Quranic Arabic (Classical Fusha Arabic) and Quranic tafseer (explanation) and tadabbur (reflection) of selected chapters and verses of the Quran. The SUHBAH curriculum is designed to foster an understanding and appreciation of the Quran in Arabic. Students will learn how to translate the Quran by studying over 80% of Quranic Arabic vocabulary, grammar (Nahw), morphology (Sarf), and basics of Arabic rhetoric (Balaaghah) based on the reputable Bayyinah Dream Arabic curriculum. Students will also study the tafseer of several surahs of the Quran in depth from classical and contemporary sources, aiming to reflect over the ayaat in interactive discussion circles in order to glean the Quranic lessons that are applicable to their daily lives.

PERIOD 3: The 3rd focus of the program (period 3 of the day) is multi-dimensional and consists of a rotating roster of core Islamic sciences, leadership training, community service and teacher training. The Islamic sciences will include foundational studies in many of (but not limited to) the following subjects [subject to change]: Seerah, Fiqh Of Worship (Salah, Fasting, Zakah), Fiqh of Family and Marriage, Contemporary Fiqh Issues, Women’s Fiqh, Women In Islam, Ulum ul Quran and Hadith (Sciences Of Quran & Hadith), Aqeedah, Counseling Skills, Pre-Marital and Marital Enrichment training, Teacher Training. The classes for period 3 will be taught in a rotating manner and will include guest speakers and scholars qualified in the respective fields inshaAllah.

[For example, period 3 may concentrate on Seerah for 6 weeks, then Fiqh for 8 weeks, then Ulum ul Quran for 2 weeks, etc.]


Mahad Qamar and Safiya Ravat are the co-founders of Suhbah Institute. They were the head instructors of Arabic and Quranic studies at the Bayyinah Dream Arabic program. They attained their Bachelor’s in Fiqh and Usul al Fiqh (Islamic Law and Jurisprudence) from the International Islamic University of Malaysia, and are pursuing their Master’s in Pastoral Counseling in Marriage and Family. Mahad currently teaches at Maryam Islamic Center, and Safiya currently serves as the Female Religious Director at Maryam Islamic Center. To see their classes, videos or articles, you can find Mahad and Safiya at or


If you have any questions, please email