SUHBAH SEMINARY

Islamic Society of Greater Houston
SUHBAH FOUNDATION IN COLLABORATION WITH THE ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF GREATER HOUSTON (ISGH) IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE SUHBAH SEMINARY ONSITE IN HOUSTON, TEXAS & ONLINE

 

QURANIC ARABIC

WEEKENDS

WEEKENDS (SPRING 2023): ALTERNATE WEEKENDS
Every other Sat & Sun 9:30am-12:00pm & Wednesdays 7p-8:30p CST
JANUARY 21 TO JUNE 4, 2023
Taught by: Ustadha Safiya Ravat
ONSITE and ONLINE options available

 

 

ISLAMIC STUDIES

(MODULE 2)

WEEKENDS

WEEKENDS (SPRING 2023): ALTERNATE WEEKENDS

Every other Sat & Sun 9:30am-2:00pm CST
JANUARY 14 – MAY 21, 2023
Taught by: Ustadh Mahad and Ustadha Safiya,
Sh Joe Bradford, Ustadha Farhat Shamsi, Sh Abdullah Ashraf,
Ustadh Fahad Tasleem & Sh Ammar Alshukry
ONSITE and ONLINE options available

Please read through thoroughly before applying. Applicants will be interviewed and assessed to determine their acceptance.

SPRING 2023 Seminary Application DEADLINE: DECEMBER 31, 2022
SPRING 2022 classes begin: JANUARY 2023

SUHBAH MISSION

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 SEMINARY OVERVIEW

Suhbah Institute  in collaboration with the Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH) proudly presents the SUHBAH Seminary. SUHBAH Seminary offers part time and full time studies in Quranic Arabic and Islamic studies. Students will primarily study Classical Fusha Quranic Arabic with a separate track in Islamic Studies concentrating on Aqeedah, Quran, Fiqh, Seerah, Hadith studies and other disciplines, equipping students with the knowledge to benefit themselves, their families and their communities. 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 dynamics of our modern world, who can serve and teach in their local communities in the position of instructors, halaqa leaders, youth group leaders, community activists, and more.

SCHOLARSHIPS

SCHOLARSHIPS

Suhbah Institute offers scholarships to all UHMSA and TAMU MSA students (at 50% off tuition) as well as financial aid to all other attendees in need of financial assistance. If you are in need of a scholarship/financial aid, please indicate that on the application form.

For questions, email info@suhbah.com

SPONSOR

Would you like to help students out by sponsoring their seminary studies?

DIFFERENT TRACKS OFFERED

Students may choose from Quranic Arabic and/or Islamic Studies Tracks. All tracks have online and onsite options. 

QURANIC ARABIC TRACK
  

Spring WEEKENDS & Wednesday evenings
DATES: January 21 to June 4, 2023
SCHEDULE: 2 Weekends a month, Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am-12:00pm CST
and Every Wednesday 7:00pm-8:30pm CST

Quranic Arabic can be taken concurrently or separately from the Islamic studies track. The class schedules do not conflict. 

Deadline to apply: December 31, 2022

Taught by: Ustadha Safiya Ravat

ONSITE and ONLINE options available

TUITION: $200/month

 

 

 



ISLAMIC STUDIES TRACK
MODULE 2

 

Spring WEEKENDS
DATES: January 14 to May 21, 2023
SCHEDULE: 2 Weekends a month, Saturday and Sunday 9:30am-2:00pm CST

Islamic Studies (which comprises of 2 modules) can be taken concurrently or separately from the Arabic tracks. The class schedules do not conflict.

*Module 1 of Islamic Studies is NOT a pre-requisite to enroll in Module 2. Module 1 can be taken in the Fall semester and Module 2 can be taken in the Spring Semester. To see what is taught in each module, go to the Curriculum portion of this site.

Deadline to apply: December 31, 2022

Taught by: Ustadh Mahad and Ustadha Safiya
Sh Joe Bradford, Ustadha Farhat Shamsi, Sh Abdullah Ashraf, Ustadh Fahad Tasleem, & Sh Ammar Alshukry

ONSITE and ONLINE options available

TUITION: $200/month

 

ACADEMIC CALENDAR SPRING 2023

ONLINE & ONSITE OPTIONS

Students can choose to attend the seminary online or onsite at the Suhbah Center in the Memorial area of Houston, Texas.

Onsite Location:
Suhbah Center
1111 Conrad Sauer Dr. Suite I
Houston, TX 77043

The program will be fully accessible online and onsite to all students. Onsite Classroom capacity is approximately 36 students.

 

 

Students will be provided a physical and online textbook. Online video and PowerPoint recordings will be available each day after class. Students will have access to all recordings for the duration of the semester. Homeworks and exams will be conducted online through Suhbah’s Learning Management System.

CURRICULUM

Students may choose one or both of our curricula.
Quranic Arabic students will primarily study Classical Arabic (Bayyinah Dream Curriculum).
Islamic Studies students will go in depth into the foundational Islamic Sciences including Seerah, Aqeedah, Fiqh, Ulum al Hadith, Ulum al Quran, Women’s Fiqh and other disciplines.

QURANIC ARABIC STUDIES:

The primary focus of study concentrate on Quranic Arabic (Classical Fusha Arabic). This course is taught by Ustadha Safiya Ravat – former lead instructor of Arabic at the Bayyinah Dream Arabic program. 

QURANIC ARABIC: The SUHBAH curriculum is designed to foster an understanding and appreciation of the Quran in Arabic. Students will learn how to understand and translate the Quran by studying the Bayyinah Dream Arabic curriculum which includes:

  • 80% of Quranic Arabic vocabulary
  • Grammar (Nahw)
  • I’raab (Grammatical breakdown of ayaat) and Translation
  • BONUS Material: Morphology (Sarf)

APPROX: 75-80 CLASS HOURS 

 

ISLAMIC STUDIES:

The Islamic Studies curriculum consists of 2 modules spanning 2 semesters. While it is encouraged to take Module 1 before Module 2, that is not a pre-requisite. The classes are multi-dimensional and consist of a rotating roster of core foundational Islamic sciences that one would find in their first year of an Islamic Studies degree.

The Islamic sciences will include foundational studies in the following subjects:

MODULE 1 (offered in the Fall):

  • Ulum ul Quran (Sciences of Quran) – Mahad Qamar
  • Ulum al Hadith (Sciences of Hadith) – Farhat Shamsi
  • Usul al Iman (Aqeedah) – Joe Bradford
  • Intro to Fiqh and Usul al Fiqh (Islamic Law and Jurisprudence) – Safiya Ravat
  • Fiqh of Worship (Taharah and Salah) – Arsalan Majid
  • Women’s Fiqh – Safiya Ravat
  • Islamic Civilization – Ammar AlShukry
  • Purification of the Heart – Khalis Rashaad

MODULE 2 (offered in the Spring):

  • Responding to Liberalism, Postmodernism and Other isms – Fahad Tasleem
  • Qawaa’id al Fiqhiyyah (Legal Maxims in Islamic Law) – Joe Bradford
  • Fiqh al Usrah (Fiqh of Marriage & Divorce) – Abdullah Ashraf
  • Stories of Women in the Quran (A Thematic Tafseer) – Farhat Shamsi
  • Seerah – Mahad Qamar
  • Contemporary Fiqh (Selected contemporary issues) – Safiya Ravat
  • The Names of Allah – Ammar Alshukry
  • Tafseer of Selected Passages – Mahad Qamar
and more…
 
  • The Islamic Studies classes will be taught in a rotating manner and will include guest instructors and scholars qualified in their respective fields inshaAllah.

APPROX: 70-75 CLASS HOURS PER MODULE

 

REQUIREMENTS 

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

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS:

MAIN INSTRUCTORS:

Mahad Qamar and Safiya Ravat are the co-founders of Suhbah Institute and the main instructors of Suhbah Seminary. They were previous head instructors of Arabic and Quranic Tafseer studies at the Bayyinah Dream Arabic program. Mahad and Safiya attained their Bachelor’s in Fiqh and Usul al Fiqh (Islamic Law and Jurisprudence) from the International Islamic University of Malaysia, and completed their Master’s in Pastoral Counseling in Marriage and Family Therapy. Mahad and Safiya lead the Islamic Pre Marital and Marital Enrichment training for Suhbah. To see their classes, videos or articles, you can find Mahad and Safiya at Facebook.com/MahadandSafiya, Facebook.com/SuhbahInstitute or in Instagram @suhbah_institute.

GUEST INSTRUCTORS: 

Safiya Ravat & Mahad Qamar

Founders & Main Instructors | Quranic Arabic, Tafseer, Seerah, Fiqh and Usul al Fiqh, Women's Fiqh, Ulum ul Quran, Contemporary Fiqh

Shaykh Joe Bradford

Guest Instructor | Usul al Iman (Aqeedah/Faith) | Qawaid Al Fiqhiyyah (Legal Maxims)

Shaykh Arsalan Majid

Guest Instructor | Fiqh of Worship, Taharah & Salah

Shaykh Ammar AlShukry

Guest Instructor | Islamic History and Civilization | Names of Allah

Shaykh Anisul Haque

Guest Instructor | Stories of the Prophets

Ustadh Fahad Tasleem

Guest Instructor | Responding to Liberalism, Postmodernism and Other isms 

Ustadha Farhat Shamsi

Guest Instructor | Ulum al Hadith | Stories of Women in the Quran

Imam Khalis Rashaad

Guest Instructor | Spirituality & Purification of the Heart

Ustadh Abdullah Ashraf

Guest Instructor | Fiqh al Usrah (Fiqh of Marriage & Divorce)

Imam Danny Hernandez

Guest Instructor | Etiquette of the Student of Knowledge | Inner Dimensions of Prayer