Did you know that studying Islamic history can teach you more about your religion and strengthen your Muslim identity? The Islamic history course at the Tarbiya Seminary is so much more than rote memorization of dates, names and facts. In this year-long course, we will delve into the lives of the great Muslim men and women who came before us, using their learned experiences to help us answer practical questions about faith, community and leadership. This course will begin with the rise of the first Khilafa Rashidun and cover the triumphs, tribulations and lessons all the way through to the rise and fall of the Ottomans. It is imperative for everyone to learn about our history and heritage, because learning from the past teaches us how to live in the present. By viewing history through the lens of traditional Islamic sciences, and from an authentically Muslim point of view, students will have the opportunity to build a uniquely Muslim narrative of the past.
Imam Sherif Azeez
Imam Sherif is the Co-Founder and Executive Imam at Tarbiya Institute, and an entrepreneur whose career spans more than two decades. He studied English Literature, Business Administration and Islamic Studies and received a Master’s in Strategic Business Unit Management from HEC Paris. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Nonprofit Leadership and Management. Imam Sherif is trained in the Islamic sciences, finished memorizing the Quran at a young age, and receiving a degree from The Islamic Studies Institute in Egypt.
Sr Saira Siddiqui
Co-teaching this course with Imam Sherif is Sr. Saira Siddiqui. Sr. Saira is a teacher by profession with a Master of Arts in History, and is passionate about education programs for all members and age groups in the community. She pioneered programs for infants and young children at Tarbiya, served as the first Director of the Nizami Order and is now sharing her knowledge and skills to design and teach this unique perspective on the past.