The academic program at Imam Ali Seminary, modelled after the traditional system of the howah ‘ilmiyyah, is designed to introduce our students to the basic tools of scholarship. The familiarity and proficiency that our students acquire regarding subjects like Islamic Beliefs (Aqaa’id), Islamic Legal Rulings (Fiqh), Arabic Grammar and Word Morphology (Nahw and Sarf), Logic (Mantiq), Principles of Jurisprudence (Usul ul-Fiqh), and Ethics (Akhlaaq) will give them a solid foundation on which to continue their studies. At Imam Ali Seminary, our first year curriculum introduces some of the most important concepts with textbooks and instruction in English. Starting in the second year, all of our textbooks are in Arabic, while classroom instruction is still in English. This enables our students to steadily develop and strengthen their proficiency in studying and understanding Arabic texts without the aid of translation. In the third and fourth years, our students also begin their study of the Persian (Farsi) language to prepare them for continuing their studies in the howzah of Qom, Iran.

First Year of Studies

Course NameBook Title, Author, and Language
Islamic Beliefs (Aqaa'id)al-Baab ul-Haadi Ashar by 'Allamah Hilli (English translation)
Islamic Laws 1 (Fiqh)Zubdat ul-Ahkaam by Ayatollah Nasir Makarem Shirazi (English translation)
Arabic LiteratureDuroos ul-Lughat il-Arabiya li Ghair il-Naatiqeen biha (in Arabic)
Arabic Word Morphology (Sarf)al-Mu’jiz fi at-Tasreef by Sheikh Ali Abdur-Raheem (English translation)
Arabic Grammar 1 (Nahw)al-Hidayah fi an-Nahw (English Translation)

Second Year of Studies

Course NameBook Title, Author, and Language
Islamic Laws 2 (Fiqh)Sharaai ul-Islam fi Masaa’il il-Halaali wal-Haraam by Muhaqqiq Hilli (in Arabic)
Arabic Literature 2Duroos ul-Lughat il-Arabiya li Ghair il-Naatiqeen biha (in Arabic)
Arabic Grammar 2 (Nahw)Mabadi al-Arabiya fi as-Sarf wa an-Nahw by Sa’id al-Shurtuni (in Arabic)
Logic 1 (Mantiq)Khulasatul Mantiq by Abdul Haadi al-Fadhli (in Arabic)
Principles of Jurisprudence 1 (Usul ul-Fiqh)Duroos fi ‘Ilm il-Usool by Shaheed Muhammad Baqir as-Sadr (in Arabic)
Ethics (Akhlaaq)Kitaabu Manaazilu as-Saaireen by Sheikh ‘Abdullah al-Ansaari al-Harawi (in Arabic)

Third Year of Studies

Course NameBook Title, Author, and Language
Islamic Laws 3 (Fiqh)Sharaai ul-Islam fi Masaa’il il-Halaali wal-Haraam by Muhaqqiq Hilli (in Arabic)
Principles of Jurisprudence 2 (Usul ul-Fiqh)Usul ul-Fiqh by Sheikh Muhammad Ridha Muzaffar (in Arabic)
Arabic Grammar 3 (Nahw)Sharhu Ibn Aqeel ‘alaa alfiyat Ibn Maalik by ‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Aqeel al-‘Aqeeli al-Hamdaani al-Misri (in Arabic)
Logic 2 (Mantiq)al-Mantiq by Sheikh Muhammad Ridha Muzaffar (in Arabic)

Fourth Year of Studies

Course NameBook Title, Author, and Language
Islamic Laws 4 (Fiqh)al-Rawdat ul-Bahiyah fi Sharh il-Lum'at il-Damashqiyah by Sheikh Zain ul-'Abideen al-'Aamilee (in Arabic)
Principles of Jurisprudence 3 (Usul ul-Fiqh)Usul ul-Fiqh by Sheikh Muhammad Ridha Muzaffar (in Arabic)
Arabic Grammar 4 (Nahw)Sharhu Ibn Aqeel ‘alaa alfiyat Ibn Maalik by ‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Aqeel al-‘Aqeeli al-Hamdaani al-Misri (in Arabic)
Logic 3 (Mantiq)al-Mantiq by Sheikh Muhammad Ridha Muzaffar (in Arabic)