Discover the power of Sacred Knowledge in your life.

Join the Weekend Foundational Islamic Studies Program!

A light study program in the core areas of the Deen with a convenient schedule



Discounts for friends & family of students & alumni available!

Avg 1 weekend a month

Sat & Sun 10am-6pm

Over 9 months

DEC 2022 - AUG 2023

In-Person Instruction

Masjid Al-Qur'an Milwaukee

Class Recordings available

Financial Aid available +

Friends & Family Discounts

Equip yourself to navigate this world with clear guidance & a sound heart.

Get ready for an amazing journey in Islamic knowledge, improving your Deen & relationship with Allah! The Weekend Foundational Islamic Studies by Madina Institute is a light seminary study program for folks in Milwaukee, Chicago & surrounding areas - mature teens & adults who want to seek deeper knowledge & guidance but need something that will fit their busy lifestyle.

Find Clarity & Guidance for modern life

Gain Authentic & Reliable Knowledge

Direct Access to expert scholars

Get a deeper & broader understanding of the Deen

Convenient Schedule - about 1 weekend intensive program a month

Takes place at Masjid Al-Qur'an in Milwaukee, WI

Madina provided the perfect program I was looking for: it not only filled the gaps since I didn't have a formal Islamic education, but most importantly it gave me tools & methodology to research answers on my own.

- Janan Najeeb, Pres. & CEO Milwaukee Muslim Women's Coalition & Islamic Resource Center

What are you searching for?

GO BEYOND the basics you learned from parents & in Sunday School - Get a HIGHER EDUCATION that will help equip you for the real world

FILL IN THE GAPS of your understanding - Strengthen your Faith

MEET LIKE-MINDED MUSLIMS who are Seekers like you

ANSWER the deeper questions of WHY Muslims BELIEVE & DO as we do

DISCOVER THE ORIGINS of the Deen & our Path - the Quran, the Sunnah, and the legacy of Islamic Scholarship

Meet Your Instructors

Taste the sweetness of authentic knowledge directly from reliable, certified scholars & teachers

Immerse yourself in an illuminating curriculum - carefully crafted by Shaykh Muhammad al-Ninowy & taught by expert teachers & scholars - giving students a deeper understanding of scholarly texts in the core sciences of Islam, and help you build a solid & complete framework for living your Deen righteously.

Shaykh Muhammad Ninowy, Madina

Shaykh Muhammad bin Yahya al-Ninowy

World-renowned founder of Madina Institute global, Specialist in Hadith Sciences & lead instructor of the Islamic Studies Programs

Shaykh Tarek Elgawhary, Madina

Shaykh Tarek Elgawhary

Entrepreneur & Scholar who studied at both Princeton University & Al-Azhar University, Specialist in Islamic law & Shafi'i Fiqh, Creator of Making Sense of Islam platform, and founder of COEXIST Foundation & Coffee

Shaykh Didmar Faja, Madina

Shaykh Didmar Faja

Imam of United Islamic Center of Arizona, founder and director of the Greenway Academy, founder and director of two Islamic centers in Mexico, spiritual advisor, and instructor at Madina Institute USA

Ustadh Asad Khan, Madina

Shaykh Rami Bleibel

Resident Scholar & Imam of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee - Brookfield, BA in Islamic Law from Jinan University (Lebanon), completed traditional studies at the Imam Shafie Fiqh Academy, and has various Ijazas in the Islamic Sciences, with a focus on Shafi'i Fiqh

Shaykh Saifullah Muhammad, Madina

Shaykh Saifullah Muhammad

Resident Scholar & Imam of the Northwest Islamic Community Center of Minnesota, MDiv in Islamic Chaplaincy from Bayan Islamic Graduate School Chicago, and alum of Madina Institute's 1-Year Intensive in Islamic Studies

Ustadh Asad Khan, Madina

Ustadh Asad Khan

Instructor in Madina Institute's global Islamic Studies program; Executive Director of Madina Institute Mosque Atlanta, and alum of Madina Institute's 1-Year Intensive in Islamic Studies

Shaykh Muhammad al-Ninowy is one of the greatest scholars of our time & truly an embodiment of the teachings of the Quran and Sunnah. His love of our beloved Prophet Muhammed ﷺ is contagious and filled with passion.

- Maher Mahmood, Attorney (MN)

What You'll Learn

Madina's diverse methodology shows the various viewpoints from within the bounds of Ahl al-Sunnah, offering you a an unbiased appreciation of many schools of thought. At Madina we believe in providing students with knowledge & critical thinking skills - not indoctrination to a particular point of view - so you can become a well-rounded Seeker of Knowledge!


Gain a deeper & more comprehensive understanding of the inward & outward aspects of faith

Be able to apply the acquired knowledge in case-studies/relevant situations

Live more confidently as a Muslim and learn how to deal with contemporary issues with clear guidance

Upon completing the entire Foundational program you’ll receive a Certificate of Completion

About once month you'll have 1 weekend intensive course to study introductory classical texts in the following subjects (10 MODULES TOTAL):

Understand the meaning of "La ilaha illa Allah", and the proofs for Tawheed

Part 1: The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi

Part 2: The Attributes of Allah by Imam Ibn al-Jawzi

Learn about the miraculous depths of the Quran from many aspects

Al-Itqan Fi Ulum Al-Quran

by Imam Jalaluddin Al-Suyuti

Learn how scholars compile, authenticate & classify Hadiths + study the 40 Hadith Nawawi

Part 1: Hadith Classification - Nukhbat al-Fikar by Imam Ibn Hajar

Part 2: Comprehensive collection of hadiths on Islam - 40 Hadith of Imam al-Nawawi

Know the Best of Creation, his mission & his life story

The Seerah of Ibn Hisham

Guidelines for worship + overview of scholarly reasoning in the Hanafi & Shafi'i schools of law

Part 1 Legal Theory: Al-Waraqat by Imam al-Juwayni & Usul al-Shashi by Imam al-Shashi

Part 2 Hanafi Fiqh: Mukhtasar al-Quduri

Part 3 Shafi'i Fiqh: Matn of Abi Shuja

The Path of Purifying the Heart & Gnosis of Allah, the Most High

The Hikam of Ibn Ata'illah


What's the course schedule?

It's just ONE WEEKEND a month: Saturday & Sunday from 10am-6pm, with breaks for lunch & prayer.

When does the program start?

December 2022.


It's in-person, at Masjid Al-Qur'an.

What if I miss class? Will recordings be available?

YES. We record all classes so registered students can make up for any excused absences.

Why Madina?

Authentic & Reliable

Open-minded & non-sectarian approach

Accelerated Curriculum

​We live in the Information Age.

We're bombarded with images, videos, snippets and sound bites every day so how do we filter the beneficial information from what is confusing or conflicting? Where do we find substance, depth, reliability and clarity? Snippets & sound bites are not enough to sustain one’s Deen. Where can you go when you feel that ‘thirst’ for something more?

That's where Madina Institute comes in.

We aim to revive knowledge that brings Life to the heart. We believe that REAL Knowledge is not what you find in a Google search; it's deep, takes time, is found not simply in books but in the hearts of the scholars who inherited the legacy of the Prophets, and is transformative when sought by a sincere heart, and coupled with good deeds.

We believe in unity through diversity - that richness in our Ummah comes from embracing our differences and learning from each other. We equip learners to explore while thinking critically, to choose a path with wisdom.

Our methodology is to follow "Ahl al-Sunnah wal-Jamā’ah" in Arabic studies, Usul (Legal Theory), Hadith Sciences and Ihsan (Tazkiyah/Spiritual Purification). We believe in complete prioritization of the Divine Texts (Qur’ān and Authentic Sunnah) over any and everything, followed by Ijmā’ and Qiyās. The Qur’ān and Sunnah are revealed by Allah, and no other entity can be as unconditionally loving, forgiving, compassionate, and inclusive.

And that's where you can find guidance as well. This program gives you a taste from the vast ocean of Islamic Knowledge!

Students LOVE it

. . .

[This program] has provided me a sense of consistency, comfort, and clarity. We live in a time where it’s necessary for us to hold on to our beautiful religion and the Madina-Milwaukee program provides us with that opportunity.

- Maher Mahmood, Attorney (MN)

For anyone who inherited only a rudimentary understanding of Islam from parents & grandparents, this will address those nagging questions like 'Freewill vs. Predestination' and show how trendy things like atheism are just shiny objects!

- Abu Zakariya (WI)

I would highly recommend the Madina Institute Islamic Studies programs for anyone who seeks to advance themselves in Islamic Sciences. The tuition is a fraction in comparison to what one would pay to travel overseas for similar programs.

- Asmar Junaid (WI)

I am from Chicago, but when I heard that Madina Institute is conducting Year long, fast paced program at Masjid al-Qur'an-Milwaukee, I immediately decided to join... Every American 'Knowledge Seeker' must attend this course to quench their thirst and refine the soul.

- Naeem Katiya (IL)

The teachers teach from their best.

[The] staff go 'above and beyond' excellent.

- Abdishakur Ali (WI)

Madina is a nice experience to learn about the Deen for both people who have minimal knowledge and or people who have more knowledge of the Deen overall.

- Mahmoud Jaber (WI)

This was an awesome experience for me. One weekend per month, learning a more in depth history of Islam, meeting great classmates, and an opportunity to ask any question about Quran, Hadith, and other topics - I needed this.

- Janice Simmons (WI)

Who Should Apply

This course is designed for those who:

Those seeking deeper knowledge and a program to go beyond the basics you learned from parents, elders, lectures, or at the masjid

Professionals, parents, and students who need a program that fits in a busy schedule

Sunday School teachers & community leaders who need a well-rounded foundation in their learning

Great for residents of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Chicago & surrounding areas

Open to adults & older teens age 16+, men & women

If you are looking for a serious full-time program for in-depth studies, CLICK HERE.

I have been nothing short of amazed . . . I am very grateful, after Allah (SWT), to Shaykh Al-Ninowy and all the other scholars for their expertise and guidance. It was truly transformative.

- Dr. Khalid Taha (WI)

Family & Friends Discounts for student referrals!

If you heard about this program from a past or current student, we have a big discount for you!

Spouses & Immediate Family:

Get 50% off regular tuition fee - that's just $750, or $75 per month

(1st applicant at normal tuition rate, 2nd 50% off)

Friends & Extended family of Students:

Get 25% off regular tuition fee

*Make note of your referral in the registration form


Financial Aid

Limited scholarships are available

based on financial need.

Contact us for details at (414) 795-4677 or admin.milwaukee@madinainstitute.org

Tuition Special

Early Bird


$300 off*

of the normal tuition rate when you apply by Aug 13, 2022

(*Early Bird rate is $120/month over 10 months, or $1,200 for the entire program)

Limit of 1 Discount per person/family - Early Bird, Family/Friend Referral or other. Discounts not applicable to financial aid recipients.

Normal Tuition Rate


over 10 months, or pay it in one lump sum of $1,500 for the entire program

Includes 1 weekend intensive per month, for 10 months + all learning materials

2 Ways to Pay Tuition:

With CREDIT/DEBIT CARD via PayPal using our online payment portal. Link will be sent out to students accordingly.

If necessary you may pay by CHECK

*All check payments must be submitted directly to our Office Administrator, who will provide you with a receipt for your records.

Financial Aid

Limited scholarships are available

based on financial need.

Contact us for details at (414) 795-4677 or admin.milwaukee@madinainstitute.org

Admissions Eligibility

Applying is free

Must be age 16+ to enroll

Open to men & women

Final Application deadline: Nov 18, 2022

This program is 100% in-person, NOT online. Attendance required to receive Certificate of Completion. A full course syllabus with academic policies will be emailed upon registration.

Discount Details: Early Bird Discount (ends Aug 13, 2022) - $300 off normal tuition rate

2 members of immediate family - 2nd registrant 50% off

Student referral for spouse or immediate family - 50% off

Student referral for extended family or friend - 25% off

Sponsorship/Financial Aid: $100 security deposit due upon acceptance into program (refundable upon completion of program with less that 2 unexcused absences), then you'll be offered a tuition deduction based on need and approval.

Only 1 discount per registrant; discounts not applicable to financial aid recipients.

About Us

Masjid Al-Qur'an is one of the major Islamic centers of the Milwaukee region and a chapter of the Madina Institute, hosting the Islamic Studies program for people of the midwestern region of the US.

Led by our Imam Hafiz Muhammad Shafique, we also host a year-round Kids Academy, numerous activities, events & worship for the local community & online. We are the proud caretakers of a beautiful campus featuring our mosque, a Learning garden, honey bee hives, sports, bonfire parties & much more! Learn more here.

Madina Institute is nonprofit organization promoting sacred knowledge, mercy & service to mankind, founded by the esteemed scholar Shaykh Muhammad bin Yahya al-Ninowy; we have chapters across the globe, and seminary programs online & in the UK, Norway, South Africa & more.

Learn more about our mission, Islamic Studies programs and chapters worldwide here.

See our Madina Mercy charity outreach.

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