What is ILF‘s Vision?
The Islamic Learning Foundation is an institute that has been developed to provide a solid foundation of knowledge, direction, and a fusion of classical learning and modern Islamic activism for Muslims in North America.
Considering the myriad of needs that our community and our society faces, ILF has been created to give American Muslims the tools of knowledge they need to face contemporary religious and social problems, the ability and confidence to convey the message of Islam to a wider audience, and to give direction towards the various social, family, and community issues which we face.
ILF has been designed with young adults in mind and offers part-time, evening, and weekend classes to familiarize students with fundamental Islamic topics, and then build upon that foundation to provide a solid grounding and literacy in Islamic Knowledge.
What Sets ILF Apart?
ILF not only wishes to ground the student a strong literacy of classical Islamic subjects such as Fiqh, Hadith, Aqeedah, Quran/Tafsir, History, and Hadith/Sunnah studies, but to provide the student the ability to implement, teach, and benefit his or her community by supplementing the classical courses with workshops and classes on issues facing present-day societies relating to families, education, poverty, community issues, and da’wah and relations with other faiths. Another part of ILF‘s mission is to provide education specifically for New Muslims and their families and help them grow in their understanding and practice of their new faith.
ILF, being a part of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), also has a wide range of opportunities available for students through its numerous da’wah activities, youth work, programs for women, local and national relief work to actualize their Islamic knowledge by becoming involved in benefiting the community.
Thus ILF creates a unique fusion of solid Islamic literacy and Islamic activism to help the community and society while producing students who have a strong understanding of Islamic sciences and how to benefit their families and communities with it.
What Has ILF Done So Far?
Islamic Learning Foundation has been successful in New York, NY and Chicago, IL in setting up classes for Muslim who have recently converted to Islam, as well as classes on Quran, Aqeedah, Sunnah, Seerah, Mustalaha al-Hadith, and Fundamentals of Islamic Law, some of which were streamed live on the internet.
ILF has set up dedicated a state-of-the-art classrooms with multimedia and streaming capabilities in Chicago, IL and New York, NY and plan to open classrooms in other cities across the United States.
ILF also has an Bridge to Quranic Arabic program where it has sent students from the U.S. to study with experts in Arabic instruction and Quran in Egypt. Some students have chosen to continue their studies at Al-Azhar University and ILF has set up a track for them with the rigorous studies required to gain admission to the University.
ILF plans to create a unique Quran memorization program to provide hifz students with not only the opportunity to memorize the Quran with rote memorization, but a solid understanding of the themes, messages, and meanings of the Quran. In addition, there are many more projects we aim to bring to life through ILF.