Manara Institute for Islamic & Arabic Studies is an academic institution designed for the Islamic sciences, Arabic language, and academic research especially relating to Muslims in the United States of America.
The idea of establishing the institute was a result of Imams’ efforts to host educational workshops and academic courses in masjids (mosques) for those concerned with general Islamic work, and those who aspire to increase their knowledge-base of Islam to further their understanding of the role that Islam and Muslims play in establishing human civilization: on the basis of justice, equality, and cooperation.
These academic courses served as an advanced educational stage for the academic and educational services provided by the masjids (mosques) to the general public. They also served as specialized courses in specific academic fields needed by Muslims living in the United States.
The idea then evolved into the establishment of “The World Association for Al-Azhar Graduates” to serve as a branch of Al-Azhar University for open education in the U.S. That was in March of 2013, but due to the unusual conditions experienced by Egypt in recent years, the project was prevented from being completed.
This directed us-the founders- towards establishing this institute, to be the first specialized institute for Islamic and Arabic studies in the tristate area, and it has been settled.
Manara Institute was founded in December of 2015 C.E./1437 A.H.
The reason behind establishing the Institute was the urgent need for proper academic preparation for imams, preachers, educators and workers in the field of Islamic work; to bear the responsibility [of carrying the message of Islam], to clarify the sound Islamic approach, to push away ambiguous matters, to face challenges, and to share with others the building of a unified world and human decency.
To fulfill its mission, Manara Institute is based on the approach of moderation and clemency, authenticity and contemporariness, and participation in the construction of human civilization through Islamic values.
The first semester of study in Manara Institute began in the Spring of 2016.