The Muslim communities in New Jersey, New York and the tristate area have been rapidly growing over the last two decades. Although there are a number of Islamic educational institutions and places of worship in these areas, Muslim communities are projected to continue growing and there are not enough programs to accommodate this expansion. In fact, the New York and New Jersey communities are lacking any official Islamic Studies and Arabic programs. Manara Institute has taken the initiative to design and petition for a program that will train and produce qualified clergy, Imams, preachers, and teachers based on the particular needs and customs of the Muslim community living in the U.S. Furthermore, Manara Institute offers the average Muslim community member to increase their Islamic knowledge by taking individual courses or earning a degree in Islamic Studies.