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ALI-303: Exploring Islamic Calligraphy and Texture This 6 week course is designed for beginner-intermediate artists. Students will explore writing... Read more
ALI-310: Leisure in Islam: Having fun while walking the path of submission What does Islam have to say about humor and fun? Can we make our programs fun yet meaningful? Can... Read more
ALI-300: Knowing God through the Whispered Prayers (for ladies only) True connection with God is to fill the heart with remembrance of God and rid it of all other... Read more
May 2015 Retreat The registration form is available here. Please fill out the above form and email it to... Read more
ALI Spring 2015 Term PDF version of the flyer is available here. Registration for the Onsite courses and Quran... Read more
ALI-287: Intro to Quranic Arabic, Level 1 This course is designed for learners who are interested in reading the Qur’an with accuracy and... Read more

The Academy for Learning Islam (A.L.I.) is a registered charity committed to teaching and explaining the religious tenets, history and practices of Islam according to the Shi‘ah Ithna ‘Ashari school of thought.

Mission Statement

Religious education is an important goal of the Muslim community. Weekend Madrasahs (religious institutions) and Majaalis (gatherings during religious occasions) have played an important role in this task, but a different approach is required for more serious learning through the adult years. Youths and adults need to refresh their Islamic knowledge and inspire themselves on a regular basis.

A.L.I. aims to fulfill this niche through learning that is more structured and serious than that derived through monologue lecturing, but which does not require a long term commitment of time - a short commodity in today’s modern times. Thus A.L.I. conducts classroom based and Distant Learning short courses on various Islamic subjects and furthers Islamic education in the community through publications, retreats, and periodical newsletters.

Browse through the website for information on the services that ALI offers.

  • On-Site Courses - Academic Courses on various Islamic subjects
  • Publications - Books and software applications about Islamic topics
  • Retreats - A combination of Islamic teachings and fun


رسولُ اللهِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): أقرَبُ النّاسِ مِن دَرَجَةِ النُّبُوَّةِ أهلُ الجِهادِ وأهلُ العِلمِ
The Prophet (SAWA) said, 'The people who are closest to the rank of prophethood are the people of knowledge and striving.'