America’s First Muslim College set to Open

While most of us do not see the threat, or just do not want to admit the problems that Islam brings to non-Islamic countries, Islam continues to advance in America. In this latest stage of Islam on the move, this school is offering only two majors. Arabic language and Islamic law and theology. The last thing that this country needs are more pro-Sharia Muslims. Sharia needs to be officially banned, and then any Muslim that calls for it afterwards shall be arrested or deported if possible. Those that want Sharia do not belong here, and are to be looked upon as enemies of the state. Just as Nazis were.
Hat tip on the great destroy Sharia picture, to our conservative friend Bosch Fawstin @ Fawstin.blogspot.com

America’s first Muslim college

WASHINGTON – As interested students race to beat the fast approaching enrolment deadline, Muslims are turning their sights to the Zaytuna College in California to see if America’s first ever Muslim college will live up to the high expectations.

“We’ve been waiting for this time,” Imam Zaid Shakir, a scholar-in-residence and lecturer at Zaytuna Institute and a co-founded of the college, told IslamOnline.net in an exclusive interview.

“It’s been a long road to get here, Alhamdulillah, and to know that we’re in this final part to getting freshman class set is very exciting.”

Zaytuna College, a brainchild of Sheikh Hamza Yusuf, Imam Shakir and Professor Hatem Bazian, will stop accepting applications for its first freshman class of 2010 on March 1.

With the application process coming to a close, a committee is readying to study the applications and admit between 20-25 students as incoming freshmen.

And although the college is seeking Muslim students, it is not exclusive to Muslims.

There will be no gender separation at the college and academic pursuits and freedom will be paramount.

Course subjects have been decided on, but educators are now writing syllabi and mapping out teaching methodology for the subjects.

Currently only two majors are being offered: Arabic language and Islamic law and theology.

As the class size increases and more educators are hired, other majors will be offered, Imam Shakir said.

Zaytuna College is in the rigorous process of seeking accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, a process that will take a number of years and one that Imam Shakir hopes will be completed by the time the freshman class graduates.

He noted that they have been able to achieve the goal of raising nearly $4 million needed for its temporary location at Berkeley.

Now they face the challenge of raising upwards of $65 million for an endowment fund that will ensure a consistent monetary support and alleviate the need for constant fundraising.

Along with that comes a move in the near future to a permanent location in Northern California.

Where America meets Islam

Imam Shakir, along with other Zaytuna College advisors, criss-crossed the country to drum up support, raise funds and answer questions from perspective students and their parents.

He also held a series of weekly informational online seminars explaining the unique nature of the college, which aims to meld two types of learning institution: a college focusing on religious study and one where such study will be explored in the context of a liberal arts education.

“It’s the first time something like this is being attempted in this country,” said Bazian, a professor at the University of California-Berkeley and at St. Mary’s College of California.

“Years ago when we discussed the need for an accredited Muslim college in the US, we knew that we needed one where students learn about the Islamic faith but also how Islam works into the American fabric and into various liberal arts subjects—sociology, anthropology, history, philosophy.”

For example, says Imam Shakir, in a philosophy class students will study Descartes but also spend a lot of time on Al-Ghazali.

“We want to teach the fundamentals of Islam—Shariah, history, Arabic, Qur’an—but we want to bring it into the context of an American education, how these branches of Islam work in the context of other educational subjects.”

One of the goals of the college is to produce scholars of Islam who are a product of an American education system.

One of the main obstacles to the rise of Islam in the US has been that the majority of educators and mosque leaders are educated overseas.

“The wonderful scholars we have in the US get their Islamic foundation from universities in Egypt, Turkey, and other countries,” notes Bazian.

“But we have not been able to produce scholars who received their education here in the US and who can truly understand and address the questions and concerns of the Muslim-American population.”

Bazian asserts that Zaytuna College graduate could become imams at mosques and directors of Islamic community centers.

Imam Shakir explains that another important goal of the college is to provide a sound liberal arts education grounded by Islamic studies that can then be a jumping-off point to any advanced degrees in law, business, medicine and other subjects.

Omar A. Ansari says if he were 18 again, he would apply to Zaytuna College.

“I think a B.A. from Zaytuna would be a great foundation upon which to build further, even if one intends to do law, medicine, etc,” he told IOL.

“I am looking forward to the day when the college allows its classes to be audited, inshallah.”

Mona El-Bashir, a high school student in Virginia, she has been following the development of the Zaytuna College and is excited to see it opening in 2010.

“I am thinking about applying for 2011,” she told IOL.

“I will have to convince my parents that it is a worthy enough education for me to travel all the way to the West Coast.”

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26 comments for “America’s First Muslim College set to Open

  1. Robin Shadowes
    February 25, 2010 at 12:40 am

    One thing this world does not need more of is even more rocket science schools.

  2. February 25, 2010 at 12:55 am

    i’m suleiman haji juma,i live in zanzibar islands,i have finished my education in 2006 at zanzibar muslim academy,get A-level certificate so i request to join in your college.

    • Gary Rumain
      February 27, 2010 at 3:22 am

      Dude, you're stupid enough to be the perfect student!

  3. Linda Korrow
    February 25, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Oh wonderful, now we're letting the jihadists train here. Why do we shoot ourselves in the foot like this? Two great articles, Christopher.

  4. February 25, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Surely this doesn't qualify as a real University! It teaches nothing that other Universities teach.

    Why Americans would allow this is beyond me.

  5. February 25, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Isn't it wonderful, islamists using our First Amendment to destroy the First Amendment. Berkley should be proud to lend it's name to a totalitarian ideology, bent on destroying "Man Made Law" – so Berkley can understand, that is our U.S. Constitution. Pathetic!

    • February 25, 2010 at 10:40 pm

      Muslims have mastered how to use our freedoms against us to advance Islam. If nothing changes on our side, it is just a matter of time until they take over, as they will never stop pushing.

  6. February 25, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    This is the same sort of crap that Saudi Arabia does, as an example. They offer their children nothing to make a decent living and most are nothing but exports to our countries to spread their Wahabbism.

    Until they change Sharia laws, (well, they have to change the koran too since Sharia are based on the koran and sunna) we will see nothing but hate filled zombies coming out of this institution. And UCBerkeley should be totally ashamed of not opening up a freaking book on Sharia laws or their koran OR their history to know that they are nothing but useful idiots who helped them along ON OUR DIME!

    This whole thing makes me sick.

    • February 25, 2010 at 11:21 pm

      As of now we are dying a slow death, just like Europe.

  7. February 25, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Don't get discouraged. Keep getting the word out. We are not as far along as Europe and the more we educate the masses the less likely they will get in utter moronic muslims in the oval office like they did with Ovomit.

    There are more politicians that are becoming aware of shitslam in 2009 and that is growing. CPAC has had several hours indiscussing it. We got to get the schools though – and the left wing idiots to understand that they are nothing but useful idiots and the same rules apply to them that apply to us no matter how they wish it not to be true.

    I am a direct result of many Jews in my community changing from being Democrat to Republican BECAUSE of what I do to educate people. And I do use some of your articles to pound it into their heads!!

    You do a great job, and remember that! Eternal war means just that and we can never rest again. We need a leader and someday one of us will inspire that person.

    • February 25, 2010 at 11:40 pm

      The tide is starting to turn in our favor, but Muslims are relentless (CAIR), so we have no choice and have to fight.

      If we could clone about 10,000 of you, we would win tomorrow!

      • February 26, 2010 at 1:29 am

        Thanks, and sometimes we need to take a break and take a day off. I know that I have to sometimes. Do what they do – regroup/rearm.

    • February 25, 2010 at 11:29 pm

      We are also getting the Europeans educated too! Facebook is a good tool. They need a spatula the size of Jupiter, but the only thing we can do is just keep at them too. It is a shame their attitude, but there has to be some over there that are getting it. They just need some Brigittes and Walids, etc to help Geert out.

  8. Native American
    February 25, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Professor Hatem Bazian is a pro-jihadist who has been arrested in the past for having false documentation. He is Iranian by birth and has escaped to Canada during the Reagan administration due to having questionable ties with known terrorist organizations. However, the Clinton administration has given him a professorship (a la Ward Churchill) as he was a great friend and colleague of Hillary Clinton. Bezerkeley (my term) has well been known as a hotbed for pro-Nazi, pro-Jihadist and pro-Communistic ideologies.

  9. February 26, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    At least jihad field training classes will find plenty of wild infidel game close by :)

    Send yourself to Islam history school and see how deep the rabbit hole goes free with the Historyscoper at http://go.to/islamhistory

  10. Muslima
    March 11, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Wauw you people talk a lot of bullshit about islam. You're so scared of islam, it's pathetic. GET A LIFE and stop hatin' on other!!

    • March 11, 2010 at 10:09 pm

      Is that the best you can do? Point out the BS, and pathetic people are not willing to take a stand like we are.

      It is your religion that is full of hate. Islam is the anti-thesis of Western Civilization, and it should of never been allowed to be praticed here in the first place.

      BTW, we will not be silenced!

  11. March 11, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    I see that you are posting from the Netherlands. Within the law, Wilders will just be the beginning.

  12. Saleh Nassor Abdi
    March 17, 2010 at 4:12 am

    I am intrested in studying Islamic knowledge and other ideal education.Can the college sponsor me in this.I am from Zanzibar,complited “O”level and “A”level study with certificates.I need your support in this.Thanks.

  13. Muxammad
    June 18, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    My name is Muxammad. Iwant stadyin islamic college. Ismiy Muxammad Zoir Uriydu an ataallama Isalomic Colleg fiy Amerika jiddan Va ana taallamtu bi ismi Xoja Bukhariy. Taallamtu Fiyh Quran, Hadis, Sunnat,val aqoid. Inniy la aalamu lugati Ingiliziy illa qolill. Ana min vatani Bukhariy va Termiziy hum faxriy.

    • admin
      June 19, 2010 at 2:51 am

      English please.

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