What we do

Short Islamic Courses  is a non-commercial, non-political educational institute for men and women dedicated to classical Islamic learning and spirituality. Its core objectives are to provide a structured educational approach to classical Islamic scholarship, offer a flexible learning environment and impart an educational experience that is at once intellectually rigorous and spiritually uplifting.

To that end, our courses seek to educate students in the main disciplines of Islamic learning including Arabic language, Quran, Hadith, Law, Islamic History and Spirituality, as well as offer Islamic knowledge on contemporary and lifestyle issues pertinent to men and women – all in a manner that is easy to comprehend and practical to implement in one’s life. Our classes also highlight the importance of using sacred knowledge as a means of increasing our connection with Allah (swt) and furthering our spiritual development.

All programs at Short Islamic Courses Institute draw upon the rich scholarly tradition based on the Quran and the Sunnah as understood by the Sahabah (Companions) and the Salaf Saliheen (Pious Predecessors), with a respect for all scholars of the Ahl al-Sunnah wal Jama’ah. In addition, our course materials are also informed by current research in modern sciences and are taught using a modern educational approach, making Short Islamic Courses Institute distinct in its embrace of tradition and technology.

Short Islamic Courses Institute was founded in 2015 by Asif Iqbal under the guidance of the honorable Shaykh Zain ul Aqtab Siddiqi; to date, its courses have been attended by over 500 people from over 25 countries across the world.


Our Team

Why Choose Us

While the practice of learning in an actual physical classroom has been the traditional setup for centuries and will probably go on until the end of time, a lot can be achieved over the internet. Learning online is a worthwhile and useful option, even though not a complete replacement. We cannot deny that the robust physical interaction that can exists in a physical classroom setting between a teacher and student is irreplaceable. However, we attempt to duplicate this experience as much as possible in a virtual setting. What we lose though can maybe offset by several other benefits of online learning. These benefits are not always available in a physical format.

All our Short Islamic Courses are Online and are Pre-Recorded so Time will never be an issue. Also you are able to study in your time and in your own home as well.

Best of all is that most of our Short courses are FREE so we break down those barriers allowing everyone from every background to participate in our courses. As a bonus all our Online Courses are Pre-Recorded so you can study at anytime at yur own pace in your own place.

Therefore, we do not claim to entirely replace the classical setup of learning Islam but we do provide a robust alternative to those who would like to learn from home, at their pace and in an environment of their choosing. The classroom experience is brought inside your home through your computer or mobile device. The availability of a qualified Islamic scholar guiding you in an online class ensures that the student-teacher relationship which is fundamental in Islamic learning is maintained. Live sessions, forums and other communication platforms facilitate interaction and allow students to ask questions.

Our Methodology

Combining classical methods of teaching with modern technology is a critical aspect of our methodology. We deliver our Islamic scholarly tradition by using cutting edge web conferencing technology that allows the student to acquire knowledge regardless of where he or she lives.

We offer subjects that are relevant. Our team of experts design and develop each and every course to the minute detail. We take the educational and intellectual needs of the worldwide Muslim community very seriously; hence, our focus on detail.


Which school of thought does Short Islamic Courses follow and teach?

The institute is firmly upon the creed of the Ahl al-Sunnah wa l-Jamaah and all our instructors are adherents to the famous Islamic schools of law named after their respective imams: Imam Abu Hanifah Nu’man ibn Thabit, Imam Malik ibn Anas, Imam Muhammad ibn Idris al-Shafi’i and Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (may Allah have mercy on all of them).

Where is Short Islamic Courses located?

We do not have on-the-ground presence at the moment. We are completely online. We are basically a Cyber Institute!

Who are the scholars associated with Short Islamic Courses?

Alhamdulillah, we have several qualified, authentic scholars who are part of our Institute and part of The Suyuti Institute. Read more about our teachers.

Is Short Islamic Courses a business? or it a non-profit?

Rayyan Institute is a federally registered nonprofit organization in Canada.

Does Short Islamic Courses conduct events on the ground? If yes, where?

Yes, Around the World in various cities. Invite us to your city.

Does Short Islamic Courses take political positions?

We are a non-political, non-sectarian organization, focusing primarily on Islamic education to spiritually uplift the masses.


Short Islamic Courses aims to educate Muslims in their religion in a manner that is easy to comprehend and practical to implement in their lives. Realizing the importance of proper Islamic knowledge in the lives of all Muslims, we offer a commitment to seekers of knowledge to give them the tools to become better Muslims and role-models for their families and communities. With us, seekers of knowledge put themselves on a path through which they can acquire Divine Pleasure and Divine Mercy, which are both priceless.

No living soul or inanimate object on the face of this earth and in the heavens can do without the mercy of Allah Most High. Therefore it is our vision at Short Islamic Courses to inspire individuals to become true seekers of this mercy by being true seekers of knowledge.

Allah Most High says:

And this (Qur’an) is a blessed Book that We have sent down. So follow it and fear Allah, so that you may be favored with mercy. (Surat al-An’am: 155)

In another place in the Qur’an, He Most High says:

And obey Allah and the Messenger, so that you may find mercy. (Surah Al ‘Imran: 132)

Obedience to Allah and His Messenger (Allah bless him and give peace) entails submission to the Divine Commandments and steadfastness upon the Sunnah of Allah’s Beloved Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace). Without acquiring knowledge of the Shari’ah – the Qur’an and Sunnah – this remains impossible, hence the excellence and virtue of seeking knowledge has been oft-repeated in the Qur’an and Hadith with much emphasis.

Excellence of Seeking Knowledge

Allah Most High says in the Qur’an:

Say: “My Lord! increase me in knowledge” (Surah Taha: 114).

Only those of His slaves with knowledge have fear of Allah (Surah Fatir: 28).

In a famous hadith narrated by Sayyiduna Abu al-Darda’ (may Allah be pleased with him), the virtue of seeking of knowledge is expressed:

I heard the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) say, “Allah will make the path to the Garden easy for anyone who travels a path in search of knowledge. Angels spread their wings for the seeker of knowledge out of pleasure for what he is doing. Everyone in the heavens and the earth ask forgiveness for a man of knowledge, even the fish in the water … (Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi)

In another hadith, Divine Mercy enveloping gatherings in which Allah is remembered has been described as follows:

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayra and Abu Sa’id al-Khudri (may Allah be pleased with them) narrated that they visited the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) and he said, “Whenever people sit to remember Allah (Most High), angels cover them (spreading their wings over them), divine mercy envelops them, inner peace descends on them, and Allah Most High mentions them to those who are with Him.” (Muslim)

Being Merciful

Allah’s mercy can also be sought through being merciful to others. This important principle is mentioned in a hadith narrated by Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr, in which he said: the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:

The Most Merciful One (Al-Rahman) bestows his mercy upon the merciful ones. Be merciful to those on earth, and those in the heaven will be merciful upon you.(Tirmidhi).

One of the most effective ways to be merciful to others is to teach them good and virtue as mentioned in a hadith narrated by Sayyiduna Abu Umamah (may Allah be pleased with him). He reports that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said:

Allah, His angels and the inhabitants of the heavens and the earth, and even the ants in their dwellings and the fish, invoke blessings on those who teach people virtue (Tirmidhi).

By furthering one’s Islamic knowledge and acquiring the Islamic sciences, one is able to become a means of guidance for others. He or she can become a means to convey the pure and pristine teachings of Islam to others and spread virtue. Calling others towards guidance and teaching them virtue invokes Allah’s mercy. Since we are all in dire need of Allah’s mercy and cannot live successfully without it, we at Short Islamic Courses have embarked upon a path to seek His mercy by offering a platform from which good, virtue and mercy can be disseminated. We invite you to join us.

Life is Short and so are Our Courses! We will continue to break down such barriers as cost and time with technology so you are able to study with us at ease.

All our courses are Pre-Recorded so you there is no time constraint once you have signed up.

Most of our courses have multiple choice exams at the end to test your understanding.

With the option of reviewing recorded lessons and handouts at a time of your choosing (and not only when the schedule dictates), you can learn at a pace that you are comfortable with. You can no longer let scheduling conflicts hamper your Islamic learning goals.

You could be on vacation somewhere or even at your grandmother’s place, far from where the instructor or classroom is located. It doesn’t matter. All you need is an internet connection to connect to our classes.

You no longer have to listen to the class once. After the live class is over, listen to the recorded sessions as many times as you like in the semester. Go over them until you get it right.

You no longer have to worry about long or difficult commutes, curfews or weather. Study from the comfort of wherever you are and remain focused on your studies.





Life is Short & So are our Courses!

-Asif Iqbal