Zidni One-Year Pilot Program

Introduction to the Islamic Sciences

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A program like no other

The “One Year Program” in the Islamic sciences is an introductory program that covers one basic classical text in the main Islamic sciences. This program is based upon the traditional methodology of study used in the Islamic world for centuries, which is to study a basic, abridged text in every science before moving on to the second level texts in each science and so on until once has achieved mastery of the science. The texts taught in this program have been taught all over the Islamic world for centuries and continue to be taught today. Exceptional students will receive ijāzah to narrate the text with a connected chain back to the author upon successful completion of an examination. This program is suitable for those who wish to continue their studies in the more advanced programs, as well as for those who only desire the basics of the most important sciences of Islam.

Classes tought onsite

Our classes will be taught onsite at Masjid Annur – Sacramento, Adult Education Room.  This will allow us to give each student direct attention from out instructor

Online portal access

Our classes will be made available and livestreamed online through ZidniACCESS. This will make attending class a lot easier if one is unable to make it to class!

hours of instruction

Unique instructors

different texts

students enrolled thusfar


Classes will be from two hours after fajr prayer until ʿishāʾ prayer, with hourly breaks. Refreshments will be provided, but students should plan on bringing their own meals. Extra hours will be added if needed. Exact times for start of class will be sent out weekly as the time for prayer will continue to change. The year-long program consists of three terms, with breaks for Ramadan, summer, Hajj, and the like.


Tuition for the entire one-year program is $2400. Each term $800 is due by the exam date of the first text.

*If students pay the tuition for the whole year upfront, there will be a $600 scholarship provided to discount the tuition to a total of $1800.

*If students pay the tuition for the whole quarter term upfront, there will be a $100 scholarship provided to discount the tuition to a total of $700.

Payments can be made here:


Students are also offered the opportunity to enroll into an installment plan of 4 monthly payments of $200. However, the student must sign a contract to get enrolled into this plan.


Limited financial aid is available for those who need additional financial aid beyond what is already offered. You can request an application by emailing admissions.


After every class there are written and oral exams for that text that must be completed. The exams will be done via our online portal. Students can take the written exam anytime they want before the next class. Students will be made to sign pledges of honesty stating that they did not work with anyone on the exams and did not use any materials. Students will be given the time for their oral exams. These exams are comprehensive; students are responsible for all information in the text, mentioned in lecture, and mentioned in homework videos. Students must pass all exams to get their diploma. Exceptional students will be granted ʾijāzat. To re-take any exam you must get permission from your instructor and the administration. There will be a final exam at the end of the year to test understanding and memorization for all texts.


Students are required to prepare for each class by listening to the explanation of the text found on our online portal, work on memorizing the text, and work on translating the text.

Our instructors

Jamal Zarabozo was born in France to Spanish parents and embraced Islam in 1976 at the age of 16 in California. He subsequently taught himself Arabic in order to better access classical works. This led him to a fascination with the topic of hadith and its sciences, which he dedicated the next few years of his life studying. He moved to Boulder, Colorado in the mid-80s, where he had access to a group of du’aat who graduated from Imam Muhammad University in Riyadh and were pursuing graduate degrees at the University of Boulder. Additionally, he studied with Dr. Mustafa Azami, a world-renown scholar of hadith, who was living in Boulder for a few years. With all of their help and tutorship, along with his perseverance and dedication, he managed to achieve a level of scholarship that is rare to find in North America. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from UC Berkeley and a Master’s degree also in Economics from UC Davis. He received an honorific doctorate degree from the Assembly of Muslim Jurists in America (AMJA) in 2015.

He translated many works like Fiqh as-Sunnah, Islamic Fatawa for Women, The Path to Paradise, The World of Jinn & Devils,Words of Remembrance & Words of Reminder, The Fiqh of Marriage, Marital Discord, Religious Extremism, among others. He also wrote several books like, The Fiqh of Friday PrayerFriday Prayer Khutbahs (2 Vol.), A Commentary on the Forty Hadith of an-Nawawi (3 Vol.), The Authority & Importance of the Sunnah, How to Approach the Qur’an, among others. He also founded and edited al-Basheer Magazine which ran for 8 years and at the time of its publication, was the leading and most academic journal of classical Islamic sciences. Shaykh Jamal has delivered several hundreds of lectures and given hundreds of classes throughout the United States as well as the United Kingdom.


Navaid Aziz is AlMaghrib’s Director of Public Relations and Instructor dedicated to reviving the Muslim mindset on spirituality, morality, education, and mutual respect.

Shaykh Navaid completed an Associate’s degree in Commerce and Social Sciences before heading to the illustrious Islamic University of Madinah. He went on to complete a diploma in the Arabic language as well as a Bachelor’s in Islamic Law, with a specialization in Fiqh and Usul Al-Fiqh.

Since then, Shaykh Navaid established himself as a highly sought after global lecturer and speaker. He is a passionate advocate for Muslim youth education and integration with a proven track record over the years. He is currently the Director of Religious and Social Services for the Islamic Information Society of Calgary, volunteered as Islamic Editor for Little Explorers and Recess Kids magazines, serves as a youth and family counsellor, volunteered as chaplain at S.A.I.T, and became the first ever Muslim chaplain with the Calgary Police Services in 2015. His work includes helping in the mitigation of criminal radicalization and implementing civic engagement opportunities for youth.

Muhammad Ibn Muneer
 also known as Mufti Muneer is a young and dynamic speaker born and raised in Philadelphia. After completing his education in Philadalphia, Mufti Muneer went on to the University of Madinah to pursue his Islamic education. Mufti Muneer completed his bachelors and masters degrees in Hadith and is currently pursuing his PhD. Despite his concentration in Hadith, Mufti has a strong passion to teach Fiqh. Mufti Muneer’s classes are known to be very engaging, interactive, and allow for a lot of discussion and Q&A. Mufti Muneer has had the opportunity to study under many of the prominent sheikhs of our time, from them is the al-’Allamah Shaykh Abdul Muhsin al-Abbad, may Allah preserve him.


Abdullahi Bihi was born and raised in Minnesota, where he studied with the many scholars residing there. He traveled to Saudi Arabia and completed a B.A. in Islamic law. He then pursued a M.A. in Islamic law at the Higher Institute for Judges in Riyadh. He currently teaches in various institutions and mosques in Minnesota.


Yousef Hussin was born and raised in the United States. He traveled to Egypt where he studied at Al-Azhar University and studied various Islamic Sciences with scholars outside the University. He then studied at the Islamic University of Minnesota, earning a B.A. and M.A. in Islamic Studies. He has received numerous ijazat (licences), including ijazah in several modes of Qur’anic recitation from Sheikh Waleed Al-Meneese and Sheikh Sherzaad Tahir. He is currently the Imam of Masjid Annur in Sacramento, CA.


Dr. Mohammad Al-Rahawan was born and raised in Egypt, where he studied in the Al-Azhar system from grade school until he received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D from Al-Azhar University, specializing in Hadith sciences. He is an Associate Professor and Co-Chair of the Department of Orientalism at Taibah University in Saudi Arabia, and Associate Professor in the Department of Islamic Studies in English at Al-Azhar University, and a Professor of Islamic Studies at Mishkah University. He has received teaching liscences (ijazat) in various Islamic sciences, including in the Shaafi’i madhhab. He has authored several works in the Islamic sciences, and travels around the world teaching.

Shaykh AbdurRaheem McCarthy is of Irish-American heritage and was born and raised in the USA. After accepting Islam in 1994, he moved to Sudan and then Saudi Arabia where he spent 10 years in Madinah studying under the scholars and as a student in the Islamic University of Madinah. He graduated from the Arabic Institute and then from the faculty of Da’wah and Usool Ad-Deen, Islamic University of Madinah.

He is well known from his TV shows on Peace TV, Huda TV and other channels along with lecturing internationally all around the world. He travels around the world teaching.

Shaykh McCarthy has now decided to follow his roots and is living in Ireland, while supporting dawah projects internationally. He is an avid MMA fan and loves to read, spend time with the family and enjoy the outdoors


Abu Ibrahim John Starling, an American convert, was born and raised in North Carolina. After graduating from NCSU’s College of Management with a B.S. in Business Management, John went on to further his education at the Islamic University of Al-Madinah. At this world renowned University he received 2 degrees; 1 from the University’s Institute of the Arabic Language and the other from the University’s College of Islamic Doctrine and Mission. During his 7.5 year stay in Al-Madinah, John attended numerous study circles with major scholars and leading students of knowledge in the Hijaz, Najd, and southern regions of KSA. He found great benefit from both the traditional and formal education he received from his teachers and professors in the sciences or Arabic, Hadith, Theology, Fiqh, Tafsir, and Islamic. He is an avid student of knowledge and continues to study with numerous scholars around the world and is currently enrolled in Murtaqa Center of Islamic Sciences pursuing numerous certificates and in The Islamic University of Minnesota’s Graduate Institute for Aalims and Da’ees pursuing a master’s degree in Islamic Studies. Shaykh Abu Ibrahim is currently the Executive Director of GCLEA in Cherry Hill, NJ.


Rashid Ahmedi is a California native. He grew up just outside of Sacramento in a religious household and completed memorizing the Quran at age 16. After his high school graduation, he was admitted to the world renowned Islamic University of Madinah. During his 14 year stay in the Prophet’s City, he earned 4 degrees; an Associates in Arabic, a Bachelors in Hadith and Islamic Studies, a Post Graduate Degree in Dawah, and a Masters in Teaching Arabic to Speakers of other Languages (TASOL). Additionally, Shaykh Rashid benefited greatly from traditional studies with numerous major scholars studying classical texts in fiqh, hadith, and tawhid etc. As a hafiz of the Quran, Shaykh Rashid has a passion for the various modes of recitation. While in Madinah he obtained an Ijazah/License in “Hafs ‘an ‘Asim” from a renowned scholar and master of the Quran and is currently pursuing a license in “Warsh”. During Shaykh Rashid’s stay in Madinah he was blessed to work in the Prophet’s Masjid as a translator/interpreter for the Friday prayer services under the supervision of Shaykh Abdur-Rahman al-Sudais, the Imam of Masjid al-Haram in Makkah.Shaykh Rashid is happily married with 5 boys. In his spare time, he enjoys sports such as football, basketball, and baseball. Shaykh Rashid is currently the religious leader and director of GCLEA in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Ahmad Basir born in Kabul Afghanistan and raised in the Bay Area, California is a Graduate of Darul Uloom Zakariyya South Africa. He delivers talks at various masajid and teaches Arabic and Higher Islamic Subjects. Fluent in Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, and English he has great love for language and linguistics. He enjoys sports and martial arts and loves working with Muslim youth.

Yousef Skafi was born and raised in Illinois and graduated from the University of the Pacific with a degree in Business Entrepreneurship. After graduating, he began a path pursuing Islamic Studies at the Islamic University of Medinah where he studied for 6 years in the College of Shari’a and graduated with highest honors. During his time in Medinah, he was also able to study with scholars outside the University. Currently, he is pursuing his M.A. in Islamic law at Medinah International University. He is an instructor at Al-Arqam Islamic school in Sacramento, CA and an Imam at Masjid Al-Eman in Stockton, CA.

Khalil Skafi was born and raised in Illinois. He received a B.A. in Communications from New Hampshire University. He then traveled to Egypt where he learned Arabic and memorized the Qur’an at Al-Ibanah Center. He studied at Al-Azhar University in the College of Shari’ah and also studied with many scholars outside the University. He received a B.A. in Islamic law from Mishkat University and is pursuing his M.A. at Medinah International University. He is an instructor at Al-Arqam Islamic school in Sacramento, CA and an Imam at Masjid Al-Eman in Stockton, CA.


Ammar Shahin was born in Cairo, Egypt where he began his Islamic training at a young age under the supervision of his father who was the sheikh of their village. He memorized the Qur’an at the age of twelve in various modes of recitation. He continued his Islamic education, graduating from the Institute for Preparation of Preachers with a diploma in Islamic studies as well as studying at Al-Forqan Institute. He then traveled to the United States in 1999 where he studied computer engineering. He continued to study with many scholars, receiving from them ijazaat (licenses) in various Islamic sciences. His studied included studying the Maliki madhhab. He also pursued a B.A. at Al-Azhar University in the Islamic Sciences and Arabic language, and received a B.A. and M.A. at the Islamic University of Minnesota in Islamic Studies. He has been an Imam in various mosques across the United States, and currently he is the Imam at the Islamic Center of Davis.


Ahmed Khater was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in legal studies, and attained a second B.A. from Al-Azhar University in the Islamic Sciences and Arabic language. He received an M.A. from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley in Islamic Law, and is now a PhD candidate at the Graduate Theological Union in Islamic Law. He also holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Islamic Studies from the Islamic University of Minnesota. He has received ijazat (licenses) in various Islamic sciences, including ones to teach and narrate the Hanbali madhhab. He is a lecturer of Islamic studies at the Graduate Theological Union, Saint Mary’s College (assistant professor), Islamic University of Minnesota, and was a lecturer of Arabic Language at the University of California, Berkeley. He designs curriculum at Mishkah University where he formerly taught Islamic law, and he previously worked with Al-Azhar University’s Department of Islamic Studies in English to edit books and articles for the scholars of Al-Azhar. He is an online mufti, fiqh consultant, Resident Fatwa Committee secretary, and translator/editor for the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America. He teaches the traditional Islamic sciences at Zidni Islamic Institute.

Texts taught

A Each text is taught by an instructor who specializes in it’s field.

  1. Fiqh (Jurisprudence): “Bidāyat al-ʿĀbid” or Equivalent in Other Schools
  2. Muṣṭalaḥ al-Ḥadīth (Prophetic Tradition Nomenclature): “al-Bayqūniyyah”
  3. Tawḥīd (Monotheism): “al-ʾUṣūl al-Thalāthah”
  4. al-Farāʾiḍ (Inheritance Laws): “al-Raḥabiyyah”
  5. ʾUṣūl al-Fiqh (Legal Theory): “al-Waraqāt”
  6. al-Naḥw (Grammar): “al-ʾAjrūmiyyah”
  7. ʾUṣūl al-Tafsīr (Principles of Exegesis): “Muqaddimah Fī ʾUṣūl al-Tafsīr”
  8. Balāghah (Rhetoric): “Miʾat al-Maʿānī Wa al-Bayān”
  9. Ṣarf (Morphology): “Matn al-Bināʾ”
  10. Tajwīd (Qur’anic Recitation): “Tuḥfat al-ʾAṭfāl”
  11. Sīrah (Prophetic Biography): “al-Mīʾiyyah”
  12. ʿAqīdah (Creed): “Lumʿat al-ʾIʿtiqād”
  13. Manṭiq (Logic): ““al-Sullam al-Munawraq”
  14. Ḥadīth (Prophetic Tradition)- “al-ʾArbaʿīn al-Nawawiyyah”
  15. Qawāʿid Fiqhiyyah (Legal Maxims)- “Manẓūmat al-Qawāʿid al-Fiqhiyyah”
  16. Tafsīr (Exegesis) -Juzʾ ʿAmma from “Tafsīr al-Jalalayn”

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