In June 2016, Imam Hamzah Abdul-Malik delivered a moving recitation of Quran to honor the passing of boxing legend and social activist, Muhammad Ali. This momentous experience inspired him to establish the Yarrow Mamout Scholarship Fund that provides tuition, room, and board to enable young Muslims from underserved communities in the U.S. to learn the skills needed to engage and inspire the broader American community.
Miraaj Academy was founded with the goal of educating and developing the next generation of American Islamic scholarship Insha Allah.
Focus on developing community-minded leadership through the study of traditional Islamic sciences and hands-on service oriented learning experiences.
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As part of their curriculum Miraaj Academy students participate in a wide range of events and projects that address issues impacting the local community.
"This is a game changer... If we can get a sizable number of young men from underserved communities, both in the general and the Islamic sense, to go back to their communities with a sound understanding of Islam, you will see a tectonic shift, not only in terms of Islam in America, but also in terms of preserving strong values in our communities. So we need your support." ~ Imam Zaid Shakir
Students develop the ability to inspire a congregation, perform essential religious tasks, and teach people about Islam.
Students take courses in public speaking and Khutbah preparation.
Students participate in projects that address issues impacting the local community .
Students are memorizing the Quran and developing a mastery of the core Islamic sciences at the basic to intermediate level.
Students will learn how to start and run non-profit organizations.
Students attend local city council meetings to gain an understanding of the local political process.
Within us all there lies the potential to realize our dream. However, within only a few of us there lies the courage to realize our potential. ~ Imam Zaid Shakir
Many young Muslims have the desire to learn Islam but limited access to educational opportunities that will help them reach their spiritual potential. Miraaj Academy was created to provide young American Muslims from diverse backgrounds an opportunity to learn traditional Islam and to serve one of the most disadvantaged urban communities. Listen to what they have to say about this unique educational experience.
Our board of advisors is comprised of highly-esteemed leaders in the Muslim American community. We are honored to be able to draw from their years of experience, spiritual insight and acute intellect.
"Supporting the development of inheritors of the Prophetic way is a major priority of community building and a highly meritorious act.”~ by Jamal Diwan ~
"Sponsoring under-resourced students who possess the requisite intelligence, work-ethic and passion for studying our tradition should be our highest priority."~ by Ubadallah Evans ~
" This endeavor promises to be a formative opportunity for emergent leaders. I for one am hopeful. "~ by Sheik J.H. Brown ~
"This is a game changer... If we can get a sizable number of young men from underserved communities, both in the general and the Islamic sense, to go back to their communities with a sound understanding of Islam, you will see a tectonic shift, not only in terms of Islam in America,~ by Imam Zaid Shakir ~
Miraaj Academy prepares its students for community stewardship roles by providing ample opportunities to participate in seminarss, masjid activities and summits connecting like-minded youth through community service.