California Islamic University (CIU)


California Islamic University (CIU)

California Islamic University (CIU)

  • Summary:
  • Description:

California Islamic University (CIU) offers a full time program of study which caters to English speaking Muslims. We have attempted to combine the best and most practical ways of studying Islam, while remaining within the paradigm of an Islamic worldview.

CIU focuses not only on academic and educational development, but also stresses the importance of spiritual and moral education. By emphasizing the realization that Islam is a holistic way of life manifested in all layers of society, our classes prepare students to become assets to the community at large.

California Islamic University constitutes a program of study that is catered to Muslims living in the West. It draws on the wisdom and experience of traditional Islamic institutions worldwide while taking into consideration the historical-critical approach to studying religion as taught in Western universities. The curriculum attempts to combine the best and most practical way of studying Islam by utilizing modern pedagogical methods, while remaining within the paradigm of an Islamic worldview.

Comprehensive Curriculum

We loathe overspecializing in only a few subjects. A balanced Islamic education requires that Theology, Islamic Law, History, Hermeneutics and other subjects all be studied at a foundational level. We give students the tools to understand and connect with Islamic teachings on a deeper level.

For serious students who would like to complete a diploma or a BA in Islamic Law & Theology. Courses consist of lectures, discussions [or labs], exams and essays. The degree can be completed in two years, or taken part-time over a few more years.


  • Diploma Requirements
  • History I: Life of The Prophet
  • Qur’an I: Prophets in The Qur’an
  • Islamic Law I: Essentials of Islamic Practice
  • Islamic Law Ii: Essentials of Islamic Practice
  • Prophetic Teachings I: Wisdom from The Prophet
  • Spirituality I: Purification of The Heart
  • Qur’anic Recitation I: Reading The Qur’an in Arabic
  • Qur’anic Recitation Ii: Proper Recitation of the Qur’an
  • Beliefs I: Survey of Islamic Beliefs
  • History II: The First Five Caliphs
  • Skills I: Public Speaking & Communication
  • Degree Requirements
  • History Iii: The Umayyads to The Fall of Baghdad
  • Islamic Law Iii: Principles of Interpretation
  • Islamic Law Iv: Case Studies in Legal Reasoning
  • Spirituality Ii: Companions of The Prophet
  • Qur’an Ii: Survey of The Qur’an
  • Prophetic Wisdom Ii: Survey of Hadith
  • Arabic I: Beginning Arabic
  • Arabic Ii: Intermediate Arabic
  • Arabic Iii: Advanced Arabic
  • Skills Ii: Critical Analysis of Readings On Islam
  • Skills Iii: Research Methodology & Writing


  • Mustafa Umar:

Director & Professor
Shaykh Mustafa is the founder and director of CIU and its lead instructor.

  • Shahid Ali:

Adjunct Professor
Shaykh Shahid graduated from Al-Azhar University, Egypt

  • Ahmed Billoo:

Adjunct Professor
Shaykh Ahmed graduated from the Islamic University in Madinah, Saudi Arabia.

  • Jameel Besada:

Adjunct Professor & Curriculum Designer
Ustadh Jameel is a Latino convert to Islam. He hopes to complete his degree in Islamic Law from the Islamic University in Madinah, Saudi Arabia.




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