California Islamic University

California Islamic University

California Islamic University

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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