MUSLIM EDUCATION CENTER FOR CREATIVE ACADEMICS
MECCA Institute’s goal is the establishment of an online seminary to promote and teach an inclusive and progressive Islamic theological philosophy adapted for modern times. MECCA Institute’s two-year chaplaincy certificate program (and a part-time program beginning by year 3) would train a diversity of graduate-level students interested in becoming chaplains to serve the general Muslim public. In addition to working in inclusive mosques that are continuing to grow globally, graduates will be able to fill placements in government agencies, hospitals, prisons and elsewhere where positions exist seeking Islamic chaplains.
WHO WE ARE
Teachers who believe in the diversity of Muslim voices to interpret their faith, have long held that studying the basics of Quran in the order it was revealed provides insight into the Quranic revelation. Our teachers focus on educating laypersons, Muslim and non-Muslim, about the basics of the Islamic faith. Utilizing a course of religious studies, students gain insights into alternative interpretations of the Quranic text as it was revealed to Prophet Mohammad.
WHAT WE DO
MECCA Institute will provide online 16 week courses taught by current Islamic scholars who hold Quran only points of view. The courses concentrate on the basics of Quran and other aspects of faith, including basic courses in traditional spiritual practices such as the seven versions of reciting the Quran and Islamic mysticism. Courses will not focus on hadith study.
WHAT WE STAND FOR
a) Freedom of belief
b) Looking to Quran to respond to our needs with human rights as our filter
c) Qualitative analysis and expanded interpretations
d) Diversity of faculty and student body
e) Personal Growth
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
Knowledge is a source of power. When used wisely to meet the demands of society today, such knowledge benefits both the individual and society. Each person – if they are true to the Quranic call – is to question their understanding through review and reflection of the Quran. The past 1500 years of Islamic religious history, however, has again brought Muslims to question the meaning of their faith…whether under a Muslim or non-Muslim form of sovereignty. Thus, Muslims globally are at a dramatic point within our collective history, where reviewing our understandings of the basics becomes a way of honing our personal tools in comprehending the Quran better. Those who study will acquire the language and spiritual tools with which to articulate their points of view. Of course, this helps Muslims revive and revise our current conditions in Muslim societies as well as non-Muslim societies. It is through the basics upon which we are able to look at our modern times with new evaluative tools, and expect better outcomes within our individual and collective personal, familial, communal and spiritual communities.
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Interested to learn more? Here are some documents to get you started:
MECCA Institute Brochure 2017/2018 [Read or download]
MECCA Institute FAQs 2017/2018 [Read or download]
MECCA Institute Orientation 2017/2018 [Read or download]
MECCA Institute Application 2017/2018 [Read or download]
Got any more questions? E-mail us: MeccaApplications@Gmail.com