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Zaynab Academy was founded in 2005 by Shaykh Mufti Kamaluddin Ahmed and his wife Alimah Sobia Ahmed as a nonprofit, nonpartisan and nonpolitical educational institute dedicated to classical Islamic learning and Spirituality. The Classical Islamic Learning courses offered by Zaynab Academy are designed to introduce women to the classical methodology of Islamic knowledge and scholarship through a modern educational approach. The philosophy of the courses offered is distinct in its embrace of the entire academic tradition of the Ahl al-Sunnah wal-Jama’a with respect for all scholars of Tafsir, Hadith, Fiqh, and Usul al-fiqh. Moreover, our courses highlight the importance of spiritual purification (tazkiya) and inner reform (islah).


Know Your Quran 2019
Learning Lab 2019
Purification Of Heart


Classical Islamic Learning July 9, 2018 A 6-year course featuring translation and commentary of the entire Quran, introduction to classical texts of Hadith, Arabic, and Fiqh which have traditionally been taught in the ‘Alimah’ course. Read More
Teen Talk August 11, 2018 This girls’ society which meets on a weekly basis exclusively looks at the social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual issues faced by young girls from an Islamic perspective. Read More


Preparation for Ramadan

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ
أَيَّامًا مَّعْدُودَاتٍ
O you who believe, the fasts have been enjoined upon you as they were enjoined upon those before you, so that you may be God-fearing…for days, few in number [2.183-184]
For the past almost ten years, we are asked to give a talk regarding preparation for Ramadān – so I begin with the question, why do we need a talk to prepare? Do I have to give you a ‘preparing for ‘umrah’ talk, if you have been 4-5 times already? If we need to have a talk called ‘Preparing for Ramadān, it means that we are unprepared.[…] Read More

Striving to become people of Effort

وَالَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا أَشَدُّ حُبًّا لِلَّهِ [2:165] But those who believe are stronger in their love for Allah. Allah Almighty has given every human being an emotional aspect and everything that we have; our spiritual self, our intellectual self, our emotional self, has to be used to draw us closer to Allah Almighty. Last week I talked about this mujahida of striving; making […] Read More

Retaining the Blessings of Sohbah

قَدْ أَفْلَحَ مَنْ زَكَّاهَا وَقَدْ خَابَ مَنْ دَسَّاهَا He has succeeded who purifies it, and he has failed who instils it (with corruption) [Surah Al-Shams 91:9-10] Tazkiya means to purify oneself. Allah Almighty sent the Quran and the Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon Him), so that we may become pure enough to get access to the Paradise, to become […] Read More