The Islamic Seminary of America (ISA) Year-End Update
As our inaugural year ends, the Islamic Seminary of America (ISA) would like to thank
its students, faculty and staff for the many accomplishments we have enjoyed. We have: taught
over 400 adults and mentored over 200 youths (Rihla) in Islamic centers and ISA classrooms;
produced a weekly live-streamed educational series; led an Umrah trip; sponsored several
family-oriented social-educational activities; held a first-of- its kind open mic night for young
Muslims and partnered with Southern Methodist University (SMU) in developing and launching
a unique Master of Liberal Studies degree program with a self-designed concentration in Islamic
Studies. Spearheading this has been the leadership of Sh. Khalil Abdur-Rashid and his family.
Therefore, it comes as no surprise that his hard work and leadership were recognized
nationally, as evidenced by his recent appointment as the first full-time Muslim Chaplain at
Harvard University as of July 5th, 2017 (for more info see this link).
Due to the success of the Seminary and the great growth potential of such a project in the
DFW metroplex and beyond, ISA recently began a merger (April 3, 2017) with the Islamic
Seminary Foundation, Inc. (ISF). ISF is a national non-profit, IRS tax-exempt organization
founded in 2011 in New Haven CT. Among its educational initiatives, it has jointly organized
(with the Association of Muslim Chaplains) an in-service training conference for chaplains,
imams, and other human service providers at Yale University for the past 6 years (the conference
was originally founded by the Muslim Endorsement Council of Connecticut 7 years ago). The
list of ISF Board members and advisors is here. Through completing this merger, the
Seminary will be able to tap into a national resource pool of knowledgeable educators, talented
staff and development personnel.
Going forward, we will be re-organizing our course offerings as we gear up to expand
and become a world-class, national seminary. Our relationship with SMU will continue in the
Fall through the Master of Liberal Studies Program. Sh. Omar Suleiman will be teaching “Islam
and the American Civil Rights Movement” at SMU. Sh. Omar Suleiman will also be teaching an
ISA non-credit course at the Valley Ranch Islamic Center and I will be teaching a non-credit
weekend course (October 6-8, 2017, see link here). We will also be relocating the Seminary
headquarters to a location more convenient to the several DFW metroplex Muslim communities.
If you have any concerns, comments, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me
Prof. Jimmy Jones
Board Chair Islamic Seminary Foundation Inc/Islamic Seminary of America