Let's face it. The apologetic, superficial answers aren't cutting it. Imagine if we could have a specialized training institute that educates Muslims on how to address doubts and how to gain real intellectual confidence and conviction in Islam. Imagine an institute that trains Muslims around the world with exactly the information and skills they need to be empowered in their faith and dawah.
This is what Alasna is.
“I am an Imam who regularly deals with Muslims and non-Muslims alike who ask important and tough questions. I took Daniel Haqiqatjou's course in New Jersey and benefitted from it in a number of ways. Firstly, it enhanced my Islamic knowledge by supplying me with contextual and intellectually stimulating explanations for a number of commonly misunderstood aspects of our Deen. Second, this course gave me a better understanding of the philosophies and ideologies that shape the post-modern world view, thereby giving me the ability to answer questions with increased empathy. Additionally, this well-cited course equipped me with a substantial amount of articles, books, studies and other material for my reference and further research. I highly recommend this course for anyone seeking intellectual fulfillment in a climate where confusion is rampant. This course is the result of 10+ years of research and hard work and Brother Daniel presents it all to us in an organized, easy to understand fashion. May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala reward him and accept his efforts.”Mufti Idris (Scholar and Imam)
“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to attend this course. The content was so relevant to our life and addressed topics I personally struggle with as a practicing Muslim. Ustadh Daniel presented the ideas clearly and helped me realize the ugly history and hypocrisy of ideas and terms we've been spoon-fed to accept as ultimate truths in our modern times. I left this course ever-so-much more confident of the superior truth of Islam and better equipped to critically and confidently separate and protect myself from ideas detrimental to my faith.”Mariam A. (Parent and Student of Knowledge)
“As academic as this course was, I was impressed by how deep of a spiritual impact it had. Muslims need to reclaim the intellectual confidence and pride in Islam that prompted our pious predecessors to take their religion seriously. This course was eye-opening. I would highly recommend it , especially to those who feel they would disagree with its content. Brother Daniel encouraged us to question and challenge any point we did not understand. This opportunity was rare and truly a blessing.”Maryam (College Student)
“In the times we currently live in, the core foundations of our faith are being questioned at every turn. Without the proper tools to be able to identify and respond to doubts, it will be impossible for a Muslim to be intellectually fulfilled to the point of being confident in their faith. Taking Ustadh Daniel’s class gave me the tools necessary to deal with doubts that are raised against Islam in a systematic, logical, and effective way. Anyone who wants to be able to get deeper insights into the polemics raised against Islam and be able to deal with them effectively should sign up.”Harun S. (Working Professional, Student of Knowledge)
“Thank you for dissecting and explaining these concepts to me and everyone else. Being a college student, the knowledge and the ability to really open my eyes to what is really going on in the world is invaluable.”Yasin A. (College Student)
“JazakAllah khayr! This course was truly eye-opening and very motivating for me to enter the Islamic scholarly world.”Muath (College Student)
“As an IB student that spends hours studying, I assure you that you will not find a class as interesting! Your time will be well-spent, I assure you! Daniel will elevate your iman. Through utilization of the ways of knowing reason, language, intuition, faith, emotion, and imagination, he opens your eyes to the strength you should stand with as a Muslim. He cares about ensuring everyone in the class is comfortable to address their questions by keeping the environment open for discussion. He incorporates history, science, ethics, and philosophy, and even mathematics to allow you to have a new perspective.”Anonymous Sister (High School Student)
“Thank you for the most beneficial and helpful course I have ever taken. May Allah grant you success in spreading the truth!”Jihad (College Student)
“Many Muslims today see Islam as the truth because their hearts have been convinced when they feel the sweetness of salah, or appreciate the beauty of the Quran. This is great, but often times they are lacking when it comes to convincing themselves, and others, intellectually. I feel this class, in addition to the Islam I accept in my heart, has also given me the confidence to fully accept Islam on the intellectual level. This class makes you realize just how indoctrinated we are to the point where we think our modern biases are part of our moral intuition, when Islam shows otherwise. ”Muhammad (College Student)
High School and College Students
Islamic School Educators
Daniel Haqiqatjou (pronounced: Ha-qee-qat-joo) was born in Houston, Texas and comes from a liberal secular Muslim background. He studied physics as an undergraduate at Harvard University, studying with some of the top physicists and philosophers in the world, including Nobel Prize winners. He also completed graduate studies in philosophy. He has studied Islam traditionally with respected ulama. He has written nearly 1000 articles on contemporary issues surrounding Muslims and Modernity over the past ten years, and has spoken at universities and mosques around the world. He lives with his wife and four children in the US.
Umm Khalid was born in Egypt but moved to the US at a young age. She completed memorization of the Quran early in life and then attended Harvard University for her undergraduate studies. She studied Anthropology with a regional focus on the Middle East and graduated with honors. She has served as campus chaplain at a women's college in New England while teaching Quranic recitation. Umm Khalid is the mother of four children whom she home schools using a curriculum she personally developed, focusing on Islamic tarbiya and inculcating strong convictions for young children. Umm Khalid offers courses on marriage, youth development, home schooling, tarbiya, and more.
What makes Alasna's approach different?
Many things make Alasna different! For starters, we don't believe in apologizing for, sugar-coating, censoring, or selectively citing the Islamic tradition. Truth is clear from error. The rationality and morality of the Islamic tradition is apparent once you clear away all the sources of doubt clouding people's vision. That is exactly what Alasna is all about.
What can I expect when I become a member?
Members receive full access to all our current and future online courses and course materials as well as LIVE Q&A sessions with instructors. Brand new course content and lessons are added on a regular basis, so students can expect new learning material every month.
How are the courses structured?
Courses are completely on-demand, so that students can learn at their own pace. Courses are designed to give students maximum impact for their limited time. The most essential information is delivered through engaging video modules. Students then reinforce their learning through course materials, short quizzes, and final exams.
How intense are the courses? Will I have enough time to complete them?
Courses are completely on-demand, which means that you can study at your own pace. That being said, passing our courses requires effort and dedication. Alasna courses are no joke. We take learning very seriously and we want our students to be the best of the best in terms of their abilities to call to and defend Islam.
I subscribed but I can't access all the courses?
Our courses are released on an ongoing monthly basis. You get access to new lessons and material every month. Also some courses have prerequisites that have to be completed first. Like any advanced curriculum, Alasna's courses build on each other in order to guide the student's journey to mastery. As such, you have to complete beginning level courses before advancing to higher level topics.
When are the Live sessions?
Live sessions are scheduled every month. The purpose of live sessions is to give students the opportunity to ask questions and engage with instructors based on the courses they are taking. Those who cannot attend the live sessions can watch the recordings afterwards.
How does billing work? Is there financial aid?
There are two billing options:
A) $11/month (billed annually)
B) $19/month (billed month to month)
Once enrolled, members can take any or all of the numerous courses offered on the learning platform as well as attend live sessions. New courses and lessons are added on a regular basis.
For students who cannot afford the cost, financial aid is available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Does Alasna offer certification?
Yes, by successfully completing courses and passing exams, students work towards certification.
Does Alasna offer onsite courses?
Yes, if you would like to host an onsite Alasna course, contact email@example.com.
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