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Zaytuna College – Where Islam Meets America

Finally! It’s about time! MashaAllah! May Allah (swt) give this project success! It’s the first of it’s kind!


Where Islam Meets America

Introducing Zaytuna College

Islam has never become rooted in a particular land until that land began producing its own religious scholars. During its twelve-year history in the San Francisco Bay Area, Zaytuna Institute has helped a generation of American Muslims appreciate the enduring legacy of Islamic scholarship. Now, Zaytuna has arrived at a new chapter in its history—and, God willing, in the history of Islam in America.

Please join Imam Zaid Shakir and Shaykh Hamza Yusuf during this special evening as they introduce Zaytuna College, discuss the need for establishing an accredited institution of higher learning, describe the details of the Bachelor’s degree programs the College will offer, and introduce the Bay Area Muslims who will help make it a reality.

Finally, they will invite you to support Zaytuna College, where future generations of Muslims can begin to shape the land in which they live.

Zaytuna is having a fundraiser banquet in California for this project they have initiated on Saturday Jan. 10, 2009. I highly recommend to go to this event if you can, if not then support it by sharing it with your family and friends who can attend and help support Zaytuna.

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  • 32 Responses for "Zaytuna College – Where Islam Meets America"

    1. mujahid7ia December 19th, 2008 at 3:36 am

      Wow! May Allah make this event a success and make this college a reality!

    2. zaytuna fan December 19th, 2008 at 11:35 am


    3. Aadhil December 19th, 2008 at 12:51 pm

      You going?

    4. MR December 19th, 2008 at 3:56 pm

      @Aadhil – I live no where near California, but I’d love to come!

    5. anon December 19th, 2008 at 7:41 pm

      taking people’s money…..that’s the only thing they’re good at

    6. mujahid7ia December 19th, 2008 at 8:03 pm

      Criticizing others is probably the only thing you’re good at.

    7. MR December 20th, 2008 at 2:30 am

      @anon – I’d delete your comment, but I’d like to refute your attitude. Personally. All anonymous comments are rejected as weak and cowardly. Secondly, you have not seen the work Zaytuna has done in America. Wallahi ask anyone, even those who disagree with Zaytuna, they can’t deny the work they have done, especially Sh. Hamza Yusuf. Thirdly, by criticizing them you are not only sinning, but giving them your blessings. May Allah (swt) forgive you and give you back your blessings. Fourthly, since I’m not deleting your comment, it is living proof that whatever is done is done and cant be changed only if you seek forgiveness. There is not delete button nor a edit button for your post. It will be there as long as I want it to. Fifthly, they don’t take money. People donate money to them. Sixthly, what benefit do you get from your comment? Do you gain any reward from Allah? Does it put our mind and heart at rest? Seventhly, liars hide.

    8. zaytuna fan December 20th, 2008 at 12:29 pm

      throws shoes at anon

    9. Mansoor December 20th, 2008 at 3:40 pm

      Assalamualaikum MR,

      You said “Fifthly, they don’t take money. People donate money to them.” I u r incorrect, they do take money in the fees too for their programs. There’s nothing wrong with that, they need money to pay for expenses to run the place, salaries, etc. It would be better to say that they don’t swindle money.

      Personally, I do think Zaytuna is doing a good service but I think they trying to spread a watered down version if Islam… Islam-Lite if i may call it. Too many concessions on aspects where it’s not allowed. But none the less, I wish them all the success in their efforts and may Allah guide us all and make us pious Muslims with strong taqwa.

    10. The Ghazzali Blogger December 20th, 2008 at 4:44 pm

      Okay as a distance learning student of Zaytuna..there classes were $40 for audio and $60 for video…so umm compare that to the fees of sunnipath and Al-Maghrib..

      and there arabic intensive was 4000 but that covered food, books, tuition and dorms…for 2 months

      so yea..

      SHUT UR MOUTHS DONT CRITICIZE (cuz they only excuses) AND GO STUDY!!!

    11. Hifzin114 December 20th, 2008 at 5:26 pm

      To Mansoor:
      Islam Lite? haha, that’s a new one

      The depth of a community’s islam, iman, and ihsan is not measured by the exterior: the length of their beards, the number of niqabs, the longer the hijabs, and the number of thoubs, or the closeness of the institution to Saudi-Arabian like conditions. Rather, the depth is within the hearts and minds of the followers, and this can only be measured by God.

    12. Hifzin114 December 20th, 2008 at 5:27 pm

      InshAllah their College will be a light in an age of darkness. May God grant them much success Ameen. 🙂

    13. The Ghazzali Blogger December 20th, 2008 at 5:39 pm


      Mind giving examples of the classes u taken at Zaytuna and in which lesson they spread “Islam-Lite”

    14. A sister December 23rd, 2008 at 7:22 am

      In response to one comment made my brother Mansoor:
      ” u r incorrect, they do take money in the fees too for their programs. There’s nothing wrong with that, they need money to pay for expenses to run the place, salaries, etc. It would be better to say that they don’t swindle money.”

      I agree of course that there’s nothing wrong with taking money obviously to cover expenses but if you notice something…every Zaytuna program i’ve ever seen has always had the price (which was relatively cheap anyway), and then “**No one will be turned away for lack of funds.” right under it. That’s more than you can say for a lot of institutions alhamdulillah.

    15. NLight10 December 25th, 2008 at 2:22 am

      I believe constructive criticism is important in order for us to augment our understanding of the deen as well as others perspectives of the deen, as long as it is respectful, sound, and dignified. Unfortunately some of the comments where not any of the above.

      SO…. if y ou have criticism, try to strengthen your argument with some facts and come up with a better solution as Imam Zaid once suggested. What is a better step to indiginizing Islam in America? What is a more condusive approach to shedding light of Islam in a western setting and context? I’d love to near some creativite suggestions.

    16. A sister December 29th, 2008 at 3:46 am

      Brother MR, not sure where you are in Maryland but a similar fundraiser is happening in Baltimore!

    17. MJ January 11th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

      I was there for this amazing event last night. This is an incredible window in history. The people involved are some of the most sincere scholars (Sh. Hamza, Imam Zaid, Dr. Hatem Bezian, Imam Tahir Anwar, Aftab Malik, etc).

      It was announced as a fully (eventually) WASC accredited university, the content will be the same as traditional madaaris, plus 2 years of general education.

    18. asdf January 11th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

      To answer the misinformed brother who remarked about money…Imam Zaid announced his salary and that of Sh. Hamza last night.

      Zaytuna pays $1500/month to Imam Zaid and $2000/month to Sh. Hamza.

    19. Aadhil January 14th, 2009 at 12:32 am

      Here’s my photo Album I took of the event:

    20. rustam March 26th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

      assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullohi va barakatuhu.I just want to ask is there any free course in this college and if it is possible to enter it. please let me know on my E mail.

    21. MJ March 26th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

      Rustam, will have all the information when ready, insha Allah.


    22. Khadija March 31st, 2009 at 8:11 pm

      salaam! does anyone know how we can become students of Zaytuna College? application, tuition cost, acceptance requirements and so on… can non-matriculated students take a few courses to contextualize knowledge attained abroad?

    23. asma August 10th, 2009 at 3:52 am

      i don’t live in california but i would like to go to zaytuna college. can someone give me a year’s tutition fee + is there scolarships, and would financial aid be okay as well??? thanks!

    24. asma August 10th, 2009 at 3:52 am

      can someone give me a year’s tutition fee + is there scolarships, and would financial aid be okay as well??? thanks!

    25. mujahid7ia August 10th, 2009 at 10:31 am

      ^ as if that matters

    26. The Ghazzali Blogger August 10th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

      In the interview Shaykh Hamza was on the spot. And what yusef Estates says…well does he even know arabic to the level of Hamza Yusuf?? Furthermore Yusuf Estates heard that zaytuna is involved with jinns and what not. But I have friends at zaytuna and they never witnesed such a thing. SO before accusing people get true evidence.

    27. Qas August 10th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

      That e-mail by Shiekh Yusuf Estes is denied by himy:

      ….in his own words

    28. Faatimah August 10th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

      there is no information about application and fees, the college is not open yet, and there is not yet an actual date to open, inshallah soon

    29. asma August 11th, 2009 at 2:19 am

      i don’t believe what yusuf estes is saying is true. if the whole world was to go against sh. hamza yousef , i would still be on his side. remember estes is not a sheik, hamza yusuf is. personally i learned a lot just by watching his videos, and to be honest, really i find it hard to believe that yusuf estes said that about hamza yusuf. did he talk to hamza yusuf. just visiting the place and and hearing accusations from other people is simply not enough.i respect and truly admire hamza yusuf and never would i buy this even if it’s from yusuf estes.

    30. abdulrahman August 11th, 2009 at 12:01 pm

      scholars for dollars!

      seriously. mujahideenryder why do you have to be a sufi?

      anyone who taqleeds hamza yusuf is essentially following him into becoming a resident of an-nar

    31. abdulrahman August 11th, 2009 at 12:02 pm

      here is zaytuna institute (more like tasawwuf institute) promoting the ‘qaseedah burda’ which is known to have shirk and kufr in it.


    32. PakistaniMD August 11th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

      Can you elaborate?

      Also, does anyone have more info./updates on this college? I hope it opens for fall 2010 admission.

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