For over 20 years, the Rihla Summer Program has cultivated a unique experience that includes a specialized balance of focused study and spiritual development. The program design includes engaging classroom education, collaborative group study, devotional practices, and inspirational site visitations.
Our aim is to deliver a holistic program experience for all participants, students and teachers alike, where they each return home with a renewed sense of purpose and thirst for knowledge.
The Rihla curriculum centers around the famous Hadith of Jibril which articulates the core branches of our tradition: iman (faith), islam, (practice), and ihsan (spiritual excellence). Classes focus on providing students with knowledge that is both a religious duty for each Muslim to learn (fard 'ayn) and immediately applicable in life. Along with the studying the obligatory sciences, students will also be given the foundational principles of spiritual excellence, so they may cultivate their internal states towards the path of God-consciousness and sincerity. To give a more robust experience, supplemental topics will also be taught, giving students a broad exposure to the richness of the Islamic tradition and its applicability in the modern world.
New Course: Level 2 Theology
This year, in addition to Introductory Theology, we will be offering a second aqidah course, Level 2: Advanced Theology. This advanced course is designed for those that have attended a previous Rihla program and/or have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of Islamic theology and have taken an equivalent course. The course will cover a variety of topics from selections of intermediate texts studied by students of theology.