The Istanbul Introductions programme is a one-month intensive that aims to provide Muslim community leaders and academics from Western countries a foundation in the key Islamic Rational Sciences specifically: Kalām (dialectic theology), Mantiq (logic), Maqūlāt (an ontological study of the categories of being) and Usūl ul-fiqh (the principles of jurisprudence). In the future we plan to offer intensive introductions to other sciences as well, inshaAllah.
IDDEF - The Federation of the Associations That Value Humanity
IDDEF is a humanitarian foundation based in Istanbul. Our mission is to promote authentic teachings and practice of Islam, dignity and education among Muslim communities around the globe. We achieve this by supporting local Islamic scholars and providing assistance to Madrasahs to increase their quality of education. We also provide humanitarian relief and sustainable development projects in the places where we work. We believe that, the key to restoring the balance and the middle way, peace and solidarity in the Muslim world is promoting Islamic education with sound resources. IDDEF is currently active in 33 countries running 53 Madrasahs with a total of more than 8000 students.
Dar al-Rahma – The House of Mercy
Dar al-Rahma is a non-profit independent educational institute, run by a group of students in Denmark and Jordan. We base our understanding on classical Sunni Islam and our main focus is on the rational and spiritual sciences, as they have been taught throughout the history of Islam. We organize lectures, classes and events in Denmark & Jordan as well as online.
İLKSEÇ is a waqf in Istanbul, founded in 1994. Since the foundation, the waqf have been providing scholarships, books and clothing for students, as well as aiding poor families. Up until now we have founded four Quran centers in Istanbul. In the last two years we initiated an unparalleled project by founding a boarding school for the graduates from the Quran centers. Through this institute, we aim to equip our graduates with the highest knowledge and wisdom and lead them to be the conveyors of the Islamic tradition to the next generations. Short video about İLKSEÇ Vakfi in Arabic:
Saif El-Sarraj was born and raised in Denmark, where he studied Nanotechnology for 1 year at Aarhus University . He then transferred to Political Science at the same university (BA) and later continued at The University of Copenhagen (MA) where he also enrolled in a part time Arabic Program. In 2008 he began studying traditional Islamic Sciences with local teachers. In the beginning of 2013 he moved to Jordan with his family to continue his studies. His main focus is on the rational Islamic sciences such as kalām, logic and philosophy. But he also studied Arabic language sciences, Fiqh, Usul ul-Fiqh, Hadith, Tafsir, Tasawwuf and other sciences. Amongst his teachers are The Mutakallim Shaykh Dr. Said Fodeh, Shaykh Muhammad Shuqayr, Shaykh Dr. Usama Nimr and Shaykh Ali Hani. He is currently studying and teaching both locally in Jordan and online.
Ustadh Saadeddin Say
Saadeddin Say a Turkish citizen was born in Germany and raised in Istanbul. He studied Electrical & Electronics Engineering at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. During his studies at the university, he studied Arabic language. He visited Damascus and attended lectures of distinguished Scholars in some of his vacations. After completing his studies at the university, he decided to study traditional Islamic Sciences. In order to do that he has been living in Amman since 2014. Kalam, Logic and Usul are his main areas of interest, but he has also studied Nahw, Balagha, Tafsir and other sciences vastly. Other than many fellow and senior students he benefited from, the scholars and teachers from whom he mainly learned are The Mutakallim Shaykh Dr. Said Fodeh, Mufassir Shaykh Ali Hani and Shaykh Muhammad Abu Ghosh. He is still in Jordan, continuing with his studies and teaching.