...and say, "My Lord, increase me in knowledge."

Zidni Institute

Zidni Islamic Institute endeavors to offer a step-by-step, comprehensive Islamic Studies program catering to students at all levels, from beginners to those seeking advanced studies.

Our Vision

Zidni Islamic Institute was established to advance the classical methodology of acquiring sacred knowledge, recognizing the prevalent confusion among students today. 
Many eager beginners often find themselves trapped in a perpetual cycle of asking, searching, comparing, and switching between different academic programs. They frequently jump from one book to another and from one teacher to another without completing a single text. Consequently, countless individuals who embark on the path of knowledge remain stuck at the initial stage for years, eventually becoming disheartened and quitting due to a lack of progress. Moreover, it is not uncommon for students to focus on specific subjects, neglecting others, or engaging with advanced texts and differences of opinion before fully mastering the fundamentals. 

To address this pressing need, Zidni Islamic Institute endeavors to offer a step-by-step, comprehensive program catering to students at all levels, from beginners to those seeking advanced studies. The aim is to fill the void that currently exists within Western Islamic education. The texts taught in these programs have been widely studied and transmitted throughout the Islamic world for centuries, ensuring students are exposed to a rich intellectual tradition that has stood the test of time. 

Our programs are designed to cater to individuals wishing to continue their studies in more advanced programs or for those seeking to establish a solid foundation in the fundamental disciplines of Islam. 
Our team

Our Instructors

AbdurRaheem McCarthy
Sh. AbdurRaheem McCarthy accepted Islam in 1994, then moved to Sudan and then Saudi Arabia where he spent 10 years in Madinah. He graduated from the faculty of Da’wah and Usool Ad-Deen.
Abdullah Smith
Sh. Abdullah Smith graduated with a BA from the College of Hadith and Islamic Studies at the Islamic University of Madinah in Saudi Arabia.
Abdullah Moataz
Sh. Abdullah Moataz specializes in Hadith studies, and has studied and memorized various texts in the hadith sciences. He has received various ijazat in this field. 
Ammar Shaheen
Sh. Ammar Shahin holds a B.A. from Al-Azhar University in the Islamic Sciences and Arabic language, and received a B.A. and M.A. from the Islamic University of Minnesota in Islamic Studies. 
Ahmed Khater
Dr. Ahmed Khater is the founder of Zidni Institute. He has a B.A. from Al-Azhar University in Islamic sciences and Arabic language, and a Ph.D from the Graduate Theological Union in Islamic law and legal theory.
Joe Bradford
Sh. Joe Bradford holds a Master of Islamic Law from the University of Medina, and has studied traditionally in the Muslim world for the past 20+ years. Sh. Joe is sought after as an Ethical Finance Advisor to individuals and institutions at home and abroad. 
Mohammed Najeeb
Dr. Mohammed Najeeb has a Bachelors degree in Sharia (Islamic Law) from the Islamic University of Medinah. He also has a Masters and PhD from the College of Quran in the same University. He has Ijazat in the 10 modes of recitation.
Navaid Aziz
Sh. Navaid Aziz holds a Bachelor’s in Islamic Law, with a specialization in Fiqh and Usul Al-Fiqh from the Islamic University of Medinah. He is a highly sought after global lecturer and speaker.
Nabeel Nisar
Dr. Nabeel Nisar Sheikh holds a BA in Hadith from Dar-Al-Hadith al-Khairiyyah in Makkah and an MA in Uloom-Ul-Quran from Umm Ul-Quraa.  He completed and received his PhD in Quranic Sciences.  
Sajid Umar
Dr. Sajid Umar holds a PhD from the Higher Institute of Judiciary at Al-Imam University, in a program spanning 5 years under the guidance of some of the world’s best Muslim scholars. His PhD topic was related to the topic of Financial Risk Management.
Tahir Wyatt
Dr. Tahir Wyatt earned his PhD at the Islamic University of Medinah, KSA. In November 2012 Tahir was appointed by Royal Decree as the first person to teach Islam in English at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.
Yousef Hussin
Yousef Hussin studied in Egypt and at the Islamic University of Minnesota, earning a B.A. and M.A. in Islamic Studies. He has received numerous ijazat (licences), including ijazah in several modes of Qur’anic recitation.

Frequently asked questions

Where is Zidni located?

We are a Sacramento, CA based organization offering local and online courses in Islamic sciences. Our goal is to establish a full-time onsite ma'had (seminary) that teaches Quran, Qiraa'at, Arabic immersion programs, and a full Islamic studies curriculum.

Is it too late to join?

The Tasheel program started in May 2023, and is open to join at any time. You will receive access to recordings of all previous classes, along with the ability to attend the live courses.

Is the Tasheel program suitable for my level?

This program has classes suitable for complete beginners, and also intermediate students who have already previously studied a text.

How many classes will I have access to?

You will have access to our course library of over 100 classes, with more classes being added weekly!