Our goal is to produce educated, contextual, passionate invigorated Muslims, equipping them with foundational knowledge, packaged in a way that inspires, and encourages critical thought & growth.
While SWISS sticks to established, orthodox, normative texts and uses professional trained educators, with a competent background in religious studies, its main concern is the one-sided state of Islamic education rooted in an active teacher - the provider, and a muted pupil - the listener.
By injecting ideas and concerns of the student into our curriculum, we hope to bring Islamic studies alive in a way that is rooted, relevant and, often, student led, instead of one sided, authority based and irrelevant.
Through standard evaluation measurements like quizzes and exams, as well as more innovative ones, like online groups discussions, and person to person engagements and retreats, SWISS doesn’t just leave you wondering, “What have I learned.” but helps you as you struggle to bring you spiritual life in harmony with your professional life and social life.
Literacy and Functionality
Functional Religious Literacy
SWISS is not going to make you a scholar, the next “savior of the umma” or an Imām.
Our target is functional literacy, meaning the what you learn is applicable to your life. That, unlike it sounds, is much harder than people realize. We’ve listened to people and understood:
“We are tired of platitudes or educational experience that mask hidden agendas or that make unmeasurable promises of glory. Remember this word: Functional religious literacy.