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What is the Tanwīr Intensive?

The Tanwīr Intensive is a year-long Arabic & Islamic studies program which aims to lay the foundation for one’s Islāmic edification. The positive ways in which Muslims contribute to society are endless. Every Muslim should strive to please Allāh SWT through the gifts and talents that they have been bestowed. Our scholars recognized the importance of occupations like medicine, business, and engineering. While it is the scholars’ duty to pursue formal Islāmic education in the most detail, knowing Islām’s basic teachings is obligatory upon every Muslim. Moreover, what Islāmic knowledge provides, intellectually and spiritually, enriches an individual thereby creating a morally upright and successful person. Some may go on to become scholars of the religion, while others will go on to work in other occupations. Both paths are respected; in fact, both paths are needed. For those on either path, Islāmic knowledge must be acquired. In short, choosing a professional career should not close the door to furthering one’s Islāmic education.

The Tanwīr Intensive provides such an opportunity. Often benefiting from our program are individuals seeking further education and religious literacy, and those making transitions in life: from high school into college, from college into the workplace, or from one job to another. These transitions can be enormous; along with being physically demanding, they can be emotionally and spiritually taxing. Many of us need an opportunity to refresh ourselves, to find direction and inspiration before embarking on major life tasks. We need Islām in our lives, and we need to understand it. We need to enter new phases of life in full bloom, with love for Islām radiating from within our souls, permeating our thoughts and actions, and opening our hearts to our true purpose. This program is a great opportunity for one to immerse his/her self into sacred knowledge; to realize and learn one’s religion while being present in an environment where Islām is practiced out of love. For a full year, one will learn Arabic and the Islāmic Sciences in a way that will change them forever. Like a tree blooming after a cold and gloomy winter, with Allāh’s help and mercy, one’s soul will be refreshed and ready to walk the path of life as a successful Muslim.


DarusSalam is located in Lombard, Illinois in Chicago’s Western Suburbs. Lombard is an integral hub in the city’s thriving Muslim community. The institute is located in a quiet area. Al-ḥamdu liLlāh, Islām is established in the community and the area is safe. Out-of-town students will find the area enjoyable.

DarusSalam offers an affordable catered meal service daily for both lunch and dinner. There are many ḥalāl restaurants and grocery stores nearby as well. The 2017 cost for the meal plan provided by DarusSalam is $217 a month.

There are various housing options near the institute. Apartments are found within walking distance and many students reside with each other making the cost of living more affordable. The estimated monthly cost for shared housing in the nearby apartment complex is $300 per person. Prospective students may contact us for more information or assistance regarding housing in the area at 630.360.2373 or


This intense program consists of over fifty contact hours per week. Classes are held six days a week from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday, and 8:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. on Saturday. Students can expect a few hours of homework and additional required reading every day. Students are required to prepare and deliver weekly speeches in Arabic every Saturday. As the year progresses, students are deputed to local masjids to deliver jumu’ah khutbahs in order to refine and enhance their speaking skills.

When classes commence at 8:00 A.M., students begin with a daily regimen of adhkār (litanies) and du’ās. The formal instruction hours begin thereafter, consisting of 45-minute periods. The academic day begins with the “Etiquettes of a Student” class, wherein the students learn how to transform themselves into genuine seekers of knowledge. Next, the students spend time reading, writing, and deciphering Arabic texts until Zuhr prayer. After performing their prayers, students have a 1.5 hour break for eating, resting, and reviewing their lessons. The remainder of the day is spent in mastering the practically applied sciences essential for every Muslim. Students are not only expected to learn these sciences, but to master them in order to teach them proficiently to others. Academic instruction ends at 5:00 P.M. Students, however, remain on campus busying themselves in the memorization of the Qur’an and/or the revision of lessons with their study groups. On average, students spend 3 to 4 hours on homework and in preparing for the next day’s lessons.


InshaAllah, students will emerge from the program with a strong understanding of the Arabic language, allowing them to converse in Arabic and understand much of the Qur’an. Students also delve into the study of tajwīd, sīrah (the biography of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), ‘aqīdah (Islamic belief), and fiqh (Islamic law). Students will, inshaAllah, graduate with an ability to recite the Qur’an correctly, sound knowledge of the events of the life of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and an understanding of how contemporary Muslims can draw inspiration and guidance from the Qur’an and the sīrah. With grounding in ‘aqīdah, students will be well-equipped to answer the objections of various groups against Islam. Students are encouraged to speak Arabic as much as they can on campus. Several months into the year, a no-English policy will be instituted to give students a complete Arabic immersion learning experience.

Students will also regularly deliver short talks in Arabic and English under the close supervision of instructors. Classes are conducted in English at the beginning of the year, and the medium of instruction gradually shifts to Arabic for certain classes as the year progresses.


Potential students should be able to read Arabic fluently.

Admissions & Tuition

Admissions are open for the 2017-18 academic year. All applications require a $35 processing fee. For late applications (received after April 1, 2017) the fee is $75. To request a need-based application fee waiver, please contact the Admissions Office at 630.360.2373 or The tuition rate for classes entering our programs in 2017 is $6500 per annum. This may be paid in monthly installments. There are a number of need-based scholarships available which cover the full tuition as well as meal plans and living arrangements. Click here for more information and to apply for financial aid.

*Please note that sisters applying from out of state are required to have a mahram within driveable distance from Masjid DarusSalam.


Along with the academic rigor of the program, we  try to focus on the spiritual upbringing of the students to protect ourselves from the warning in the following hadith,

مَنْ ازْدَادَ عِلْمًا وَلَمْ يَزْدَدْ هُدًى لَمْ يَزْدَدْ مِنَ اللهِ إِلَّا بُعْدًا

“Whoever increases their knowledge, yet does not increase in guidance, he does not increase in anything except distance from Allah” (Daylami).

Therefore, we place great emphasis on character development and cultivating the spirit of Islam within our lives. Alhamdulillah, students are taught in an environment that is conducive to spiritual and personal growth. Our classes are held on the DarusSalam campus, fully furnished with classrooms and a masjid on-site, allowing students to offer congregational prayers with ease. Instructors are always available for students to assist students in any problems they may face inside or outside the classroom. Monthly field trips allow students to take much needed breaks from intense study and interact with their peers and teachers in a non-classroom environment. Guest speakers of various fields and specializations routinely visit the school and enlighten students. Alhamdulillah, our students are immersed in a classroom full of peers who are conscientious about improving themselves and acting upon the knowledge they acquire.

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Tadris Integrated High School Program

The Tadrīs Program offers an accredited high school program. Tadrīs high school studies are designed to run in parallel to the ʿālimiyyah program’s introductory years. Accordingly, one who wants to pursue the ʿālimiyyah qualification enters the Takmīl Institute’s third-year after high school, or one may move on to pursue a different post-secondary education.

The program consists of a comprehensive high school curriculum taught by qualified teachers imparting a dynamic syllabus through modern didactic resources. Here, students receive -within the confines of an Islāmic environment- instruction in core subjects such as algebra, geometry, biology, chemistry, and the language arts.

The program aims to produce individuals who can handle the workload of the most challenging university programs. Graduates will receive a high school diploma and will take ACT/SAT tests. The program endeavors to prepare students for their college applications and aspirations through exceptional grades and high SAT scores. We take the future and success of our students seriously; tremendous effort is made to help those enrolled in the program transition into college and succeed in their studies thereafter.

American High School is a widely recognized and accredited alternative to the traditional high school. It provides students who wish to study the Islamic sciences the opportunity to do so without having to sacrifice their high school education, and allows students to receive a wholesome Islamic and secular education in the safe environment of the Masjid. Just like graduates of any other high school, students who graduate from this program will be able to attend any college or university based on their ACT/SAT scores.


Open House Opportunities

If you would like to learn more about the Tanwīr Intensive, you may attend one of our Open Houses programs, offered every month between now and the beginning of the program. The Open House will give prospective students the opportunity to visit our campus and facilities, meet enrolled students, speak with members of our faculty and staff, and participate in a short class to get a glimpse at how our lectures are conducted. 

We are offering Open House programs on-site as well as dedicated online Open Houses for prospective out-of-state students. Dates are as follows:

February 18 [online] – 2pm CST @
March 18 [on-site] – 10:30am CST @ Masjid DarusSalam
April 22 [online] – 2pm CST @
May 13 [on-site] – 2pm CST @ Masjid DarusSalam

The program will include presentations, a class overview, admissions information, High-School program information, student testimonials, live Q&A, and more.