About Islamic Literacy

Our Vision

Islamic Literacy is a web-based educational platform that allows Muslims to take courses on Islamic topics with high-caliber teachers. The goal of Islamic Literacy is to make Muslims Islamically literate.


Islamic Literacy by the numbers

Based in the U.S. Instruction available worldwide.


Current Students

Shaykh Rizwan Arastu

Founder of Islamic Literacy




students in total and counting

11 years in operation. Over 42 courses offered

Students from US, UK, Canada, Dubai, Tanzania, South Africa, India, Iran, Philippines, Germany, Australia…


Instructors at Islamic Literacy

Shaykh Rizwan Arastu

Shaykh Rizwan Arastu is a graduate of the Islamic Seminary of Qum, Iran. Prior to the seminary, he received his bachelor’s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology along with minors in near eastern studies and education from Princeton University. Shaykh Rizwan is the founding director of the Islamic Texts Institute, a non-profit aimed at making Islamic sources accessible to non-specialists. Shaykh Rizwan is the founder of Islamic-Literacy.org, a web-based educational platform that aims to help all Muslims become Islamically literate. He is also a faculty at the Ahl al-Bayt Islamic Seminary in Chicago. He lives with his wife and six children in Elgin, IL.

Sayyid Sulayman Hasan

Sayyid Sulayman Hassan

Sayyid Sulayman Hassan was born and raised in Western New York where he attended both school and college. While still in high school, he would attend classes in Arabic and fiqh at the Hawza Ilmiyya in Medina, New York, after which he attended the University of Buffalo and received a bachelor of science degree in business administration in 1997. Immediately after graduating from college, he went to Qum, Iran, to study at the Hawzah. In Qum, he soon studied the standard texts taught within the Hawza and proceeded to the advanced study of fiqh, during which time he also taught several of the standard Hawzah texts and translated several books and articles into English. Sayyid Sulayman holds a PhD from the University of Chicago. He is the co-imam at Baitul Ilm Academy. He is also the founder and president of the Ahl al-Bayt Islamic Seminary. He is a long-standing board member of the Islamic Texts Institute and a content editor for ITI’s publications. Sayyid Sulayman currently resides with his wife and three children in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, where he continues to study and teach.

Shaykh Mohammed Saadi

Shaykh Mohammed Al-Saadi

Shaykh Mohammed Al-Saadi is a student at the Islamic seminary in Najaf, Iraq. He and his wife have been studying there since 2011. Shaykh Mohammed received his B.A. in Communications with a double emphasis in Electronic Media and Speech at the University of Michigan where he also minored in Philosophy and completed his Pre-Medical requirements.


Ustadhah Fatemah Meghji

Ustadha Fatemah Meghji is based in her hometown, Vancouver, BC, on unceded First Nations Territories. She received her BA in English Literature and Religious Studies from the University of British Columbia in 2010. After graduating from UBC, she studied at Jamiah al-Zahra in Qum, Iran from 2011 to 2016, and recently completed her MA in Qur'anic Exegesis & Qur'anic Sciences. Her research interests include the Qur'an, its exegesis, ethics, and contemporary social issues, especially the struggles of women in modernity.


Ustadhah Maryam Sarrafee

Maryam Sarrafee was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in Northern Virginia. After graduating from George Washington University with a degree in International Affairs, she joined her husband in Iran in 2004, where she attended classes in Qur'an and Islamic studies at the Hawzah in Qum. She obtained a Master's in Education from Roosevelt University in 2012. She is a mother of three and lives with her family near Chicago, Illinois.


Ustadhah Zermina Awan

Sister Zermina Awan was born and raised in England. Her passion to learn more about Islam motivated her to pursue formal Islamic education at Jamiat al Zahra (s) in Qum. After 5 years in Qum she returned to the UK and went on to study for a post-grad in Politics and Religion at the University of Birmingham, during this time she spent 6 months in the US on an interfaith community organising residency. She is currently studying for a MA in Islamic Theology with Philosophy at Jamiat al-Zahra (s) and teaching at the Hawza Ilmiyya of England.