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ALI-326: An Introduction to Ziyrat Jāmiah Kabirah Amongst the most important of rituals in the Shia tradition is the visitation of the shrines of... Read more
ALI-332: Islam 101 for Reverts Alhamdu lillāh a number of Canadians continue to revert back to Islam. Then there are also those... Read more
ALI-337: Intro to Five Quranic Suras al-Baqarah to al- An‘aam Muslims worldwide have close attachment to the Holy Quran. They recite, quote, study and display... Read more
17 - Spring 2016 March Retreat for Girls 9-12 Spiritual retreats are an opportunity to connect with God and... Read more
ALI-333: Understanding Servitude (for women) Servitude (Ubudiyya) is the submission of the servant to his Master. This course will discuss the... Read more
ALI-331: Religious Pluralism according to the Quran We live in pluralistic societies where we work and collaborate with people of different faiths.... Read more
ALI-334: Understanding and Managing Stress Did you know that stress is listed as one of the risk factors for just about every disease known... Read more

The Academy for Learning Islam (A.L.I.) is a registered charity committed to teaching and explaining the religious tenets, history and practices of Islam according to the Shi‘ah Ithna ‘Ashari school of thought.

Mission Statement

Religious education is an important goal of the Muslim community. Weekend Madrasahs (religious institutions) and Majaalis (gatherings during religious occasions) have played an important role in this task, but a different approach is required for more serious learning through the adult years. Youths and adults need to refresh their Islamic knowledge and inspire themselves on a regular basis.

A.L.I. aims to fulfill this niche through learning that is more structured and serious than that derived through monologue lecturing, but which does not require a long term commitment of time - a short commodity in today’s modern times. Thus A.L.I. conducts classroom based and Distant Learning short courses on various Islamic subjects and furthers Islamic education in the community through publications, retreats, and periodical newsletters.

Browse through the website for information on the services that ALI offers.

  • On-Site Courses - Academic Courses on various Islamic subjects
  • Publications - Books and software applications about Islamic topics
  • Retreats - A combination of Islamic teachings and fun
  • On-Site Courses - Academic Courses on various Islamic subjects
  • On-Site Courses - Academic Courses on various Islamic subjects


رسولُ اللهِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): طَلَبُ العِلمِ فَريضَةٌ عَلى كُلِّ مُسلِمٍ... بِهِ يُطاعُ الرَّبُّ ويُعبَدُ ، وبِهِ تُوصَلُ الأرحامُ ، ويُعرَفُ الحَلالُ مِنَ الحَرامِ ، العِلمُ إمامُ العَمَلِ والعَمَلُ تابِعُهُ ، يُلهَمُ بِهِ السُعَداءُ ، ويُحرَمُهُ الأشقِياءُ
The Prophet (SAWA) said, 'The quest for knowledge is incumbent upon every Muslim… by virtue of it the Lord is obeyed and worshipped, consanguinal relations are maintained, and the lawful is distinguished from the prohibited. Knowledge leads to action and action follows it. The fortunate ones are inspired by it whereas the wretched ones are deprived of it.'