Programs & Goals
Ta’leef Collective’s programming is tailored specifically for converts and young adults and is culturally relevant while Islamically sound. We offer three primary programs:
The CCC is a full-scale system providing step-by-step assistance from the point of a seeker’s active interest, until the establishment of sustainable conversion and holistic practice of Islam. The CCC offers hands on, one-on-one consultation with our professionally trained staff, courses specifically tailored for seekers, and the support network crucial upon conversion. The ‘welcome to the fold’ program fosters regular opportunities for new Muslims to engage their peers, share both challenges and successes, and reap the beneficial fruits that only the tree of good company can bear. Upon completion of the program, participants are trained to become mentors to other newcomers. Since it’s inception, the CCC has assisted over 500 people in embracing Islam.
Inheritors is an initiative to reengage marginalized young adults in the Muslim community. By providing them a fresh perspective on their faith and the programming essential to their reengagement, Inheritors assists its beneficiaries through the often complex process of recommitting to Islam.
Thursday Night Discussion is a monthly forum tailored specifically for the disengaged among our young adults. In order to avoid the formalities or potential stigmas surrounding the Mosque, TND is held at a restaurant and includes a brief talk followed by Q&A. Unprecedented in our community’s history, this program serves as a point of entry for a demographic that represents the majority of young Muslims: a group sometimes disillusioned and frustrated, yet full of potential.
Living and Learning
“Living and Learning” is an initiative intended to compliment our CCC and Inheritors programs, which seeks to answer the question naturally asked upon embracing Islam: “what’s next?” Designed to be a unique approach to education, inclusive of the sacred sciences and enriched by an engagement with arts and culture, students embark upon a tailored learning curriculum geared toward a holistic practice of Islam. Toward attaining this goal, we offer the following main courses:
- Being Muslim, a free weekly class that covers the essential aspects of Islam from the most basic level;
- Speaking Arabic, an interactive class that covers the essential aspects of reading, writing, and speaking Arabic;
- Knowing the Prophet, a year long series of classes, covering the life and history of our Prophet and lessons to be taken from his teachings and experiences; and
- Living Right, a weekly class giving practical and timely advice for anyone seeking the tools and knowledge to progress spiritually.
We strive to integrate creative expression into our instruction and dialogue surrounding Islamic practice through a variety of arts & culture workshops. Historically these have included workshops in photography, poetry, film-making, and calligraphy by prolific experts in the fields.