The Fairfax Institute is a religious institution exempt from state regulation and oversight in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The Fairfax Institute (TFI) is a school of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). Its main aims are continuing education, community outreach, and inter-faith dialogue which are accomplished by providing academic courses, training workshops, seminars, and career development programs. TFI connects IIIT’s global networks of scholars and ideas to the community by translating scholarship into practical courses and training programs, with the objective of enhancing spiritual and religious understanding.
The Fairfax Institute has several classrooms with full technological capabilities. The institute recruits highly qualified instructors and strongly motivated students from a variety of backgrounds. TFI awards educational certificates, and it provides an opportunity for receiving academic credit through its cooperation with accredited academic institutions, such as Hartford Seminary and Shenandoah University.
One of the TFI programs is the Graduate Certificate in Imam and Muslim Community Leadership, which TFI conducts in collaboration with Hartford Seminary. This program seeks to graduate community leaders and counselors – male and female – and Imams who are firmly rooted in Islamic traditions, and who are at the same time fully equipped to perform their duties within the American context.
Certificate in Islamic Thought (CIT) combines Islamic credentials with academic rigor, along with a flexible schedule which suits working professionals, Imams, chaplains, community leaders, and students. CIT core courses are designed to give students a general overview of Islamic knowledge, while focusing on some of the pertinent issues Muslims are facing today. Students will learn major concepts in Islamic thought, acquire an insight into an Islamic methodology, and understand their relevance as well as application in contemporary society.
For university students, both undergraduate and graduate, TFI offers the Winter Student Program (WSP) and the Summer Student Program (SSP). These programs are structured to provide students with intensive instruction in Islamic studies. They also offer directed research and training in students' areas of interest.
TFI also focuses on ‘training the trainers.’ The goal is to conduct training programs in Islamic studies and Arabic language skills for Islamic school teachers and educators. The Fairfax Institute pays special attention to youth development. Each summer, TFI hosts TFI Youth Leadership Retreat geared toward citizenship education and civic activism.
Looking into the future, the Fairfax Institute will continue seeking active collaboration with committed partners, whose educational objectives are aligned with ours, and who can contribute to community development and spiritual regeneration.
The Fairfax Institute has access to one of the largest collections of Islamic literature in the United States. The Taha Jabir Al-Alwani and the Ismail al Faruqi Libraries of The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) provide students and faculty with a rich resource of over 100,000 volumes focused primarily around Islamic Studies, Comparative Religion, Islamic History, Arabic Language, and Social Sciences. The reference collection includes electronically-stored collections of Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, Hadith, Islamic History, Quran, Tafsir and the Encyclopedia of Islam, as well as biographies, and encyclopedias.
Pursuant to 8 VAC 40-21-50 of the Virginia Administrative Code, The Fairfax Institute is exempt from regulations of the State Council for Higher Education for Virginia for a period of five years, beginning June 8, 2016, and ending June 8, 2021, as long as the institution's primary purpose remains to provide religious training or theological education.