What courses do you offer?
We offer a range of online, pre-recorded and live, courses on Qur'an, Hadith, Aqidah, Fiqh, Islamic History and Spirituality as part of our curriculum. Check out our courses page for further information.
How do Rayyan Institute Courses work?
We offer two types courses: (1) Self-paced and (2) Live
On-demand: Our on-demand courses are essentially self-paced courses which are divided into multiple lessons (usually a lesson is 45min-1hr long) allowing students to learn at their own pace at any time, throughout the year. Access to our on-demand course is available through a monthly or yearly membership. Students who wish to earn our Islamic Essentials Certificate can simply become a member and complete the required 20 courses (see here for details, click on "Islamic Essentials Certificate").
Live: Our live courses are available separately i.e. you need to register for them before their launch date. These courses allow students to be in a live and interactive environment with the teacher.
Are your courses free?
How do I register for courses?
For our on-demand courses, simply become a member. Our membership gives you access to all of our on-demand courses all at once. You retain access for as long as you remain a subscribing member allowing you to learn at your own pace, any where you like, at any time you choose.
For our live courses, go to the individual live course to register for the course.
Do I need to have a minimum qualification to study with Rayyan Institute?
No, all our courses are aimed at beginners. Our instructors go at length to simplify the content in the course lessons.
What are the fees for the courses?
Our on-demand courses do not have individual fees rather there is a single monthly subscription fees of $8.99/month or $99/year.
Our live course have different one-time costs associated with them.
How do I make a payment for the course fees?
We accept all major credit cards.
What if I am unable to pay for the courses?
Unfortunately due to lack of resources we currently do not have any financial aid available.
Why does Rayyan Institute charge for courses? Shouldn’t Islamic knowledge be free?
From our experiences in the past, we have learned that majority of students do not take free courses seriously and often fail to complete them. Fees also help us meet our expenses especially because we struggle with donations due to being an online institute with no on-site presence (at the moment). We also plan to make scholarships available to the best of our ability for students who are unable to afford the monthly subscription fees.
How many courses can I take at a time?
Enrolling in our monthly or yearly membership gives you access to all our on-demand courses through the student dashboard. You do not need to enroll in separate courses individually (unless you were taking a live course). You may complete the on-demand courses you like or complete all of them eventually (recommended) to get the most out of our program.
What software will I need to access the courses?
A browser like Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Safari, and an internet connection.
Do you have a set curriculum?
Yes, we have a total of 20 courses in our curriculum. Read more about it here.
Do you have a structured program which leads to a certificate or degree?
Yes, we do. Upon completion of all the curriculum courses, students will be awarded a certificate of completion in 'Essential Islamic Studies'.
Do your courses have videos of the teacher?
Not all but some courses do. Some have slides with audio, some have slides with video, some have whiteboard with audio and some have only video. It depends on the course and the instructor.
How long is a typical course?
A typical course is 8 lessons long, which can be completed in 8 weeks or more (or less!). Some courses may have more lessons, some may have less.
How many courses are there in your program?
The core curriculum contains 20 courses but the library of courses continues to grow.
What type of courses can we expect in the future?
In addition to the curriculum courses, we plan to supplement it in two ways: (1) by adding more lessons to the existing courses where needed to provide more depth and (2) by adding more (optional) courses under each of the course departments.
Do you deliver your courses onsite or just online?
Our courses are completely online. We may deliver some courses onsite in a seminar format.
What are the timings of your courses?
For our on-demand courses, since they are pre-recorded there are no timings. You may learn at your own pace in any time that works for you.
For our live courses, the timings are generally based on the availability of the teacher. All times are clearly mentioned on the course registration page. Please be sure to convert the time in to your local timezone before registering.
What is the average length of a course lesson?
45 minutes to 1 hour
Do your courses have exams and quizzes?
Yes, all our courses have a final exam. This allows a student to attain credit for that course.
Do you have writing assignments?
No, but we encourage you to write and share your notes, thoughts and whatever you have learned on your blog.
How will your courses benefit me?
They will give you a fundamental understanding of Islam, allowing you to become a better contributor to your family and community, and ultimately a better Muslim, a better servant of Allah Most High.
Will I become an Islamic scholar after completing your curriculum?
No, our program is focused on the layperson. Our courses will give you the tools to pursue more advanced Islamic education, which you may do so after completing the program.
How long will it take for me to complete your curriculum?
Since the on-demand courses are self-paced, you can complete them at your own pace. There are no limits! Some students have completed it in 6-8 months, some have taken more than a year, and sometimes even close to two years. We recommend completing them within a one year period.
Where can I download your courses from?
Our courses are not downloadable. You will need to enroll and access them online.
Is there a conversation rate fee if I reside outside of USA?
No. All charges are made in U.S. Dollars.
Can I opt for an annual subscription instead of a monthly subscription?
Yes. You save a month's fee if you become an annual subscriber.
Can I pay via PayPal?
No. We accept all major credit cards though.
How long do I have access to the course material?
You will access to all the courses as long as you remain a subscriber.
How long does it take for my credits to show after passing the exams?
Your credit (badge) should show up immediately after you pass an exam in your "My Achievements" tab in myRayyan.
How may I contact my course teacher for specific questions?
Please visit the teacher's page for ways to connect with your course instructor.
How may I donate to Rayyan Institute?
Click on the "Donate" link on the main Rayyan homepage. Thank you for your generosity!
What happens if I fail the exam?
You may re-take it.
How many times can I repeat a course?
There are no limits. You can repeat it as many times as you wish as long as you remain a subscriber.
I have a suggestion, comment or question for Rayyan Institute, where can I submit this?
We welcome your suggestions or critical feedback. You may submit it via myRayyan under the "Submit Feedback" tab.
Are you going to offer more advanced courses?
We can't say at this point. Stay tuned to our blog for updates.
How can ask the instructors any questions?
Please visit the teacher's page for ways to connect with your course instructor.
I was given a promotional code, how can I use this?
New member: Once you go into your membership details, you should have an option to enter a 'discount code', if you cannot find this then scroll down to the page and, under the fields requesting your payment option, there is field for the option of 'discount code'. Enter the promotion code in to this field.
Current member: In order to activate your promotion code, please cancel your current subscription, sign up again but this time with the discount code provided and you will receive the three months' free membership.
Can I share the link of recorded webinars with friends/family that may be interested in the webinar topic?
Yes, webinar recordings are available on our website under "Events".
Do the lessons need to be completed on a weekly basis?
No, although we recommend that you complete one lesson per week.
Why do some lessons not show any quizzes?
Not all the lessons have quizzes. If a lesson has an associated quiz, it will appear underneath the lesson video.
Are the lesson quizzes graded?
The quizzes inside the lessons are optional and not graded. They are meant to be self-study drills to help you test your knowledge of the lesson.
Can I download the lesson videos?
No. Lesson videos are not allowed to be downloaded using any means. We trust our students with this.
Why are we not allowed to download lesson videos?
We place a lot of emphasis on allowing students to track their progress and keep up with their courses. We feel it is essential to view the lessons inside the myRayyan portal for this purpose.
Can I click on the “Mark Complete” button without viewing the full lesson video?
No. The only time you should click on that button is when you have viewed the lesson in full although you are not required to complete the lesson quiz (if available) to mark your lesson complete.
How do I get support if the lesson video is not loading or working?
Please check your internet connection or try a different browser (we recommended Chrome). Our videos are hosted at a commercial platform therefore the chances of it being down are very low.
I am unable to hear any audio from the lesson videos - how do I fix this?
Please check the speakers on your device or computer. Audio on our all our lesson videos works just fine.
Can I view the lessons on a mobile or tablet device?
Yes absolutely! myRayyan is mobile and tablet friendly.
What is the format of the exam?
What if I fail the final exam?
You may attempt it again.
Why can I not view the correct answer to each of the question?
Because we allow multiple attempts, it is not possible to give the correct answers.
What is the difficult level of the exams?
What is the passing grade in the final exam?
Can I attempt the final exam to gain credit for the course without viewing the lessons?
No. Completely viewing all the lesson videos is a requirement, in addition to a passing score in the exam, to be gain credit for the course.
Are my lesson completions and exam attempts/scores reviewed by Rayyan Institute staff?
Yes, authorized staff view student progress and grades routinely to conduct data analysis of the student body in general and specific courses. No personal information of the student is shared with anyone inside or outside the institute.
I have a question about an exam question, where do I ask?
You may ask on the community forum. Please don’t give away the questions or answers from the final exam on the forums though.
I completed and passed the exam but my course progress bar in myRayyan is indicating I have not completed the course nor have I gained credit for the course. How can I fix this?
This happens when a student does not click on the green “continue …” button after completing the exam. Unfortunately, there is no way to fix this. You will need to attempt your exam again to receive credit successfully. Don’t forget to click on the green button!
How can I cancel my membership?
In order to cancel the membership please log into your myRayyan account, click on "Account" then click on "Membership Details" and press "cancel". Please don't forget to provide us feedback as to why you wish to leave Rayyan Institute, as this will help us greatly to improve the institute further.
How can I confirm my membership is cancelled?
Once you cancel your membership through myRayyan, you will receive an email confirming cancellation of your membership. After receiving this automated email, you do not need to do anything. You will NOT be charged again unless you subscribe again.
I do not remember by username but I do remember my email address, can I use that to login?
Yes, absolutely. You can use either your username or email address to login.
I don’t remember which email address I used during sign-up, therefore I cannot reset my password. What do I do?
Please search for all emails with "Rayyan" as the keyword in your various email accounts to identify the email address you had used when you signed up with us. Once you locate that email address, you may use it to reset your password by going to the lost password section.
Can you change my login username?
Unfortunately, it cannot be changed.
Can you change my email address on file which I use to login and receive updates?
You may do that yourself by logging in and updating your profile in myRayyan.
I would like to un-enroll (de-register) from a course. How do I do that?
By default, all Rayyan UNLIMITED subscribers gain access to ALL our courses. You may cancel your membership by clicking on the "Membership Account" link at the bottom of the myRayyan dashboard.
I would like to use an alias to register and it is asking for my first and last name. Is that possible?
All students have to use their real first and list names to register. Anyone using an abbreviation or alias is unenrolled from our program. We respect everyone's privacy and never share anyone's personal information. Our website also has SSL encryption so your information is pretty safe with us.
Can I close my account?
You may cancel your membership by clicking on the "Membership Account" link at the bottom of the myRayyan dashboard.
Can I open a new account under my name?
No, we do not recommend doing that.
Can I share my account with someone else?
No, everyone is required to have an account for themselves, in their name.
I would like to unenroll (de-register) from an individual course. How do I do that?
By default, all subscribers gain access to ALL our courses therefore you can not unenroll from individual course.
What happens if I cancel my membership at the beginning of the month but have paid for that full month - will my access cease immediately or at the end of the month?
If you cancel, your membership is immediately cancelled and you immediately lose access.
Which school of thought does Rayyan Institute follow and teach?
The institute is firmly upon the creed of the Ahl al-Sunnah wa l-Jamaah and all our instructors are adherents to the famous Islamic schools of law named after their respective imams: Imam Abu Hanifah Nu’man ibn Thabit, Imam Malik ibn Anas, Imam Muhammad ibn Idris al-Shafi’i and Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (may Allah have mercy on all of them).
Where is Rayyan Institute located?
We do not have on-the-ground presence at the moment. We are completely online.
Who are the scholars associated with Rayyan Institute?
Alhamdulillah, we have several qualified, authentic scholars who are part of our institute. Read more about our teachers.
Is Rayyan Institute a business? or it a non-profit?
Rayyan Institute is a federally registered nonprofit organization in Canada.
Does Rayyan Institute conduct events on the ground? If yes, where?
Yes, occasionally in the Greater Toronto Area in Islamic centers. Invite us to your city.
Does Rayyan Institute take political positions?
We are a non-political, non-sectarian organization, focusing primarily on Islamic education to spiritually uplift the masses.