Dr. Asad S. is a busy professional in Birmingham, UK whose main focus in life is his "deen and family." Each morning, he prays Fajr at the masjid and then returns home to read the Qur'an. After taking a short nap, he heads to work at 8 o'clock, returning home at around 6:30 in the evening. He then spends some time with his family, eats dinner, and goes back to the masjid for Isha. With a limited amount of time in his day, but with a strong desire to study his religion, he has turned to SunniPath Academy's online courses to fulfill his needs. Asad first became familiar with SunniPath through its Answers service. Following a positive experience, he turned to the Academy courses, which "seemed like a great opportunity to learn at my pace and convenience—but still having reputed teachers whom I can trust." As a result, he ends his day with listening to a SunniPath Academy lesson before heading to bed and a well-earned rest.
Many professionals worldwide feel a similar need for convenient access to an Islamic education. Full-time jobs, often balanced with family obligations, do not leave many professionals with a lot of scheduling flexibilities. Consequently, they need to find courses that fit and adapt to their schedules. Online education at SunniPath can offer such a solution. Pre-recorded lessons as well as live sessions offered at a variety of timings allow even the busiest professional to make time for seeking knowledge.
Married and with two children in preschool, Zulekha R. of Dexter, Missouri works full-time as a pediatrician. She signed up for SunniPath courses because they are online, reasonably priced, and taught by experienced scholars. Zulekha appreciates the fact that online learning allows her to learn at her own schedule and pace. "I like the fact that tutorials and sessions are late night and on the weekend."
Faisal K. in Toronto, Canada agrees. With a 9-5 job, he must fit in any coursework after work or on the weekends. For Faisal, SunniPath conforms to this scheduling need, and in addition, has the benefits of being "well-structured; organized; traditional knowledge; [and having] well-spoken shayukh."
On the other hand, pharmacy employee Mujahid N. in Ipswich, UK has a much more unpredictable schedule, regularly needing to work on the weekends. His main convenience factor at SunniPath is the fact that all live sessions are recorded, so that anyone unable to attend live or who wishes to review key points is able to do so. "I am a very busy person. If I miss a lecture I can still catch up on it with the recording." Even though he doesn't consider himself to be a techno-savvy person, he has come to enjoy the online learning experience.
The same goes for Muhammad A. near Edinburgh, UK. "I like lessons being recorded as I miss live sessions due to work. I work continental shifts so it's hard to have a proper routine. I try to fit in as much as I can, some weeks more and some less." Butheinah A., a physician in Michigan, also likes "the variety of courses and the ability to access the lectures at any time if I miss the live sessions."
Besides the flexibility of being able to hear lessons at one's own time, online courses do not require a commute, which is a great plus for many professionals who already must travel long distances to get to work. This is a major plus for Naeem A. of London, UK. "[There's] no need to spend time traveling to and from the place of learning." Due to the online nature of the courses, it's "easier to fit into busy life schedule with work, family commitments, etc." Naeem spends most of his time at work and with his wife and four children, in whose spiritual, moral, and educational development he is very involved. Beyond the convenience factor, Naeem sticks with SunniPath courses due the quality of the teachers and teaching and the courses themselves, as well as the fact that "help, advice and support [are] available."
For Nausheen S. in Sendai, Japan, an extra commute is not the issue. She simply does not live in an area that possesses any local scholars. "I do not have any other option. Where I live, and given my circumstances, I cannot access formal Islamic education anywhere else." She spends extra time at work using the internet at her workplace to complete her coursework, as she does not have internet access at home.
Live sessions and discussion forums allow busy professionals to achieve maximum benefit from the course. Furthermore, office hours allow direct clarification of lesson points with the course instructor. Best of all, SunniPath is easy to use from any computer, requiring only an internet connection and software generally pre-installed on computers or if not, available for free download.
Whether you require the flexibility local classes do not offer, are too tired to fit in an extra commute, or are simply too far away from reliable education, SunniPath Academy can provide you with an easy, effective, and reliable means of obtaining Islamic knowledge. An enthusiastic Mujahid elaborates: "MashaAllah [there are] a lot of good things. The content of the course. I was very happy with the knowledge provided to me and way of delivering it. I was very impressed with the slides, quality of it, the way of delivering the lectures, and the opportunity to listen to it again if needed. I was very impressed with the daleel [proofs] given for everything taught and the support from the TA (teaching assistant) and support staff. I was happy about the advice given by the instructor and enjoyed participating in the forum. And not to forget, I thought the assignments were very useful in finding out whether the course was well understood by me or not. MashaAllah keep it up."
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