Zaynab Academy Online

Zaynab Academy Online is the first all-women’s online Islamic educational institute dedicated to classical Islamic learning and spirituality and was founded in 2009 by Shaykh Mufti Kamaluddin Ahmed and his wife, Alimah S. Ahmed. The Academy is non-commercial and non-political and all courses are offered free of charge. We provide a structured educational approach to classical Islamic scholarship, offer a flexible learning environment and impart an educational experience that is at once academically rigorous and spiritually uplifting. All courses emphasize the importance of using sacred knowledge as a means of increasing our connection with Allah (swt) and furthering our spiritual development.

Zaynab Academy Online’s courses are based on the Quran and Sunnah and draw upon the rich scholarly tradition of Islamic civilization with a respect for all scholars of the Ahl al-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah. To date, its courses have been attended by thousands of women from dozens of countries around the world.


About the Founders of Academy

Shaykh Mufti Kamaluddin Ahmed is a qualified Islamic scholar and university academic in the field of Islamic studies, specializing in Qur’an, Hadith, Law, History, Spirituality, and Ethics. He is currently a Doctoral Fellow in Islamic Intellectual History at the Berlin Graduate School. Born and raised in Manhattan, he has a Bachelors from the University of Chicago and a Masters from the University of Oxford. He also traveled and spent many years pursuing an intensive full-time study of the classical disciplines of Islamic learning and was awarded formal certifications as an ‘Alim and Mufti. He has formally guided seekers on the spiritual path of becoming closer to Allah (Swt) and regularly delivers talks and offers courses at universities, masjids, and institutions of learning in countries across the UK, Europe, and South Africa.

The Shaykh has also established academies offering free education in classical Islamic learning and spirituality through both live and online courses for men and women around the world. The online institute for men established by the Shaykh is Tazkiyah Academy. Visit www.tazkiyahacademy.org to learn more.

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Alimah S. Ahmed was born and raised in the United States and received her BA in Sociology and Arabic and Islamic Civilization with double honors from the University of Chicago and Masters of Education from the University of Illinois. In 1999, she migrated to Lahore with her husband following the early tradition of rihla, or journeying for the sake of seeking divine and sacred knowledge. In Lahore, she pursued an intensive full-time study of the classical disciplines of Islamic learning, known as Dars Nizami, for four years. In 2003, she was formally certified as an Alimah and was awarded the Alimiyyah degree, certifying her to teach the disciplines of Qur’an, Tafsir, Hadith, Arabic Grammar & Linguistics, Beliefs & Creed, and Islamic Law & Legal Theory (Fiqh & Usul).

For the past ten years, Alimah S. Ahmed has been tirelessly teaching classical Islamic learning and guiding women on the spiritual path to become closer to Allah. To date, she has taught over one thousand women live and online and has graduated over 50 women as alimahs.

Her students have included college and university students, young professionals, mothers, and homemakers. She has lectured and taught at masjids, universities, institutions, and private residences in the Unites States, across the United Kingdom, and in Pakistan where she maintains her home with her husband and four children.

In 2005, she and her husband founded Zaynab Academy. In 2009, Zaynab Academy Online was founded becoming the first all-women’s online Islamic educational institute dedicated to classical Islamic learning and spirituality. To date, Zaynab Academy Online’s courses and programs have been attended by over one thousand students from over twenty countries across the world.