How Can I Become a Muslim Scholar as a Woman?

Answered by Ustadha Shazia Ahmad


Where can I study online to be an Islamic teacher or a sheikha as a woman? Next year I will move to Toronto, but I prefer the online option.


Thank you for your question. Your intention is very noble, and may Allah help you achieve it for His good pleasure, but I advise you to intend to seek knowledge for Allah’s good pleasure. Follow what Allah facilitates for you after that.


The best place for you to study online is definitely here at SeekersGuidance. We have an Arabic program that will be launched soon, and you can study the basics of fiqh, aqidah, tajweed, and more at the same time. Start with the STEP ONE program, in sha Allah.

If you come to Toronto, you can benefit from attending the many lessons on the ground at the Hub.
See the explanation of the STEPS curriculum here:
The SeekersGuidance Steps Curriculum Explained


Please see more details at these links:
Is It Sinful to Seek Knowledge without Trying to Become a Scholar?
Knowledge: What, How and Why We Study
How Do I Seek Knowledge?

May Allah give you the best of this world and the next.
[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria for two years where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, tafsir, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Masters in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She later moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.