It’s a question that is being asked as a number of colleges and universities are turning their eyes toward religious science degrees.
The Islamic University is the latest institution to get a boost in popularity with students from Muslim backgrounds.
“The Muslim community, we want to make sure they’re the ones who get the opportunities, not the ones that they are excluded from,” said Muhammad Ibrahim, director of the Islamic Center of Greater Houston, the largest Islamic organization in the state.
Ibrahim and the Islamic Institute of Greater Texas are the largest and oldest Muslim organizations in the United States.
They opened their doors at the beginning of the 20th century.
They now have about 500 members and an office in Houston.
The institute has more than 60 full-time staff and has been in Houston since 1984.
The university’s new religious science curriculum is expected to be in place in 2018.
It will allow students to study the history, science and art of Islam, as well as the Koran and the Prophet Muhammad.
The curriculum will be tailored for students who are already studying other areas, such as chemistry, engineering, business, engineering technology and the humanities.
That’s the hope.
“We are trying to help these students who have not been exposed to religious studies in college,” Ibrahim said.
He said students who need the degree will be able to focus on what they learn.
For Ibrahim, it’s a way to show they’re prepared to study religion in the future.
It’s something he believes will help Muslims gain respect in the eyes of their peers.
“They should not be excluded from the education that we provide,” Ibrahim added.
Ibrahim said that the Islamic community has been growing in Houston for decades.
That includes the Islamic Society of North America.
In 2016, there were 5,500 Islamic students in the Houston area.
In 2019, that number was more than 15,000.
“I think we have been very welcoming to the Muslim community,” Ibrahim told Fox Sports.
“As Muslims we have a responsibility to the community, to the country, to to the world.”
Ibrahim said the institute’s new curriculum is a way for the Islamic students to better understand the values and beliefs of Islam and to get their feet wet in the religious studies field.
“It’s a great way to really build the understanding that we have in the community,” he said.
The Islamic University and Islamic Institute hope to be open to students from all religious backgrounds.
Ibrahim says he hopes that’s the case with the Islamic student body at the Islamic center.
“What we’re looking for is a diverse group of students who will be open-minded,” Ibrahim explained.
“That’s the thing that I love most about this institution.
We’re going to build the best possible environment for them to learn.”