About Us


Maryam Institute is a non-commercial, non-political educational institute for women dedicated to classical Islamic learning and spirituality. Its core objectives are to provide a structured educational approach to classical Islamic scholarship, offer a flexible learning environment and impart an educational experience that is at once intellectually rigorous and spiritually uplifting.

To that end, our courses seek to educate students in the main disciplines of Islamic learning including Arabic language, Quran, Hadith, Law, Islamic History and Spirituality, as well as offer Islamic knowledge on contemporary and lifestyle issues pertinent to women – all in a manner that is easy to comprehend and practical to implement in one’s life. Our classes also highlight the importance of using sacred knowledge as a means of increasing our connection with Allah (swt) and furthering our spiritual development.

All programs at Maryam Institute draw upon the rich scholarly tradition based on the Quran and the Sunnah as understood by the Sahabah (Companions) and the Salaf Saliheen (Pious Predecessors), with a respect for all scholars of the Ahl al-Sunnah wal Jama’ah. In addition, our course materials are also informed by current research in modern sciences and are taught using a modern educational approach, making Maryam Institute distinct in its embrace of tradition and technology.

Maryam Institute was founded in 2012 by Shaykh Dr. Moiz Hasan and his wife, Alimah Sobia Hasan under the guidance of the honorable Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad; to date, its courses have been attended by over 2500 women from over 25 countries across the world.

All courses are offered free of charge.


Shaykh Maulana Dr. Moiz Hasan

Shaykh Maulana Dr. Moiz Hasan has completed his Ph.D. in the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Notre Dame (USA). He was born and raised in Karachi and received his schooling from the Karachi Grammar School. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.Sc. (Honors) from LUMS concentrating in Mathematics, Philosophy and Islamic Intellectual History. He completed his M.A. in the History of Science and Medicine from the University of Notre Dame (USA) and undertook post-graduate studies in Islamic Science and Philosophy from McGill University.

Maulana Dr. Moiz studied the traditional Islamic sciences with renowned scholars (‘ulema) in Pakistan under the auspices of the Wifaq ul Madaris al-Arabiyya Pakistan. He undertook the rigorous eight-year traditional curriculum covering a range of disciplines including Arabic, Tafsir of the Qur’an, Hadith, Islamic beliefs (‘aqaid), Logic (mantiq), Law (fiqh) and Legal theory (usul al-fiqh), completing the Dars-e-Nizami curriculum and receiving the ‘Aalim degree. In addition, he was granted formal authorization as a Shaykh in the science of spiritual development (tazkiya) by the honorable Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad.

Maulana Dr. Moiz has been teaching classes in various Islamic disciplines for the past several years. He has delivered lectures and conducted seminars on Islam at masajid, universities and institutions of learning across the US and Pakistan. He recently moved to Karachi with his family where he continues to deliver talks and guide seekers on the path of drawing closer to Allah SWT. Together with his wife, he has established Maryam Institute, an educational institute for women which offers free on-site programs in Karachi and free online courses for women around the world.

Alimah Sobia Hasan

Alimah Sobia Hasan received her B.Sc. with Honors in Economics and Social Sciences from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). Thereafter, she taught Islamic Studies and worked as a research assistant, before moving to the US where she undertook teacher training workshops at the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning.

During the course of studies, she was inspired to seek sacred knowledge which took her to attend Mahad al-Khalil, one of Pakistan’s most renowned Islamic institutes. There she completed a four-year, formal study in Qur’an, Hadith, Arabic Grammar & Linguistics, Islamic Law & Legal Theory and Beliefs & Creed. She studied the authentic ahadith collection of the Sihah Sittah under eminent Islamic scholars, including the late Maulana Yahya Madani (rah). In 2009, she was formally awarded the ‘alimiyyah degree certifying her to teach the disciplines of Islamic learning.

Alimah Sobia has been teaching classes in various Islamic disciplines for almost a decade. She has delivered lectures and conducted seminars on Islam at educational institutions, conferences and masajid across the US, Canada and Pakistan. Notable among the universities where she has been invited as a guest speaker include McGill University, Concordia University, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Wayne State and University of Notre Dame in North America, and Aga Khan University (AKUH), LUMS, IBA and CBM in Pakistan. Moreover, she has tutored and guided hundreds of women on the path of drawing closer to Allah SWT.

Alimah Sobia and her husband have also founded Maryam Institute, an educational institute for women dedicated to offering free, online and in-person authentic Islamic education. Based on her dual background in research and Islam, and her experience as a community mentor, she has designed several short courses offering Islamic knowledge on contemporary and lifestyle issues pertinent to women, and taught them to a wide audience at different venues. Her latest endeavors include her popular “Being Productive” training course on effective self-management in Islam, and “Love to Stay” workshop on healthy, romantic and meaningful marriage.

Alimah Sobia and her husband are currently settled in Karachi, Pakistan where they run the Maryam Institute Karachi branch.


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