In Arabic, “Mishkah” (مشكاة) is a niche in the wall where lamps are placed, radiating light to the surrounding areas. Our name embodies the principles that drive us as an institution – we strive to be a beacon that lights the path to spiritual enlightenment and moral reformation by nurturing the intellect with Divine guidance. Our commitment to our students and the ummah is:
- to disseminate authentic Islamic knowledge
- to make Islamic education accessible using the latest technology
Our Mission Statement
“To be a leading global provider of authentic Islamic knowledge. To support the betterment of our global society through education – accessible and affordable for all.”
Knowledge is not to be found just in the lines of the books but also in the hearts of the scholars. Therefore, the best way to obtain Islamic knowledge is orally and through live interaction. This has been the best means adopted to graduate the scholars of Islam throughout history.
Mishkah nurtures this vital relationship between student and scholar. Seekers of knowledge connect with highly qualified teachers weekly for live discussions through video-conferencing. Students also benefit from on-site seminars at our branches in the US and Canada.
Recognizing the need for credible Islamic universities in the West, Sh. Salah Assawy and other founding members pioneered an effort to establish an institution that would enable students of knowledge from around the globe to study Islam at an academic level.
The university was founded in 2004, under the name Sharia Academy of America. In 2011, it merged with the International University of Latin America and changed its name to Mishkah – Islamic University of North America. Mishkah University is an independent educational institution with its main administrative office in Columbia Heights, Minnesota in the USA, and a regional office in Cairo, Egypt.