Muslims living in the United States have for long felt the need for establishing a religious academic institution specializing in the study of Islam, its culture and history. Muslims living in USA faces two major challenges of religion and culture. These challenges have been dealt largely without the guidance of adequately-trained scholars. In matters of religion, Muslim communities in USA have to rely on Imams or scholars whose training is mainly rooted in the cultural and educational environment other than USA. Islam is a religion of long and established traditions of learning. These traditions, however, developed in a largely favorable milieu, and by absorbing various elements of their local environments became highly diversified religion. It is, therefore, vital to understand Islamic traditional culture in its historical and social context. This is a prerequisite for the revitalizing of Islamic thought and making Islamic contributions in the realm of ideas relevant to the human condition. In answer to these needs, Al-Huda University came into being.

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