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Linehan.ca
03-15-2009, 03:16 AM
Good day,

after doing a good search and seeing many pointless links, I thought I'd turn to here. I know there was threads like this in the past but if you try to search "become an Imam" or anything similar, they only search the word Imam.

I'm a recent revert, fluent in English and only English, and I am wondering what would I need to do to become a Imam. I am being 100% sincere, I want to become a Muslim Chaplin(job title) for the Canadian Forces, but you must be schooled to qualify because it is an Officer job and to be able to be hired as an officer you must have a university degree or similar. the Canadian Forces has less than 10 Imams, I believe it is closer to 5, and I would like to become one because it combines my love of Islam and my love to lead and teach.

I am more wondering if there are schools that have English programs taught in Immersion-style where you are taught in English and Arabic gradually learning more and more Arabic.

Thank you greatly in advance :D
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Woodrow
03-15-2009, 03:36 AM
Originally Posted by Linehan.ca
Good day,

after doing a good search and seeing many pointless links, I thought I'd turn to here. I know there was threads like this in the past but if you try to search "become an Imam" or anything similar, they only search the word Imam.

I'm a recent revert, fluent in English and only English, and I am wondering what would I need to do to become a Imam. I am being 100% sincere, I want to become a Muslim Chaplin(job title) for the Canadian Forces, but you must be schooled to qualify because it is an Officer job and to be able to be hired as an officer you must have a university degree or similar. the Canadian Forces has less than 10 Imams, I believe it is closer to 5, and I would like to become one because it combines my love of Islam and my love to lead and teach.

I am more wondering if there are schools that have English programs taught in Immersion-style where you are taught in English and Arabic gradually learning more and more Arabic.

Thank you greatly in advance :D
The university of Texas at Austin offers a 4 year degree course in Islamic studies that would qualify you to be an Imam.

http://www.utexas.edu/cola/depts/mes/islamic/
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Yanal
03-15-2009, 03:39 AM
But an imam usually gets paid under minimal wage. But your doing it for the good deeds right ?
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Linehan.ca
03-15-2009, 03:45 AM
Im doing it because I believe it would be that one career path that would make me truely happy in life
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Linehan.ca
03-15-2009, 03:46 AM
would any course similar fit the qualifications?
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Woodrow
03-15-2009, 04:02 AM
Originally Posted by Yanal
But an imam usually gets paid under minimal wage. But your doing it for the good deeds right ?
If an Imam is an Imam for the salary, he has no business being an Imam.

However, Bro. Linehan.ca is seeking a career as a Chaplin in the Canadian militia for that he will receive a salary equal to that of any officer of equal rank.

Canadian Military Salary for Junior grade officers is:


Rank.............. Annual Salary.............. Monthly Salary

2nd Lieutenant 49,632........................4,136
Lieutenant 54,084 .............................4,507
Captain 68,568 ..................................5,714
Major 92,724 .....................................7,727
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Woodrow
03-15-2009, 04:11 AM
Originally Posted by Linehan.ca
would any course similar fit the qualifications?
To qualify as a commissioned officer you do require a minimum of a Baccalaurate (4 year degree)

I do not know of any other universities in the USA or Canada that offers a degree in Islamic Studies at a level to qualify for both an Imam and a Commission.

There are shorter courses that would qualify you to be an Imam, but they would not meet the requirements for a commission. To be a Military Chaplin you have to be a commissioned officer.
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Linehan.ca
03-15-2009, 04:22 AM
The money is not the factor, nice as it is. I just know I would love the job, because I believe in serving ones country and also serving Allah at the same time.

I'd also like to be able to show other Canadian Muslims that there is a place for them in the forces and that if they want to stand up and prove they love their country to all those bigots who say other wise, that there is no other way than to serve the country. And I know if I could do it, that opens the door wider for others to follow. Either you do or you don't, there is no try... you either get up can open the door or you don't. Right now the Canadian forces is well over 95% white Christian. I would like to get to the point of working out of a recruiting center in Toronto and trying to let Mosques come in can lead prayers on some Friday then talk to the congregation afterwards, not as just to get recruits but also as positive grass-roots public relations. Remember word of mouth is one of the best forms of communication, you only need one immigrant to call home and talk about how great Canada is to get someone else to move.
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Woodrow
03-15-2009, 04:31 AM
Originally Posted by Linehan.ca
The money is not the factor, nice as it is. I just know I would love the job, because I believe in serving ones country and also serving Allah at the same time.

I'd also like to be able to show other Canadian Muslims that there is a place for them in the forces and that if they want to stand up and prove they love their country to all those bigots who say other wise, that there is no other way than to serve the country. And I know if I could do it, that opens the door wider for others to follow. Either you do or you don't, there is no try... you either get up can open the door or you don't. Right now the Canadian forces is well over 95% white Christian. I would like to get to the point of working out of a recruiting center in Toronto and trying to let Mosques come in can lead prayers on some Friday then talk to the congregation afterwards, not as just to get recruits but also as positive grass-roots public relations. Remember word of mouth is one of the best forms of communication, you only need one immigrant to call home and talk about how great Canada is to get someone else to move.
You have a very good goal. there is a drastic shortage of Muslim Chaplins in all of the Western Militia and the number of Muslim recruits is growing.But, have sabr and remember, it is a double goal you are pursuing and one that will bring you to face with many conflicts in pursuing it.
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Linehan.ca
03-15-2009, 04:39 AM
My blood is Irish Catholic descent, it longs for conflict and goals lol
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Woodrow
03-15-2009, 04:44 AM
Originally Posted by Linehan.ca
My blood is Irish Catholic descent, it longs for conflict and goals lol
Another Former Catholic here. But not Irish.

Predominatly Lithuanian Tatar (Lietuva Lipkas) Who is now living on a Lakota
Sioux reservation most of the time.

I think it is the ex-Catholic part that drives us to get into conflicts.
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