To establish a community of American Muslims, with the masjid at its center; focused on supporting each other on the spiritual journey, through culturally relevant Islamic education.

No matter how far along the path they may be.

Statement of Purpose

The Hikmah Institute was founded in 2014 in response to the abandonment of the masjids* by second generation of American Muslims. As American Muslims graduated from their college MSAs they were confronted by a sense of alienation from masjids, and rebuffed their efforts to contribute to the community. The problem has been aggravated by new levels of social isolations made possible by technology, which have taken the place of meaningful relationships, replaced the masjid as the center of Islamic education, and led American Muslims to stop seeking the community that our faith is built on.

Hikmah seeks to restore the masjids to their status as the center of community life by fostering a welcoming and nurturing environment, while providing contemporary-traditional spiritual programming that is designed to impart true learning and growth. To this end Hikmah hosts a number of recurring halaqas to reconnect our community with our scholars, and seminars providing an educational forum on issues ranging from women’s fiqh, to using the life of the Prophet (s) as a model to address the crisis of leadership in the Muslim community. Hikmah also provides a range of community-building social programs including informal gatherings for tea, imam-lead hikes and more, in order to help individuals build meaningful ties with others on the spiritual journey.

*Hikmah acknowledges that “masajid” is the correct pluralization of “masjid” in Arabic. However, throughout history when Islam spread to new places, the local population had the opportunity to create their own, culturally-authentic vocabulary. We see examples in this in languages such as Urdu and Farsi. American Muslims do not use the word “mosque,” it is not part of our tradition or practice. Therefore, Hikmah feels that using “masjids” is the most accessible terminology to use, in an increasingly English-speaking community.


Hikmah’s religious philosophy is contemporary-traditional. This is an ideology that represents the majority of American Muslims. Contemporary traditionalism is based in the millennia-old tradition of Islamic scholarship and is simultaneously crafted for application to the lives of 21st century believers in the West.

Our Board

Hikmah was founded by Bay Area natives who felt a need to create a welcoming space in the region’s masjids to address the feelings of isolation and spiritual deterioration, widespread amongst members of their generation. Our board is comprised of men and women of diverse ancestries and professional backgrounds.
The Hikmah board works to foster relationships with male and female religious leaders to provide them with a platform to teach and support the work they do.