Our teaching approach was developed by SPENTEM founder, Imam Taymullah Abdur-Rahman.


After decades of counseling, he came to the conclusion that as a collective culture we do not have a problem with a lack of Islamic knowledge, we have a problem with trauma acknowledgement which causes us to regress into moral decrepitude.  

The curriculum is designed to heal latent childhood trauma, insecurities, self-deception and fears so that the student emerges as a whole Muslim.

What we teach

Our pedagogy focuses on the three core principles:



Spirituality encompasses the vertical principles that govern our existence on earth. It has three components:  primary Islamic issues, major secondary issues and major tertiary issues.


- Primary Islamic issues focus on understanding the foundations of Islamic theology and application

- Major secondary issues focus on internal transparency which aims to heal substance abuse and past personal trauma and its affect on the mental, emotional and moral condition of each individual 


- Major tertiary issues focus on the contextual landscape of applying the different levels and iterations of Islamic knowledge according to culture, environment and objective


Enterprise focuses on one's personal development which includes three components:


- Being self-determined by learning the fundamentals of business and entrepreneurship, exploring business ideas and committing to a project to build for self-employment

- Paying attention to physical health including diet, exercise and self-care


- Exploring the paths to chivalry and etiquette toward parents, spouse, children and neighbor 


Empathy revolves around implementing horizontal practice to achieve proximate justice which includes three components:

- Defining the scope of social justice and the types of social/civic intervention

- Studying different models and modalities of leadership 

- Finding a proximate struggle to dismantle using one or more of our  social/civic intervention models