Under the guidance of Imam Mendes the Muslim Center of Greater Princeton is proud to offer the Garden of Knowledge Academy.  We will be offering structured courses for various age groups.  Individuals can continue on a track and move from beginner to intermediate and advanced.  We will provide more details as we look to develop and grow the Academy.  

Fall 2020 Course List


Reading The Gracious Qur'an: Intermediate Level Reading class

Sundays 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM 

On-site at MCGP on Online

Beginning 10/11/2020

This class is intended for those students who have the basic ability to read from the Qur'an but want to increase their proficiency and fluidity of recitation.


Shaykh Mendes

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Being Muslim:  The Rules (Fiqh) and Meanings of the Ritual Prayer According To The Maliki School

Sundays 10:00 AM to 10:55 AM 

On-site at MCGP or Online

Beginning 10/11/2020

This class provides students with the knowledge of the obligatory, Sunnah (highly emphasized) and Mustahabb (recommended) aspects/actions of the ritual prayer.   The course will cover the pre-requisites of the prayer, prayer times, disliked/prohibited times of prayer, rulings on the various actions of prayer, praying in congregation, making up prayers, praying as a latecomer and much more.


Imam Adeyinke Mendes


Understanding the Qur'an:  3 Year Certificate Program on learning Qur'anic Arabic

Sundays 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Online or In-Person with Ustadh Lavon Brown


Mondays 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM Online-only with Ustadh Yusuf Hussain

Additional and optional weekly review session with Ustadh Zeeshan Anwar on Wednesdays at 8PM with review and practice drills

Beginning 10/11/2020

100$ Yearly Fee

Have you ever wanted to feel closer to the Words of Allah (swt)?   This Course introduces a brand new 3 year program aimed at providing students with the requisite vocabulary and basic level of Arabic grammar that they will be able to understand 80-90% of the Qur'an upon hearing its recitation.   Students will memorize over 1200 words of vocabulary and become proficient in all the the branches of Arabic language over a 3 year period with the end result of being able to understand and feel more connected to the Words of Allah (swt).    Students who pass each year will be given a certificate upon completion.

Read our faq here to find out more about this program.


Shaykh Mendes (years 2/3)

Ustadh Lavon Brown

Ustadh Yusuf Hussain

Ustadh Zeeshan Anwar


Understanding Your Religion:  Islamic Beliefs From the Qur'an and Sunnah

Mondays 7:15 PM to 8 PM 

Online only

Beginning 10/11/2020

Using proofs from the Qur'an and Sunnah, this class serves as a basic introduction to the topic and history of Aqidah, or Islamic Beliefs.    The core of the class will be the evidences from the Qur'an and Sunnah, but supplementary materials from various classical works will also be discussed as appropriate.


Ustadh Yusuf Hussain


Seekers Circle For Spiritual Growth

Sundays after Fajr

On-site at MCGP

Beginning 10/11/2020

Imam Mendes will provide a weekly lesson on on disciplining the soul, the importance of Remembrance of Allah (swt) and the lives of some of our pious predecessors   


Shaykh Mendes