IQA Mission and Identity

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IQA Mission and Identity

  • Founded 2002
  • K – 12th Grade
  • Full-time Hifz and Academic program
  • School Hours: 7:40 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (students)

IANT Quranic Academy (IQA) is a unique private Islamic school serving North Texas. IQA’s mission is to develop the next generation of American Muslim Scholars who pose an upright and noble character through integrated training in the religious and contemporary sciences, and who are capable of meeting the modern challenges of our diverse society through guidance, service, and leadership.

IQA is one of the few Islamic schools in the country, and the only one in the DFW metroplex, to offer a complete Hifz (Quran memorization) and Alim (Islamic Scholar) program in conjunction with a full academic program (K-12). IQA is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) and is a member of First Amendment Schools


IANT Quranic Academy (IQA) is the manifestation of a long-standing dream of Dr. Yusuf Ziya Kavakci, the former Imam of the Islamic Association of North Texas (IANT) and founder/first Principal of IQA. His vision is to see an academy devoted to the mission of developing a new generation of American Muslim scholars who are raised within the culture of the United States, while possessing knowledge of classical Islamic scholarship, and who can provide leadership for the Muslim Ummah in the 21st century.

In fulfillment of this dream, Dr. Kavakci teamed up with Muhammad Al-Amin, a successful local businessman who championed the practical aspects of the effort to get such an academy up and running. Their efforts came to fruition when IQA launched operations in the fall of 2002. The Islamic Association of North Texas (IANT), a venerable organization that has seen the rise of Islam in North Texas over the past 40 years, agreed to sponsor the startup and to house the academy on the second floor of the Dallas Central Mosque.

With only a handful of teachers and approximately 25 students, the hum of Quran memorization and sounds of children learning filled the halls. Administrative training and support was offered by Brighter Horizons Academy, IQA’s sister school, having had its own start in the Dallas Central Mosque over a decade before. Now, in its 15th year of operation, IQA has approximately 40 staff members and 200 students.