The Darul Ihran Institute traces its roots back to 1985 when it was originally established as the Islamic Association of Arabi in Arabi, a suburb of New Orleans, Louisiana. As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, it began as a small masjid named Masjid Yaseen. Over the next five years, fueled by a growing need for Islamic education, the institute evolved and achieved a remarkable milestone – it became the first boarding Islamic institute in the United States.

Between 1990 and 2005, the institute embarked on an extraordinary journey. Sixty-five American-born Muslim children undertook the ambitious task of memorizing the Holy Quran, a feat that showcased their dedication and commitment to their faith. Moreover, twenty-one of these young individuals went on to become esteemed scholars in Islam, contributing significantly to the enrichment of their communities. These achievements filled the hearts of many with pride, as the products of the Islamic Association of Arabi began serving masajids and communities across the nation.

However, a significant challenge awaited the institute in August 2005, when Hurricane Katrina struck the region, leading to the destruction of the Masjid Yaseen and the Islamic Institute. In the face of adversity, the Muslim community had to make the difficult decision to disperse across the country. Ultimately, the decision was made to re-establish Masjid Yaseen and the Islamic institute in the Dallas Metropolitan area.

By the grace of Allah and with unwavering determination, the Islamic Association of Arabi secured a 1.5-acre parcel in Garland, Texas, strategically situated at the intersection of George W. Bush Tollway and W Campbell Rd. The year 2008 saw the commencement of construction, and by mid-2011, the Masjid Yaseen in Garland was successfully completed, marking a triumphant chapter in the institute’s history.

Throughout its journey, the Islamic Association of Arabi expanded its reach and influence. Today, it proudly manages four masjids: the first Masjid Yaseen in Arabi, Louisiana; the second Masjid Yaseen in Shreveport, Louisiana; the third Masjid Yaseen in Garland, Texas; and a fourth Masjid in Greenville, Texas. These places of worship stand as symbols of unity and devotion, fostering a sense of community among Muslims across various regions.

The institute’s commitment to education continued to flourish. In response to growing demand and the need for a full-time Hifz program for female students, the Islamic Association of Arabi acquired a 6,300 square feet building in Garland, Texas, situated at the intersection of Shiloh Rd. and Apollo Rd. This dedicated space represented one of the first and only standalone buildings in the United States entirely established for the education and empowerment of Muslim girls and women.