Learn the fundamentals of the Muslim tenets of faith and the main topics of orthodox Islamic belief through a study of the most celebrated and well-known classical manual on Islamic beliefs.
- Arguably the most important of all courses
- Read one of the earliest statements of orthodox Muslim belief that has won the acceptance of Muslim orthodoxy since the time it was written
- Gain a firm conviction in all the tenets of faith
- Get an exposure to the beliefs of the main Muslim sects and groups, understanding where they went wrong and why
- Have an opportunity to have all your specific faith-related questions, confusions, and doubts resolved
- Find a fresh drive to learn your religion and draw closer to Allah Most High
- Lessons will address common questions people have about matters of belief, such as human responsibility and predestination; the meaning of “God”; literalism and the Attributes of God; miracles; and matters of the Afterlife.
About the Course
Introduction to Islamic Belief gives you exposure to the main topics of orthodox Islamic belief through a formal study of an authoritative classical manual of Islamic tenets of faith. It will also give you an exposure to the beliefs of the main Muslim sects and groups, understanding where they went wrong and why. Finally, you will have an opportunity to have all your specific faith-related questions, confusions, and doubts resolved.
- Week 1: Biography of Imam al-Tahawi; The Historical Context of Imam Tahawi’s Creed; Course Goals; Section 1: Imam Tahawi’s Introduction
- Week 2: God; God’s Creative Act ;Divine Omnipotence
- Week 3: The Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace); The Quran
- Week 4: Supernatural Events: The Beatific Vision, the Ascent to Heaven, the Pool, the Intercession, and the Primordial Covenant
- Week 5: Divine Determination: Divine Omniscience, Accepting Divine Decree, the Tablet and the Pen, and Destiny
- Week 6: The Throne and the Stool; Angels and Prophets
- Week 7: Belief – Judging Simply, Belief and Action, and the Nature of Belief; Major Sins Government
- Week 8: The Next Life; Human Responsibility
- Week 9: The Companions; The Righteous
- Week 10: The Unseen; Summary
The content consists of weekly Live Sessions, pre-recorded audio lessons and slides explaining and expanding upon the text, handouts and a Final Examination. Ustadh Anas shall hold weekly office hours where students can consult with him one-on-one. Students are required to listen to the week’s pre-recorded audio material before attending the Live Session, which shall focus on conceptual discussions and student’s questions based on the week’s material. Students are highly encouraged to post their questions in the Forum over the course of the week, which are answered during the Live Sessions.
Weekly Time Commitment
The course requires an estimated 1.5 to 4 hours a week outside the live session, to review the pre-recorded lessons and take notes.
The content of this course is based on the ‘Aqida Tahawiyya, one of the earliest statements of orthodox Muslim belief that has won the acceptance of Muslim orthodoxy from the time it was written all the way down to our times. Although relatively small in size, it is an indispensable work with tremendous benefit, listing what a Muslim must comprehend and believe in.
The English translation of the text shall be provided as part of the course material.
No background is required: all are welcome! Even if not Muslim!
Who should take this course?
In short, all Muslims. It is obligatory to have correct belief, and this is especially important in an age of unprecedented access to information and misinformation.
This course is for every Muslim who wants to formally learn what they believe in; Muslims who lack religious motivation and drive; and Muslims who have doubts regarding their religious faith. It is a key component of the Foundations curriculum, and the first of a series of three belief courses offered by Qibla.
Why is this the most important course you will ever take?
The discipline of Islamic belief has many names in Arabic. One of these names is usul al-din, which means, “the foundation of religion.” This, in reality, is what Islamic belief is: the foundation of a Muslim’s religion. If his belief is in trouble, then all other aspects of his religion are also in trouble, just as when a building’s foundations are shaky, the entire structure is shaky. This is why the root cause for the lack of religious dedication and drive that many Muslims find within themselves is that they haven’t established their foundations of Islamic belief properly. This course, therefore, is arguably the most important course that you will ever take.
How shall I benefit from this course?
Our belief is the context of our lives—it is what gives our lives meaning. Through it, we understand where we came from, what we are doing here, and where we are going. By understanding both the key tenets of our faith and why we believe them, you will be able to give your life meaning and purpose. And by being able to have all your belief-related doubts, questions, and confusions answered, you will leave with a firm conviction in all the tenets of faith, and will find a fresh drive to learn your religion and draw closer to Allah Most High.
Who is Imam Tahawi?
The author of this work, Imam Tahawi, lived from 239-321 AH and studied with leading scholars of his time. He lived in the golden age of hadith transmission, compilation, and codification, and was himself an expert scholar of hadith and a peer of the famous six imams of hadith. Imam Tahawi was also a great scholar of the Hanafischool of law. The work he is most well known for, however, is his classic manual on Islamic beliefs. A student of the pious predecessors or salaf (and even considered by many to be one of the salaf himself), his work represents a direct transmission of the aqida of the early Muslims.