- Live Islam focuses on foundational outward knowledge and inward traits that all Muslims must embody
- The essentials for every Muslim aiming to make their religion valid and their pursuit of knowledge sound
- Learn the very basics of belief, prayer, fasting, zakat, and social living in a practical, easy to digest, non-academic manner
- Learn the essentials of how to live Islam through inward traits of repentance, humility, sincerity for Allah, and social limits that apply to our limbs and speech
- Start with the correct bearings in seeking further Islamic knowledge—what should you learn and who should you learn from?
- Open to everyone, but aimed at providing an essential foundation for those who have not yet studied a book of fiqh with a teacher
About the Course
This course is aimed at providing a foundational introduction to Islamic Law and Belief, and its practice—how to live and learn Islam. If you have not studied a book of fiqh before, or are unsure where and how you should begin, this course shall set you in the right direction by making your basic, immediate day-to-day practice valid. The course shall cover not only the basics of belief and personally obligatory knowledge, fard al-’ayn, but also the essential inward traits and attitudes all Muslims must embody.
The primary aim of the course is to equip the newly practicing Muslim, and those just beginning to study the religion, with the essentials of valid practice without overwhelming them with the detailed knowledge often found in texts of fiqh. The fiqh covered shall include not only the basic rules of obligatory worship, but also rules of the tongue, the gaze, the limbs, inward traits, and other essentials of Islamic living. Given the focus on the essentials of living Islam, as opposed to covering a text of fiqh, this course is classified as a “Preparatory Level” fiqh course, that is meant to precede Qibla’s Level-1 fiqh courses—where the level of detail may be challenging for the first-timer’s foray into sacred knowledge.
The secondary, but equally important, aim of this course is to ensure students have the correct attitude and the bearings to continue their quest for valid Islamic knowledge in the future. How does one learn and practice Islamic Law correctly? What should one’s attitude be? Who should one learn from? What is a madhab and do you have to choose one? What did the righteous and the foremost of the Muslims do for their own practice? What does their example teach us? Providing students with a firm grounding in the correct context and the correct attitude towards fiqh is an invaluable and indispensable function that all newly-practicing Muslims, and many long-standing Muslims urgently require. This course shall aim to equip you with the correct attitude, to ensure your future practice remains not only valid, but in line with what the foremost of the Muslim umma have been practicing for centuries.
- Lesson 1: Introduction—Live Islam
- Lesson 2: Belief
- Lesson 3: Purification
- Lesson 4: Purification cont’d
- Lesson 5: The Prayer
- Lesson 6: The Prayer cont’d
- Lesson 7: Fasting
- Lesson 8: Zakat
- Lesson 9: Basics of Islamic Living
- Lesson 10: Islamic Living cont’d and Conclusion—Next Steps
This four-week course will consist of weekly hour-long live classes over which Ustadh Farid shall present the material using course slides. There are no homework assignments or examinations in this course—the focus is on practical application of what we learn in our own lives.
Weekly Time Commitment
The course requires no formal time commitment outside of the live classes. Reviewing material may take an hour outside class.
There is no required course text – all the information shall be given to the students in the course slides.
No background is required: all are welcome!
How is Live Islam different from Qibla’s other fiqh courses?
Qibla’s Level-1 (and higher level) fiqh courses focus on introducing students to the academic tradition of Islam—classical texts. Texts have been the main vehicle of preserving and teaching the formalized knowledge of the deen over the centuries. However texts, even at the introductory level, can cover an amount of detail on legal rulings that many may find difficult to digest at the onset of their practice. Students may often feel overwhelmed.
What is practically important at the introductory level is that students learn how to implement the fundamentals of Islamic living in their lives. In traditional societies this training would happen naturally at home, from parents, family, and friends—long before a person's first text of fiqh or belief was studied academically with a teacher. This 'training' includes both a minimum familiarity with the rules of worship and social life, and a set of inward beliefs, values, and attitudes that one must adopt and successfully implement in one’s religion. This, and not texts, is the whole focus of Live Islam.
This prepares students for the Level-1, and higher level courses—by teaching them how to successfully live Islam at the foundational level, so that one builds the necessary basis to learn and live the more detailed and finer points of practice found in the texts. With the right foundation, everyone can eventually start absorbing the Islamic scholarly heritage by studying texts directly, without getting overwhelmed by the detail.
Who should take this course?
This course is especially designed for those who are just beginning to study the religion and have never covered a text of fiqh before. However, given the foundations of Islamic living and learning that are covered in this course, both newly practicing Muslims and many long-standing practicing Muslims shall benefit from the inward traits and correct attitude towards Islamic scholarship that is taught here. This is especially relevant today, when there is widespread confusion about what constitutes the right approach to learning and living the deen.
How shall learning the correct attitude towards Islamic scholarship practically benefit me?
On a practical level, this understanding of how to approach learning and practicing the deen will set you firmly on the tried and tested course that the foremost of the Muslim umma have taken over the previous centuries. This shall serve as a guiding light for your future studies. It shall help you determine the reliability of the knowledge that you receive from various people, so that you are grounded in these confusing times, when a lot of the scholarly bases of the tradition are being dispensed with by different movements. It will also help you learn how to avoid sectarian tendencies through sticking to the larger body of Muslim scholarship that has been practiced over the centuries. Ultimately, through equipping you with the correct attitude, Live Islam aims to safeguard your final outcome on a personal level by making clear the path of those who have successfully won closeness to their Maker.