- Imam Ghazali’s Forty Foundations of Religion is the best summary of his Ihya ‘Ulum al-Din—one of the masterpieces Islamic scholarly tradition
- Listen to recorded lessons of Sheikh Nuh Keller reading and explaining the book
- Live classes with Ustadh Hatim Yousef shall focus on practical takeaways that we can apply directly in our lives and answer students’ questions
- The Forty Foundations covers obligatory knowledge relating to belief, outward works and works of the heart
- This course covers a third of the book—the entire work shall be covered over 3 courses
About the Course
This course covers the first third of Imam Ghazali’s Kitab al-Arba’in, which is the best, most distilled summary available of his masterpiece—the Ihya ‘Ulum al-Din. The book covers the most essential knowledge of belief, outward works, and works of the heart on which the entire religion of Islam revolves.
Students shall listen to recorded lessons of Sheikh Nuh Keller reading and explaining the book, adding his own commentary.
Live classes shall be with Ustadh Hatim Yousef, who shall focus on acting as a life coach to help students practicalize the lessons—motivating and inspiring us to implement actionable measures in our own lives, to revive our own hearts and deepen our own connection with the religion. Ustadh Hatim shall act as the course instructor and answer all student questions.
This first course shall cover a third of the book, with the majority of the live classes focusing on how we can deepen our connection
The book is divided into 3 sections:
- Belief: Allah, The Last Day, and Prophets
- Outward Works: Pillars of Islam; Reading the Quran and Dhikr; Commanding the Good and Forbidding the Wrong; Following the Sunna
- Inward Works: Purifying Vices and Acquiring Virtues of the Heart.
Sheikh Nuh’s recorded lessons for this first course shall cover the section on Belief and Outward Works up to Zakat. Ustadh Hatim’s live classes shall focus primarily on deepening our belief and breathing new life into our Salat—the first and most foundational of our outward works.
Why did Sheikh Nuh choose to read Imam Ghazali’s The Forty Fundamentals of Religion?
Imam Ghazali is famous across the Islamic world for his masterpiece, the Ihya ‘Ulum al-Din, “The Revival of the Religious Sciences”. The unique thing about the Ihya that gave it its lasting appeal was its practical, not academic, focus—as the title suggests, it’s sole aim was to literally breathe life into one’s practice of the religion.
Given this, many have attempted the formidable feat of summarizing the multi-volume Ihya into a smaller work. Many summaries of this massive tome exist. However unsurprisingly, by far the best, and most distilled summary is the one by the author himself.
This is exactly what Imam Ghazali set out to do in his Kitab al-‘Arbain—to summarize his teachings in the most concise manner possible. This is also precisely why Sheikh Nuh Keller himself chose to read this book—to bring Imam Ghazali’s timeless wisdom to his students in the most distilled form available.
Why should you take this course with Ustadh Hatim?
Ustadh Hatim is a passionate teacher. As his students well know, his entire focus is to inspire others to reach their fullest potential—inwardly and outwardly.
Having recently concluded his new course on Himma: The Science of Self-Control, a motivational course where he served as a life-coach and helped his students harness self-help techniques and implement practical changes into their lives, Ustadh Hatim is setting out to continue to offer people what they need—practical solutions, not academic knowledge.
Enter the Ihya, and the Kitab al-‘Arba’in. Practical solutions are exactly what Imam Ghazali set out to impart, so successfully, in his day. Given the focus on Imam Ghazali, commentary from Sheikh Nuh Keller, and Ustadh Hatim’s passion as a motivational life-coach, this course promises to be a very exciting ride.
What shall I learn in this course?
Ustadh Hatim’s sole focus is to help people consistently practice the basic skills they need in order to survive in this world of trials, and thrive spiritually.
How can I deepen my belief in Allah? How can I change my actions, bring them into accordance with knowledge of the Last Day, and of the Judgment? How can I fix up my salat, and increase my presence of heart therein? How can I increase in spirituality, and successfully persist in that increase?
This is not a theoretical course. Come find out how to breathe new life into your deen, and revive your religion.