This course explains how the religion has come to us; how the Qur’an and Sunna were preserved and transmitted; and how they are soundly interpreted applied—in matters of belief, practice, and spirituality.
Part of the STEP 1 series
This course has no prerequisites
This course is a prerequisite for Step 2
What You'll Learn
Understand the need for religion and divine law
Understand the basis for the Qur’an being the Book of God—how we know it is from God; how we know it is preserved; its key themes and teachings
Understand importance of the Sunna—as law; how we know it has been preserved and reliably transmitted
Understand how the teachings of the Qur’an and Sunna were transmitted; applied; and systematized
Understand the historical development of the schools of Islamic law and their legal methodologies
The need for qualified scholarship, and the legal and religious conditions of reliable scholarship
Can Islamic law deal with the challenges of our times? What about the many common criticisms of Islamic law as backward, anti-woman, harsh, and rigid?
Lesson 1: The Need for Religion & Guidance
Lesson 2: The Book of Allah: The Qur’an
Lesson 3: The Living Guide: The Sunna of the Prophet ﷺ
Lesson 4: Preservation and Transmission of the Qur’an and Sunna
Lesson 5: How Guidance is Understood: Textual Interpretation and the Schools of Islamic Law I
Lesson 6: How Guidance is Understood: Textual Interpretation and the Schools of Islamic Law II
Lesson 7: Interpretation and Belief: A Brief History of the Emergence of Schools of Islamic Theology
Lesson 8: Key Principles of Islamic Theology
Lesson 9: The Spiritual Message of the Qur’an and Sunna
Lesson 10: Key Principles of Islamic Spirituality
Lesson 11: Calling, Service, and Guidance: The Centrality of Calling to Allah and His Messenger in Religion
Lesson 12: The Final Dimension: Keys to Living Religion in Challenging Times
Registration Opens: May 23, 2018
Registration Closes: July 16, 2018Term Two Starts On: June 25, 2018Location: OnlineLength: 12 weeksEffort: 2-3 hours per week Price: FREEDepartment:Living ReligionLevel: 1 Language(s): English Course Format:
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About the Course Teachers
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spent ten years studying with some of the leading scholars of recent times, first in Damascus, and then in Amman, Jordan. His teachers include the foremost theologian of recent times in Damascus, the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas (may Allah have mercy on him), as well as his student Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi, one of the leading Hanafi fuqaha of the present age. He returned to Canada in 2007, where he founded SeekersHub in order to meet the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge--both online and on the ground--in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He is the author of: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and the Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School (White Thread Press, 2004.) Since 2011, Shaykh Faraz has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.