Excellence in Faith & Action (from Ghazali's 40 Foundations of Religion)
Make the essential connection between sound belief and your daily practice of Islam.
About This Course
This course will help students make the essential connection between sound belief and their daily practice of Islam. Ustadh Faraz Khan will take students through the first half Imam Ghazali’s treatise, The Forty Foundations of Religion. This crucial text provides a detailed introduction to the things that all Muslims must believe about their Creator, then explores how to apply that knowledge in one’s own day-to-day worship and conduct.
Our Noble Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) gave his followers this advice regarding their faith: “Say: I believe in Allah, and then be upright.” After completing this course, students will have the knowledge needed to connect their day-to-day practice—their uprightness—to firm, sound and correct belief in Allah.
Imam Ghazali’s text, The Forty Foundations of Religion, focuses on the inward realities of the Five Pillars of Islam. It is too easy for the fundamental practices to become routine. Imam Ghazali remedies this by providing students with a powerful reminder of the Next Life. Its remembrance must inform our everyday life as Believers, in our prayers, fasting, almsgiving—even in our daily recitation of the Qur’an.
This course is Part 1 (of 2) of this series, which covers the first 20 Foundational Principles of Imam Ghazali’s 40 Foundations of Religion. Part 2 of this course (to be offered in another semester) will cover the last 20 Foundational Principles.
The first part of the course provides students with an essential introduction to the Islamic Creed. Aspects of this section are essential to ensuring one’s belief is sound and acceptable to Allah.
The second part applies this foundation to worship and conduct. As Imam Ghazali himself reminds us in the Revivification of the Religious Sciences (Ihya Ulum al-Din), there are inward conditions which must be met for our worship to be accepted. These will be explored in the course. It will also detail the rights of others, offering guidance on perfecting conduct and social etiquette and building good character.
What You'll Learn
• Faith, Divine Essence, and Transcendence
• Divine Power and Knowledge, Will, Hearing and Sight
• Diving Speech and Actions
• The Last Day, Judgment, and Intercession
• Ritual prayer, charity, fasting, and pilgrimage
• Recitation of the Qur’an, remembrance, and their etiquettes
• Seeking the lawful and social interaction
• Commanding the good and forbidding evil
Course ID: ISFA100ARegistration Opens:
June 5, 2017 Course Starts On: July 03, 2017Location: OnlineLength: 12 weeksEffort: 2-3 hours per week Price: FREEDepartment:SpiritualityLevel: 1 Language(s): English Course Format:
Meet Your Instructor
Shaykh Faraz A. Khan
“La ilaha illa Allah -- the mandate to conquer my ego... Muhammadur Rasul Allah -- the reward if I succeed.” -- Faraz A. KhanShaykh Faraz A. Khan
has spent the last several years studying and teaching traditional
Islamic sciences, with a focus on Hanafi jurisprudence, Hadith studies
and methodology, theology, logic, and Arabic grammar.
One of his main inspirations in seeking knowledge was the English rendition of Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali's "Heirs of the Prophets," translated by our beloved Imam Zaid Shakir. Shaykh Faraz was particularly moved by the chapters discussing the immense virtue of sacred knowledge; the prayers for scholars by creation, including even ants in their burrows and fish in the sea; and the weeping of the heavens and earth at the death of scholars.
In 2004 Shaykh Faraz moved to Amman, Jordan. Since then, he has been honored to sit at the feet of many eminent scholars. His teachers include Shaykh Ahmad al-Jammal, Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Ani (Allah have mercy on him), Shaykh Akram Abdul Wahhab, Dr. Ashraf Muneeb, Dr. Salah Abu ’l-Hajj, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Shaykh Bilal Najjar, Shaykh Hamza al-Bakri, and Shaykh Naeem Abdul Wali.
Shaykh Faraz also translated and annotated the classical Hanafi primer Ascent to Felicity (Maraqi ‘l-Sa`adat) by Imam Shurunbulali [published by White Thread Press, 2010], which Shaykh Faraz Rabbani has described as “the best mid-sized manual of Hanafi fiqh available in English. Highly recommended.”