Available courses

Sīrah 101 (Life of the Prophet ﷺ) Makkan Period

The significance of studying the life story of the Prophet Muhammad cannot be emphasized enough. As Muslims, our path to Allah, Most High, lies only in following in the footsteps of His beloved Messenger . The current climate around the Prophet Muhammad is one of hostility, fear, but most of all, misunderstanding. For centuries, the Ummah held a practice of continuously studying the sīrah of our beloved Prophet --going through it again and again and again. It is in this spirit that we launch the sīrah class. This study will not only familiarize students with his life events but also build an understanding of the man that he truly was. “Hearts melt when the Beloved of Allah is mentioned.”—Habib Kādhim al Saqqāf. Instructor: Shaykh Umair Ahmad. Required textbook: Muhammad: His Life Based On The Earliest Sources by Martin Lings.

Hanafi Fiqh 101 (Islamic Jurisprudence)

Traditionally, after learning the fundamentals of belief, students engage in studies of Jurisprudence or Fiqh. Choosing a school from where one can reference a consistent methodology based on how legal rulings are extracted from the Qur’an and Sunnah is always considered more a matter of access to a teacher and less between selecting a specific madthab as all four are considered valid. Although, living in the West in some ways has allowed greater choice due to the diversity of the Muslim community, access to qualified scholarship is often a barrier. The names of the various schools are unimportant; critical is implementing an acceptable practice, based on consistent parameters as developed by thousands of scholars for well over a millennium. Instructor: Shaykh Umair Ahmad. Required textbook: Ascent to Felicity by Abu I-Ikhlas al-Sharunbulali (translated).

Shafi'i Fiqh 101 (Islamic Jurisprudence)

Traditionally, after learning the fundamentals of belief, students engage in studies of Jurisprudence or Fiqh. Choosing a school from where one can reference a consistent methodology based on how legal rulings are extracted from the Qur’an and Sunnah is always considered more a matter of access to a teacher and less between selecting a specific madthab as all four are considered valid. Although, living in the West in some ways has allowed greater choice due to the diversity of the Muslim community, access to qualified scholarship is often a barrier. The names of the various schools are unimportant; critical is implementing an acceptable practice, based on consistent parameters as developed by thousands of scholars for well over a millennium. Instructor: Shaykh Qasim Hatem. Required textbook: Al-Mukhtasar al-Saghir, by Abd Allah b. Abd al-Rahman BaFadl (translated).

Aqīdah 101 (Islamic Creed)

More than any other science, Creed or `Aqidah, is most foundational, and unfortunately, the least understood. In order to facilitate any religious practice, one must understand to whom that practice is devoted, in other words, “Who are you and who is your Lord?” What does the religion of Islam say about the fundamental questions of existence? How do we relate to God? What is Divine Predestination and can it be reconciled with the concept of free will? How do we understand the Word of God, the Qur’an? What of the Prophets and the fall of Iblis? In addition to these topics, several others will be addressed to cultivate a solid understanding of what belief entails. Instructor: Shaykh Qasim Hatem. Required textbook: The Creed of Imam Al-Tahawi, translated by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf.