Fundamentals Program

Fundamentals Program:


Duration: 3 Years

The Fundamentals Program provides an overview of the fundamental elements of classical Islamic learning and spirituality. Students will gain core instruction in the disciplines of Hadith, Islamic Law, Beliefs (Aqeedah), SeerahShamail, and Islamic Spirituality, as well as cover the translation and commentary of the entire Qur’an.

This track is principally designed for students who wish to acquire basic knowledge obligatory for a Muslim, without learning Arabic, and who can contribute a time commitment of about 3 to 4 hours per week. Course materials will be provided in English, and minimal reference will be made to the Arabic language.

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Classes begin August, 2018

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Students enrolled in the Fundamentals Program will cover the following curriculum.

NOTE: It will include all the courses offered in the Qur’an Program which means that students enrolled in the Fundamentals Program need not separately enroll in the Qu’ran Program.

The duration of the Fundamentals Program is 3 years.

1. Qur’an Module:

Translation and Commentary of the Entire Qur'anA detailed and inspiring commentary of the entire Qur’an with an emphasis on highlighting lessons that are relevant to our daily life.
The Sources & Methodology of InterpretationIntroduction to the field of Qur'anic Sciences; The Sources & Methodology for Interpretation of the Qur'an; Compilation of the Qur'an; Types & Causes of Revelation

2. Hadith:

Introduction to the Science of HadithIntroduction to the Science of Hadith Studies; Classifications of Hadith; Methodology & Terminologies used in Hadith
Explanation of the sayings of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) in Zad al-Talibin (Provisions for the Seekers). This classic collection of 327 hadith contains many short sayings that express a multitude of meanings, and is ultimately meant to provide today’s Muslims a glimpse at the charisma of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and a roadmap with which to achieve closeness with Allah.
Sublime Characteristics of the Prophet (Peace & Blessings be upon him)An explanation of the beautiful characteristics of the Prophet (Peace & Blessings be upon him) through selections from Imam al-Tirmidhi's Al-Shamail al-Muhammadiya

3. Islamic Beliefs:

Believer's CreedUnderstand the basic tenets of our faith through Imam Tahawi’s widely acclaimed reference work on Muslim beliefs, Aqidah al-Tahawiyah.

4. Islamic Law:

Historical Development of Islamic LawThis course will examine the sources of Islamic law, its basic methodologies and the foundation of the legal schools through a historical analysis of the classical era.
Islamic Law IIslamic Legal Rulings pertaining to Ritual Purification, Menstruation, Salah, Zakah, Fasting and Udhiya (Sacrifice) through Nur al-Idah (a classical text on sacred law).

5. Islamic History: Students can choose any two courses from the following to fulfill the Islamic History Requirement of the Fundamentals Program:

SeerahSeerah of the Blessed Messenger (Peace & Blessings be upon him)- Meccan and Medinan Periods
Lives of the CompanionsBiographies of the Khulafa Rashideen (The Four Caliphs)
Mothers of the BelieversThis course presents the biographies of the beloved wives of the Prophet (saw). Join us as we discover their courage, commemorate their sacrifices, marvel at their knowledge and learn how they imparted the Message.

6. Contemporary Issues: Islam, Women & Gender is a compulsory course. Students can choose any one course from the following to fulfill the Contemporary Issues Requirement of the Fundamentals Program:

Being Productive: Management & Self-Discipline in IslamThis course will offer a unique blend of tradition and technology in order to address key topics in effective self-management – health, stress, sleep, time, conflict, inter-personal relationships, work ethics, dawah and personal productivity.
Islam, Women & GenderThis course will cover issues pertaining to women in Islam like Hijab, Inter-Gender Interaction, Hudood Laws and The Contribution of Women to Knowledge & Scholarship
Marriage in IslamThis course is a comprehensive guide on the journey for attaining marital bliss in Islam as a means of drawing closer to Allah SWT, encompassing different stages from understanding love and marriage, correctly thinking and preparing for it, choosing the right one, getting married Islamically, to building a strong, loving and lifelong marriage.

7. Islamic Spirituality: Islamic Spirituality Essentials is a Core Course. Students need to take one more elective of their choice from the remaining courses to fulfill the Islamic Spirituality Requirement of the Fundamentals Program:

Islamic Spirituality EssentialsIntroduction to the Science of Islamic Spirituality based on the Qur'an and Sunnah
Diseases of the HeartSymptoms & Cures of Diseases of the Heart: Anger, Jealousy, Hatred, Greed, Malice, Unlawful Love, Arrogance
Stations of CertaintyRepentance, Patience, Gratitude, Hope, Fear, Trust in Allah swt, Contentment
Islamic Etiquette & ConductSelections from Imam Bukhari (rah)'s Al-Adab Al-Mufrad

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Starting: August 13th, 2018
Days: Monday and Wednesday
Duration: 1.5 hours per session
Time: 11:00 AM NY, 4:00 PM UK, 7:00 PM UAE, 8:00 PM PK
            (Click here to convert to your time zone)
Annual Exams: Last week of May 2019
Summer Break: 1st June to 30th July 2019 (tentative)
Time Commitment: About 3 hours per week
Cost: Free
*Dates and timings are tentative and may be subject to change

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How are Classes Conducted?

Classes are conducted via an online learning tool called WizIQ. Some of the features of our virtual classroom include:

  • Live Audio Streaming
  • Content sharing via the White Board
  • Chat Box for live interaction with the Instructor
  • Recordings

Learning Management System:

Our classes also feature an interactive Learning Management System. Some of the features of the LMS include:

  • Discussion Forums for interacting with class mates and Teaching Assistants
  • Announcement Board
  • Assignment Submission
  • Downloading Class Presentations and Slides
  • Online Quizzes and Exams
  • Online Calender
  • Instant Messages


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