Introduction

An introduction to the formal study of Islamic beliefs through a traditional manual of Islamic theology. Take this course to understand the basic methods of Islamic logic and how to use them to gain evidence-based conviction in Allah Most High, His attributes, His messengers, and the afterlife. This knowledge that you will learn in this course is the context that will give your life its purpose.

Curricular Context

  • This is a second-level course in Step One.
  • Before taking this course, take The Absolute Essentials of Islam (Hanafi) or The Absolute Essentials of Islam (Shafi‘i)
  • Take this course before all courses in Step Two.

Course Requirements: The Absolute Essentials of Islam (Hanafi) or The Absolute Essentials of Islam (Shafi‘i)

Course Outline

Introduction:
LESSON 1 – Introduction to Class and Biography of Author
Logical Rulings:
LESSON 2 – Introduction to Categories of Rational or Logical Rulings and What is Necessary for Allah Most High
LESSON 3 – What is Impossible and Possible for Allah Most High and Islamic Atomic Theory
Theology (Ilahiyyat):
LESSON 4 – Introduction to Theology and Attributes of Negation
LESSON 5 – Logical Absurdities: Infinite Regress (tasalsul) and Circularity (dawr)
LESSON 6 – Attributes of Affirmation
LESSON 7 – Relationship Between Attributes of Affirmation
LESSON 8 – Logically Impossible for Allah Most High
Prophetology (Nubuwwat)
LESSON 9 – Introduction and What is Necessary for the Prophets
LESSON 10 – What is Impossible and Possible for the Prophets
Eschatology (Sam’iyyat)
LESSON 11 – Angels, Jinn, and the Afterlife
Sufism
LESSON 12 – Sufism and Ending Comments

What You Will Learn:

  • Learn and use the basic logical methods of traditional Islamic theology
  • Memorize the attributes of Allah Most High, His messengers, His angels, and other unseen beings
  • Memorize the key events that will take place after death
  • Develop evidence-based conviction in all of the above
  • Understand how to turn mental conviction into spiritual certainty
  • Appreciate the logical rigor of Islamic theology


Course Format: 
12 downloadable lessons, 3 live sessions.

About the Course Text

An introduction to the formal study of Islamic beliefs through a traditional manual of Islamic theology. Take this course to understand the basic methods of Islamic logic and how to use them to gain evidence-based conviction in Allah Most High, His attributes, His messengers, and the afterlife. This knowledge that you will learn in this course is the context that will give your life its purpose. The course is an explanation of al-Kharida al-Bahiyya (“The Lustrous Pearl”), an introduction to the science of Islamic theology by the great theologian, spiritual master, and foremost Maliki jurist of al-Azhar, Shaykh Ahmad al-Dardir (d. 1201 A.H. / 1786 C.E.). The Kharida is a 71-line didactic poem that, in its own words, is “slight and small in size, but great in knowledge.” For hundreds of years, it has been studied and memorized by beginners of Islamic theology, and is frequently quoted by students and teachers alike because of its pithy expressions. A downloadable copy of the course text in both English and Arabic is provided as part of the course materials.