An Introduction to Islamic Creed - 'Aqida
Classes held on EVERY Sunday- 4.30pm-6pm*.
Starts Sunday 3rd November 2019
By Shaykh Talal al-Azem (The Wilaya Trust )
The first of the pillars of Islam is the witnessing that there is no deity but God, and that Muhammad is the Messenger of God.
This course will explore what belief in this entails. It will introduce the three major topics of ‘aqida: namely Divinity, Prophethood, and those matters of belief regarding the cosmos and the afterlife that we learn of through revelation.
In addition to covering these points of creed, we will discuss the how proper belief is connected to realising a full spiritual vision of life.
This is an introductory class, and assumes no prior knowledge.
The first term will begin with an introduction, and the section on Divinity. Reading materials will be sent to students before each class.
Classes are intended to be interactive, allowing for questions and encourage active participation.
Brothers & Sisters welcome.
These classes also encourage participation from teenagers and young adults.
The instructor will be provided photocopies of the necessary text each week. Please register if you wish to receive these.
About the instructor - Shaykh Talal al Azem
Shaykh Talal al-Azem was born and raised in the USA and graduated from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor where he studied History and Near Eastern Studies. Thereafter, he studied full-time the classical disciplines of Islamic learning in Syria. For ten years, he was under the tutelage of prominent scholars including Mufti Shaykh Adeeb Al-Kallas, Shaykh Khalid Al-Kharsa and Shaykh Mahmoud Al Misri. His interests include law, ethics and the disciplines of the classical Muslim education.
He completed his MA & Phd at Oxford University and is currently a lecturer at the university serving as an Early Career Fellow for Arabic & Islamic History.
He has edited many works and authored a work of his own entitled "Prayer of occasions", a book describing optional prayers that can be offered for related circumstances
He is the director of Oxford Traditional Knowledge Foundation, an institute dedicated to offering traditional knowledge of Islam and ways of living.