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Heroes of Islam

The most significant portion of Islamic history is the seerah. Last year we covered the detailed life of the prophet (pbuh) and we took away many key lessons that could be applied in our daily lives. This year we look to continue our journey in the seerah and beyond but from a slightly different perspective. We will focus on the lives of the different Sahaba (RA), their connections to the seerah, and their lasting impact as they shaped what was to be the new Islamic Empire. Over the next year, students will familiarize themselves with the 10 Ashab (RA) guaranteed jannah by the prophet (pbuh) and will learn why these important men & women are considered the "heroes" of Islam.

Foundations of Faith

The Foundations of Faith class is focused on helping students acquire the necessary knowledge surrounding their relationship with God and their relationship with fellow human beings. The Foundations of Faith curriculum primarily focuses on strengthening the basics of Islam for our students.
This course goes through each of the five pillars in Islam in great detail so that students may fulfill their fard obligations. Topics will also focus on the needs and issues of high school aged students. These will range from backbiting/gossip amongst friends, to issues of gender interaction, to the importance of keeping up with prayer during their busy high school schedules. Classes will be arranged in an interactive, student-based format, incorporating elements of discussion. 

Islamic Manners (Semester 1) 

Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "I was sent to perfect good character." 
It is the obligation of every Muslim to understand exactly what that 'Good Character means' How can we emulate the way of the Prophet SAW? How should a Muslim look, talk, interact with others, accept invitations, deal with parents, friends and family? All these questions are discussed in Shaykh Abu Ghuddah's Islamic Manners. The class will not only go over Islamic manners, but focus on how we can apply them to an American environment in 2016, and continue to follow the Sunnah of our Prophet in every circumstance. Classes will have some lecture, but significant discussion and reflection with plenty of time for questions.

What We Believe (Semester 2) 

What do Muslims actually believe? Incredibly enough, this question is more complicated than it may seem, and the beliefs of a Muslim have significant implications on our spiritual state. In a time of confusion and bewildering opinions, it is essential that every Muslim understand the basics of what we believe. Imam Tahawi's Aqeedah, beautifully translated by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf is the universally accepted work of Aqeedah by the majority of the Muslim world. Going through this profound text with Maulana Azfar Uddin, students will understand who Allah is, the status of the Prophet SAW and what Muslims believe about faith, the afterlife and the unseen. Class will have lecture with significant discussion and plenty of time for questions!

Pathway to Perfection

So once we know the basics of Islam...then what? The Path to Perfection by Shaykh Masihullah Khan describes how Muslims can take their religion to the next level, allowing us to not only be better Muslims, but better people. Once we know how to pray, we have to understand how to control our anger, deal with conflicts between friends, overcome jealousy etc. Once we know what to believe, and the basics of our prayer, The Path to Perfection will teach students how to take things to the next level. Class will consist of lecture from the text, along with discussions and questions based on various personal struggles that students are facing.

Matters of the Heart 

It was said to the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ): ‘Which of the people is best?’ He said: ‘Everyone who is pure of heart and sincere in speech.’ They said: ‘Sincere in speech, we know what this is, but what is pure of heart?’ He said: ‘It is (the heart) that is pious and pure, with no sin, injustice, resentment or envy in it.’ So if the best of people are those with a pure heart, without sin, injustice, resentment towards others or envy of others, how can we get to that level? Shaykh Muhmammad Mawlud in his classical work, Purification of the Heart, translated by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, talks about the inner sins; anger, hatred, malice, miserliness etc. and how we can cure and overcome these sins. Class will consist of lecture from the text, discussion of the diseases and cures for the heart, and application of each lesson.