Introduction to Usul ad-Deen [Fundamentals of Religion], Aqeedah [Creed] and Iman [Faith]



Course Title:

Introduction to Usul ad-Deen [Fundamentals of Religion], Aqeedah [Creed] and Iman [Faith] topics, terms, and issues

Under the Category of:[AQEEDAH]

Categories include: [AQEEDAH] [QURAN] [SUNNAH] [FIQH] [SERAH (and History)] [Al-LUGHAT-AL-ARABIYYAH] [DA’WAH]


Abu Salman Deya ud-Deen Eberle


Hijri Era 1431 -CE 2010

Exact date to be announced

Duration and Structure:

14 weeks of two 1 hour sessions per week, equaling 28 one hour classes.

Required reading and attendance (absent students may access recordings and notes)

Two 5 -7 page research papers, or one 12-15 page research paper, as student prefers.

Mid-Term and Final Exam

Summary of Course:

This course will introduce the student to all the topics and issues related to Usul ad-Deen , [Fundamentals of Religion] and give the most important terminologies, concepts and issues that a Muslim needs for his day to day journey to Allah from cradle to adulthood to grave. Some of the core issues will be as follows: Deen; concept of worship in Islam and its main components including internal and external worships; Islam a complete way of life; Islamic monotheism as opposed to deviations from monotheism, etc. Some of the comprehensive terms that will be explained in detail according to their usage in the Quran and Sunnah and sayings of the scholars and jurists will include: Usul; Furu; Deen; Dunya; Fitrah; Jahiliyyah (Period of Ignorance in Arab pagan times before Islam); Aqeedah; Tauheed; Uluhiyyah; Rububiyyah; al-Asma as-Sifat; Ilm; Amal; Hubb; Ta’dheem; Khauf; Raja`a; Tawwakil; Shirk; Taaghoot; Sanam; Wathan;; Islam; Shahadah; Salat; Dua; Zakat; Saum; Hajj; Tawwaf: Zirayah; Qabr; Iman; Allah the Almighty and Majestic; Ilah; Rabb; Malik; Kitab; Quran; Torah; Ibjeel; Zaboor; Rasuul; Nabi; Jannah; Jahannum;  al-Qada wal-Qadr; Kufr; Riddah (apostasy); Nifaq; Fisaq; Fujur; Dhalal (misguidance); Sunnah; Bid’ah; Millah; Firqah; Tai`fah; Nihlah; Dzhahir; Batin; al-Wala-wal-Bara, Auliya-Allah, Tazkiyyat-an-Nafs, Shafa’ah; Waseelah; Tabarruk; Nadthar; Dhibh; Sihr; Ilm an-Nujuum; Anwa`a; Tameemah; and other terms of importance in the Quran and Sunnah in the chapters of books and articles related to the subject.

Resources: books, articles etc:

{|} Class notes, handouts, summaries and diagrams.

{|} 200 FAQ on Islamic Belief, by Sheikh Hafiz Ibn Ahmad Al Hakami, translated by Ali As Sayed Al-Halawani

{|} Take Your Beliefs From the Qur’aan and Sunnah, by Muhammad Ibn Jameel Zainoo

{|} Four Basic Rules of Pure Monotheism, by Sheikh Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahab

{|} The Declaration of Faith, by Sheikh Saalih ibn Fawzaan al-Fawzaan

{|} Fundamentals of Islamic Faith, Explained by Sheikh Muhammad ibn Salih Al- Uthaimeen; Translation, Foreword and Notes by Abu Salman Deya ud-Deen Eberle

{|} The Foremost Obligatory Duties, by the Imam Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab at-Tameemi, may Allah have mercy on him; Translation, Foreword and Notes by Abu Salman Deya ud-Deen Eberle

{|} A Brief Overview of some Deviant Sects, by Sheikh Al-‘Uthaimeen

{|} Al-Walaa wal-Baraa, by Sheikh Saalih ibn Fawzaan al-Fawzaan

{|} some websites for resources

{|} others to be announced

NOTE of DISCLAIMER: the mention of a book, or article or website, etc in the references does not necessarily mean an endorsement of all contents.



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