Introduction to Islam: What It Means to Be Muslim


New to Islam? Or just looking to brush up on the basics? This course features an explanation of the clearest, concise and comprehensive introduction to Islam in print, Being Muslim, by Ustadh Amjad Tarsin. The course is designed to include what every Muslim should know as well as those things that are essential to a proper understanding of the overall vision and spirit of Islam.

Course Outline

•    The Qur’an, human creation, and the Hadith of Gabriel
•    The 6 Pillars of Belief, God, His Attributes and the 99 Names
•    Angels, Scriptures, and Messengers
•    Life and death, the life of the grave, Judgment and the Hereafter
•    The five pillars of Islam and maxims of the Sharia •    Moral responsibility, reward and sin, and the prayer
•    Fasting and Ramadan, Zakat and the Hajj
•    Spirituality, the nafs, the soul and the path to purification
•    Destructive vices, saving virtues and the purified soul
•    The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, his life, example of servitude, and his character
•    The Arabic Qur’an, its themes, compilation and preservation
•    Islam Today: Islam and Muslims, Sunnis and Shia, Extremism

What You Will Learn:

  • What do Muslims believe?
  • How do Muslims worship?
  • What is Islamic spirituality?
  • What is the Shari`ah?
  • What is the Qur’an?
  • What does it mean to be a Muslim today

About the Course Text

This course is based on the most clear, concise and comprehensive introduction to Islam in print: Being Muslimby Amjad Tarsin. This course features an explanation of the book by the author himself. Being Muslim presents content that is both reliable—rooted in Islamic scholarship—and not obscured in jargon and difficult terminology. Using the Hadith of Gabriel as a basic framework. It covers the basics of Islamic belief, essentials of worship, spiritual refinement, a brief examination of the life of the Prophet Muhammad, an introduction to the Qur’an, and guidelines for living an Islamically ethical lifestyle.