Course outline

Course outline

Learn Faith, Prayers and Good Deeds

Week 1. What is Islam? 

Aqeedah (Islamic Creed)

Tawheed– Oneness of Allah (SWT), God Almighty.

– Why are we here? What is the purpose of life according to the Creator?

– The 99 Names of Allah 

– What is the Deen? 5 Pillars, 6 Articles of Faith, Spiritual purification/ excellence  

– Comparative religion- “Everyone thinks their religion is correct, so why Islam?” (One God and one message from all of the Prophets) 


Week 2. Salat (Prayer)

*Quiz on Week 1*

– How to do Wudhu (Ablution), what are Fardh (required) and Sunnah (recommended) practices?

How to pray, what you should wear when you pray, and how important it is – the first thing to be asked on the Day of Judgment.  

– The importance of knowing what you are saying (devotion and focus)

– Importance of extra prayers and why we do them (Tahajjud, Istikhara, Sunnah, Witr, etc)

– Practice Tajweed of Al Fatiha and short Surahs 

– Fiqh of Salah QA


Refresher: Motivation for Ideal Believer, Promises to believers and good-doers (complete obedience brings complete success). The driving force behind good deeds – love of Allah, life of piety, passionate desire for Hereafter!

·         Stories of Prophets and their pious companions


Week 3. Islamic History 

*Quiz on Week 2* 

– Who is the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) ?

– History of Divine revelation from our Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) 

– What is the Qur’an? How was the Qur’an compiled? 

– Explain the difference between the Qur’an, Sunnah, and briefly go over different categories of hadith 

– Islam during the time of the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh)

– The rise of Islam, pious companions (RA) and Caliphs


Week 4. Zikr and Dua 

*Quiz on Week 3* 

What is zikr? How can I remember my Lord

Manners and expression, such as in-shaa-Allah, Subhan-Allah, masha’Allah, Alhamdu-lilah etc… 

– The excellence of Dua, good deeds, intention and sincerity in Islam. The meaning of Ikhlas 

– Recommended schedule of morning Zikr, evening Taleem (motivational study) and Dua


Week 5. Modesty in Islam

-*Quiz on Week 4*

– Hijab and dress code for women– why do women wear the hijab?  Explain Haya

– Dress code for men

– Modest mind: Lowering your gaze (men and women)

– Modesty in other areas of life – avoiding extravagance and arrogance 


Week 6. Sins and Forgiveness

– *Quiz on Week 5*

– What are the major sins?

– Who is Shaitan? 

– What is shirk?

– The Mercy of Allah (SWT)

– How can we seek Allah’s (SWT) forgiveness?  How do I know if I have been forgiven?

– The importance of repenting from sins everyday 



Refresher: Ideal Women in history, Noble status of women in Islam, the wives of Prophets and companions –

·         The most pious hearts, with soundest knowledge and best guidance


Week 7. Everyday Muslim Manners & Etiquette 

– *Quiz on Week 6*

– Manners

– Cleanliness & Purification methods

– The sins of gossiping, arrogance, cutting off ties with others, etc… 

– Food: What is halal food? How should we eat?

– Trade and finance – avoiding interest and doubtful earnings


Week 8. Fiqh and How to Find “Authentic” Sources

– *Quiz on Week 7*

– What is Fiqh?

– What does Islam say in regard to differences of opinions?

– What is an “authentic” source?

– Different Madhaabs (schools of thought)


Week 9. Zakat, Hajj, Fasting, Ramadan

– *Quiz on Week 8*

 What is Zakat?

– What is Hajj? 

– Ramadan, how do Muslims fast? 


Week 10. Islam in the West

– *Final Exam*

– Giving Da’wah/ guiding others and service to humanity

– Addressing misconceptions about Islam

– Interacting with people of other faiths 


Refresher: Morality for Humanity, Branches of Emaan/ excellence of human being, friendship with the Creator

·         Qualities of a pure heart and soul – honesty, trustworthiness, sincerity, patience and perseverance, truthfulness, piety and righteousness, reliance, uprightness, steadfastness, motivation for good deeds, obedience, mercy/ forgiveness, courtesy, politeness/ tolerance, modesty and moderation, simplicity, repentance, selflessness, charity and community services, supplications and devotions, fear of accountability, strong belief and worry and concern of humanity.

Terminology:  SWT =   Subhanahu Wa Ta’Ala           Pbuh = Peace be upon him   SAW =   Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam RA =      Radhiyallaho anhu    RAnha = Radhiyallaho anha The scholarly reader is encouraged to refer to the original Arabic script for the Ayat of Qur’an and Ahadith.   Click on the image below to enroll in this course