Foundations, Flounderings & Faith

Course Category: Aqidah | Level 1 Course

Course Code: AQD 101

Instructor: Anse Dr. Tamara Gray

Course Dates: September 10 - October 22, 2023

Day: Sundays

Time: 4:00 - 6:00 pm CST

Course Description: 

Belief and practice are the essential building blocks for Muslims and, as such, in order to build a fortress of faith, we need solid building materials. This course will cover basic ʿaqīda (tenets of belief), discuss issues of practice, and attempt to answer controversial questions. We will build a community of faithful friends, quell the floundering heart, and revive the faithful heart.

What will be covered:

  • The role, rights and responsibilities of women in Islam
  • Hot topics: divorce, polygamy, inheritance, hijab, and niqab
  • Five myths about women in Islamic law debunked
  • Getting to know your nafs
  • Advice for the journey
  • Get your personal questions answered confidentially
  • Islamic stance on gender identity
  • Tips from a female scholar on getting through tough times

Get ANSWERS to questions like:

  • How do I navigate non-Muslim holidays?
  • Does Islam talk about gender roles?
  • Do two women really equal one man?
  • Is that haram?
  • Why do we have to wear hijab?
  • Do we believe in evolution?

Course Breakdown:

  • Foundations: Islamic Outlook, The spiritual world, The Five Pillars
  • Flounderings: The Family, Sources and Purpose of Law and Questions around Fiqh, Practice
  • Faith: The Quran, Regulating Life within the laws of Islam

Course Logistics: 

  • Designed in an easy to follow format.
  • Interactive Q&A
  • Based on the aqida of Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jama'a.

Live Attendance: Live attendance is required. Sessions will not be recorded.

Students will have access to the course forum and files until January 15, 2024.

Course Prerequisites:

Students should be women above the age of 17.

Course Requirements: 

Students are expected to attend the in-person classes, complete one or more weekly assignments, complete a book report, and submit a final reflective essay.

Text: Required: Being Muslim: A Practical Guide, by Asad Tarsin. 

Recommended: Islam Religion of Life, by Abdul Wadod Shalabi.

Students are responsible for ordering their textbooks before the start of class. Ribaat textbooks are available to enrolled students at a discounted rate through Rabata Bookshop. Once enrolled, students will have access to the discount code through the course forum.


Registration Fee: Non-refundable, non-transferable

  • $125.00 (not including the cost of the course materials)
  • $20.00 late registration fee on September 8th (if seats are available)
  • Additional $5.00 auditing fee.

Registration Options: 

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