Course Description:

This course introduces the basics of the Islamic Creed while clarifying common misconceptions and elements that can damage one’s beliefs, such as polytheism and hypocrisy. We will explore the six pillars of faith that form the building blocks of the Islamic Creed and elaborate on the concept of Lordship. The impact of the Islamic Creed on a Muslim’s life is further discussed while having a comparative view of basic beliefs underpinning other religions.

Course Code: AQE101

Credit hours: 3

Pre-Requisites: None

Learning Objectives:

Define and explain fundamental concepts of faith, belief, and worship. Explain the principles of Islamic creed, it’s relevance in their lives and the importance of studying it. Articulate the five pillars of Islam, and why the testimony of faith is the first and central belief. Describe each of the six articles of faith. Explain the concept of Divine Will and Decree. Illustrate the categories of Tawheed with textual proofs and provide examples of each category. Explain how all the categories of Tawheed are needed for proper worship. Explore each category of Tawheed while identifying their antithesis Shirk. Develop basic knowledge and recognize some of the common misconceptions and misrepresentations related to Tawheed. Ability to compare and contrast Islamic creed with the creed of other divine religions.

Course Outlines:


  • Context setting.
  • Definition of creed, faith, and relevant Arabic terminology.
  • Importance of the creed and relationship between Pillars of faith and Islam.

The Pillars of Faith:

  • Oneness of Allah and the impact of Faith on human life.
  • Polytheism and its consequences.
  • Different types of polytheism.
  • Hypocrisy: Its meaning, signs and consequences.

Belief in Allah’s Angels:

  • Angels, their nature and their functions.

Belief in Allah’s Books:

  • What are the known revelations (scriptures) before the Quran.
  • How The Qur’an Is protected from change.
  • Non-tamper proof status of previous books.

Belief in Allah’s Prophets:

  • The First and Last Messengers.
  • Why human beings are best suited to be messengers.
  • Differences between Prophets and Messengers.

Belief in life after the death:

  • Impact of belief in the life after the death on human life
  • Inevitability of the Day of Judgment and its stages
  • Records and Scales
  • Intercession
  • Straight Path
  • Paradise and Hell
  • What happens in the Grave

Belief in Fate and the Divine decree:

  • Concept of Free will

Main Textbook

The Muslim’s Belief by Shaikh Muhammad as-Saleh Al-’Othaimeen (Translated by Dr. Maneh Al-Johani)

Grading and Evaluation:

  • Minimum passing grade 70%
  • Weekly Assignments: 30% (10 assignments, 3% each)
  • Attendance:  10%
  • Mid-Term exam:  10%
  • Final exam:  10%
  • Oral exam:  20%
  • Research paper:  20%

Guidelines for Research Paper:

 1- A part of the course requirements is to submit a research paper, except for certain courses.

 2- The chosen topic must be relevant to the course and approved by the Instructor.

 3- Joint project / research is allowed, up to 3 students, and upon the instructor’s approval.

 4- The paper must meet the following requirements:

  • Consider either MLA or APA guides for writing research papers
  • Follow the standard research paper structure with a Table of Contents, Abstract or Executive Summary, Introduction, Main Body, Conclusion, List of Reference
  • The Main Body should be organized into logical chapters and paragraphs
  • When quoting Hadeeth, a notation indicating its authenticity must be clear

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Vision Statement:

Guidance College shall be one of the top well-recognized universities in the United States that offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in specialized Islamic fields aiming at preparing moral and well-knowledgeable leaders who provide research-based Islamic alternatives that enable the Muslims to contribute to the success of their country.

Mission Statement:

Guidance College is the place where students gain their undergraduate degrees in authentic and professional specialized Islamic knowledge that recognizes modern-time realities and allows them to examine different branches of knowledge from an authentic Islamic perspective which enables them to think ethically, logically, analytically, and critically while making responsible and moral decisions aiming at improving the quality of life for all inhabitants of the earth with a full understanding and appreciation of the cultural and human differences.