Course Description:

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the study Islamic creed (Aqeedah) and its importance in the Islamic faith. It covers the fundamental beliefs, such as the concept of tawheed (Oneness of Allah), Allah’s Names and Attributes (Al-Asmaa Was-Sifaat), the significance of belief in revelation, belief in the Angels, belief in Divine Destiny (Qada’ and Qadar), signs of the Last Day and the Day of Resurrection, and the nature of faith (Iman). Students will also learn about the sources of Islamic creed, the pillars of faith, and the importance of belief in the unseen. Students will be exposed to translated primary texts in theology, allowing them to experience how creed has been taught in the Islamic world over the centuries. This course will be a pre-requisite for the second course on theology which will provide an in-depth understanding of the beliefs and development of various sects and groups that exist within Islam.

Course Code: AQE101

Credit hours: 3

Pre-Requisites: None

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the course, students will be able to: 

  •     Identify the main sources of Islamic theology. 
  •     Explain the fundamental beliefs of the Islamic faith. 
  •     Explore the concept of Tawheed in Islam and explain the approach of Ahlussunnah (Sunni schools) regarding the Names and Attributes of Allah (Al-Asmaa’ Was-Sifaat). 
  •     Summarize the authentic Islamic beliefs regarding Prophets and Messengers, Angels, Divine Books, Divine Decree, and Day of Judgement. 
  •     Describe the attributes of the prophets and Messengers. 
  •     Recognize and define foundational terminology as preparation to study theological concepts in more detail in the Islamic Creed II course. 
  •     Use learning resources for researching and completing assignments. 
  •     Integrate course content with other learning and experiences to promote life-long learning. 
  •     Apply course content to the student’s Islamic faith development and practice.