Certificate in Contemporary Islamic Mission
Prospects and Challenges
- SOC120 Being Muslim in the 21st Century.
- COM401 Interpersonal Communication
- SOC204 Self-Development
- SOC301 Raising Children in the American Society
The Certificate in Contemporary Islamic Mission: Prospects and Challenges offers a focused program for individuals seeking to acquire knowledge and skills in effective Islamic da’wah (outreach and propagation of Islam) in the modern era. This program consists of four 3-credit-hour courses that delve into the theory, methods, and challenges of contemporary Islamic mission work.
The course “Being Muslim in the 21st Century” (SOC120) provides a comprehensive exploration of the opportunities and challenges faced by Muslims in today’s world. Through a multidisciplinary approach, and based on Islamic teachings, principles and values, the students explore and examine the ways in which Muslim communities and scholars are navigating the challenges and opportunities presented by a range of complex contemporary issues, such as globalization and Muslim identity, gender relations, atheism and agnosticism, Islamophobia, the LGBT movement, the environment, arts and culture, media, and science.
“Interpersonal Communication” (COM401) focuses on developing effective communication skills and strategies for Islamic mission work. Students learn various communication models, techniques for dialogue, active listening, and persuasive communication. These skills are essential for engaging in fruitful discussions, promoting interfaith understanding, and effectively conveying the message of Islam with respect and clarity.
In “Self-Development,” (SOC204) students focus on personal growth and self-improvement from an Islamic perspective. Through self-reflection and exploration of Islamic teachings, students learn strategies for enhancing their personal well-being, developing positive habits, managing stress, and cultivating a strong spiritual connection. This course empowers students to become better individuals and role models within their communities.
“Raising Children in American Society” (SOC301) addresses the unique challenges faced by Muslim parents in raising their children in a multicultural American society. Students explore strategies for nurturing Islamic values, addressing cultural influences, fostering positive identity development, and navigating the complexities of intergenerational relationships. This course equips students with practical knowledge and insights to support the upbringing of Muslim children in a diverse society.
Upon completing the program, students will:
- Develop a comprehensive understanding of the opportunities and challenges faced by Muslims in the modern world.
- Apply Islamic teachings, principles, and values to analyze and address complex contemporary issues.
- Foster critical thinking skills and engage in constructive dialogue on topics related to Muslim identity and contemporary challenges.
- Gain an in-depth understanding of current fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) issues relevant to practicing Islam in the modern era.
- Develop effective communication skills necessary for engaging in Islamic mission work.
- Enhance personal well-being, spiritual growth, and self-development from an Islamic perspective.
- Acquire strategies for raising children in a multicultural American society while nurturing Islamic values and addressing cultural influences.
- Possess the knowledge, skills, and perspectives necessary to engage in effective Islamic da’wah activities.
Students who successfully complete these courses will not only earn a Certificate in Contemporary Islamic Mission but will also gain credit for these courses if they choose to continue their studies in the Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies (BAIS) degree program. The credits earned in this certificate program can be applied towards the completion of the BAIS degree, allowing students to seamlessly transition into the broader study of Islamic studies while building on the knowledge and skills acquired in the certificate program.