A Program of

Studies

For

By:

Mohamme d Moinuddi n Siddiqu i

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TABL E O F CONTENT S

Introductio n Objective s an d Methodolog y

PAR T I : ISLAMI C TEACHING S

10 0 Introductio n t o Isla m 10 1 Islami c Belief s (al'Aqa'id ) 10 2 Prophet s o f Go d 10 3 Islami c Worshi p (alIbadat ) 10 4 Islami c Manner s 10 5 Islami c Moral s 10 6 Tazkiyya h 10 7 Famil y lif e i n Isla m 20 1 Jihad . 20 2 AlHala l w a alHara m 30 1 Th e Islami c Socia l Syste m 30 2 Economi c Syste m 30 3 Politica l Syste m

PAR T II : TH E QUR'A N AN D TH E SUNNA Y

10 0 AlQur'a n 10 1 Practic e Readin g o f th e Qur'a n i n Arabi c 10 2 Tafsi r 10 3 AlSunna h 10 4 Stud y o f Hadit h

P AR T III : LIF E O F TH E PROPHE T

10 0 Lif e o f th e Prophe t 20 0 Specia l Topic s Concernin g th e Prophe t 20 1 Th e Prophet' s Famil y 20 2 Companion s o f th e Prophe t

PAR T IV : POLITICA L HISTOR Y O F ISLA M

10 0 Th e RightlyGuide d Caliph s (alKhulafa h alRashidoon ) 20 0 Ban u Umayya h 20 1 Th e `Abbasiyya h 20 2 Nort h Afric a an d Spai n 20 3 Th e Crusade s an d th e Musli m Kingdom s 20 4 Th e 'Uthmaniya h (Ottomans )

20 5 Persi a 20 6 Th e India n Subcontinen t 20 7 Th e Sprea d o f Isla m i n Othe r Area s 20 8 Th e Musli m Worl d Toda y

PAR T V : CULTURA L HISTOR Y O F ISLA M

20 0 Histor y o f Religiou s Though t an d Practic e 20 1 Histor y o f Educatio n

20 2 Civi l Lif e 20 3 Architectur e an d Ar t 20 4 Histor y o f Scienc e

PAR T VI : ISLA M I N .NORT H AMERIC A

10 0 Th e America n Scen e 10 1 A Muslim' s Vie w o f Christianit y 10 2 Th e Islami c Cal l 10 3 Th e Histor y o f Isla m i n Americ a

PAR T VII : SUPPLEMENTAR Y SUBJECT S

10 0 Arabi c I 10 1 Arabi c I I 10 2 Qur'ani c Arabi c

REFERENC E MATERIA L

Introduction

I n 1974 , th e Plannin g Committe e o f th e Musli m Students ' Associatio n o f th e

U. S . an d Canad a sparke d th e ide a o f designin g a comprehensiv e curriculu m fo r America n Muslim s wh o hav e recentl y embrace d Islam . Suc h curriculu m i s greatl y neede d b y a larg e populatio n o f Muslim s i n Nort h Americ a t o hel p the m understan d Isla m a s a complet e wa y o f life , practic e i t an d liv e u p t o it s ideals . T o satisf y thi s need , th e tas k o f producin g th e curriculu m an d it s supportiv e materia l wa s entruste d t o th e Departmen t o f Education , Publicatio n an d Information . Throug h th e effort s o f tha t Departmen t an d th e Islami c Teachin g Center , Dr . Mohamma d Moinuddi n Siddiqu i undertoo k t o wor k out " A Progra m o f Studie s fo r Ne w Muslims. " Hi s dee p commitmen t t o Isla m an d convictio n o f th e significanc e o f educatio n a s a crucia l vehicl e fo r socia l chang e prompte d hi m t o devot e hi s tim e an d finis h th e firs t stag e o f thi s tremendou s an d challengin g work . Th e secon d stag e i s th e writin g o f tex t book s whic h ar e specificall y tailore d t o th e sequentia l leve l serie s o f thi s progra m o f studies . Th e rapi d growt h o f Isla m amon g th e peopl e o f Nort h Americ a i s encouragin g and , a t th e sam e time , challenging . Th e challeng e lie s wit h Muslim s wh o mus t measur e u p t o thei r responsibilit y o f increasin g th e momentu m o f propagatin g Isla m an d effectivel y consolidatin g an d strengthenin g thei r ranks . Onl y throug h developin g th e tru e Islami c personality , knowledgeabl e an d committed , capabl e o f takin g initiativ e an d broadminded , ca n w e mee t th e challenge . Educatio n i s th e mos t effectiv e proces s t o accelerat e th e developmen t o f suc h a n Islami c personalit y an d t o strengthe n an d consolidat e th e rank s o f th e Muslims . I t i s a n activatin g forc e whic h wil l enabl e the m t o substitut e action s base d o n trut h an d realit y fo r action s roote d i n imitatio n an d outmode d traditions . Educatio n i s a centra l too l t o brin g abou t Islami c socia l chang e w e wan t t o se e amon g Muslim s i n Nort h America . Thi s chang e ca n com e onl y fro m th e action s o f th e Muslim s themselves . T o ac t correctly , a Musli m mus t firs t acquir e authenti c knowledge , chang e hi s mod e o f though t an d improv e hi s practica l ability . Thes e change s mus t resul t fro m th e Muslims ' ow n decision s an d effort s i f the y ar e t o b e educationall y enduring , religiousl y sound , sociall y importan t an d physicall y permanent . I t i s wit h thi s ai m an d intentio n tha t th e Islami c Teachin g Cente r ha s prepare d " A Progra m o f Studie s fo r Ne w Muslims " I t i s a n attemp t t o enabl e th e Ne w Musli m t o respon d t o hi s environmen t i n Nort h Americ a equippe d wit h a n Islami c framewor k reflectin g hi s beliefs , values , attitude s an d behavio r whic h characteriz e hi m a s a ne w bree d o f me n enjoinin g right , eradicatin g evil , forbiddin g wron g an d believin g i n Allah . W e pra y t o Alla h Ta ' al a tha t thi s progra m ma y prov e beneficia l t o ou r brother s an d sister s wh o hav e recentl y embrace d Islam . Ye t i t i s als o a goo d ide a fo r al l o f u s t o us e thi s progra m t o increas e ou r knowledge . Ma y Alla h Ta ' al a gran t u s succes s an d kee p u s fir m o n Hi s path . You r brothe r i n Isla m EITigan i A . Abugideiri , Ph.D . Directo r Genera l Islami c Teachin g Cente r

Objective s an d Methodolog y

1 . Objective s Th e mai n objectiv e o f thi s progra m o f studie s i s t o provid e a concis e ye t broa d framewor k fo r th e stud y o f Isla m primaril y b y American s wh o hav e recentl y embrace d it . T o attai n th e mai n objectiv e i t i s necessar y that , i n additio n t o th e knowledg e o f Islami c belief s an d practices , th e ne w Musli m shoul d hav e som e academi c knowledg e o f th e Qur'a n an d th e Hadith , th e lif e o f th e Prophet , th e politica l an d cultura l histor y o f Islam , th e live s an d work s o f th e Companion s an d th e scholar s o f Islam . O n a practica l leve l h e shoul d lear n ho w t o perfor m Sala t an d Hajj , observ e Siya m an d giv e Zakat , rea d an d understan d Qur'ani c Arabic , memoriz e shor t surah s an d establis h a Musli m community . Th e progra m i s divide d int o thre e level s whic h ar e progressivel y detailed : 10 0 series , 20 0 serie s an d 30 0 series . Th e firs t leve l i s th e mos t basi c an d shoul d b e mastere d b y ever y Muslim . Th e secon d an d thir d level s ar e als o importan t becaus e the y provid e mor e detaile d an d specifi c informatio n o f th e material s an d concept s introduce d i n th e firs t level .

2. Methodology

Th e progra m i s designe d i n suc h a wa y tha t a ne w Musli m ca n us e an y o r al l o f th e followin g methods , dependin g o n hi s situation :

  1. Selfstudy
  2. Stud y circle s (Halaqah )
  3. Grou p discussion s
  4. Lectures
  5. Individua l projects .

Th e 100leve l course s ar e mos t suitabl e fo r selfstud y an d stud y circles . Th e 200an d 300serie s course s ar e academi c i n nature , th e 300leve l course s bein g rathe r specialized . Thes e course s shoul d b e taugh t b y a competen t teache r i n a classroo m o r i n a grou p discussio n setup . I f thi s progra m i s structure d a s a forma l classtyp e instruction , i t wil l requir e tha t eac h instructo r undertake s th e selectio n o f supportiv e material s an d text s (th e eight h par t o f th e progra m i s a listin g o f availabl e referenc e material s an d texts) . However , th e performanc e expecte d o f eac h studen t i s state d i n genera l term s i n th e sequentiall y numbere d item s o f th e syllabii . Thi s progra m o f studies , therefore , ma y b e use d wit h student s o f variou s age s an d educationa l background s b y criticall y selectin g th e appropriat e material s an d texts .

Th e followin g exampl e i s presente d i n orde r t o assis t instructor s i n writin g performanc e (o r behavioral ) objectives .

Eac h performanc e objectiv e mus t includ e thes e fou r areas :

  1. Wh o wil l b e performing ?
  2. Th e specifi c performanc e expected .
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