The Essentials of Belief & Their Practical Implications
A Monthly Class Taught by
Shaykh Jihad Hashim-Brown
Session 1: Saturday, November 9, 2013 @ 12:00 pm
Islamic Society of Southern Prince George’s County
5410 Indian Head Highway
Oxon Hill, Maryland 20745
(By the intersection of Indian Head Highway & Livingston Road, in the building across the street from McDonald’s)
Bring your family & friends, and join us each month for an evening of Islamic learning, togetherness, and taqwa!
Lunch will be served.
If you have any questions or seek further info, please contact:
Hassan Abdullah (301) 204-3575
Sponsored & Presented by the Tajdeed Institute
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In the Arabic language, aqidah originally meant anything that a person might bind his heart to. The word is used to describe those ideas and opinions in which a person places faith and takes as a religious way; taking residence in his heart and conscience, and being reflected in his actions. In an age of bewildering spiritual and intellectual impoverishment, aqidah has never been more important.
In the face of the present-day onslaught of varied ideologies and beliefs, it is essential for all Muslims, the youth in particular, to have a firm grasp on their beliefs. The basic understanding one absorbs by being brought up in a Muslim home is scarcely adequate. There is ample textual proof to the necessity of learning aqidah. In the Qur’an it states, “Know, therefore, that there is no god but Allah” (47:19), and the Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “Say, ‘I believe in Allah,’ and thereafter stand firm” (Muslim). True belief and its evidences inspire true faith and complete conviction, which is then reflected in one’s actions.
In this monthly class, Shaykh Jihad Hashim-Brown will guide attendees through his text Applied Aqidah, covering the following major themes and their implications:
- Introductory Matters: Solid introduction to the science.
- Divinity: Allah (swt) and His attributes.
- Prophethood: Essential characteristics and functions.
- Matters of Faith: Eschatological realities experienced after death.
- Refine your understanding of the Creator, His messengers, and His communication with creation.
- Gain insight into the reality and purpose of this world and into the eschatological matters of the Hereafter.
- Attain a true appreciation for and deeper understanding of Islamic beliefs.
- Pursue the higher purpose of learning aqidah, which is to attain, by the mercy and grace of Allah, success in the Hereafter, the good pleasure of the All-merciful, and entry into the gardens of eternal bliss.
Join us, in order that you may know, grow, and be firm in faith!
NOTE: This course is entirely FREE and lunch will be served, but donations would be gratefully appreciated. Please consider donating (even if it’s a small amount) to help us continue our programs and cover the cost of materials. Send your donation directly via PayPal to: firstname.lastname@example.org. For any questions, contact us at: email@example.com.
ABOUT SHAYKH JIHAD HASHIM-BROWN
Shaykh Jihad Hashim-Brown serves as an academic research consultant with the Tabah Foundation in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. After receiving degrees in Psychology and Near East Studies from Rutgers University, New Jersey in 1994, he went on to study Arabic rhetoric, dialectic theology, and Islamic legal theory with prominent scholars in Syria and Morocco, including Muhammad Adib al-Kallas, Dr. Saeed Ramadan al-Buti, Muhammad Ali al-Shuqayr, and Muhammad Ghali al-Dadisi. Mr. Hashim-Brown has worked extensively with Muslim communities in the United States and Europe and appears frequently on numerous satellite television programs in the Middle East, including the BBC. He has been a regular columnist for the UAE’s The National newspaper on religious and spiritual issues of the day, and is regularly consulted by institutions in the West and the Middle East on culture and international relations. He holds an advanced graduate degree from the University of Cambridge in Philosophical Theology. Mr. Hashim-Brown travels widely, teaching and lecturing in the service of engaging classical jurisprudence and theology with the contemporary age.