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Applied Theology

Belief in God in an Age of Doubt

Module Description

Week 1Introduction – Sacred Sources
Week 2Epistemology
Week 3Ahle Sunnah wa al-Jamma’h
Week 4Attributes of God
Week 5The Five Negative Attributes
Week 6The Five Negative Attributes
Week 7The Five Negative Attributes
The Seven affirming Attributes
Week 8The Seven affirming Attributes
Week 9Theology – On burdens beyond one’s ability &
Freewill and Predestination
Week 10Theology – Existance of Good and Evil (Theodicy):

The course draws on works that came to inform Islam’s traditional pedagogy and represent its’ normative expression. These works are cited below for reference followed by brief biography authors:

al-Bajuri, Ibrahim b. Mubammad. Tuhfat al-murid ‘ala jawharat al-tawhīd, Edited by ‘Abd al-Salam Shannar. Damascus: Maktabat Dār al-Bayruti, 2002.
Yusuf, Hamza, trans. The Creed of Imam al-Ṭāhawi [Al-‘Aqidah alTahāwiyyah]. Hayward, CA: Zaytuna Institute, 2007

The Creed of Imam al-Ṭāhawi

Yusuf, Hamza, trans. The Creed of Imam al-Ṭāhawi [Al-‘Aqidah alTahāwiyyah]. Hayward, CA: Zaytuna Institute, 2007.

Translated, annotated, and introduced by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, it is a simple yet profound expression of the essential points of Muslim belief. Imam al-Tahawi’s creed has achieved an unusual degree of acceptance in the Muslim world, as it avoids involuted theological issues and systematically presents the most fundamental aspects of dogmatic theology. Studied throughout the Muslim world and increasingly in the West, The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi serves as a sound basis for Islamic faith and is the most reliable of the early articulations of Muslim belief. ( Read sample pages from ‘The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi’ )...Read More

Tuhfat al-murid ‘ala jawharat al-tawhīd

Yusuf, Hamza, trans. The Creed of Imam al-Ṭāhawi [Al-‘Aqidah alTahāwiyyah]. Hayward, CA: Zaytuna Institute, 2007.

Jawharat al-Tawhid, translated as The Gem of Islamic Theology, is one of the approved and accredited texts of the Sunni Creed in the Ashari school. Written as a poem to facilitate memorizing it and to make it more enjoyable and appealing for young students. This was a method widely used to teach and convey knowledge in the past and is still used in some schools till today. It was composed by Imam Ibrahim al-Laqani al-Maliki (1041 H) upon a gesture from his Sufi mentor. Due to its high value and wide acceptance, many commentaries were written to elaborate and explain the meanings it had within. ...Read More

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Shaykh Thaqib Mahmood

Shaykh Thaqib has travelled to numerous places over the last 10 years in pursuit of sacred knowledge. This began at several deen intensives with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf from whom the impetus to his seeking sacred knowledge belongs. After travelling to Morocco he went to Hadramawt to the village of Tarim where he sat at the feet of the spiritual Masters and jurists including Habib Umar bin Hafiz.

He travelled to Damascus a number of times and studied under Shaykh Muhammad Darwish, Shaykh Abdul Wahaab Shaykh Muhammad al Yaqoubi, Shaykh Adnan al Majd, Shaykh Maree al Rashid and Shaykh Khalil al Sabbagh. His travels also led him to Mauritania to study with Murabit al Hajj, to Liverpool to study with Shaykh Siraj Ud-Din and to Istanbul at the feet of the gnostic and friend of Allah, Shaykh Mahmud Effendi; and studied with Shaykh Ehsaan Hojah and Shaykh Muhammed Ameen Siraj.”

Shaykh Thaqib has been teaching on Sacred Study for 12 years and part of the Fountain teacher for now over 22 years.


Bury Park Community Centre, 161, 161b Dunstable Rd, Luton LU1 1BW.
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Starting – 13th January 2024 for 10 weeks
Saturdays – 9.30AM to 10.30PM

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