Back to Basics Course
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People around the world are embracing Islam daily in large numbers. Most of the time there are no standard and structured courses or programs available to them that can assist these new Muslims in obtaining the knowledge required to practice their new found faith correctly. Though there are thousands of Islamic books on various subjects and no lack of advice from other Muslims, the new Muslim normally finds himself/herself confused and ‘drowned’ in the sea of books and advice available. This curriculum was designed and developed with the following objectives in mind:
- To provide the correct knowledge based on Qur’aan and Sunnah.
- To provide a new Muslim with a simple and structured, step-by-step program.
- To firstly provide the new Muslim with only the very basic knowledge (the minimum that any Muslim should know), about all 5 pillars, in the shortest amount of time.
- To then build on the basics learnt, with a more detailed (slower pace) program.
- To provide timely (just in time) knowledge.
- To address the special needs and regulations of the women in Islam.
- To provide a curriculum that can be used for different media of instruction, i.e. class, individual or correspondence study.
With these aforementioned objectives in mind, an innovative and very structured yet simple method was developed. It is unique in its step-by-step guide, and specially designed diagrams. Each subject is broken down into various levels. The transliteration method used is also new and ground breaking. It introduces a new concept that previous methods do not have. It does not use any substitute letters for the Arabic letters that have no English equivalent, such as the ‘ ح ‘. This method may seem more difficult at first, but the advantage it has, is that it will ‘force’ the student to at least learn that particular Arabic letter and its correct pronunciation from the beginning. As it is very difficult to 'unlearn' incorrect pronunciation later on.
An example being: بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمْ
Bismillahir-rahmaanir-raheem (traditional method)
Bismillahir-ra حْmaanir-ra حِeem (our method)
For this reason the Arabic alphabet is addressed in the first lesson of "What to Read in Salah". If you are studying Arabic separately then parts of the first lesson may be omitted.
In addition, the subject of prayer is divided into three different units, instead of only one. There are also three ‘just in time’ lessons, namely ‘A New Way of Life’ (important issues to learn immediately), ‘Hajj Special’ (for those that embrace Islam and plan to perform Hajj fairly soon after that), and ‘Siyam (fasting) Special‘(for those that embraces Islam shortly before or during Ramadaan). The result of this curriculum also means it can be used to teach children as well as a refresher for ‘old’ Muslims. Having said that and having observed some of the actions of many Muslims today, it may be advisable for them to use the program in the same way as a new Muslim would.
Also due to the high esteem Islam places on women and because of their special nature and role, we have endeavored to cover all their related issues and regulations.