About this Course
This course is an introduction on the Islamic creed (‘aqeedah) focusing solely on the first pillar of faith: belief in Allah. It will cover the fundamental categories of monotheism (tawheed) in Islamic theology and their practical applications, such as proving the existence of the Creator and His exclusive right to be worshiped. It will also present critiques of various contrary theologies, especially atheism and secular deism, as well as philosophical and mystical approaches to understanding Allah.(3 credit hours)
About the Instructor(s)
Omar Al-Ani is a friend, coach, teacher, and mentor of young American Muslims with a focus on middle school and high school ages. He completed his graduate degree in Islamic Studies from The Islamic Seminary of America. He has over five years of experience teaching Islamic Studies in a formal classroom setting, with further experience in youth programming and education in mosque and community settings.
He is known for his ability to connect and develop strong relationships with young American Muslims, and his quirky laugh, profound voice, and unmissable presence. Ustadh Omar frequently delivers Friday sermons, talks, and lessons at various mosques and events within, and beyond, his community. He also organizes experiences and events for young Muslims to encourage their development beyond the lesson. He co-founded The Cave: Young Men’s Enrichment, to provide support, workshops, and experiences for young Muslim men to become future fathers, brothers, and leaders in the community. Ust. Omar has also participated in many programs with 901Ummah, and local MSAs for several years.