ATHEISM AND ISLAM LEVEL – 1

     The course provides an in-depth conceptual analysis of Atheism and various Islamic theological perspectives. It aims to shed intelligible light on how various Islamic perspectives (from a range of different disciplines) overcome the conceptual issues presented by atheism. The course shall offer an extensive variety of outlooks that hope to explicate the profound nature of atheistic and humanistic polemics against the Islamic tradition. More importantly, it shall explore a wide range of theoretical responses that attempt to set the foundations for (theological) narratives in addressing such issues.

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Course Code:AT – 101
Al Balagh Credits:15

Duration:4 Months
Course Starting  Date: 7th Sep 2019
Days: Sundays
Live Session Timings:

7 – 9 PM GMT

 


Effort:2 – 5 Hours / Week
Program:Level – 1
Prerequisite:None

Language English
Mode: Online (Live and Interactive )
Online Learning Material: Yes ( Accessible After Course Starting Date)
Video Recordings:Yes ( Available within 48hrs After the Live Session )

Fees:From £12.49/month for 4 months

Course Info

Course Starting Date:

7th Sep 2019

Registration deadline:

5th  Sep 2019

Course Fee

Full payment – £49.99(Before Aug 30th)

Full payment – £64.99(After Aug 30th)

Pay In 4 Instalments – £12.50( Before Aug 30th)

Pay In 4 Instalments – £16.25( After 30th Aug)

Add-Ons (Optional)

Digital Certificate: Free

Printed Certificate: £10

Mentor Support: £50

AlBalagh Scholarship is available for learners who cannot afford the fee.

Main Modules 

1. Atheism and Islam

  • Fitrah
  • Self-evident
  • The free slave

Hamza Andreas Tzortzis

2. A Muslim’s Guide to Science and Scientism

  • Science and Scientism
  • What Is Scientism?
  • Life of Scientism
  • Scientism resurrected?

 

Ustadh Asadullah Ali Al-Andalusi

3. Science & Religion: A Concern?

  • Does science lead to atheism?
  • Does science disprove religious claims?
  • Will neuroscience fully explain consciousness?

Hamza Andreas Tzortzis

4. Mind Your Religious Language!

  • Why is there a problem with religious
    language?
  • What is the philosophy of language?
  • Preamble: The problem of religious language
  • The problem of predication

  • The problem of reference
  • The problem of verification

Shaykh Abbas Ahsan

5. Is Islam Rational?

  • What is justification?
  • What is truth?
  • What is rationality?
  • Is Islam a rational belief?

Ustadh Asadullah Ali Al-Andalusi

6. Islam, Evolution and Darwinism

  • Science and certainty
  • State of Darwinism – P.A.D
  • God and Darwinism
  • Why Darwinism is unique
  • Islam and Science

Ustadh Subboor Ahmad

7. Islam - The Truth!

  • Islam is the truth? Prove it!
  • Those who accept God and Prophecy (Christians, etc.)
  • Those who accept God, deny prophecy (Nons, etc.)
  • The attributes of God
  • Moral teaching
  • Moral comprehensiveness
  • The Revelation
  • The finality of islam

Ustadh Daniel Haqiqatjou

8. The Problem of Evil

  • What is the Problem of evil?
  • Types of the Problem of Evil.
  • Defenses and theodicies.
  • Evil in Islamic thought.
  • The Mu’tazilite view.
  • Abu Mansur al-Maturidi on evil.
  • Ash’arite sceptical theism.
  • The problem of animal suffering.
  • Evolutionary problem of evil.

Ustadh Safaruk Chowdhury

9. Reasons for Misinterpreting the Holy Quran

  • Activity 1– Every living thing is made out of water
  • Activity 2– Geocentrism vs Heliocentrism
  • Activity 3- Prophet Adam (as) and evolution
  • Principles and conditions for correct interpretation
  • How the Quran is misinterpreted
  • Conditions of Taqwa to gain truth in
    interpretation of verses
  • Who can truly interpret verses of Quran
  • Sources (usul al-tafsir)
  • Taqwa its attributes and importance
  • Belief in the unseen
  • Supernaturalism vs Naturalism
  • Belief in Revelation (Qur’an/ Hadith)
  • Life after death and belief in Hereafter

Dr Rafaqat Rashid

10. Is the Holy Quran Really a Miracle

  • Qur’anic inimitability
  • Some arguments for the Qur’an’s inimitability
  • Rationality of miracles
  • The Maturidites and miracles
  • Notes on Ijaz

Ustadh Safaruk Chowdhury

11. Spirituality, The Food of Reason

  • Iman is a gift of Allah
  • Ex-Muslims – Case Studies 
  • Losing their religion: the hidden crisis of faith among Britain’s young Muslims – Case Studies 
  • Why are some people deprived?
  • Developing spirituality

Dr. Mufti Abdur-Rahman Mangera

12. Modernity, Political and Social Challenges

Ustadh Abdullah Andalusi

Course Features

Duration – 4 Months

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Live Sessions Every Saturday 7:00 PM GMT

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Printed Certificates / Digital Certificates

11 Live Sessions ( One / Week)

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24 / 7 Access to Video Recordings and Online Learning Materials

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Course overview

The course aims to provide both theory and case-based practical advice on some of the most common and challenging issues for Muslims with respect to atheism. It aims to provide rational and theological narratives to address such issues. Some of the topics that will be addressed are as follows:

  • What is new atheism and what does it propagate
  • Why are some Muslims becoming atheists
  • Why are some atheists becoming Muslim
  • What are the philosophical flaws in atheistic dogma and reasoning
  • What is the historical nature of secularism, atheistic ideas and scientism
  • How true is evolution and what is the Islamic perspective
  • How have secularism, individualism and scepticism contributed to modernity and its challenge to Islam
  • Human psychology, faith and reason
  • Conflicts of reason and revelation
  • Understanding heresy in Islam and Islamic hermeneutics/ Quran exegesis
  • Inimitability of the Holy Quran
  • Arguments for God and Prophethood
  • Why is there evil in the world (theodicy)
  • Conceptualising Islamic spirituality as a reason to believe

Course Aims and Objectives

1. To describe the Islamic theological / philosophical / social/ historical perspectives to contemporary understandings of atheism.

2. To understand the principles of Islamic theology as a basis to challenge misconceptions and provide polemical defence and attack.

3. To train Muslims or non-Muslims, who wish to attain theoretical and practical knowledge on the subject, to be able to deal with the subject effectively, coherently and cogently.

4. To provide Islamic narratives on some of the challenging concepts.

5. To provide a forum and interpersonal contact between the Muslim public, Muslim Scholars (Ulamaa) and other expert academics, in order to build a network of support and resource for the future.

Course Content and Format

The course covers all the fundamental aspects of contemporary issues related to the subject of Atheism from an Islamic perspective. This course is only Level 1. There are 3 levels.  Level 1 is to be delivered over 4 months. Level 2 and 3 will be delivered after the level 1 for those who wish to progress further. The live online interactive sessions are delivered on Saturdays for up to 2-3 hours with break intervals.

The whole course is taken online and offers a flexible way to study while maintaining work and personal commitments.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unique course, delegates will:

1. Gain knowledge and practical skills that will enable them to become better informed about atheism, its fallacies, deficiencies and its overall problem

2. Understand the Islamic theological views relating to the subject and engage with the narratives.

3. Advise and inform others about Islamic theological perspectives and atheism.

4. Have the opportunity to discuss challenging questions with experts in the field.

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