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Introduction to Islam: The Fundamentals

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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Islam is a belief system held by over one billion people.. Yet, little is taught about its core beliefs, texts, and rituals. This series continues where the first sessions left off, by continuing to introduce Non-Muslims to Islam and Muslim communities. It is designed to engage students on Islam in our present context.

What is Islam and what are its core tenets? This module, covered over 3 classes, will cover the essential beliefs and practices of Muslims. Focus will be given on the Ḥadīth of Gabriel, an occasion where the Archangel Gabriel posits central questions to the Prophet Muhammad. The answers to these questions provide the blueprint of the fundamental beliefs and actions of Islam.

Course Objectives:

To Introduce the Islamic scriptures: Quran and Ḥadīth

To recognize Islamic concepts such as Islam, Īmān, and Iḥsān.
To understand the interplay between action, belief, and spirituality in Islam

Course Instructor:

Safwan Shaikh, Religious Director, Farmington Valley American Muslim Center

Imam Safwan Shaikh serves as the Religious Director at the Farmington Valley American Muslim Center, in Avon Connecticut. He has served the larger Connecticut community for a decade. He completed his Arabic studies with honors in less than a year at Bayyinah Institute. He then went on to Qalam Seminary to complete his studies in islamic jurisprudence, Quranic hermeneutics, and advanced theology. He was honored to be selected as the Muslim Interfaith Coordinator at the esteemed Chautauqua Institute.  He leads classes and discussions on various Islamic topics dealing with interfaith dialogue, Quranic exegesis, prophetic commentary, and identity formation in across  the country.  He is currently completing his Masters of Religious Studies and Islamic Chaplaincy at the Hartford Seminary. He holds and continues to pursue Islamic Licenses in the sacred sciences

Please register and a Zoom link will be sent out before each class. Register once for the entire series, even if you can’t attend each meeting. 


Wednesday, March 10, 2021
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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AFPL Adult Programs
860-673-9712 ext 4
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