This uniquely designed 2-year program provides high school juniors and seniors with a foundational and conceptual understanding of Islam to prepare them for the intellectual challenges they will face as undergraduate students.
The program provides a solid foundation for further learning and development in the courses provided in the Shaykh al-Hind program. The material covered in this program also prepares students as they enter undergraduate studies in secular colleges.
The program is divided into four semester courses specifically designed for high school juniors and seniors:
ISJ101 – Semester One: Universality
The instructor will open the series by presenting the universality, foundational understanding, and definition of Islam; namely the ‘content’ of Islam. This will be followed by an introduction to how Muslims approach the contextualization of this ‘content’. Critical thinking, decision making, and establishing priorities are covered and explored through class discussions. Hypothetical situations are discussed in class to gauge the student’s degree of understanding.
ISJ102 – Semester Two: Worship
The instructor will describe the differences between fiqh (jurisprudence) and sharīʿah (law). A key focus of the class will be to explain the pillars of Islam through which students will learn about the primary needs of a Muslim regarding worship and salvation.
ISJ103 – Semester Three: ʿAqīdah
The instructor will introduce ʿAqīdah (Islamic theology) at a primary level to students. Common theological questions which are generally raised during undergraduate studies will be addressed. This course is essential to solidify the student’s understanding of Islamic beliefs prior to entering colleges and universities where their beliefs will be challenged on a daily basis.
ISJ104 – Semester Four: Sirah
The life of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is the pivot point of our Islam. Instructors will explain the importance of studying and understanding the Prophet’s (peace and blessings be upon him) life without which one cannot properly understand Islam. Based on the foundation gained through the prior semesters, students will be immersed thoroughly in understanding of the life of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). The understanding of his life will serve as the foundation from which students will begin to appreciate what it means to ‘love’ the Prophet.