Shaykh Amin offers something that I don’t know if it’s offered anywhere else in the US and even in the whole world. I was looking for someone who was able to infuse content, which is waḥy, with the context we are living in today. Shaykh Amin always talks about content and context. He explained to me, that’s the theme and goal of Darul Qasim College: to be able to infuse content (waḥy) within the context, whether it’s a non-Muslim or Muslim country, wherever it may be. And it isn’t just words. I see it in his character. I see it in his practice. I see it in his classes. He did that from early on, when he came in the 1980s and he continues to do that today. I didn’t honestly see that in any individual in America, let alone the whole world. A lot of individuals mā shā’ Allah have the content, but it doesn’t always transfer to character. So that’s something that you know, it’s hard not to gravitate towards.
Mawlana Asif, Department Chair of Islamic History, begins this tour by highlighting Shaykh Amin’s educational vision and approach to Islamic Studies that is not only textual, but also visual. Visualization becomes a powerful curricular and pedagogical tool while studying Islamic History from the vantage point of Sīrah Studies. Join us, as Mawlana Asif walks with us into the Department of Islamic History through the door of sīrah, giving us a taste of waḥy-based education.