AQE101 Introduction to the Islamic Creed

Course Description:

This course introduces the basics of the Islamic Creed and rectifies common misconceptions and elements that can damage one’s beliefs such as polytheism and hypocrisy. The course explores the six pillars of faith that form the building blocks of the Islamic Creed and elaborates on the concept of Lordship. The impact of the Islamic Creed on a Muslim’s life is further discussed along with a comparative view of basic beliefs underpinning other religions.

Course Code: AQE101

Credit hours: 3

Pre-Requisites: None

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will be able to define and explain fundamental concepts of faith, belief, and worship.
  • Students will explain the principles of Islamic creed, it’s relevance in their lives and the importance of studying it.
  • Students will articulate the five pillars of Islam, and why the testimony of faith is the first and central belief.
  • Students will describe each of the six articles of faith.
  • Students will be able to explain the concept of Divine Will and Decree.
  • Students will illustrate the categories of Tawheed with textual proofs and provide examples of each category.
  • Students will be able to explain how all the categories of Tawheed are needed for proper worship.
  • Students will explore each category of Tawheed while identifying their antithesis Shirk.
  • Students will develop basic knowledge and recognize some of the common misconceptions and misrepresentations related to Tawheed.
  • Students will have the ability to compare and contrast Islamic creed with the creed of other divine religions.

Course Outlines:


  • Context setting.
  • Definition of creed, faith, and relevant Arabic terminology.
  • Importance of the creed and relationship between Pillars of faith and Islam.

The Pillars of Faith:

  • Oneness of Allah and the impact of Faith on human life.
  • Polytheism and its consequences.
  • Different types of polytheism.
  • Hypocrisy: Its meaning, signs and consequences.

Belief in Allah’s Angels:

  • Angels, their nature and their functions.

Belief in Allah’s Books:

  • What are the known revelations (scriptures) before the Quran.
  • How The Qur’an Is protected from change.
  • Non-tamper proof status of previous books.

Belief in Allah’s Prophets:

  • The First and Last Messengers.
  • Why human beings are best suited to be messengers.
  • Differences between Prophets and Messengers.

Belief in life after the death:

  • Impact of belief in the life after the death on human life
  • Inevitability of the Day of Judgment and its stages
  • Records and Scales
  • Intercession
  • Straight Path
  • Paradise and Hell
  • What happens in the Grave

Belief in Fate and the Divine decree:

  • Concept of Freewill

Main Textbook

The Muslim’s Belief by Shaikh Muhammad as-Saleh Al-’Othaimeen (Translated by Dr. Maneh Al-Johani)

Grading and Evaluation:

  • Minimum passing grade 70%
  • Participation: 40% (10 assignments, 4% each)
  • Oral exam: 20%
  • Mid-Term exam: 10%
  • Research paper: 20%
  • Final exam: 10%

Guidelines for Research Paper:

As part of the course, you are required to submit a research paper. The topic chosen must be relevant to the course and approved by the Instructor.The paper must meet the following requirements:

  • At least ten (10) double-spaced pages (not including the introduction and conclusion)
  • 1 inch margins
  • 12 pt size (Times New Roman)
  • Follow the standard research paper structure with a Table of Contents, Abstract or Executive Summary, Introduction, Main Body, Conclusion, List of Reference
  • The Main Body should be organized into logical chapters and paragraphs
  • When quoting Hadith, a notation indicating its authenticity must be clearly

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Communication Etiquette:

  • Post all your questions related to the course to the (Online Test) forum.
  • If sending emails directly to the lecturer, please include appropriate label in the subject line (Action Required/Info/Admin) and allow up to 3 working days for reply.
  • Limit telephone communication with the Lecturer to within specified office hours only.
  • When leaving a voicemail, please clearly state your name, course code, and contact number.

Additional Information:

Log in Instructions:

To attend live – online lectures (on their scheduled time):

Virtual Class Room

Access the course on-line by logging into Online School, accessible from

Al-Huda Online School

You will need a user name and password to:

  • View the recorded lectures if you missed the live online ones.
  • Interact with your teacher and classmates.
  • Upload and submit your assignments, research papers, and exams.
  • View your grades.
  • All attempt must be made to submit assignments by the agreed due dates. Late submissions will be penalized.
  • Weekly materials and graded assignments will be posted onto the site by Monday – in sha Allah.
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