Metaphysics is historically one of the intellectual foundations of Islamic Civilization. It refers particularly to the synthesis of the Islamic sciences of kalām (theology) and tasawwuf (spirituality) that took place in the classical period and served as a hallmark of Sunni thought and tradition. This class will serve as an introduction to classical Sunni metaphysics by taking the work “Deliverance from Error” as its point of departure, written by the 12th century master Imām al-Ghazālī, known as the “Proof of Islam."
To prepare an optional reading for the class, attendees can review an English translation of Imām al-Ghazālī's “Deliverance from Error” via this link (refer to pages 6 through 33). The Arabic text is also available this link. For those seeking an audio option, this lecture by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf covers the importance of Imām al-Ghazālī.
Since this class will be held in the ACA masjid, babysitting is available for children 10 and younger ($15 per child). Babysitting will include a meal.
CHARACTERISTICS OF A BELIEVER
All believers comport themselves in certain ways that differentiate them from others. The characteristics they possess are from the traces of the Prophet ﷺ, the Messenger of Mercy, sent by Allah ﷻ as a "mercy to mankind." What are the key Prophetic virtues that make a Muslim distinct? How can we inculcate those virtues and overcome the obstacles that stand in our way of attaining them? This session will discuss the characteristics of a believer and the virtues they reflect, along with how we may strive to attain them in our daily lives in order to best reflect the Prophetic light and legacy.
REFLECTIONS ON TAQWA
The world we live in is one where religion has been relegated to the mosque, whereas Islam is and has always been a lived experience. What role does taqwa play in the day to day elements of our life which appear to be furthest from anything sacred? What does it mean to be God conscious in today’s world outside of our religious spaces? How can a deepened relationship to God allow us to navigate our approach to relationships, work, parenting, and other facets of our life? These are questions that will be explored in this session.