Introduction to Aqeedah

Module Information

Name of Class

Introduction to Aqeedah

Credit Hours

3 Hours

Class Description

This course is comprised of a study of the fundamental issues in the Science of Tawheed/ ‘Aqeedah most relevant today. It gives an overview of the categories of Tawheed and Shirk.

Instructor Name

Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips

Required Text

Bilal Philips, The Fundamentals of Tawheed, Bilal Philips

Supplementary Text

‘Abdullah Al-Athari, Islamic Beliefs


  • To provide students with an opportunity to worship Almighty Allah through studying Tawheed.
  • To enable the student to understand the origins of the Science of Tawheed.
  • To further develop the student’s grasp of the basic three categories of Tawheed and their antithesis Shirk.
  • To develop the student’s basic knowledge regarding some of the controversial issues related to Tawheed as well as familiarize them with authentic evidences that dispel those controversies.
  • To enable students to critically analyze the customs and culture that affects the implementation of Tawheed in Muslim countries today.
  • To familiarize students with those practices that nullify Tawheed.
  • To teach students correct approach to understanding the Islamic Creed.

Topics Covered

Introduction to ‘Aqeedah


  • Meaning of Tawheed,
  • Categories of Tawheed,
  • Reasons for the emergence of the Science of Tawheed

Tawheed ar-Ruboobiyyah (Maintaining the Unity of Lordship/Dominion)

Tawheed al-Asmaa was-Sifaat (Maintaining the Unity of Allah’s Names and Attributes)

Tawheed al-‘Ibaadah (Maintaining the Unity of Worship)

Definition of Shirk

  • Shirk in Ruboobiyyah: 1. Shirk by Association & 2. Shirk by Negation
  • Shirk in Asmaa wa Sifaat: 1. Shirk by Humanization & 2. Shirk by Deification
  • Shirk in ‘Ibaadah: 1. Major Shirk & 2. Minor Shirk (Riyaa)

Allah’s Covenant with Adam

  • The Barzakh,
  • Pre-Creation & The Fitrah

Charms and Omens

  • Definitions
  • Qur’anic Charms
  • Ruling on Charms and Omens
  • Fa’l (Good Word Omens)


  • Definition
  • World of the Jinn,
  • Islamic Ruling on Fortunetelling,
  • Visitation & Belief in Fortunetellers


  • Definitions
  • Muslim Astrologers,
  • Islamic Ruling on Horoscopes


  • The Reality
  • Role of the Jinn
  • Exorcism
  • Islamic Ruling on Magic

Transcendency (‘Uloo)

  • Significance,
  • Danger of the Immanence Concept,
  • Natural Proof, Prayer Proof,
  • Mi’raaj Proof,
  • Qur’aanic Proofs,
  • Hadeethic Proof,
  • Logical Proof,
  • Consensus of Early Scholars

Seeing Allah

  • Allah’s Image,
  • Moses Asks to See Allah,
  • Did Muhammad See Allah,
  • Wisdom of not Seeing Allah,
  • Seeing Allah in the Next Life,
  • Seeing Prophet Muhammad

Saint Worship

  • Allah’s Favor, Taqwa
  • Sainthood,
  • Fanaa,
  • Ittihaad, (Union),
  • Spirit of Allah

Grave Worship

  • Prayers to the Dead,
  • Evolutionary Model of Religion,
  • Beginning of Shirk,
  • Excessive Praise of the Righteous,
  • Grave Restrictions,
  • Taking Graves as Places of Worship,
  • Masjids with Graves
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