Islamic Studies



Caregiving to Muslims: A Guide for Chaplains, Counselors, Healthcare and Social Workers

Faculty: Dr. Muhammad Hatim (Profile)

…Whosoever removes a worldly grief from a believer, Allah will remove from him one of the griefs on the Day of Judgment. Whosoever alleviates [the lot of] a needy person, Allah will alleviate [his lot] in this world and the next. Whosoever shields a Muslim Allah will shield him in this world and the next. Allah will aid a servant so long as the servant aids his brother.  -Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) - An-Nawawi, Hadith N0. 36
 
Description:
This e-tutorial will explore the challenges to non-Muslim caregiving professionals who provide spiritual, emotional and physical comfort to Muslims in contemporary times. The student will visit relevant principles of Al-Islam; explore possible challenges and concerns of Muslim patients and clients; review issues related Muslim family systems; and delve into the spiritual roots of terrorism and conflict from an Islamic perspective.
 
At the conclusion of the tutorial, the student will (inshallah) be equipped to engage Muslim patients and clients in an authentic therapeutic and/or caring relationship with minimized countertransference, improved empathy, and culturally competent engagement skills.
 
Required reading:
  • Hatim, Muhammad (2017), Caregiving to Muslims: a guide to chaplains, counselors, healthcare and social workers. Self-published using CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Available from Amazon.com
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Contemporary Challenges of African American Muslims

Faculty: Dr. Muhammad Hatim (Profile)

Contemporary Challenges of African American Muslims This e-tutorial will cover the historical and philosophical Islamic development of African American Muslims. The student will explore the African American Muslim experience beginning from those Muslims who accompanied European explorers, early attempts by enslaved and post enslavement Africans and their descendants to reclaim the religion of Islam, and issues and challenges of contemporary African American Muslims.

Required Reading:

Sherman A. Jackson, Islam and the Blackamerican: Looking Toward the
Third Resurrection
, Oxford University Press, 2005.

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Interfaith-Utilizing Faith to Overcome Conflict

Faculty: Dr. Syed Zia Tauhid (Profile)

This e-tutorial will cover the teachings of major religions and explore similarities among them that unite and can serve to prevent conflicts. Students will select between Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) and/or Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, and Confucianism. Much of the world conflicts are because of our differences. Many of these conflicts are between people of the same religion. This course will also explore how what binds us together (religion) trumps what separates us (ethnicity, culture, tradition).

Required Reading:

Huston Smith, The World’s Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions. Harper, San Francisco,1991.

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Muhammad – The Very Human Prophet

Faculty: Dr. Shaykh Ibrahim Abdul-Malik (Profile)

“He was one of the most remarkable human beings who ever lived.” “The more one reflects on the history of Muhammad, and of early Islam, the more one is amazed at the vastness of his achievement.” These are typical of the accolades that have been heaped on Muhammad, Prophet of Islam, even by non-Muslims, among whom have been his severest critics and detractors. So much more do the one billion plus Muslims throughout the globe revere the prophet, especially for his great spiritual insights, contributions and leadership. And yet, throughout his life he constantly reminded his Companions of his humanity: “I am a human being like you,” “I am pleased, I lose my temper,” “I [am likely] to forget like you. So if I forget, remind me.” This course examines some of the human qualities of Muhammad, with an eye to learning from them the lessons that will enrich our daily lives. Specifically, it explores the topics: Muhammad – Boy to Man; Muhammad – The Husband & Father; Muhammad – The Prophet of Mecca; Muhammad – The Statesman; Muhammad – The Teacher; Muhammad – The Messenger of Allah.

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UN Charter of Human Rights-Islam

Faculty: Dr. Syed Zia Tauhid (Profile)

This e-tutorial will cover Human Rights in accordance with the Geneva Conventions and Human Rights accorded by Islam. The objective of the course is to find similarities and differences in the declaration of Human Rights by both systems and use that to flourish human rights in the Muslim World and elsewhere.

Required Reading:

Ann Elizabeth Mayer, Islam and Human Rights: Tradition and Politics. Westview Press, 2007.

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Women And Gender In Islam

Faculty: Dr. Shaykh Ibrahim Abdul-Malik (Profile)

  • So what is the truth? Does Islam oppress women? Are you yourself unsure? After this e-tutorial, you will be able to speak with some authority on the matter.
  • In this course, we will not only address this specific question, but explore, more broadly, the role of gender as it is laid out in the primary sources of Islamic teachings – the Qur’an and the authentic hadiths.
  • This e-course is equally for the ladies who may feel discriminated against, and for men, particularly those who may assume a built-in sense of “superiority” by virtue of their gender. 

Required reading: (Book are available from amazon.com)

  • Abdel-Haleem, M. A. S., The Qur’an – A New Translation, Oxford University Press, New York, 2008
  • Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck, Smith, Jane I., Moore, Kathleen M., Muslim Women in America: The Challenge of Islamic Identity Today, Oxford University Press, USA, Reprint edition, May 27, 2011
  • WATT, W. Montgomery, “Women in the Earliest Islam – Excerpt,” available for download

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