Prime for solving problems, community development, and transformational leadership
Ethics 1: Unyielding Ethics
Understanding the Quranic Objective
The course introduces the students to the fundamentals of Quranic mandate and objective to answer the question, what does God requires from us? The course explores the early revelations from the last section of the Quran (Juz ‘Amma) guiding human ethics and morality between God Consciousness (taqwa) and transgression and wickedness (tughyan).
Establishing Religious Framework
Understanding Foundations through 40 Hadith Nawawi
This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental (usul) and essential pillars and components of Islam directly through Islamic text and sources The course will provide students the ability to prioritize focus and action for the purpose of developing personal modus operandi and community leadership.
Ethics 2: Developing an Islamic Personality
Applying the Quranic Objective
The course introduces the students to the fundamentals of character and spirituality that include purification of the soul (tazkiyyah-tun-nafs) from the practice of Surah Al-Fatiha explained through Imam Ibn Qayyim’s book called Station of the Seekers (Madarij As-Salikin). This course will focus on self-reflection and responsibility, morality (akhlaq), Islamic normative ethics (adab), and comparison with ethics in light of modernity.
Jurisprudence of Interaction
Theory regarding family building and financial transactions
The following course aims to introduce religious concepts around interacting with others which include an introduction to Islamic jurisprudence, munakhat (Islamic theory regarding marriage and family building), muamalat (Islamic theory regarding financial and business transactions), and other topics and theories addressing essential human dealings; such as civic duties, interfaith interaction, death, funeral, condolences, etc.
Prophetic Leadership & First Followership
The course explores some of the major events from the life of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and the thematic exegesis of the Noble Quran to derive Islamic perspectives regarding personal and community leadership. Students will explore the Quran and the biography of the Prophet to understand leadership personality, intent and decisions, relationships, strategies in community development, etc.
The course provides a cursory view of various areas of study in Islamic academics that comes together to provide theology and jurisprudence in Islam. A holistic understanding of Islamic science is essential to grasp the complexity and the need to connect to Islamic scholarship for the purpose of preserving religious identity, understanding religious rulings, and navigating complex moral and social dilemmas.
Touching Hearts & Reaching Souls
At what point does communication become effective. The course explores communication that moves hearts, builds coalitions and support systems. The course will cover effective communication, how to get your point across effectively, influence, and art of persuasion. The course further includes on how to write and give sermons and speeches.
Art of Getting Things Done
This course examines the role the leaders plays in ensuring the efficient operations and achieving and accomplishing goals. The course explores individual motivation, accountability, principles, and commitment to drive directions, innovation, organization, and ultimately execution. The course aims to teach problem solving, decision-making, focusing and concentrating to give organizational tasks a structure.
Understanding the Challenges & Context of Young Muslims
The course explores the drastic change in society because of economics (capitalism), social trends (rising nationalism and islamophobia), technology (internet of things), environment (global warming), media (social media, games, entertainment programming), politics, legislations (cannabis issue), and changing ethics (social acceptability of sexual preferences). Students will be required to analyze the ecology in light of the Islamic social framework.
Fiqh of Priorities
Exploring Objectives of Islamic Juriprudence
This course explores Fiqh of Masaalih (Jurisprudence of Welfare) and Maqasid Al-Shari’ah (Objectives of Islamic Jurisprudence) to learn prioritization of values, laws, and prescriptions in the Shari’ah. By understanding the concepts that Shari’ah gives priority to, students will be able to make better decisions in regards to their Islamic work and better Islamic decisions in their daily lives.
Building Organizations for Righteous Actions
Study the community of the companions of the Prophet to develop a paradigm of current Islamic organizational behavior. Course includes individual motivation, communication style, group dynamics as related to non-profit governance, problem solving and decision-making, organizational culture and change, interdependence of individual, and organizational task and structure. You will also learn different styles of managing volunteers and volunteer-centric human resource development model.
Building Organizations for Righteous Actions
This course teaches an overview of project management and the essential tools needed to deliver projects on time and on budget within the resources allotted. The course further includes resource development to explores required resources for projects and organization and means of maximizing their input for the purpose of organizational sustainability. Students will also learn different models of funds development.
Quranic Transformational Leadership
How the Quran Raised the Greatest Generation
This course will teach you how to effectively influence change and transform communities through Quranic methodologies. You will learn how to re-imagine change by redefining the change problem and developing a balanced and reflective change mindset. Change is essential, As the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “whosoever sees an munkar (evil), let him change it …”
Community Economic Development
Also called Economics of Well-being.
We follow up on Environmental Ecology course to develop solutions in practical and current operations of the world. Students will learn about development, corporations, worker-owned ventures, co-operatives, and social enterprises. Students will investigate and critique our current paradigm of enhancing the quality of community life.
Students will become familiar with, and confident in identifying and assessing business and community economic development opportunities. They will learn how to transform a business idea into a business proposal by designing a business plan that addresses key questions such as: identifying business opportunities and valuing a business proposal with emphasis on the venture capital method.
This course discusses how the Muslims can engage with the policymakers on challenges the Muslim and other marginalized people face in Canada. We will explore how do political ideas, interests, institutions, and individuals enable or constrain our visions and our initiatives? What incremental or comprehensive statutory, regulatory, or process reforms would facilitate the attainment of our objectives? We will explore political engagement through an Islamic lens to understand theological limits and pitfalls
Building Organizations and Communities
This course focuses on the key principles behind the latest thinking in value co-creation, strategy and marketing. By learning how to continuously plan, monitor, analyze and assess all that is necessary for an organization to meet its goals and objectives, you will be better prepared to take your organization forward in a viable strategic direction. Students will learn strategic direction, annual planning, competitive landscape, community demands, internal performance metrics, etc.