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Youth Islamic Studies Curriculum
Level One

Essentials of Islam for Youth: Modern Challenges to Our Faith and How to Respond [Elective]

Course Overview

This course covers guidance and advice related to the 12 most difficult challenges that everyone will encounter. Guidance will be shared from the Qur’an and the Sunna of the Prophet (may Allah bless him and give him peace) as well as from personal experiences of Yusuf Weltch who himself converted to Islam and has dealt with many of these issues firsthand.

In a world full of increasing amounts of corruption and a tearing of the moral fabric that once formed our world, youth are the ones who get the brunt of these harms. The youth are the target of much of the corruption we see around us and if they are properly equipped and well-informed on the guidance and teachings of Islam they will be able to make the right choices, overcome difficulties, and avert the harms of this world and the next.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Gain clarity regarding these challenges.
  • Understand how to prevent falling into trials and tribulations.
  • Shed light on the realities of what society glorifies.
  • Develop a change of perception on life, priorities, and our purpose in this world.

About the Instructor

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a teacher of Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he then completed four years at the Darul Uloom seminary in New York where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences. He then travelled to Tarim, Yemen, where he stayed for three years studying in Dar Al-Mustafa under some of the greatest scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib. In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Qur’an and studied inheritance law, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Qur’anic exegesis, Islamic history, and a number of texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.

Lesson Outline

  • Course Resources
  • Lesson 1: Companionship
  • Lesson 2: Why Obey?
  • Lesson 3: Surviving an Irreligious Environment
  • Lesson 4: Dealing with the Cultural Divide
  • Lesson 5: The Islamic Perception of Women
  • Lesson 6: Finding True Role Models: What to look for?
  • Lesson 7: Taking Advantage of Your Youth
  • Lesson 8: How to have productive entertainment
  • Lesson 9: Chivalry: The Banner of the Youth
  • Lesson 10: The Devil’s Plot Against the Youth
  • Lesson 11: How to navigate the challenges of life
  • Lesson 12: Equipping Yourself for the World

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