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Course Overview

This course takes a critical look at what is deemed an innovation in Islam. It clarifies the definition of innovation and the difference between good and bad innovations. Then five cases of perceived innovation are considered and debunked, followed by five actual cases of innovation that Muslims must be wary of.

The term “innovation” has contemporarily been a controversial and typically negative term for Muslims. With a lack of understanding, many haphazardly use the term incorrectly, leading to confusion for Muslims in general. This course seeks to clarify these confusions by taking a critical look at innovation in Islam.

It does so by analyzing the definition of the term “bida” and clearing up what constitutes good innovation and bad innovation. Next, there is a brief look at what the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) had to say about innovations in Islam.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

• Define bida (innovation).

• Explain what the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said about innovation.

• Differentiate between a praiseworthy and blameworthy innovation.

• Evaluate common examples of innovations that may be misunderstood.

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spent ten years studying with some of the leading scholars of recent times, first in Damascus, and then in Amman, Jordan. His teachers include the foremost theologian of recent times in Damascus, the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas (may Allah have mercy on him), as well as his student Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi, one of the leading Hanafi fuqaha of the present age. He returned to Canada in 2007, where he founded SeekersGuidance in order to meet the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge–both online and on the ground–in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He is the author of: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and the Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School (White Thread Press, 2004.) Since 2011, Shaykh Faraz has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.

 Number of Lessons: 3 Lessons Total Duration: 2 hrs 27 mins
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What You Will Learn:

• Distinguish between true religious knowledge that is beneficial and ostensibly religious knowledge that is not
• Identify instances of the sins of the limbs (particularly those of the tongue)
• Identify instances of the sins of the heart
• Complete a regimen of protecting your tongue from sin