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“What I seek is knowledge of the true meaning of things. Of necessity, therefore, I must inquire into just what the true meaning of knowledge is.”

Imam Ghazali

The intellect is a friend of faith, not a foe. The Qur’an appeals to it in many places and urges us as its readers to use it in a sound way. We are repeatedly encouraged to deeply reflect and ponder on the creation around us in order to appreciate the magnificence and greatness of its Creator – Allah ﷻ. However, the reality is that we are not properly trained on how to use our intellect to inquire, search, think and reason according to how its Creator intended it to be done.

This course will offer tools for the student to use the intellect in a critical way that defines sound rational thinking in order to deal with controversial, taboo and difficult questions concerning Islam within the modern world. It will also help students to break down these questions that often come in complex forms to remove the underlying misunderstanding and misconception that cause unnecessary doubt and confusion.

100's of satisfied students have taken the course!

This course aims to provide the student with the following outcomes:

  • Strengthening conviction in core Islamic beliefs by addressing doubts surrounding common controversial issues through clarity.

  • Building appreciation of tools such as logic and critical thinking and their role within the Islamic theology to clarify and articulate doctrine.

  • Learning how to understand, probe and interrogate complex questions by challenging the unstated assumptions behind the questions before offering responses.

"Alhamdulillah this was an excellent course. It helped to consolidate my faith and develop my spiritual awareness"

Abdullah

Course Content

A whole host of topics will be covered in the course, including the following questions;

- Why is there suffering in the world?
- Why do women need to cover up?
- Why did the Prophet marry Aisha at age 6?
- Do we truly have free will if Allah controls everything?

  • Proof of God

  • Atheism

  • Secularism

  • Slavery in Islam

  • Evolution and Islam

  • The Issue of LGBT

  • Homosexuality in Islam

  • Gender Fluidity

  • Feminsim

  • and many more

Available On-Demand to Learn at Your Own Pace!

What Our Students Say...

“It has allowed me to truly understand some of the 'controversial' questions about Islamic beliefs and I have personally been able to put these arguments across when discussing such issues with non-Muslims”

Nasir Hussain

“Al Hamdu Lillah! A fantastic course... It gave us all a good insight on Atheism and how to deal with controversial questions. I benefited immensely and think every British Muslim should attend this course”

Ismail Satia

“Throughout the duration of the course, many queries that I had were satisfied, as well as many questions that I didn't know I had. The knowledge I gained from this course has empowered me in unimaginable ways. To understand Islam and philosophy in the way that this course has enabled me to is something that I will value forever”

Muhammad Amin

“The course would help, especially students of Islam in improving their language and thinking skills. I’ve benefitted from this course by expanding on some terms and learning to give answers that the individual would be content with and from their own viewpoint.”

Irfan

“I found the Crisis in Faith course thoroughly uplifting, thought-provoking and empowering. It was very instrumental in contextualising the arguments found in classical theological books. The teaching style was facilitated in an engaging manner and helped me view the issues in a bigger picture”

Abdurrahman Sayed

“It was not just a theoretical course, but one where you can apply the learning when asked questions about Islam by non-Muslims - in a correct and informed manner in line with our beliefs - which I frequently am in my line of work. If you have a chance to attend, take up the opportunity in sha Allah!”

Fatima

“This course has given me the confidence to engage with questions about my faith with my friends and family. The main highlight of the course for me was that often questions that you are asked have hidden assumptions that need to be clarified before answering the question.”

Rayan Adam

“I enjoyed the fact that there was interaction with the audience, as opposed to just the speaker delivering a talk. The course helped me to understand 'how' to answer questions, rather than the answers to a limited amount of questions.”

Ishaq Aamir Chowdhury

“The course gave me the confidence to challenge someone who asks me questions that question my beliefs and stances on issues - I probably would have responded with ""my choice"" answer for the hijab question, but turning the question on the questioner was something I had not thought about.”

Abdul Hafiz

“Alhamdulillah this was an excellent course. It helped to consolidate my faith and develop my spiritual awareness. I now understand how best to deal with questions that are posed to us in the wider community. The presentations make it clear that Allah is the one who guides people. We have a duty to try our best to hand over the rest to Allah. I would definitely recommend this course to all”

Abdullah

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Instructor(s)

Dr. Mufti Abdur-Rahman Mangera

Dean, Course Instructor

Dr. Mufti Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf Mangera is a British Muslim scholar educated in both the Islamic and Western traditions. He memorised the Qur’an by heart and graduated from the Darul Uloom seminary Bury, UK, and later earned a specialised licence to issue fatwa (legal responses) at Mazahir ‘Ulum Saharanpur, India. He earned his BA from the University of Johannesburg and completed his MA and PhD in Islamic Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He holds an honorary fellowship at The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, Amman, Jordan. Shaykh Abdur-Rahman has the unique experience of serving as an imam in Muslim communities on both sides of the Atlantic, eight years in Southern California and over five in the great city of London—and his continued work as an international speaker and lecturer enables him to address and offer pertinent advice on current challenges that face Muslims in the West. He is the founder of Whitethread Institute, a post-graduate insititute for Islamic scholars. He is an avid traveller and continues to teach hadith and work on scholarly publications through White Thread Press. Many of his lectures are available on Zamzam Academy and his courses through Rayyan Courses.

Dr. Safaruk Chowdhury

Instructor

Studied Philosophy as an undergraduate at Kings College London after which he travelled to Cairo to study the Islamic studies curriculum at al-Azhar university, focussing on Islamic law. He also studied extensively in private with a number of scholars with a keen interest in Arabic tafsir (exegesis) and balagha (rhetoric). He returned to the UK where he completed his MA in Islamic studies with distinction at SOAS thereafter taking up his doctoral studies on the life and work of the great khurasanian Sufi and hadith specialist Abu ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Sulami (d. 412/1021). His PhD was published in 2018 by Equinox Publishing. Currently, he is pursuing studies in philosophical theology and Sufism with a forthcoming publication on the problem of evil within Islamic thought (AUC Press). He is a professional translator, teacher and examiner as well as curriculum consultant for GCSE, A-Level and the International Baccalaureate (IB) programs.

Ustad Imran Iqbal

Instructor

After initially completing his Masters degree in Engineering (MEng) at Queen Mary University (University of London) went on to diversify his academic background by pursuing an MA from SOAS (University of London) in Near and Middle Eastern Studies and another from Birkbeck College (University of London) in Philosophy with his thesis written on Imam al-Ghazali’s view on scientific knowledge and causality. He has also pursued classical Islamic knowledge by studying under a number of local Ulama in London and concentrating on basic Islamic sciences such as Ilm al-Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, Ulum al-Hadith, Aqida and Ilm al-Kalam. His areas of interest include: Islamic philosophy and theology, Islamic legal theory, Islamic history of ‘ideas’, philosophy of science and the scientific method, epistemology and metaphysics in Western and Islamic thought. He has a number of published book reviews in specialist academic journals and is currently pursuing a research project tentatively titled, ‘Trajectories in Islamic theological dispute’. He is also a qualified teacher of Physics and Critical Thinking.

"I found the Crisis in Faith course thoroughly uplifting, thought provoking and empowering"

Abdurrahman Sayed

FAQ

  • Are there any live sessions?

    No, all the sessions are pre-recorded and aware available on demand to take at your own pace.

  • Why is the course limited to 2 months?

    All our courses have a time frame to encourage students to participate and complete the course. From our experience, we have found if there is no deadline, then we naturally procrastinate and end up not completing the course.

  • Are we allowed to share the course with our partners or siblings?

    We expect all students who pay for the course to have explicit use of the content and should not be shared, therefore if your partner or spouse wants to take the whole course, then we would advise purchasing the course, if you want to make them aware of some snippets or questions which are relevant to them, then that is fine, everything in the resources section are available for free and can be shared.

  • Do we have lifetime access to the recordings?

    Unfortunately, all our sessions are copyright of Whitethread Institute, therefore students are not allowed to save, record or recreate the content of the sessions as the content is constantly updated. We do provide resources that are free to download or share.

  • Are there any discounts available?

    Discount is available for students who took this course in the past. If you were one of those students and would like to re-take the course, please email courses@whitethread.org

"The course gave me the confidence to challenge someone who asks me questions that question my beliefs"

Abdul Hafiz