About This Course
To bring an anti-Islamophobia framework within the classroom, one needs to understand some of the core principles that guide the mental, spiritual, and physical spheres of a Muslim’s life. This course answers the very basic question: What is Islam? It brings the main components together in an easy-to-follow overview of some of the core concepts that inform the Islamic worldview. The sections include:
- The Islamic World View
- Islamic Concepts, Values & Muslim Character
- The Basics of Islam
To start this course please click the “Start Learning” or “Continue to lesson” button on the right. Subtitles for the video lessons are available in various languages. If you wish to turn them on, please click the subtitle (cc) button on each video.
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- Teachers, Educators, and Parents/Guradians
1.1 The Islamic World View
1.2 Islamic Concepts, Values, and Muslim Character
1.3 The Basics of Islam
Dr. Jasser Auda
Islamic Scholar & President of Maqasid Institute
Dr. Jasser Auda is a scholar of Islamic legal theory with a focus on the higher purposes (maqasid) of the Islamic law. Among his many prestigious titles, he is the President of Maqasid Institute Global, a think tank registered in the USA, UK, Malaysia and Indonesia, a Founding and Board Member of the International Union for Muslim Scholars, and an Executive Member of the Fiqh Council of North America. He has a PhD in the philosophy of Islamic law from the University of Wales, UK, and a PhD in systems analysis from the University of Waterloo, Canada. Early in his life, he memorized the Quran and undertook traditional studies at the Study Circles of Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo, Egypt.
Watch Dr. Jasser's introductory video here.
Director of MAC Youth & Manager at MAC
Sarah Attia is a mother, educator and community activist. Sarah is a graduate of The University of Toronto, Faculty of Engineering, holding a bachelor and a master degree in chemical engineering. Sarah spent over 10 years working on providing quality international education to children in Egypt as a principal, teacher, and founder of an international school in Cairo, Egypt. She has a particular interest in curriculum development, character education, and community contribution. She is currently the project manager of MAC iRISE, where she oversees character education curricula and values based programming for MAC Islamic Schools. Sarah has always had a passion for working with young people and also currently serves as the Director of Youth for the Muslim Association of Canada. In addition, Sarah is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Children and Youth (NACY), a national charitable organization dedicated to improving the well-being of children and youth in Canada.
Watch Sarah's introductory video here.
Environmental Researcher & Educator
Memona Hossain is a mother, community activist, and a PhD candidate in the Applied Ecopsychology program & Eco-Art Therapy Certification through Project Nature Connect. Memona has also completed her Master’s in Education at the University of Toronto and has been working in the field of Mental Health, Addictions, and Developmental Disabilities for over 15 years. She teaches Ecopsychology through community platforms at the University of Guelph Arboretum, Emmanuel College, UofT, and Riverwood Conservancy. Memona is involved in Eco-diverse conversations, engaging with individuals and groups of diverse backgrounds as it pertains to climate action. She has served on the National Executive Council & Board of Directors for the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC). Memona currently lives in Mississauga, Ontario - the land that is part of the Treaty Lands & Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit.
Watch Memona's introductory video here
Dr. Ali Al-Halawani
E-Learning Productions Manager at MAC Education Department
Ali Al-Halawani is currently the Content Production Manager at the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC). Ali has previously been the Dean of Student Affairs at Al-Madinah International University as well as an Assistant Professor and Academic Advisor at International Islamic University Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In 2016, Ali was awarded the Lecturer of the Year award at IIUM and has since authored 3 books (1 on persistent social problems and 2 on Applied Linguistics), translated 16 books (11 from Arabic into English, and 5 from English into Arabic), participated in 20+ conferences on language, translation, and spiritual themes, published 8 academic research works on Applied Linguistics in international journals, authored 400+ write-ups on linguistic, social, and spiritual topics, and led several translation teams across Egypt, Malaysia and Canada.
Watch Dr. Ali's introductory video here.