What is the Hujjat Academy?
Tailored, modularised Islamic courses (with accreditation) organised by SJ Spirit & Literary, Hujjat Islamic Studies (H.I.S.) and Hujjat Jamaat, affiliated with Hawza Ilmiyya of England.
What’s its purpose?
Offer Islamic modules / courses aimed for uplifting the level of knowledge of our members and answering the ‘tough’ questions pertaining to our age and the place we live in.
What are the advantages?
- Location at Hujjat Stanmore which is local to many of our community base
- Tailored & catered for our needs
- Timing that suits our community
- Good pace; students do not need to enrol to full time or part-time college/hawza
- A continuous tie with Hawza of England; similar to what other big Jamaats have had for years
- Empowering multiple pockets of our community; e.g. the youth and university student being asked ‘tough’ questions on Islam and Religious principals, the concerned parent who faces challenges with upbringing kids in the West, the full time worker who cannot find time to invest in him/herself spiritually etc)·
- Affordable course costs, including subsidy if you are a jamaat member·
- Convenience of travelling and learning locally without having to enrol into Hawza
- Accreditation from Hawza of England (towards Pre-Hawza diploma and Madressa Teachers’ certificate)·
- Qualified teachers ·
- Logically understanding your usool-e-deen
- Dedicated and interactive time to answer any questions you want directly answered by the scholars
What is the exact venue?
Hussaini Islamic Centre, Wood Lane, Stanmore, HA7 4LQ (Larger classes are usually in the mens main hall and when being taught in smaller classes, various rooms in the centre are utilised)
What are the type of questions I’d be able to answer after attending such courses?
- Why is there only one God?
- Why is Allah SWT just?
- Are messengers and prophets a necessity for the human kind?
- What is the role of imamate in continuing the plan of God for human guidance?
- Why the need of human accountability?
- How can we prove the existence of the kind of God we believe in?
- Is it possible to logically explain our beliefs?
- If God is just, why is there so much suffering in the world?
- Do humans have a form of guidance towards Truth built into them?
- What makes actions moral?
- What is the ultimate end in Akhlaq?
- How can I improve my happiness in life?
- In Islam are actions and moral virtues necessary to prove myself or is belief enough?
- What should we observe in our relationship with God, ourselves and others?
What are the kind of topics covered in Semester 1?
High level overview of key Aqai’d subjects such as;
- Tawheed – Unity of Allah (swt)
- Adalat – Divine Justice
- Nabuwah – Prophethood
- Imamate – Divine Leadership
- Ma’aad – Resurrection
The course also includes online questions which students are expected to attempt. Thereafter the answers are discussed in class with the teachers and the students then have an opportunity to cement their understanding.
What book is referenced and studied from in Semester 1?
You can purchase this book from: http://islamicshop.org/product/lessons-on-islamic-beliefs/
Title: “Lessons on Islamic Beliefs” (Basic Aqa’id [Theology])
Author: Dr. Sheikh Mohammad Ali Shomali
What are the kind of topics covered in Semester 2?
- Akhlaaq [Ethics])
- Our beautiful Universe
- Proving the existence of God, including;
- Order in the Creation of Nature
- Argument from Design
- Divine Inclinations and Intuitions
- Proving God’s Existience by Recourse to Fitrah
- Cosmological Argument
- Affirmative and negative attributes of God, including;
- Divine Attributes
- God’s Eternity
- Attributes of Beauty, and Majesty
- Divine Wisdom and Power
- The Purpose of Evil
- Relationship between God and the world, including;
- Divine Lordship
- Anthropology (Who am I?), including;
- The Mystery of dreams
- Scientific evidence for the Existence of the Soul
- Intellectual Proof for the Exitsence of the Soul
- The Body and soul
- Theory of Evolution
- Characteristics of Human beings
- Differences and discriminations
- Plus much more!….
What books is referenced and studied from in Semester 2?
You can purchase this book from: http://islamicshop.org/product/islamic-belief-system-2/
Title: “Islamic Belief System” (Intermediate level: Aqa’id [Theology])
Author: Dr. Sheikh Mohammad Ali Shomali
I’ve never done any kind of academic Islamic studies before, will this be too advanced for me?
Our courses start from a very basic level so that first timers are able to benefit; yet we aim for our courses to be of a sufficient depth that even if you are not a first timer, you will take something away from the course. In this way we aim to accommodate for everyone.
Do I need to attend all the sessions in order to gain accreditation?
We encourage maximum attendance. For accreditation, the Hawza of England is responsible for the minimum criteria of accreditation (exam, course work and attendance). This will be outlined through the course
Who are the scholars that teach these subjects?
The teachers that have taught us thus far are Dr. Sheikh Mohammad Ali Shomali, Khanum Dr. Mahnaz Heydarpoor, Khanum Shahnaze Safieddine. Further qualified teachers are expected to teaching in due course.
Do I have to take an examination at the end of each module?
This examination is useful for both you and us. It allows you to test your own knowledge and see how much you have learned, and allows us to gage the level of the participants so that we can adjust our course pace and content accordingly. For this reason we strongly recommend that you take the examination. At least for Semester 1 currently, the examination is compulsory in order to progress to Semester 2.
Are the fees refundable if I cancel?
No, the fees for any module once signed up are non refundable.
Will the teaching sessions be recorded?
Semester 1 classes including Questions and Answers will be recorded and will be made available in the Video Gallery section of the website. Therefore, participants who missed a week can catch up online. Semester 2 classes (gents only) will be recorded and made available for students however Questions and Answer sessions and ladies classes will not be as Semester 2 and onwards has a much deeper focus on discussion and class based learning in smaller groups.
Is there a discount for Hujjat Stanmore members?
For both members and non-members the costs are subsidised. However, there is a further discount for Hujjat members. The costs vary from semester to semester so please check registration details once they are available. Note: for families registering 3 or more people within each household will be offered a further concession. In which case, please email email@example.com
How is this any different to madressa?
Our courses will be going into a greater level of depth with scholars fully qualified to teach. in order that those who did not get a chance to enrol in something similar to madressa will benefit, but also those who wish to build on their current knowledge of fundamental topics.
How is this any different to Hawza?
Hawza courses require either full time enrollment or part time enrollment. Because of this a student is required to spend at least 4-5 hours in hawza a week, not including consolidating knowledge and work given to do at home. Our course however, is aimed at those unable to make such a commitment but would still like to take Islamic courses. Hawza institutions are also very far away; we are providing a local alternative. Furthermore, despite content overlapping with hawza courses due to some fundamental topics which must be taught to all, our modules are tailored to suit our community’s needs.
Aren’t there similar courses out there already?
Islamic courses are offered all over the world, but these are not accessible to us here at Hujjat, unless they are online courses, which is not as effective as face to face teaching. In order to avoid similar courses being taught here, as well as to use the expertise of other institutions we have teamed up with Hujjat Islamic Studies and Hawza of England. The main advantages being have face to face time and Q&A with highly trained and qualified scholars.
Semester 1 seems too basic for me, can I join from Semester 2?
Each stage will build on the knowledge from the previous stages. Although the books and courses are different and not interdependent from each other and so you are able to enrol in just one semester, our aim is to give you a well rounded foundation in Islamic subjects, and so we strongly recommend you enrol in both semesters. Please note the wider long term vision of the academy which is to equip particpants with good grounded knowledge, even if it acts a comprehensive reminder and then move on to more potential advanced courses. E.g. See flow chart learning path below:
What is the overall learning journey/syllabus?
I feel like my children will also benefit from these courses. Can I enrol them too?
Only if your child has reached 16 years of age
Are the courses for ladies and gents?
Yes, courses are open ladies and gents from the age of 16. Both ladies and gents will be in the gents main hall for the classes, sat separately. Islamic dress code will be observed at all times.
Are there unlimited spaces?
Number of registrations will be capped. The limit will however be based on how many participants can realistically have high interaction with the scholars during Q and A.
What if I miss a week?
Only certain class recordings will be available, continuity of learning is key for such courses and the courses are designed to provide accreditation once completed. Hence we encourage maximum attendance. Attendance is tracked.
Who pays for the books?
Alhumdulilah, so far we have managed to fund the books, we ask for your duas to ensure this continues so that the community can benefit from limited costs of attending such courses.