Being Mindful of God: A Practical Guide to Taqwa

Learn how to cultivate mindfulness of God in all matters of life.

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Fridays 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Term 1: 19/01/2021 – 23/03/2021
Term 2: 30/04/2021 – 06/07/2021
Term 3: 30/07/2021 – 01/10/2021

Delivered online via Zoom.

Free one-year course

Organised by our partners, Fountain Institute. Click on ‘Register’ to sign up on their website.

Course Description

The Quran informs us that the key to God’s friendship is mindfulness of Him. Well-being in this life and in the next depends upon safeguarding ourselves against those things that are spiritually harmful. This is what the Qur’an calls taqwa.

Over three terms, this course will explore how to increase such mindfulness of God in our own daily lives. We will learn the meanings of taqwa, and how to operationalise it by being mindful of all of those matters which God and His Messenger (God bless him and grant him peace) have warned us to protect our souls against. This includes actions of the heart, of the mind, and of the limbs. The course shall also treat those matters which people often think are part of taqwa, but in fact are merely neurotic misgivings (waswasa) or, worse, unwarranted innovations (bid‘a).

The path of God is wide and expansive, accepting people from all walks of life. The purpose of this course is to help students learn how best to remain upon the wide expanse of God’s grace; and, when faced with new opportunities or challenges in life, to know how to practice the art of taqwa.

About the Instructor

Talal Al-Azem

Dr Talal Al-Azem is a university lecturer in Islamic history and theology, and studied the disciplines of Islamic learning in Syria and Turkey. He has written and lectured on the history and philosophy of Islamic education, alongside work on the history of Muslim jurisprudence, and is the translator of ‘Prayers of Occasions’. He serves as the director of the Trust.

Free one-year course

Organised by our partners, Fountain Institute. Click on ‘Register’ to sign up on their website.

Delivered online via Zoom.

Fridays 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Term 1: 19/01/2021 – 23/03/2021
Term 2: 30/04/2021 – 06/07/2021
Term 3: 30/07/2021 – 01/10/2021