Welcome to Aljazari Institute Programs
The Aljazari Institute presents its first Introduction to Islam program for new Muslims and Non-Muslims. The program is designed to teach the true and beautiful teachings of Islam.
By the end of the program, students would be able to answer the following questions:
1- Does God (Allah) really exist, or is He merely fiction? Why must there be a creator? Why can’t the creator have a creator? Can there be a co-creator? How do we know that Allah is generous and honest in his promises to us? How do we know that He has all the attributes of perfection as described by Him? What is Allah? Will we be able, one day, to see Him?
2- Does Allah really love us and have mercy on us? Why, then, did He create ailments and diseases? Why does He allow people to starve and die of sickness? Why did He create criminals, germs and beasts? Why did He make some of us smarter and wealthier while others are poorer, less healthy or less smart? Why did He not create us directly in the heavens instead of on Earth where we suffer torments, err and then are subject to His wrath?
3- Why did Allah create us? What does He want from us in this life? Is it to reconstruct the Earth? But then why? Does He need us to reconstruct the Earth? Is the Earth more important than humans? Why did He create the Earth in the first place? Did He create us to worship Him? But then – why? He does not need our worship; it does not add anything to Him.
4- Is death indignity and torment? How could it not be; we hear that those who die suffer the severest of torment, right from the moment of their dying to their compression in the grave, their torture in Al Barzakh ( ) at the hands of ‘Monker and Nakeer’ ( ) and their final destiny, hell. But do they not say that death is the ascension to Allah? How, then, could the ascension to Allah be torture and misery?
5- Why would He torture us in hell? What is it to Him if we commit a few sins without meaning to challenge His authority? We do it only out of our whims of lust, weakness, and ignorance. Why are we punished for temporary sins – like listening to songs – for periods of time that are disproportionate to our sins by a scale of millions? Would we not consider it unjust to burn someone who is cursing us? Why, then, do we consider the burning of cursers in hell a just punishment? Is it because it came from Allah? Is it because He is stronger than us?
6- Why did Allah insist that we pray to Him and ask Him about our needs? If He already knows our desires and needs, and He can fulfill them, then why would He make it a condition that we pray to Him? Does He need the prayers?
7- Did Allah not create us to worship Him? Why, then, did he allow Satan to seduce us, exploiting our lusts and weaknesses and leading to misery in the afterlife? Why did Allah answer the request of Satan to live long enough to seduce us? Is it because Satan provoked Him, highly exalted be He above this? Or is it that Allah hates us? Is this not a great injustice? Is this not contradicting the purpose of creation to begin with?
Seats are limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is open until June 30th, 2018. Imam Abdulkarim Sekta will be teaching the program.
By the end of the program, students will be awarded a certificate of attendance. Tuition fees are to be paid via check or cash at the front office during business hours (9:00 AM- 4:00 PM).