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Mapping the Discipline of Theology

On Saturday, 9 September, the Higher Certificate in Islamic Studies male students, under the guidance of their Aqidah lecturer Shaykh Allie Khalfe. The seminar, Mapping the Discipline of Theology, was received extremely well, the enthralled audience asked many questions at the end of the session which was answered by Shaykh Khalfe.
Aqidah is an Islamic term meaning “creed” or “belief”. Any religious belief system, or creed, can be considered an example of aqidah. However this term has taken a significant technical usage in Muslim history and theology, denoting those matters over which Muslims hold conviction. Some topics covered was Theology connecting us to our natural disposition: Knowledge and Power, three major aspects of Tauhid: Lordship, Prophethood and the Sam’iyaat – those things we believe that cannot be rationally proved but are guided through revelation. Science of Tauhid, Rational and Irrational Proofs, Ruling and the Sacred Law, and that which is necessary, possible, and impossible for Allah.
A group poetry performance as well as a short play about the certainty of death was performed.
The play:
Almighty Allah (SWT) made Prophet Sulayman (as) King of a vast kingdom, which included His entire creation. The Jinn and men obeyed his will and even the birds adhered to his commands, to the extent of using their wings to provide shelter for him. He was also given many other powers such as being able to talk to animals and control the wind so that it could carry him wherever he wished to go. Prophet Sulayman (as) was blessed with an extraordinary power of perception and intelligence.

It is narrated that one day, a man entered the court of Prophet Sulayman (as), looked around at all the people and went out again. When the court adjourned, one of the people present approached Prophet Sulayman (as) and asked him whether he knew this strange man.

“The person you saw was the angel of death (Izrael)” replied Prophet Sulayman (as). The man was taken aback and looked worried.

“Why was he staring at me as though he wanted to take my soul?” he asked.

“What do you want me to do?” enquired Prophet Sulayman (as).

“O Sulayman!” exclaimed the man. “You have power over the wind. Command it to transport me to the land of Hind (India).”

As the man was a believer, Prophet Sulayman (as) agreed and granted his wish.

A few days later, Prophet Sulayman (as) saw the angel of death again. He asked him why he had been staring at the man so intently on that particular day.

“O Sulayman!” replied the angel of death. “Allah (SWT) commanded me to take the soul of that man on the soil of Hind. When I saw him sitting in your court, I could not understand how I could carry out Allah’s order. Nevertheless, as it was a divine command, I left for Hind and fortunately found the man there. I took his soul as Allah (SWT) had commanded.”

There is nothing more certain than death. It is a reality, which nobody can escape from. Allah (SWT), the Almighty says: “Wherever you may be, death shall overtake you, even if you were in fortified towers”. Noble Qur’an (4:78)”
The play was short yet powerful. The seminar was information-packed and inspirational, and had the audience enthralled from beginning to end.

“Studying at IPSA has been a truly enlightening experience. It has enhanced my understanding of the Deen and enriched the way I live and practice Islam. I would recommend IPSA to anyone who wishes to connect with Allah (SWT) with understanding and an increased sense of sincerity to toward Him. IPSA’s ethos cultivates respect, unity within diversity and living Islam according to the middle-way.”

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