Sects & Schools of Thought

With the progression of Islam over the last 1400 years after the prophet, there have been a number of sects that have arisen amongst the Muslims, some professing to be followers of Islam and others not.
This is not something that is unusual, as the prophet Muhammed (s) foretold the believers that this would occur, but also explained what the right path is.
The Prophet (s) said: The Jews were split up into seventy-one or seventy-two sects; and the Christians were split up into seventy one or seventy-two sects; and my community will be split up into seventy-three sects. [Bukhari]
However, there are certain different opinions that are permitted and this is within the realms of Schools of Thought.

This course is designed to explain how many of the early sects developed including the Shi’ah and the Khawarij. It also explains how further sects developed and where they are followed today.

Within the fold of Sunni Islam, there are various Schools of Thought and the course will seek to explain how they were formulated and what distinguishes them from sects. It will explain the differences between the Schools of Thought and their position in the Muslim World today.

The course covers details on

  • The early sects: Shi’ah and Khawarij
  • Extreme modern sects that have been classed as non-Muslims
  • The development of Juristic Schools of Thought
  • Imam Abu Hanifa
  • Imam Malik
  • Imam Shafi’ie
  • Imam Ahmed Ibn Hanbal
  • Sufism
  • Salafi & Ahl ul Hadeeth

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