Knowledge: The Prophetic Tradition

A Course covering the Book Essentials of Islam

About the Course

During this course we will be covering the book The Essentials of Islam. It is an easy to understand and comprehensive text that strengthens the mind, heart and soul of the believer. It covers belief (aqidah), worship (fiqh) and purification (tasawuf). It contains knowledge that every believer must know and has been taught throughout the Muslim world for generations.

Upon the completion of this text, the reader will have a deeper understanding of their religion and be closer to their Lord and His beloved Prophet Muhammad. This text was authored by the great Yemeni scholar Ahmad Zayn al-Habashi, he was born in 1659ce and died in 1732ce.


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Course Agenda

Duration of Lessons: 40 minutes on Saturdays immediately after Dhuhr prayer
Location: Main Prayer Hall
Number of Lessons: 30 Lessons over 30 Weeks
Start date: Saturday 23rd December
Instructor: Ustadh Jamal Yusuf

Course Syllabus

Breakdown of Lessons


  • Lesson 1: Intro to Fiqh, Aqidah and Tasawuf
  • Lesson 2: Imam Shafi’i and the Shafi’i Madhab
  • Lesson 3: The author and seeking knowledge
  • Lesson 4: In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
  • Lesson 5: Pillars of Islam

Belief (Aqidah)

  • Lesson 6: Foundations of Iman
  • Lesson 7: Allah – Who He is – What He does
  • Lesson 8: The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم and the Afterlife


Worship (Fiqh)

  • Lesson 9: Obligations of Wudu
  • Lesson 10: Nullifiers of Wudu
  • Lesson 11: Conditions of Prayer
  • Lesson 12: Integrals of Prayer
  • Lesson 13: Integrals of Prayer
  • Lesson 14: Sunnan of Prayer
  • Lesson 15: Invalidaters of Prayer
  • Lesson 16: Friday Prayer
  • Lesson 17: Other Prayers
  • Lesson 18: Fasting
  • Lesson 19: Fasting
  • Lesson 20: Fasting
  • Lesson 21: Zakat
  • Lesson 22: Zakat
  • Lesson 23: Zakat
  • Lesson 24: Haj
  • Lesson 25: Haj
  • Lesson 26: Haj


Tawsauf (Purification/Morals)

  • Lesson 27: The Vices of the Heart
  • Lesson 28: The Virtues of the Heart
  • Lesson 29: The Vices of the Limbs
  • Lesson 30: The Vices of the Limbs

Ustadh Jamal Yusuf

Two years after his conversion to Islam, Jamal travelled to the blessed land of the Yemen in search of sacred knowledge from orthodox sources. During his first year, he grounded himself in the Arabic Language and covered the basics of Worship, Belief and Purification. After this, at the feet of some of the greatest scholars of our generation, he spent six subsequent years delving deeper into the Arabic Language and other Islamic Sciences including, Fiqh, Aqidah, Usoul al-Fiqh, Logic, Hadith, Tafsir and others.