About the instructor
Shaikh Ahmad Kutty was educated in the traditional Islamic Sciences at Islamiyya College, Kerala, and at the Islamic University of Madina Munawwarah. He received his ijazahs (licences/designations) as an ‘a’lim and faqih from both India and Saudi Arabia. He earned his M.A from the University of Toronto and pursued doctoral studies at McGill University, Montreal.
Over the past 30 years, he has been Director of the Islamic Center of Toronto, Director of the Islamic Foundation, Toronto, Canada, and has served on the Fiqh Council of North America.
Currently, Ahmad Kutty is resident scholar and senior lecturer at the Islamic Institute of Toronto. His courses include Quran & Hadith Sciences, Islamic Theology & Jurisprudence and Islamic Ethics & Spirituality among others. His fatwas (Islamic rulings) have been translated into several languages and appear on various international sites including www.askthescholar.com www.onislam.net, islamicity.com, islamophile.org, infad.usim.edu.my, and islam.ca. He actively participates in interfaith seminars, symposia and serves as an expert/resource in cases involving Islamic Law and Theology.
Ahmad Kutty has been listed among The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World (ed. by Professor John Esposito & Professor Ibrahim Kalin of Georgetown University); it can be accessed at: http://www.rissc.jo/muslim500ve1L.pdf)
FORMAT: AVAILABLE IN-CLASS AND ONLINE
SUNDAYS 11:30 AM. - 1:00 PM
This course discusses the concept of beauty in Islam as reflected in the Islamic teachings related to various aspects and dimensions of life: spiritual, physical, intellectual, aesthetic, emotional, material.
Our starting point is the twin traditions of the Prophet (peace be upon him): “Allah is Beautiful, and He loves Beauty”(Reported by Muslim and others), and his declaration, “I have been sent to consummate the best of morals”(Reported by Bukhari in Adab al-Mufrad)
In order to provide a deeper understanding of the concept of beauty we shall first discuss the world view of Islam: to do this we will explain the Qur’anic concept of God’s Oneness and unity (tawhid) and man’s stewardship of the earth.
This will be followed by a discussion of the specific values of Islam as related various aspects of life.
In the successive sessions, we will discuss foundational values such as truthfulness, honesty, integrity, humility, courage, gratitude, patience, steadfastness, justice, compassion, magnanimity, sharing, empathy, prudence, sagacity, etc.
The course is aimed to provide a sound understanding of the values of mindfulness of God and love of God and His creation and the noble traits of character will promote a society where peace, fairness, mercy and kindness and sharing will govern the life of individuals and societies.