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)
This course will explore Wasatiyyah as the Way of Moderation in interpreting and implementing the Islamic code of conduct in our lives. It emanates from the Qur'anic concept: "Thus, we have made you a middle nation (or a nation justly balanced) so that you may be witnesses over mankind and the Messenger may be a witness over you".
Over time, Muslim scholars who have examined the purposes of the Islamic Shariah, and the evolution of Islamic jurisprudence have developed a framework for understanding Islam as a lived experience based on this concept of moderation.
At the end of the course, students will have an understanding of the core principles of Wasatiyyah, having explored these principles in relation to other concepts and methodologies which may have been prevalent from time to time with the Muslim Ummah.