Essentials of Tasawwuf (Practicing Ihsan) | Online & In-class

Essentials of Tasawwuf (Practicing Ihsan)

Winter/ Spring 2019 | SUNDAYS | 12:00 - 1:30 p.m | March 31 - April 14, 2019 | taught by Ahmad Kutty
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Ahmad Kutty
Ahmad Kutty
Senior Scholar

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,,,, and 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:

Sufism or Tasawwuf has been a highly contentious issue among Muslims: some consider it as the quintessence of Islam, while others deem it as heretical.

In this course, we seek to answer this question and hope to show how we ought to distinguish between genuine Tasawwuf and pseudo- Tasawwuf. We shall then proceed to distill the essentials of Tasawwuf.  Finally, we shall discuss some of the practical ways of integrating the wisdom of Tasawwuf in our daily life to gain an enhanced spiritual experience. 

The course will run in three sessions 

Course Contents

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