Belief in the Hereafter
Instructor: Alaa Elsayed
After you leave this world, you will enter another. A world you cannot see and yet it is a fundamental part of our belief. How can you begin to imagine this world? In this course you will learn about how Allah and then our Prophet (ṣalla'llāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) describes the sequence of events beginning from the signs of the Hour, the Day of Judgement and all that occurs up until we enter upon our final destination either in the terrible torments of the Hellfire or the everlasting pleasures of Paradise.
And who believe in what has been sent down to you (Muḥammad ṣalla'llāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) and in [the Books] what was sent down before you and they believe with certainty in the Hereafter. (Sūrat al-Baqarah, 2:4)
You will learn about the following events:
- Belief in the Last Day and its effects
- The Hour and its signs
- Life in the barzakh
- Al-Khātimah (A persons end)
- Reward and punishment in the grave
- The resurrection
- The Great Gathering
- Awaiting Judgement
- Paradise and Hellfire
- The reward and reality of seeing Allah
Learning about the Hereafter with correct understanding is the solution to the confusions we face regarding matters of the Unseen, a core aspect of Muslim belief. This knowledge strengthens the īmān of a Muslim and aims to build taqwā by establishing love, fear and hope of Allah.
Sheikh Alaa was born in Cairo and lived in Egypt until he was 15 years old. During his youth, he spent his time as the goalie for the Junior National Team and moved to Toronto, Canada, in the late 1970’s.
Sheikh Alaa worked as a Vice-President of Business Development for an international company, and during this time he competed and placed first in the 1992 Bermuda Triathlon.
Sheikh Alaa has studied for his Bachelors in Sharīʿah from the American International University, and has earned a scholarship from the Shari'ah Academy in Egypt/Florida. Sheikh Alaa has also received his ijāzah of Qurʾan recitation for Ḥafṣ ʿan ʿĀṣim, studied comparative religion for five years through the IPCI in South Africa, and was on the board of directors of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth.
Sheikh Alaa currently lives in GTA (Greater Toronto Area) with his wife and three children. He is a member of the Canadian Council of Imams as well as a member of Horizon Interfaith Communication Media Council. Prior to this he was an Imam for the Muslim Council of Calgary and acted as its media spokesperson. He has hosted Vision of Islam, a weekly television show which runs throughout Alberta, Canada. He also appeared as a speaker on Islam on various television channels.
Sheikh Alaa was a member of the Calgary Multi-Faith Committee, and a member of the Muslim Christian Dialogue Committee. Sheikh Alaa received the Alberta Centennial award by the Alberta Government in 2005, granted to him for his outstanding service to the Alberta community.
Currently Sheikh Alaa is the Director of Religious Affairs for the Islamic Centre of Canada-ISNA. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director for the Canadian Islamic Congress. Sheikh Alaa is a favourite tutor with AlKauthar and is also the director of internal & external affairs for Mercy Mission world.
Mary Seacole Building
Frederick Road Campus
University of Salford
Manchester International Airport (25 minutes by train from the University) offers many direct international and UK flights. The 43 and 105 bus services link the airport with Manchester City Centre (Piccadilly Gardens stop.) From here the University of Salford is linked with a regular bus service 12, 26, X34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39. There is a rail link between the airport, Manchester Piccadilly and Salford Crescent. Trains leave the airport for Manchester Piccadilly every 15 minutes. By road the route from the airport is via the M56, then either M60 and M602 or A5103 and A57. Please note that a taxi journey from the airport to Salford may be subject to a cross-boundary surcharge.
A6 (for Peel Park, Frederick Road, Adelphi and Irwell Valley sites). M6 (from North) — leave at Junction 30 on to M61 then follow directions from M61 below. M6 (from North/South) — leave at Junction 21a for M62 eastbound and follow directions for M62 below. M61 (from North) — just after Junction 3, the inside lane becomes the sliproad signposted A580 Manchester. Stay in this lane and join the A580 which then becomes the A6 signposted Salford/Manchester. Continue straight on. Ignore signs for Salford Shopping City and avoid inside lane. After underpass look out for local signs to University. M62 (from West) — at Junction 12 carry straight on following signs for M602. Follow M602 to Junction 3 signposted Salford/Trafford Park. Keep in inside lane and turn left on to A5063 (Albion Way). Follow signposts for Salford/Pendleton. At second lights, turn left on to A6 for Frederick Road and Irwell Valley sites or right for Peel Park and Adelphi sites. M56 (from South) — after Junction 4 stay in inside lane and come off following signs for M60 signposted Stretford, Bolton, Leeds. After passing over ship canal bridge, with Trafford Shopping Centre on right, leave M60 at Junction 12 and follow signs for M602 (see instructions for M602 above). M60 (from East) — leave at Junction 17 signposted Prestwich and Whitefield. Turn left on to the A56 (Prestwich/Salford/Manchester). Follow into Manchester. Turn right off A56 onto A576 (Great Cheetham Street West). Straight on to second roundabout. Turn left onto A6. Avoid inside lane. M1 (from South) — exit at Junction 42 and follow M62 westbound. From Manchester/Salford Inner Relief Road — leave at exit for A6 Salford (Chapel Street). The University is half a mile away. From Manchester City
Inter-City services normally operate to Manchester Piccadilly. Between there and Salford Crescent Station, which is situated on the edge of the Peel Park site, there are three local trains per hour calling at Oxford Road and Deansgate en route. There are also direct trains to Salford Crescent from Manchester Victoria and from Blackpool, Southport, Lancaster, Preston, Blackburn, Wigan, Bolton, Kirkby (for Merseyside), Stockport and Chester.
Centre — follow signs for Salford and then more locally signs for the University of Salford which will direct you to the A6 (Chapel Street/Crescent). From A580 (from East) — turn left off A580 on to A5185 (Lancaster Road) and then right on to A576 (Eccles Old Road). From A580 (from West) — turn right off A580 on to A5185 (Lancaster Road) and then right on to A576 (Eccles Old Road).
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1. Understanding the significance and status of studying the Last Day.
2. Distinguish what we know from what we do not know regarding when the Hour will occur.
3. Identify the signs of the Day of Judgement.
4. Distinguising between Major & Minor signs and how to deal with them.
5. Identify the causes and signs of a good and bad death.
6. Identify the beliefs regarding life after death, the grave, and reward/punishment in the grave.
7. Identify the beliefs regarding the Resurrection. Awareness of the position of various other groups.
8. Identify the descriptions of the gathering of people after the Resurrection
9. Understanding details of intercession on that day.
10. Identify details of the Judgement.
11. Identify details of the Mīzān (the Balance), the Ḥawd, the Ṣirāṭ, the Qantarah and al-Aʿrāf.
12. Identify the opinions of the scholars about Paradise, Hellfire and seeing Allah.
13. Identify important principles which help a Muslim deal with matters of the Unseen in the correct manner.
1. Belief in the Last Day
2. The Hour and its signs
3. Death and Life in al-Barzakh
4. Al-Khātimah (the end of one’s worldly life)
5. Al-Qabr (the Grave)
6. The Resurrection
7. The Great Gathering
8. The Standing (awaiting judgement)
10. The Pool (al-Ḥawd)
13. Paradise and Hellfire
14. Seeing Allah (al-ruʾyah)
15. Principles that help Muslims to deal with matters of the Unseen in the correct manner
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