Muslims are divided

Understand why different views about Islam exist

Iqbal leans back against the Masjid wall with his friends…

“Hey Arif,” Iqbal says, “There’s this Islamic lecture going on this weekend, you going?”

Arif scrunches his nose. “No, probably not,” he says.

“Why not bro?” Iqbal says.

“You know the guys that run that thing… that place isn’t my scene,” Arif says.

“Not your scene? C’mon, don’t be like that. Why can’t we all just be Muslim?” Iqbal says.

“Yeah… whatever,” Arif rolls his eyes.

Why are there so many differences in the Muslim community?

Throughout history, there have always been groups with different ideas and opinions within Islam. Today is no different. But how have these divisions come up and evolved over time? How can you make sense of these divisions that have caused confusion in the Muslim community?

Iqbal is frustrated with people like Arif. He just wants everyone in the Muslim community to unite, but he doesn’t understand why these divisions exist. Do you hope that all Muslims – regardless of their beliefs – could get along with one another, without any enmity or animosity?

Learn the history and context of modern Islamic movements

Qurba Academy’s weekend course History: Contextualizing Today will teach you about how divisions have come up in the past and their impact on the landscape of the Muslim community today. You will also learn how these divisions affect relationships between Muslims and the societies they live in.

This course will show you how to:

  • Identify the origin and impact of movements in the West, enabling you to better understand differing viewpoints individuals hold.
  • Contextualize past movements in order to appreciate their historical frameworks and learn how they impact our lives today.
  • Understand how these divisions result in conflict between Muslim groups and the broader society, which will equip you to address the issues your community is facing.

Understand the sources of Islamic movements

Learn history from one of the leading Islamic scholars in North America, Shaykh Naeem Abdul Wali. Shaykh Naeem is an expert in his field and has written extensively about Islamic history and culture. He will be discussing the history of Islamic movements, how they affect today’s context, and how they impact your life.

This course will take place on the weekend of Saturday March 3rd and Sunday March 4th, 2012. Like other Qurba courses, class sizes are kept small for greater teacher-student interaction, so register now before we’re sold out!

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What you’ll get

  • 2 days of classes with Shaykh Naeem Abdul Wali, where he will explore modern Islamic movements and their impact on Muslims today.
  • A course workbook that outlines the content of what will be taught in class. In this workbook, you can write notes and take it home with you to use as a reference when the course is complete.
  • Access to an online discussion forum where you can get answers to questions that you may have about the course topic.
  • An intimate learning environment where you can take part in engaging discussions and ask Shaykh Naeem any questions you may have about modern Islamic history.

Who is Shaykh Naeem Abdul Wali?

Shaykh Naeem Abdul Wali was born Gary Edwards in Crossville, Tennessee, U.S., but grew up in Indiana. He embraced Islam while attending Purdue University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Entomology.

In 1991 he moved to Madinah, Saudi Arabia, to begin a series of studies in Islamic disciplines. After two years he pursued further studies in Istanbul, Turkey.

Since receiving his traditional certification (ijaza) to teach the disciplines & texts he studied, he has taught in the United Kingdom, Western Europe, United States, Canada and Australia.

“Shaykh Naeem’s session at the Rihla was amazing! I can’t wait to hear him when he comes to Toronto.”

—Essentials Student

How is this course different from other history courses?

Shaykh Naeem is a renowned scholar in Islam and history. Growing up in North America and studying under traditional Islamic scholars in the Middle East, Shaykh Naeem provides a unique outlook on history that cannot be found in any regular history textbook.

Are there discounts available?

Register before February 25 and pay the early bird price of $89 for this course. This price will increase to $99 after February 25.

If you have attended an Essentials course before, you can register for this course at a discounted price of $69 before February 25. The price will increase to $99 after February 25.

We also provide financial assistance for those who wish to attend the course. If you are interested, please email

What if I don’t have time to attend the entire course?

After the course, you will have access to the recordings for all of the sessions. If you aren’t able to attend part of the course, don’t let this stop you from registering. You can watch whatever you’ve missed after the course.

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Qurba Academy’s course History: Contextualizing Today will be offered at an early bird rate of $89 ($69 if you’ve taken an Essentials course) before February 25 and $99 afterwards.

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“This program answers all the pressing questions I had about how to live my faith on a day-to-day basis.”

— Essentials Student

Don’t miss out on this exciting course

This course will give you a deeper appreciation for the historical context behind modern Islamic movements. You will be able to understand where different viewpoints come from and how they impact your community.

This course takes place on Saturday March 3rd and Sunday March 4th, 2012 between 10 am to 6 pm. Register before February 25 and pay $89 ($69 for past Essentials students). This price will increase to $99 after February 25. This course has limited seating, so register now to secure your spot.

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