GEN204 SELF-DEVELOPMENT (TAZKIAH)

Vision Statement:

Guidance College shall be one of the top well-recognized universities in the United States that offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in specialized Islamic fields aiming at preparing leaders for the righteous people.

Mission Statement:

Guidance College is the place where students gain their graduate and undergraduate degrees in authentic and professional specialized Islamic knowledge that recognizes modern-time realities and allows them to examine different branches of knowledge from an authentic Islamic perspective which enables them to think ethically, logically, analytically, and critically while making responsible and moral decisions aiming at improving the quality of life for all inhabitants of the earth with a full understanding and appreciation of the cultural and human differences.

Course Description

This course focuses on the importance of purifying the soul, softening the heart, strengthening the relationship between the servant and his Lord, and increasing one’s faith. It encourages students to examine and appreciate the deep meanings behind acts of worship, learn how to transform worldly acts into acts of worship, acknowledge the magnitude of good character in being a pious Muslim, and master the etiquette of remembering Allah SWT and attaining His pleasure.

Course Code: GEN204

Credit hours: 3

Pre-Requisites: None

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to explain why self-development is important, the role of self-evaluation in the journey towards self-improvement, using textual evidences from the Quran and Sunnah.
  • Students will be able to write a short essay explaining the interaction between the Rooh (soul), Qalb (heart) and Nafs (self), the different types of hearts and types of nafs, how it relates to their Iman (faith), what causes it to corrupt, and the consequences of sin.
  • Students will be able to give examples of the flesh hadith, using traps of Shaytan and diseases of the heart such as: including anger, backbiting, slander, tale carrying, jealousy, envy, lying, riya, love of this world, miserliness, greed, hatred.
  • Students will be able to list, with examples of each, the different remedies of sick hearts and weak Iman, including knowledge, tawbah (repentance), Dhikr (remembrance), mujahadah (struggling against the nafs), muraqabah (vigilant watchfulness of the heart), khalwah (solitude), tadabbur (reflection), and Duaa  .
  • Students will be able to analyze case study problems, noting their causes and solutions.
  • In an effort to improve their relationship with their Creator, maximize their benefit from acts of worship and obedience, and improve their dealings with themselves and others, students will start a journal and develop a self-improvement plan, analyzing their strengths/weaknesses, set ambitious goals, and monitor their progress.

Course Outlines

  • Sincerity
  • The Nature of Intention
  • Types of Heart
  •  Symptoms of the Heart’s Sickness and Signs of its Health
  • The Four Poisons of the Heart
  • Remembrance of Allah and Recitation of the Qur’an
  • Seeking Allah’s Forgiveness
  • Supplication
  • Invoking Blessings on the Prophet
  • Praying at Night
  • Doing Without the Pleasures of this World
  •  The States of the Self
  •  Perseverance
  •  Gratitude
  •  Complete Reliance on Allah
  •  Love of Allah
  • Contentment with the Decree of Allah
  • Hope in Allah
  • Fear of Allah
  • The Life of This World
  • Repentance

Main  Textbook

Purification of the Soul by Ahmad Farid

Additional On-line Readings:

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The Message of Islam / Tazkiah

Grading and Evaluation:

  • Minimum passing grade 70%
  • Weekly Assignments: 30% (10 assignments, 3% each)
  • Attendance:  10%
  • Mid-Term exam:  10%
  • Final exam:  10%
  • Oral exam:  20%
  • Research paper:  20%

Guidelines for Research Paper:

 1- A part of the course requirements is to submit a research paper, except for certain courses.

 2- The chosen topic must be relevant to the course and approved by the Instructor.

 3- Joint project / research is allowed, up to 3 students, and upon the instructor’s approval.

 4- The paper must meet the following requirements:

  • Consider either MLA or APA guides for writing research papers
  • Follow the standard research paper structure with a Table of Contents, Abstract or Executive Summary, Introduction, Main Body, Conclusion, List of Reference
  • The Main Body should be organized into logical chapters and paragraphs
  • When quoting Hadeeth, a notation indicating its authenticity must be clearly

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  • All attempt must be made to submit assignments by the agreed due dates. Late submissions will be penalized.
  • Your work will be checked and graded on weekly basis, in sha Allah.
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