Classical Islamic Creed - Whitethread Institute

Academic Year 2022-2023

Classical Islamic Creed Course

A comprehensive course on Islamic theological beliefs and creed (‘aqida) and the Western intellectual tradition – philosophy, theology and history. This course is to provide a better understanding of the world we live in, the beliefs and ideologies held by people, and the method of dealing with modern ideological challenges such as atheism and liberalism.

This is the ideal course for imams, teachers and any Islamic scholar or leader wanting to understand the modern-day ideological challenges.


The course starts September 2022

On-site and Online

Course Fee

£699.00 £399.00
Course fee reduced for 2022

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Course Starts in October 2022!

What our students say about the course

"Before I started the course at Whitethread, my link to the subject of Tafsir was minimal. By taking this course, it has forced me to look at various tafsirs… Since these tafsirs were different in their styles, I know have a portfolio of Tafsirs that I have studied and know which ones to refer to for what speciality it contains.… I found that the teachers care about developing you academically and in terms of adab (Islamic mannerism). Students that come from a Darul Ulum background will benefit greatly from this comprehensive course where you are looking at a new tafsir each lesson, consolidating your knowledge in ‘ulum al-Qur’an, learning about the specific styles and rhetoric of the Qur’an and looking at specific issues pertinent to the Qur’an that are being discussed today by Muslim as well as Non-Muslim academics."

Sofwan Ahmed, UK

“This course is not advertised as a takhassus course, however it is not less than any takhassus course. It has enabled and opened many doors which were not possible to see without guidance from knowledgeable teachers at Whitethread Institute. I am very thankful and blessed to have learnt so much in such a short time. The knowledge shared in this course is worth the practise for many years and will keep me busy academically and spiritually for rest of my life, inshaAllah. ”

Aseem Khan, UK

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Course Content

The Classical Islamic Creed and Theology module will introduce the students to the Islamic theological tradition through a detailed study of two major primary theological texts namely a commentary of al-‘Aqida alTahawiyya by Imam Abu Ja’far al-Tahawi al-Hanafi (d. 321 AH) and Sharh al-Kharida al-Bahiyya of Imam Ahmad al-Dardir al-Maliki (1204 AH).

The study of both these celebrated classical Maturidi and Ash’ari texts will cover some of the following issues:

  • What Muslims must believe about Allah, the Prophets, and all that is transmitted
  • The underlying methodology of mainstream Islamic beliefs
  • The centrality of Allah’s transcendence
  • The key arguments and doctrines related to the proofs for the existence of God
  • The essence and attributes of God
  • The subject of prophetology, inimitable nature of the Qur’an, angelology, eschatology, political theology, free-will and predestination.
  • A chronological overview of the emergence, development and the key doctrines of the different major sects within Muslim thought.
  • A brief overview of traditional Islamic spirituality (tasawwuf)

Sufficient Arabic comprehension skills required for this module

Course Starts in October 2022!


Mufti Abdur-Rahman Mangera




1 year

Start Date

October 2022


Online Only

Course Fee


Part 1: Classical Islamic Creed Course


Advanced Theology (‘Aqidah) and Philosophy Program

£1,299.00 Visit here for details

Please Note: This course is Part 1 from the Advanced Theology (‘Aqidah) and Philosophy Program, for full details of the course, click here.

*Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained within this course is correct at the time of publication. Courses are subject to on-going development which could necessitate cancellation of, or alteration to, the advertised courses.

Dr. Abdur-Rahman Mangera

A British Muslim scholar educated in both the Islamic and Western traditions. He memorised the Qur’an by heart and graduated from the Darul Uloom seminary Bury, UK, and later undertook studies in ifta’ at Madrasah Zakariyya, South Africa, under Mufti Rada’ al-Haqq, and then at Mazahir ‘Ulum Saharanpur, India, under Mufti Muhammad Tahir Ghaziabadi. He earned his BA from the University of Johannesburg and completed his MA and PhD in Islamic Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. His PhD research was a critical edition of Shaykh Abu ‘l-Layth al-Samarqandi’s Kitab al-Nawazil, hailed as the first fatwa collection in the Hanafi school. He holds an honorary fellowship at the Cambridge Muslim College and at The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, Amman, Jordan. Mufti Abdur-Rahman has the unique experience of serving as an imam in Muslim communities on both sides of the Atlantic, eight years in Southern California and over five in the great city of London—and his continued work as an international speaker and lecturer enables him to address and offer advice on current challenges that face Muslims in the West.

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Course Starts in October 2022!