In my first article in the New Muslim Series, After Shahadah, I discussed a few of the issues that new Muslims face, the need for new Muslim support systems, and how to start one up in your local community. In the next article in the series, Br. Yusuf Smith discussed the needs of new Muslims from a financial perspective, particularly when the person has a disability or has been estranged from their family.
As was identified in After Shahadah, there seems to be a lack of comprehensive and organized online resources for new Muslims looking to learn the basics of Islam. I promised I would inform you all when the Islamic Institute of Orange County's da‘wah and Outreach Committee posted their online curriculum, so here we are.
This online curriculum was designed to help new Muslims build a proper foundation in the structure of a “learning path”. It is formed so that only one step appears at a time. Once you complete one section and take a quiz to test your understanding, your next step in the learning path will appear, and it will continue this way until the curriculum is covered. In this manner, it helps to prevent the person from becoming overwhelmed with multitudes of information, as well as prevents “jumping the gun” and learning things out of order which can lead to possible confusion.
This curriculum covers the meaning of Islam, an overview of basic Islamic beliefs and concepts, pillars of Islam, the Oneness of Allāh and belief in His prophets, everything having to do with wuḍūʼ' and prayer, and other important topics.
May Allāh bless and reward those who worked on this project and make it a means of benefit for new Muslims across the planet.