Certificate in Information Technology (CIT)

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Course Descriptions

Information Technology

This course is comprised of the study of computing. It introduces the concepts that underline the computer world ranging from hardware to software. Then it discusses the fundamental building blocks of the computing system such as algorithm, Boolean logic, compilers, translators, etc. Recent developments in the computing world are also discussed such the internet, e-commerce and data warehouse.

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This course is comprised of a study of both the basic and advanced concepts of the computer communication and networking, which is a particular way of making different devices share information in a systematic way so that it can be efficiently used in large organizations. It covers different kinds of communication architectures and various modes of transferring of data like wired or wireless, which are meant for different kinds of applications, and some are highly specialized to specific tasks.

This course is structured to build the young Muslim Professional: It is a stratified system clearly highlighting the meanings of Professionalism, Management and Leadership; demystifying the misnomers and taking a profound look at all three to bring a full and clear concept in the minds of the students regarding how to implement them and yet still not disregard the Islamic teachings.

This is an introductory course designed to familiarize students with the basic topics in management. The subject areas that will be covered include: organisational culture, defining external environment, managing global environment, social responsibility and managerial ethics, decision-making, foundations of planning, strategic management, planning tools and techniques, organisational structure and design, communication and IT, human resource management, managing change and innovation, foundations of behaviour, groups & teams, motivating employees, leadership, foundations of control, operations and value chain management, small business, new venture creation and entrepreneurship, communication issues in today’s organisations and managing for quality.

This course aims to provide insight into basic statistical concepts with emphasis on practical applications. Mathematical formulae will be kept to a minimum. The theory and the methods of analysis will be extensively illustrated with examples relating to a wide variety of different fields. We start with concise graphical and numerical descriptions of data obtained from observational or experimental studies. The most common and frequently used probability distributions of discrete and continuous variables will be presented. Statistical inference and draws conclusions about a population based on sampled data will be discuss in details.

Islamic Studies

Course Description


This course is comprised of a study of the fundamental issues in the Science of Tawheed/ ‘Aqeedah most relevant today. It gives an overview of the categories of Tawheed and Shirk.


I. Objectives 

  • To enable the student to understand the origins of the Science of Tawheed.
  • To further develop the student’s grasp of the basic three categories of Tawheed and their antithesis Shirk.
  • To develop the student’s basic knowledge regarding some of the controversial issues related to Tawheed.
  • To enable students to critically analyze the customs and culture which affects the implementation of Tawheed in Muslim countries today.
  • To teach students correct approach to understanding the Islaamic Creed.


II.  Class Content

A. Definition of ‘Aqeedah

B. Importance of ‘Aqeedah

C. Unique Characteristics of Islamic ‘Aqeedah

D. Definitions of Eemaan and Islaam and their characteristics 

E. Belief in Allaah 
1. Proofs For Allaah’s Existence
2. The Appearance of Atheism in Modern Times
3. Tawheed: Ruboobiyyah, Uloohiyyah, & Asmaa wa sifaat
4. Kufr and its categories
5. Shirk and its categories
6. Nifaaq and its categories



A. Required Text:

  • Bilal Philips, The Fundamentals of Tawheed, Bilal Philips,

 B. Supplementary Texts:

  • ‘Abdullah Al-Athari, Islamic Beliefs

Course Description

This course is a critical study of the history of Islamic legislation and the evolution of its various schools of law. 

A. Required Texts: 

Bilal Philips, The Evolution of Fiqh,
Bilal Philips, The Chennai Treatise

B. Supplementary Texts: 

‘Abdur Rahman Doi, The Shariah



1. Providing the student with knowledge enabling him to understand the acts of worship and their correct ettiquette

2. Clarifying the wisdom behind the legislation of acts of worship and their effects on human behavior.



A. Salaah.

     1. Tahaarah

    Minor and Major Purification and their rules

    Wiping Socks, Categories of Water, Ritual Impurity, Menstruation

     2. Definition of Salaah, Its Status, Importance and Wisdom

     3. Prayer Times

     4. Conditions for Validity

     5. Obligatory and Recommended Portions of Prayer, Invalidators

     6. Sujoodus-Sahw (Prostrations for Forgetfulness)

     7. Making up Prayers

     8. Recommended Prayers

     9. Congregational Prayers and their Rules

     10. Method of Salaatul-Mareed

     11. Funeral Prayers


B. Zakaah

     1. Definition, Status, Importance and Wisdom

     2. Conditions for Obligation

     3. Types of Wealth Requiring Zakaah

     4. Heads of Expenditure for Zakaah

 C. Sawm

     1. Definition, Status, Importance and Wisdom

     2. Conditions for Fasting

     3. Atonement for Invalidation

     4. Permissible Acts While Fasting

     5. Seclusion and its Rules


D. Hajj

     1. Definition, Status, Importance and Wisdom

     2. Obligation and Its Types: Mufrid, Muqrin and Mutamatti

     3. Obligatory and Recommended Acts of Hajj

     4. Scrificial Animals and Atonement

     5. Ruling Concerning Visitation of the Prophet’s Mosque



A. Required Text:

     Salih Al-Fawzan, A Summary of Islamic Jurisprudence, vol. 1

B. Supplementary Texts:

     Sayyid Sabiq, Fiqh us-Sunnah I-V (Eng. Trans.)


This course looks at the cultural foundations of Islam in order to enable the student to distinguish it from cultural traditions and practices commonly associated with Islam, as well as to understand reasons for the current cultural clash.


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