AWQAF Africa Muslim Open College

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AWQAF Africa Muslim Open College is an institution of AWQAF Africa's educational department. It was launched in London 2005 to cater for educational needs of the Africans (including the North Africans) and for people of African origin (e.g. the Caribbeans).[1]

Establishment[edit]

The Muslim Open College was founded while studying postgraduate degrees in Damascus early 1990s by founder of Awqaf Africa Sheikh Abu-Abdullah Adelabu (Ph.D. Damas), a West African Muslim scholar and cleric of Nigerian origin who is the international organization's first al Amir (i.e. President).[2] The African academic Sheikh Dr. Adelabu serves as the Amir (i.e. President) of Awqaf Africa College, where he also lectures and supervises on dissertations and publications of his students and followers, including the African Muslim Portals such as www.esinislam.com, www.islamfrica.com, and www.islamicafrica.com. Day-to-day activities and management of the College, its lectures, seminals, and administration are run mainly by volunteers and associates of Awqaf Africa in London, United Kingdom, Damascus, Syria, Lagos, Nigeria and Cape Town, South Africa.[3]

Objectives[edit]

The Muslim Open College, like its umbrella organization Awqaf Africa, is an international organization which is incorporated in its structure with African Hajj and 'Umrah Commission (AHUC) and African Union Muslim or AUMuslims working to relieve human suffering amongst the Muslims of Africa - in particular and as a primary objective - and around the world - as necessary. It shares with Awqaf Africa the same aims and objectives such which are projected for all nations of the continent, especially, their Muslim societies where each national society effectuates programmes of Awqaf Africa. Relief, human dignity, and spiritual uplift remain main goals of the international body.[4]

Therefore, through education Awqaf Africa's Open College seeks the causes of suffering, poverty, and Islamophobia and tries to eliminate them under the amiable banner of Islamic teachings.

Studies[edit]

The Open College is also projected to provide, in particular, the African Muslims with studies and qualifications that enable them to serve themselves and their Muslim communities, offering them maximum flexibility, so that they can build a program of studies that fits both their personal and community needs and adapt accordingly. Awqaf Africa gives priority to those who serve or intend to serve the Muslim communities through teachings and preachings or administration and career development.[5]

Studies at Awqaf Africa Muslim Open College are free, especially for the Africans (including the North Africans) and for people of African Origins (e.g. the Caribbeans) in an effort to help people develop their spiritual uplifts, to become a teacher, to foster their career development for the Muslims, or to serve as a Da^’i, offering them a true learning experience, supporting them as they study their first course with Awqaf Africa and appealing they intend to serve the Muslims and their interests - appreciating that a prospect of studying with Awqaf Africa could be so exciting that students overlook the sacred needs to be devoted to the amiable values of Islam.[6]

The College cordinates a number of educational and training programmes for several Muslim portals including EsinIslam.com and IslamAfrica.com.

Qualifications and departments[edit]

  • Certificate.[7]

(for the beginners with no or less awareness and/or no previous courses in Islamic Studies) in

  1. Jurisprudence & Theology
  2. Literature & Theology
  3. History & Jurisprudence
  • Ordinary Diploma (OD).[8]

(for the intermediaries with good awareness and/or previous short or light courses in Islamic Studies) in

  1. Jurisprudence & Theology
  2. Literature & Theology
  3. History & Jurisprudence
  4. Sociology & Theology
  • Advanced Diploma (AD).[9]

(for the well-informed with better awareness or previous qualifications in Islamic Studies) in

  1. Jurisprudence & Theology
  2. Literature & Theology
  3. History & Jurisprudence
  4. Sociology & Theology
  5. Finance & Jurisprudence
  • Higher Diploma (HD).[10]

(for the well established and specialized "Students Of Islamic Knowledge" or/and recognized Du'a^t with good knowlwdge in Islamic Studies) in

  1. Jurisprudence & Theology
  2. Literature & Theology
  3. History & Jurisprudence
  4. Sociology & Theology
  5. Finance & Jurisprudence

Studies towards each award as above take a minimum of two years with each academic year lasting nine months, opening two weeks after (the pilgrimage or) 'I^d ul kabi^r and closing a week before (the fasting month of) Ramadan.

References[edit]

  1. ^ About Awqaf Africa [1]
  2. ^ Biography Of Sheikh Dr. Abu-Abdullah Adelabu [2]
  3. ^ Origin Of Awqaf Africa [3]
  4. ^ [Delab International Magazine, London August 1999]
  5. ^ Studying With Awqaf Africa [4]
  6. ^ Why Awqaf Africa [5]
  7. ^ Awqaf Africa Certificate [6]
  8. ^ Africa Ordinary Diploma[7]
  9. ^ Awqaf Africa Advanced Diploma [8]
  10. ^ Awqaf Africa Higher Diploma [9]