Mission Statement: The mission of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh's Islam 101 Course is to create a welcoming environment for the entire Greater Pittsburgh Community to learn and understand some of the basic principals and practices of the Islamic Faith. 

The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh finds it very beneficial for everyone to have the opportunity to not only learn more about the Islamic Faith but to also hear personal first hand experiences of what it means to be Muslim. The year round Islam 101 course has been created and structured to benefit anyone who wishes to learn more. 

Islam 101 will be held every Saturday from 4:00-5:30 in the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh's downstairs Social Hall. Orientation will be held on Saturday February 4th @ 4pm   

In this course, students will:

  1.  learn a brief biography of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
  2.  learn the difference between Quran and Hadith
  3.  learn about the six pillars of faith and five pillars of Islam
  4. learn about Islam as a way of life
  5.  learn how to prove that Islam is a logical faith

For more information contact: Outreach@icp-pgh.org

For Full Class Syllabus: Click Here

Meet Your Teacher

Amro Elaswalli is a native of Damanhour, Egypt. In his childhood, he memorized the Holy Quran. He later studied in the renowned Al-Azhar school system and obtained his bachelor’s degree from Al-Azhar University. After graduation, brother Amro became an English teacher for Al-Azhar doctoral students who intended to represent and teach Islam in English-speaking countries. Since 2012, he has been teaching Arabic language and culture at the University of Pittsburgh. He plans to obtain his Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh in 2017.


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The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “If anyone travels on a road in search of knowledge, God will cause him to travel on one of the roads of Paradise. The angels will lower their wings in their great pleasure with one who seeks knowledge. The inhabitants of the heavens and the Earth and (even) the fish in the deep waters will ask forgiveness for the learned man. The superiority of the learned over the devout is like that of the moon, on the night when it is full, over the rest of the stars. The learned are the heirs of the Prophets, and the Prophets leave (no monetary inheritance), they leave only knowledge, and he who takes it takes an abundant portion
— Abu-Dawood, Hadith 1631