Where to start in gaining Islamic knowledge
You have decided to gain Islamic knowledge but do not know where to start. This is a common problem. Islam deals with different topics, so where should one start?
Because Islam consists of two main parts (Aqeedah and Fiqh), it is easier to start the research. Do you want to know more about the essence of Islam? Then you may want to dive into the subject of Aqeedah. If you want to know more about jurispudence and lifestyle, then Fiqh is the subject you should learn more about.
Basic Foundations of Islam (Aqeedah)
As a beginner it is advised to start with the basics of Islam. What Islam essentially entails and what the basic foundations are. There are several basic foundations in Islam. For example, consider Tawheed, the six pillars of Iman and the five pillars of Islam.
It is important to fully master these basic foundations. These issues are also essential to be able to call yourself a Muslim. Check yourself if you fully apply and master these matters.
So as a beginner you first look at the matters of Aqeedah (creed). This is essential to know.
Regulations and way of life (Fiqh)
After acquiring Aqeedah knowledge, the beginner can commit himself to gain Fiqh (jurisprudence) knowledge.
Within Fiqh you learn the rulings and regulations of different matters including worship, ablution and others. It also deals with the lifestyle of a Muslim.
You will learn in it how to perform the prayer, what makes ablution invalid, how to perform Hajj and much more. It also concerns information about what is allowed (halal) and forbidden (haram) in Islam.
Fiqh is taught through the schools of jurispudence (madhabs). These include schools of scholars such as Malik ibn Anas, Muhammad ibn Idris Al-Shafi'i, Sufyan al-Thawri, Awza'ee, and Ahmad ibn Hanbal.