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Islam and the Islamic world have played and continue to play a major role in world history. In the century following the death of the Prophet Muhammad in 632 C.E., Islam spread widely and Muslim rulers created an empire that extended from North Africa to South Asia. The empire was greater than that of Rome at its zenith. While the West passed through its Dark Ages, Islamic civilization flourished, making major contributions to mathematics (Arabic numerals, algebra, geometry), philosophy, medicine and other sciences, art, and architecture.
Islam has, from its inception, placed a high premium on education and has enjoyed a long and rich intellectual tradition.
Knowledge (‘ilm) occupies a significant position within Islam, as evidenced by the more than 800 references in the Quran. The importance of education is repeatedly emphasized in the Quran with frequent injunctions, such as “Allah will exalt those of you who believe and those who have knowledge to high degrees” (58:11), “O my Lord! Increase me in knowledge” (20:114). Such verses provide a forceful stimulus for the Islamic community to strive for education and learning.
The Diploma in Islamic sciences is a comprehensive course for all those seeking to increase their knowledge of Islam and its foundation principles, building on the Certificate in Islamic Sciences.
This thirty-four-line rhyming text was authored to introduce the science of hadith to those without any prior knowledge of hadith sciences. Its brief format, yet broad scope makes it an ideal introductory text for those who wish to simply gain a greater appreciation of the scope of hadith sciences or for even those who wish to specialize in the science of hadith. Its rhyming nature, allows for easy memorization and it includes essential topics relating to hadith terminology for any student of Islam.
An in depth study of the fundamentals of Islam will be studied through a study of, Hadith of Jibreel Explanation of Hadith – Islam has been built upon five
Aims and objectives: Through this course, the student will gain an introduction to the science of Usool al-Fiqh, and a detailed understanding of the various Ahkam ash-Shar'iyyah (rulings of the Shariah), and more.
Fiqh which is derived from the hadeeth of the Prophet peace be upon him – or Fiqh of Hadeeth – may seem a little strange or even new for some of us; perhaps we have heard, studied or read about the various sciences of Islam: Usool Al-Hadeeth, Usool At-Tafseer, Usool AlFiqh, Usool Al – Aqeedah, etc. However, usually when one was to look at the books of Islamic knowledge, we find Fiqh as one subject and hadeeth or Sunnah as another subject. We have combined these two subjects in this course. Objectives of the course: Our aim is to familiarise the student with Hadeeth of the prophet peace be upon him. To teach the student different proofs and how to deduct laws from hadeeth. Our aim is also to show the student that he/she will find various Ahadeeth under one chapter and how they can practice on different Ahadeeth.
Imam al-Nawawi’s collection of 40 Hadiths is one of the most important collections of hadiths we have today. Imam al Nawawi actually compiled a total of 42 hadiths for this collection, not 40. He was one of the greatest scholars of Islam and lived from 631 A.H. to 676 A.H, passing away at the age of 45. Allah (swt) granted him blessing and success in his work so that he could make great contributions to Islam before passing away at a relatively young age. Imam al-Nawawi was a scholar in many different disciplines of Islamic studies. The vastness of his works in these different areas is so great that if an individual decides to study fiqh, hadith, spirituality, or Quran; one would need to pass through Imam al- Nawawi. Along with the 40 Hadiths, he authored Riyad al-Saliheen, Al-Adhkar, and commentary of Sahih Muslim and Sahih Bukhari. Imam al-Nawawi was one of the foremost figures of the Shafi’ madhab and the largest and most substantial book he wrote in this regard is called Al Majmua’ which is about 30 volumes. It is a work of comparative fiqh because he brings all of the opinions of different madhab’s on different issues together.
The Arabic Level V – Madinah course for English-Speaking students is a comprehensive and popular course for the teaching of the Quraanic and Traditional Arabic, originally devised and taught at the renowned Islamic University in Madinah catering for the non-Arabic speaking students from all over the world. Over the years, this course has enabled students to become competent in their use of the Arabic language and to participate and benefit from scholarly pursuits such as Qur’anic exegesis, hadith, fiqh, Seerah, history, and classical and modern Arabic literature.
The classic work on Usool al-Hadith by the al-Hafidh Ibn Hajr al-Asqalani. An essential title for anyone serisously interested in learning about Hadith, their chains of tranmission, narrators, and classfications. Course Aims & Objectives: In this level, the first half of the book will be taught. The lessons begin with an Introduction to the life of Ibn Hajr Rahimahullah, followed by an Introduction to the book “Nukhbat al Fikr”. Topics of this level include Mutawaatir, Mash’hur, Aziz & Gharib, Nasikh and Mansukh, ar- Riwaayah bil-Ma’naa and Mazeed fi Mutassal al-Asaneed. The selected book will allow the student to widen his knowledge in the area of mustalah, by going through the different types of this ilm mentioned by ibn Hajar rahimahullah, and studying the different opinions of the muhaddithin on the terminologies studied.
Objectives of the course: The main objective of this course is to ground the student in this most fundamental of Islamic sciences, ensuring that the student will be able to: Identify and recognize the creed of the early generations of Muslims Briefly evaluate and study the creed that was held prior to the year 300 AH Assess different divergent doctrines that were present during and before their (the author’s) time Gain an appreciation of the rebuttal of deviant doctrines by the classical scholars of the past
The Arabic Level VI – Madinah course for English-Speaking students is a comprehensive and popular course for the teaching of the Quraanic and Traditional Arabic, originally devised and taught at the renowned Islamic University in Madinah catering for the non-Arabic speaking students from all over the world. Over the years, this course has enabled students to become competent in their use of the Arabic language and to participate and benefit from scholarly pursuits such as Qur’anic exegesis, hadith, fiqh, Seerah, history, and classical and modern Arabic literature.