Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies

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Course Description


Tajweed and The Noble Qurâ'an

Course Description

This level of Tajweed teaches beginners the pronunciation skills and basic Tajweed rules needed to ensure correct recitation of the Qur’aan.

I. Objectives

1. To establish a bond between the student and Allah’s Book by learning its proper recitation.

2. Enabling the student of the Islamic Online University to correctly recite the Noble Qur'an and thoroughly preparing him to carry the university's message that is based on Allah's Book.

3. Clarifying the excellence of reciting the Noble Qur'an and studying it.

4. To make the student familiar with Qur'aanic pronunciation skills and the most common rules of Tajweed, theoretically and practically.


II. Class Content

 

 

A. The Qur'aan (recitation only)

B. Tajweed

Ad-Duhaa to An-Nas 

Al-Ghashiyah to Al-Layl

Al-Mutaffifin to Al-'A`la

An-Naba' to Al-'Infitar

Al-'Insan & Al-Mursalat

Al-Muddaththir & Al-Qiyamah

Al-Qalam to Al-Muzzammil

Al-Mulk

At-Tahrim 

At-Talaq

At-Taghabun

Al-Munafiqun

Al-Jumu`ah

As-Saf

 

Introduction to Tajweed, and the virtues of learning and reciting the Qur'an

Types of Lahn

Rules of Isti'aathah the Basmalah

Introduction to the articulation points

Articulation points

The characteristics of the letters

The characteristics of Hams and Jahr

The characteristics of Shiddah, Tawassut and Rakhaawah

The characteristics of Isti'laa', Inkhifaad, Itbaaq and Infitaah

The characteristics of Safeer and Qalqalah

The characteristics of Leen and Inhiraaf

The characteristics of Tikraar, Tafash-shee and Istitaalah 

  

 

III. Textbook

A. Required Text:

Kareema Carol Czereinski, Tajweed rules of the Qur’aan, Vol. 1 and 2

B. Supplementary Texts:

Umm Muhammad, A Brief Introduction to Tajweed

Course Description

This level of Tajweed teaches intermediate students pronunciation skills and the general Tajweed rules needed to ensure correct recitation of the Qur’aan. 

I. Objectives

1. To establish a bond between the student and Allah’s Book by learning its proper recitation.

2. Enabling the student of the Islamic Online University to correctly recite the Noble Qur'an and thoroughly preparing him to carry the university's message that is based on Allah's Book.

3. Clarifying the excellence of reciting the Noble Qur'an and studying it.

4. To make the student familiar with Qur'aanic pronunciation skills and the most common rules of Tajweed, theoretically and practically.


II. Class Content

 

A. The Qur'aan (recitation only)

B. Tajweed

Adh-Dhariyat to  Al-Qamar

 

Ar-Rahman to Al-Hadid

 

Al-'Ahqaf & Muhammad

 

Ash-Shuraa

 

Az-Zukhruf

 

Ad-Dukhan & Al-Jathiyah

 

Fussilat

 

Az-Zumar

 

Sad 

 

As-Saffat 

 

Ya-Sin

 

Fatir

 

Saba' 

 

Al-'Ahzab

 

Luqman & As-Sajdah

 

Ar-Rum

Tafkheem and Tarqeeq

 

The rules of noon saakina and tanween

 

The rules of meem saakina

 

The Ghunnah

 

The rules of laam saakinah

 

The rules of al-mutamaathilain, al-mutajaanisain, al-mutaqaaribain, and al-mutabaa’idain

 

The rules of Idghaam

 

The rules of madd

 

The rules of hamzat al-Wasl

 

The rules of starting, stopping, and pausing

 

III. Textbook

A. Required Text:

Kareema Carol Czereinski, Tajweed rules of the Qur’aan, Vol. 1, 2 and 3

B. Supplementary Texts:

Umm Muhammad, A Brief Introduction to Tajweed

 




Tafseer and 'Uloom Al-Qur'an

Course Description

This course is a survey of the principles of Quranic exegesis. The first half of the curriculum focuses on ‘uloom al-Qur’an (background knowledge required of anyone who undertakes explanation of the Qur’an, especially its use of the Arabic language). The second half is a survey of works of tafseer, including the major classical works of tafseer bil-ma’thoor and tafseer bil-ra’y as well as modern trends in tafseer, particularly thematic tafseer.

 

I. OBJECTIVES

1. To enable the student to understand the origins of the science of usool al-tafseer.

2. To familiarize the student with the nature of revelation and the unique qualities of the Qur’an, including its unparalleled preservation, it’s seven ahruf and its recitations.

3. To acquaint the student with the proper methodology for Qur’anic exegesis.

 

II. CLASS CONTENT 

     1. Introduction to the Science of Tafseer

     2. Books of Tafseer

     3. Translations of the Qur'an

     4. Wahy

     5. The Revelations of the Qur'aan

     6. Collection of the Qur'aan

     7. The Qur'aanic Text

     8. Dialects and Recitations 

     9. Reasons for Revelation

     10. Makkan and Madeenan Revelations

     11. Naasikh and Mansookh

     12. Muhkam and Mutashaabih

     13. Literary Forms of the Qur'aan

     14. The Language of the Qur'aan 

 

III. TEXTBOOKS

A. Required Text:

     Bilal Philips, Usool at-Tafseer

     Study notes by Riaz Ansary

B. Supplementary Texts:

     Yasir Qadhi, An Introduction to the Sciences of the Qur'aan

     Ahmad Von Denffer, 'Ulum al-Qur'aan (Eng. Trans.)

     As-Suyootee, al-Itqaan fee 'Uloom al-Qur'aan

     Az-Zarkashee, al-Burhaan fee 'Uloom al-Qur'aan

     Mannaa' al-Qattaan, Mabaahith fee 'Uloom al-Qur'aan

     Muhammad 'Alee az-Zarqaanee, Manaahil al-'Irfaan fee 'Uloom al-Qur'aan

Course Description
 

This course is a study in details of Yaa seen chapter, which verses contain a number of precious teachings, related to many fields of human life. 

 

I. Objectives 

  • Facilitating human understanding of the meanings of Allaah's words.
  • Familiarizing the student with the methodology of scholars of Tafseer who interpreted Allaah's Words in the Qur'aan.
  • To enable the students how to dispute the allegations are made by enemies of Islam.
  • To acknowledge them with various ways of calling non-Muslims to Islam.
  • To acknowledge them with various logic evidences related to many matters of the Islamic faith.
     

II.  Class Content

Analytical Tafseer - Soorah Yaaseen
 

III. TEXTBOOKS

A. Required Text:

  • Bilal Philips, Tafseer Soorah Yaaseen     
     

B. Supplementary Texts:

  • Saifur-Rahman Al-Mubarakpuri, Tafsir Ibn Kathir (English Trans.)
  • Ibn Jareer at-Tabaree, Jaami' al-Bayaan
  • Al-Qurtubee, Al-Jaami' li Ahkaam al-Qur'aan
  • Ar-Raazee, Mafaateeh al-Ghayb
  • Al-Aloosee, Rooh al-Ma'aanee
  • Az-Zamakhsharee, Tafseer al-Kashshaaf
  • Abus-Sa'ood, Tafseer Abis-Sa'ood
  • Ibn al-Jawzee, Zaad al-Maseer
  • Ash-Shawkaanee, Fat'h al-Qadeer

 

Course Description
 

This course is a study in details of al-Kahf chapter which's verses contains a number of precious teachings, related to many fields of human life. 

 

I. Objectives 

  • Facilitating human understanding of the meanings of Allaah's words.
  • Familiarizing the student with the methodology of scholars of Tafseer who interpreted Allaah's Words in the Qur'aan.
  • To enable the students how to dispute the allegations are made by enemies of Islam about al-quran in general and about some matters this chapter talks about specially.
  • To acknowledge them with various values of Islamic manner.
  • To acknowledge them with various ways of the Islamic propagation.
     

II.  Class Content

Analytical Tafseer - Soorah al-Kahf
 

III. TEXTBOOKS

A. Required Text:

  • Bilal Philips, Tafseer Soorah al-Kahf     
     

B. Supplementary Texts:

  • Saifur-Rahman Al-Mubarakpuri, Tafsir Ibn Kathir (English Trans.)
  • Ibn Jareer at-Tabaree, Jaami' al-Bayaan
  • Al-Qurtubee, Al-Jaami' li Ahkaam al-Qur'aan
  • Ar-Raazee, Mafaateeh al-Ghayb
  • Al-Aloosee, Rooh al-Ma'aanee
  • Az-Zamakhsharee, Tafseer al-Kashshaaf
  • Abus-Sa'ood, Tafseer Abis-Sa'ood
  • Ibn al-Jawzee, Zaad al-Maseer
  • Ash-Shawkaanee, Fat'h al-Qadeer

 




Sunnah and 'Uloomul-Hadeeth

Course Description

This course is a survey of the principles upon which the study of hadeeth rests. The historical milieu that surrounded the developments of this science are taken into account and the methodology of this science that gradually appeared is rendered against its historical environment along with an analysis of its content. The various classification schemes are discussed and how the many developments of the science, although possibly seen independent of each other, are interconnected accumulating finally into a comprehensive critical appreciation of Islamic sources.

I. OBJECTIVES

1. Educating and training students regarding Hadeeth terminology specific to the Hadeeth sciences.

2. Understanding the rules used by the hadeeth scholars for grading hadeeths according to their reliability.

3. Developing in the students an ability to distinguish the hadeeth of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) from that which is not.

 

II. CLASS CONTENT

     1. Introduction: The Status of the Sunnah in Islamic Law

     2. Hadeeth Science and its terminologies

     3. Division of Narrations: 1. Mutawaatir and 2. Ghayr Mutawaatir

     4. Division of Narrations: 1. Maqbool and 2. Mardood

     5. Hadeeth Mawdoo‘

     6. Division of Narrations: 1. Marfoo‘, 2. Mawqoof and 3. Maqtoo‘

     7. Hadeeth Qudsee

     8. Sahaabah: Definition and their characteristics.

     9. At-Taabi‘oon and those who followed them until the end of the era of narration.

     10. Mardood due to faults in the narrators: Either due to lack of Integrity (‘Adaalah) or lack of Accuracy ( Dabt)

     11. Methods of Hadeeth Narration

     12. Conditions for Hadeeth Narration

     13. Textual Harmonization,

     14. Hadeeth Books,

     15. Women Scholars of Hadeeth

 

III. TEXTBOOKS

A. Required Text:

     Bilal Philips, Usool al-Hadeeth 

B. Supplementary Texts:

     Suhaib Hasan, An Introduction to the Science of Hadith

     Muhammad Siddique, Hadith Literature

     Mustapha Azami, Early Studies in Hadeeth Literature

     Ibn Katheer, al-Baahith al-Hatheeth

     Ibn Salaah, Tadreeb ar-Raawee

Course Description

The course provides students with an opportunity to study the Hadeeths regarding the things which the Prophet (peace be upon him) considered to be the best. These are based on a book entitled The Best in Islam series which was written by Dr. Bilal Philips. The students will be able to know which practices are the best in Islam, act upon them and earn reward from Allah.


I. OBJECTIVES

A. Providing the student with the knowledge of the hadeeths that are pertaining to the things which are considered to be the best in Islam.
 

B. Providing a detailed explanation of the best things in Islam.
 

C. Linking up the explanation of the hadeeths with contemporary events and issues so as to provide relevance to the students.

D. Making students aware of need to act upon these hadeeths and propagate them to others.
 



II. TEXTBOOKS

A. Required Text:

 Dr. Bilal Philips, A transcription of the lectures by Dr. Bilal Philips

B. Supplementary Texts:

None
 

Course Description

This course is a detailed study of half of the Hadeeths collected by Imaam an-Nawawee in his Hadeeth compilation called The Forty Hadeeths.


I. OBJECTIVES

A. To widen the student's knowledge of Islamic moral principles and rules on cultural matters in the light of the Sunnah, the second source of Islamic legislation.
 

B. To familiarize students with the methodology used the scholars of Islam to extract and deduce rules of conduct from its sources.
 

C. To expose students to the methods of referencing Hadeeths and Hadeeth analysis found in dependable works of Hadeeth.

D. To enable the students to begin the memorization of a useful body of Hadeeths
 



II. CLASS CONTENT

Hadeeth 25 to 37

III. TEXTBOOKS

A. Required Text:

Jamaalud din Zarabozo, Commentary on the Forty Hadith of al-Nawawi, vols.2 & 3

B. Supplementary Texts:

Comments on the commentary of forty Hadeeths of Nawawee by Ibn 'uthaimeen
 




'Aqeedah: Islamic Creed

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

 

III. TEXTBOOKS

A. Required Text:

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

 B. Supplementary Texts:

  • ‘Abdullah Al-Athari, Islamic Beliefs

Course Description

 

This course covers the third Category of Tawheed: Tawheed al-Asmaa was-Sifaat, The significance of belief in revelation, Understanding belief in Destiny, Signs of the Last Day and the Day of Resurrection, Status of the Prophet’s Companions, Obedience to Rulers, and Abandonment of Deviants.

 

I. Objectives 

  • To enable the student to understand the rules governing the correct understanding of the Divine Names and Attributes of Allah.
  • To further develop the basic belief in revelation found in both the Qur’aan and Sunnah.
  • To teach students about the Fifth Pillar of Faith: Belief in the Last Day and its portents.
  • To develop the student’s basic knowledge of the Sixth Pillar of Faith: Belief in the Divine Destiny (Qadaa and Qadar).
  • To enable students to comprehend the significance of the Status of the Prophet’s Companions

 

II.  Class Content

A. Al-Asmaa
 1. Linguistic and Technical definitions of Ism

2. Opinions of Scholars Regarding Ism, Tasmiyah and musammaa

3. Allaah’s Names are Fixed

4. Allaah’s Beautiful Names found in the Sunnah

The Effect of Knowledge of Allaah’s Names on a Muslim’s Behavior 
 

B. The Methodology for Understanding the Divine Attributes
1. Linguistic and Technical Definitions of Sifah

2. The Concept of Sifaat among the Salaf: Sifaat Thaatiyyah and Sifaat Ikhtiyaariyyah

3. The Concept of Sifaat among the Ash’arites: Sifaat al-Ma‘aanee, Sifaat Ma‘nawiyyah, Sifaat Salbiyyah, and Sifaat Khabariyyah

4. The Methodology for Understanding the Divine Attributes
i. The Three Rules of the Salafee Methodology
ii. Ta‘teel; its reality and examples among deviant sects
iii. Ta’weel; its reality and examples among deviant sects
iv. Tashbeeh; its reality and examples among deviant sects

5. Opinions of the Scholars Regarding Seeing Allaah
 

C. Qadaa and Qadar

1. Linguistic and Technical Definitions of Qadaa and Qadar

2. Levels of Faith in Qadaa and Qadar

3. Using Qadar as Justification for Sin

4. Divine Will and Human Will

5. Sects which Deviated Concerning Qadaa and Qadar

III. TEXTBOOKS

A. Required Text:

  • Bilal Philips, A Commentary on Ibn Qudaamah’s Radiance of Faith,
  • BilalPhilips, A Commentary on The Chapter on Qadar (A‘laam as-Sunnah of al-Hakamee)

 B. Supplementary Texts:

  • ‘Abdullah Al-Athari, Islamic Beliefs,
  • Ibn Abil-‘Izz, Sharh al-‘Aqeedah at- Tahaawiyyah (Eng. Trans.),
  • Umar al-Ashqar, Divine Will and Predestination

 

Course Description

 

This course covers ‘Aqeedah topics not covered in the first two semesters as presented in the oldest and most classical work on the Islamic creed from the 9th century.

 

I. Objectives 

  • To enable the student to understand the rules governing the principles of the Islamic creed.
  • To further develop the basic belief in revelation found in both the Qur’aan and Sunnah.
  • To develop the student’s basic knowledge of the first Pillar of Faith: Belief in the Prophet and the proofs for his prophethood.
  • To enable students to comprehend the significance of the Status of the Community and the importance of adhering to it.
  • To teach students about the position of faith between the principle of hope and fear and its significance.
  • To clarify for students how they may benefit the dead through acts of worship and the concept of supplication and divine response.

II.  Class Content

A. Belief in Messengers

1. Linguistic and Technical definitions of a prophet and messenger, and the relationship between the two
2. Characteristics of a Messenger
3. Assignments of a Messenger
4. Prophethood
5. Evidence Establishing the Prophethood
6. Revelation; its definition, method and doubts concerning it


B. Walee and Wilaayah

1. Linguistic and Technical Definitions of Walee
2. Characteristics of Allaah’s Close Friends
3. Wilaayah Cannot be Inherited


C. Belief in the Books of Revelation

1. Linguistic and Technical Definitions of a Divine Book
2. Conditions of a Divine Book
3. Humanity’s Need for Divine Books
4. Belief in the Divine Books in General and Specific
5. Books Which Must be Known

 

III. TEXTBOOKS

A. Required Text:

  • Abu Jafer at-Tahawe / Ali ibn Abil-‘Izz (Trans. Syed Iqbal Zaheer),
  • TheFundamentals of Islamic Creed, Canada: Al Attique Publishers Inc., 2nd ed., 2000.

 B. Supplementary Texts:

  • Ali ibn Abil-‘Izz (Trans. Dr Muhammad ‘Abdul Haqq Ansari), Commentary on the
    Creeed of at-Tahawi, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Al Imam Muammad Ibn Sa’ud Islamic University, 1st ed., 2000.

 

Course Description

 

This course covers the major sects which split off from the main body of Muslims.

 

I. Objectives 

  • Clarifying for students that the foundational principle in Islaam is a call to unity and firm adherence to the Qur’aan and Sunnah.
  • Emphasizing in the student’s understanding that division is always the product of extremism and deviant thought.
  • Creating an awareness of ancient sects which appeared in Muslim history to enable the student to understand contemporary sects from their historical roots.
  • Providing the student with an historical background of destructive roles played by deviant sects during Islamic history.
     

II.  Class Content

A. Reasons for the appearance of sects.


B. Khaarijites; their origin, opinions, and sub-sects.


C. Shi’ites: Twelvers, Zaydites, Ismailites


D. Baatinites Past and Present: Qaramantians, Babakites, Nusairites, Druze, Bahai, Qadianites.


E. Scholastic Theology

1. Minor Sects: Their names, origins, and teachings
 Jabrites, Qadarites, Murji’ites, Mushabbihah 

2. Major Sects: Their names, origins, and teachings
i. Mu‘tazilites
ii. Ash‘arites
iii. Maatureedites

III. TEXTBOOKS

A. Required Text:

  • Bilal Philips, The Devil’s Deception;
  • Bilal Philips, The Imaamate;
  • Bilal Philips, Mislamic Sects

 B. Supplementary Texts:

  • Gibb and Kramers, Shorter Encyclopedia of Islam, Glasse, The Concise Encyclopaedia of Islam

 

Course Description

 

This course provides students with an overview of the science of comparative religions with an emphasis on the differences between Islam and other religions. The course will also cover major ancient religions such as those of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Japan, China, India, Iran, Greece and Rome

 

I. Objectives 

  • Providing the student with an understanding of the beliefs of the nations from the beginning of creation until today.
  • Clarifying the degree of influence of religion on the life of these nations.
  • Enlightening the Muslim missionaries to study these beliefs in order to be better grounded to fulfill their role.
  • Making students aware of the subtle effects of secularization and modernization and the fact that religion became complete with the prophethood of Muhammad (Peace be upon him).

 

II.  Class Content

A. General Introduction
 

  1. Definition of Religion
  2. Differences between the terms Deen and Millah, and Sharee‘ah and Nihlah
  3. Definition of the Science of Comparative Religion and the importance of its study from an Islamic perspective
  4. Contributions of Muslim Scholars to the study of Comparative Religion


B. Major Man-Made Religions
 

  1. Ancient Religions of Egypt
  2. Ancient Religions of Mesopotamia (Sumerian, Babylonian)
  3. Japan: Shintoism
  4. China: Confucianism, Buddhism
  5. India: Hinduism, Jainism
  6. Iran: Zoroastrianism
  7. Greek Religion 
  8. Roman Religion

 

III. TEXTBOOKS

A. Required Text:

  • Mohammed Muhiyaddin, A Comparative Study of the Religions of Today
  • WAMY, al-Mawsoo‘ah al-Muyassarah fil-Mathaahib wal-Adyaan      

 

B. Supplementary Texts:

  • Ibn Hazm, al-Fisal fee al-Milal wal-Ahwaa wan-Nihal
  • Ash-Shahrastaanee, al-Milal wan-Nihal
  • Ahmad Shalabee, Adyaan al-Hind al-Kubraa
  • Muhammad Aboo Zahrah, Muhaadaraat fee ad-Diyaanaat al-Qadeemah
  • Muhammad ‘Abdullaah Daraaz, ad-Deen
     

 

Course Description

The course provides students with an opportunity to compare and contrast Islam with the theology, beliefs and books of Judaism and Christianity. A particular emphasis of the course will be an understanding of how the teachings, and practices of the Jews and Christians have evolved over time.

 

 

I. Objectives 

  • Providing the student with an understanding of the beliefs of the nations from the beginning of creation until today.
  • Clarifying the degree of influence of religion on the life of these nations.
  • Enlightening the Muslim missionaries to study these beliefs in order to be better grounded to fulfill their role.
  • Making students aware of the subtle effects of secularization and modernization and the fact that religion became complete with the prophethood of Muhammad (Peace be upon him).

 

II.  Class Content

A. Judaism

  1. History of Judaism
  2. Technical terms: Hebrews, Jews, Israelites
  3. The condition of the Jews when the Qur’aan was being revealed according to the Qur’aanic texts.
  4. Jewish Beliefs and Teachings: Hereafter, Sabbath, Yom Kippur, Jewish Festivals
  5. Jewish Religious Texts: Old Testament; its definition and books, Talmud: its history and teachings; Protocols of the Elders of Zion
  6. Jewish Sects


B. Christianity

  1. The historical background to the birth of Christianity
  2. The Messiah in the Qur’aan
  3. The Messiah in the view of Christians
  4. The most important beliefs of Christians: Divinity of Jesus, Crucification, Atonement, the Original Sin
  5. Christian Teachings: Baptism, Communion, The Last Supper
  6. Christian Religious Books: Gospels and the Letters of Paul
  7. Main Christian Sects: Catholics, Orthodox, Protestants, Jehovah’s Witnesses,  Mormons, Seventh Days Adventists, Born Again

 

III. TEXTBOOKS

A. Required Text:

  • Mohammed Muhiyaddin, A Comparative Study of the Religions of Today
  • Rifkin, Ira, Spiritual Perspectives on Globalization: Making Sense of Economic and Cultural Upheaval 

 

B. Supplementary Texts:

  • Ash-Shahrastaanee, al-Milal wan-Nihal
  • Ahmad Shalabee, al-Yahoodiyyah wan-Nasraaniyyah
  • Muhammad Aboo Zahrah, Muhaadaraat fee an-Nasraaniyyah
       
     

Course Description
 

This course covers the inhabitants of the spirit world beginning with the Angels, the Jinn and human souls.

 

I. Objectives 

  • To develop the student’s basic knowledge of the Second Pillar of Faith: Belief in the Angels.
  • To enable the student to understand the spirit world and to distinguish between fact and fiction regarding its inhabitants and their relationships.
  • To enable students to comprehend the significance of Satan and to be aware of his snares and his weapons.
  • To teach students about spiritual ailments and how they are to be treated according to the Qur’aan and Sunnah.
  • To clarfy for students the wisdom behind Satan’s creation and role of evil in the world.

II.  Class Content

A. Belief in the Angels and the Last Day

  1. Linguistic and Technical definitions of an Angel
  2. Proofs for the Existence of Angels
  3. Reality of Angels
  4. Characteristics of Angels
  5. Categories of Angels 
  6. Relationship Between Angels and Humans


B. Jinn and Devils

  1. Linguistic and Technical Definitions of Jinn and Devils
  2. Evidence for the Existence of the Jinn
  3. Reality of the Jinn
  4. Control over the Jinn
  5. Relationship Between Jinn and Humans


C. Belief in the Last Day

  1. The Necessity for Belief in the Last Day
  2. Reasons Used by Those who Doubt the Last Day
  3. Signs of the Hour; Minor and Major
  4. Events Leading Up to the Last Day
  5. Events of the Last Day

 

III. TEXTBOOKS

A. Required Text:

  • Umar al-Ashqar, The World of the Noble Angels
  • Umar al-Ashqar, The World of the Jinn and Devils
  • Umar al-Ashqar, The Day of Resurrection
  • Ibn Abil-‘Izz, Sharh al-‘Aqeedah at-Tahaawiyyah (Eng. Trans.)

B. Supplementary Texts:

  • Abdullah Al Athari, Islamic Beliefs: A Brief Introduction to the ‘Aqeedah of Ahlus Sunnah wal-Jama‘ah
  • Al-Qurtubee, Luqat al-Murjaan fee Ahkaam al-Jaann
  • Al-Qurtubee, at-Tathkirah fee Ahwaal al-Mawtaa wa Umoor al-Aakhirah



Seerah Nabawiyyah

Course Description

 

This course entails a study of the most important events in the life of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) between his birth and migration to Madeenah. It explores the challenges he encountered and the manners with which he responded to them.

 

I. Objectives 

  • To enable the student to understand the personality and the character of the noble Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) both as a man and a Prophet.
  • To further appreciate the Prophet (Peace be upon him) as a model and guide.
  • To develop the student’s basic knowledge and understanding of the Qur’aan as it was enacted and practiced by the Prophet (Peace be upon him).
  • To enable the students to acquire the tools of tarbia (character development) and da’wah (Islamic propagation) as they were taught by the Prophet (Peace be upon him).
  • To enkindle love for the Prophet (Peace be upon him) in the hearts of students and inspire them to follow his footsteps.

 

II.  Class Content

A. Sources of Seerah – Reasons for studying the Seerah and importance of Seerah

B. Social and religious condition among the Arabs of the Arabian Peninsula prior to Islaam

C. From the Prophet’s (Peace be upon him) birth until the beginning of his prophethood.

1. His ancestry

2. Events at the time of his birth

3. His orphaning and adoption by his grandfather and uncle

4. His wet-nursing and the opening of his chest

5. Allaah’s protection of him from idolatry

6. His travels

7. The Fudool pact and early signs of his impending prophethood

8. His seclusion in Hiraa Cave

9. The coming of revelation, secret Da’wah, open Da’wah, methods of the pagans in opposition to the da’wah, and his sufferings

D. The first two Hijrahs to Ethiopia

E. His presenting Islaam to the tribes

F. His night journey to Jerusalem and his ascension into the heavens

G. The first pledge of allegiance at al-‘Aqabah

H. The second pledge of al-‘Aqabah and its consequences

I. The Hijrah of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) from Makkah to Madeenah

1. Reasons and goals of the Hijrah

2. The ruling regarding Hijrah and the virtues of Hijrah

3. Lessons derived

J. The Madeenah Period: Foundations of the New Community

1. Building the Mosque

2. The brotherhood of faith between emigrants and Muslims of Madeenah

3. Writing the Constitution
 
 

Point of Note

When teaching this course, care should be taken to firmly establish the facts from the Qur’aan and authentic Sunnah and the more correct position on issues in which Seerah scholars differed while focusing on the lessons to be learned from the facts and events of the Seerah.

 

III. TEXTBOOKS

A. Required Text:

  • Muhammad Ghazali, Fiqh us-Seerah
  • Safiur Rahman al-Mubarakpuri, The Sealed Nectar     

 

B. Supplementary Texts:

  • Mahdi Rizqullah Ahmad, A Biography of the Prophet of Islam: In the Light of the Original Sources
  • Zakaria Bashir, The Meccan Crucible, The Hijrah, Sunshine in Madinah,
  • Mustafa as-Sibaa’ie, The Life of Prophet Muhammad; Highlights and Lessons
  • Imaam Soyootee, The Caliphs Who Took the Right Way
  • Masud-ul-Hasan, History of Islam
  •  S. Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi, Muhammad The Last Prophet

Course Description

 

This course entails a study of the most important events in the life of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) from his arrival in Madina until his demise. It examines his persistent efforts to deliver the message of Islam and the examples he set for future generations to follow. It assesses the causes, conductand outcomes of his military campaigns and puts them in perspective.

 

I. Objectives 

  • To enable the student to understand the personality and the character of the noble Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) both as a man and a Prophet.
  • To further appreciate the Prophet (Peace be upon him) as a model and guide.
  • To develop the student’s basic knowledge and understanding of the Qur’aan as it was enacted and practiced by the Prophet (Peace be upon him).
  • To enable the students to acquire the tools of tarbia (character development) and da’wah (Islamic propagation) as they were taught by the Prophet (Peace be upon him).
  • To enkindle love for the Prophet (Peace be upon him) in the hearts of students and inspire them to follow his footsteps.

 

II.  Class Content

A. The Battles: Their causes, date, results, effects, and lessons to be learned

1. The Battle of Badr

2.The Battle of Uhud

3. The Battle of the Nadeer Clan

4. The Battle of Thaat ar-Ruqaa‘

5. The Battle of the Clans (Trench)

B. The causes, dates, results, effects, and lessons to be learned for all

1. The Treaty of Hudaybiyyah

2. The Battle of Khaybar

3. Letters to kings and rulers

4. The Battle of Hunayn

5. The Battle of Taa’if

6. The Battle of Tabook

7. Year of the Delegations

8. Aboo Bakr’s Hajj with the masses

9. The Farewell Pilgrimage

10. Illness and death of the Prophet (Peace be upon him)

11. Aboo Bakr’s appointment as the Caliph

C. The Prophet’s (Peace be upon him) Household

D. The Prophet’s (Peace be upon him) Character and Manners
 
 

Point of Note

When teaching this course, care should be taken to firmly establish the facts from the Qur’aan and authentic Sunnah and the more correct position on issues in which Seerah scholars differed while focusing on the lessons to be learned from the facts and events of the Seerah.

 

III. TEXTBOOKS

A. Required Text:

  • Muhammad Ghazali, Fiqh us-Seerah
  • Safiur Rahman al-Mubarakpuri, The Sealed Nectar     

 

B. Supplementary Texts:

  • Mahdi Rizqullah Ahmad, A Biography of the Prophet of Islam: In the Light of the Original Sources
  • Zakaria Bashir, The Meccan Crucible, The Hijrah, Sunshine in Madinah,
  • Mustafa as-Sibaa’ie, The Life of Prophet Muhammad; Highlights and Lessons
  • Imaam Soyootee, The Caliphs Who Took the Right Way
  • Masud-ul-Hasan, History of Islam
  •  S. Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi, Muhammad The Last Prophet

 




Fiqh and Usool Al-Fiqh

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

 

I. OBJECTIVES

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.

 

II. CLASS CONTENT 

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

 

III. TEXTBOOKS

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.)
 

 

Course Description

This course is comprised of a study of the fundamental issues of Islamic jurisprudence. Only fiqhul muamalaat (trade transactions) will be covered in this course. The sound sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH) is presented with authentic conclusive evidence. Where ever required modern day examples are mentioned and incorporated. The dire need to know the Islamic rulings of techniques and systems in place in modern day businesses is not ignored.

 

I. TEXTBOOKS 

A. Required Text:

     Salih Al-Fawzaan, A Summary of Islamic Jurisprudence, vol.2

B. Supplementary Texts:

   Fiqhus Sunnah, Sayyid Sabiq,

  

Course Description

This course is comprised of a study of the fundamental issues of Islamic Law. The book of Marriage is full of issues regarding family matters where nikaah issues, marital discord, and more are discussed. It is a course in which both married and unmarried students will find immense benefit. While going through all the academic lingo of the subject you will Insha Allah benefit from it for your personal life and those around you. 
 

I. TEXTBOOKS 

A. Required Text:

  • Salih Al-Fawzaan, A Summary of Islamic Jurisprudence, vol.2

B. Supplementary Texts:

  • Fiqhus Sunnah, Sayyid Sabiq,
  • Azzawaaj al Islami by Shaykh Mahmood Al Masri,
  • Isharun Nisaa by Shaykh Usamah bin Kamal 

Course Description

This course is a survey of usool al-fiqh (the principles of Islamic jurisprudence). The main topics of study are the daleels that are universally considered authoritative, followed by the controversial daleels (excluding those most relevant to al Maqaasid al-Shar‘iyyah), linguistic issues relevant to interpretation of the texts, the nature of Sharee‘ah rules, and issues concerning ijtihaad.

I. Objectives

  1. To enable the student to understand the origins of the Science of Usool al-Fiqh.

  2. To familiarize the student with the proofs for the authority of the various types of evidence recognized in Usool al-Fiqh and the arguments of those who reject various proofs.

  3. To acquaint the student with the main rules regarding interpretation of textual evidence as well as the most important controversies surrounding some of them.

  4. To give the student a clear framework for understanding the nature of rules employed in fiqh.

  5. To familiarize students with the methodology for dealing with apparently contradictory evidence.

  6. To acquaint the student with the main issues related to ijtihaad.

II. Class Content

  1. An introduction to the science of Usool al-Fiqh: Its origin and development and the difference between Usool al-Fiqh and Fiqh.

  2. Identification of fields of knowledge that have contributed to Usool ul Fiqh i.e. the Qur’aan, Sunnah, Arabic Language, logic and Fiqh

  3. Examining the concept of Ijtihad as found in the early times.

  4. Issues regarding the Hukm Shar‘ee (Islamic Law) and what is related to it.

  5. Defining declarative law ( al-hukum al-wad’ee) in detail with its sub-divisions and ways of identifying categories when appropriate.

  6. Discussing the nature of Shariah Laws

  7. Role of intellect and free will in determining the legal capacity.

  8. An overview of types of evidence: Qat’ee and Zannee, Primary and Secondary, transmitted and rational

  9. Issues related to the Qur’aan

  10. The Issues related to Sunnah

  11. The issue of Abrogation (Naskh)

  12. The Language- Clarity of Language and linguistic issues

  13. Research on Command and Prohibition: Definition; ways that command and prohibition are conveyed in Arabic. The legal value of it, an order after a prohibition, and non-literal uses of it

  14. Research on the General and Specific: Definitions of the ‘Aam and Khaas, generalization terminology

  15. Research on the Unlimited and the Limited: Definitions of the Mutlaq and Muqayyid, the working relationship between the two.

  16. Research on the Textual Implications: The Stated (Mantooq) and Unstated ( Maskoot)

  17. Discussion on Ijmaa’: Definition, books on Ijmaa’ and the controversy on the authority of Ijmaa

  18. Study on Qiyaas: Definition, proof for those who reject the Qiyaas and the conditions pertaining to the original and new cases.

  19. Research on Istis-haab (Presumption of Continuity): definition, recognition and evidence for its authority and its types.

Textbook

  1. Required Text:

Bilal Philips, A Commentary on Usool al- Fiqh Made Easy

  1. Supplementary Texts:

Study notes by Riaz Ansary

Imran Ahsan Khan Nyazee, Outlines of Islamic Jurisprudence

Muhammad Hashim Kamali, Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence

Course Description

This course is comprised of a study of the fundamental issues of Islamic Law. The book of faraa'id is all about the estate of the deceased. A very important subject known only to few. While many people sacrifice their entire life for the well-being of themselves and those they love, at the very crucial time of their life they act unwisely and inflict the continuous torment on themselves, and even on those they love.

I. OBJECTIVES

  1. To enable the student to understand the origins of Islamic Law.

  2. To illustrate the importance of the law of inheritance

  3. To be able to distribute the estate of the deceased according to Sharia

  4. To guide the students by teaching them how to implement the Islamic law of succession in this modern world

II. CLASS CONTENT

A. Inheritance (Meeraath)

  1. Definition, Status, Evidences, Foundations of the Inheritance System: Pillars, Reasons, Conditions, Inhibitors

  2. Rights Which Supersede Inheritance Rights; Burial, Debts, Wills

  3. Heirs; Basic Rules, Adjustments

  4. Cases; Fetus, lost individuals, hermaphrodites, illegitimate child,

  5. Blockage; Rules governing principles which cancel the right to inherit

B. Bequest (Wasiyyah)

  1. Definitions, Status, Evidences; Pillars, Inhibitors,

  2. Rules Governing Bequest along with Inheritance

C. Qis’as (Legal Retribution)

  1. Murder: Definition, Types

  2. Qis’as: It legality in Shariah, Conditions for fulfillment, Qis’as for parts of the body and wound, Qis’as when a group kills an individual.

III. TEXTBOOKS

  1. Required Text:

  • Dr. Salih Al Fawzan, A Summary of Islamic Jurisprudence Vol 2

  • Dr A. Hussain, the Islamic law of succession

  • Notes supplied by Dr Muhammad Anwar Sahib AlMadani


 

  1. Supplementary Texts:

  • Shaykh Muhammad Saleh Al Uthaimeen, Sharhul Mumti'e

  • Sayyid Sabiq, Fiqhus Sunnah

Course Description

This course deals with Islamic Criminal Law. In this course, we will discuss the various rulings related to the Hudood punishments, also we will find out the differences between legal retribution and prescribed punishments, as well as how to implement it and by whom. All these in order to prevent other incidences of such crimes from occurring. In other words it serves as a deterrent for the culprit and a forewarning for others. These laws are implemented by the state and it is not in the hands of individuals to execute as they like. All these punishments and before that, all the precautionary steps taken by Islam so that the doors leading to acts of evil is eliminated from the beginning, are some of the highlights of this study.

I. OBJECTIVES

  1. To enable the student to understand the origins of Islamic Law.

  2. To illustrate the importance of the law of legal retribution and prescribed punishments.

  3. To be able to understand the importance of this law for peace and security.

  4. To exemplify the result of implementing this law in any land, anytime.

II. CLASS CONTENT

  1. Diyah (Blood Money)

  1. Definition, importance and need, amounts of diyah, conditions for bearing the responsibility of paying the money

  2. Indemnity for body organs; senses and functions; and for wounds and fractures

  3. Expiation for murder, compurgation

  1. Hudood (Prescribed Punihment)

  1. Definition, importance and need

  2. Prescribed punishment for zina, slander, intoxicants, stealing, highway robbery etc.

  1. Fighting the rebels

  2. Legislation regarding apostasy

  3. The book of food

  1. Halaal and Haraam Issues, types of food, evidence related to it

  2. Conditions of slaughtering

  3. Hunting: Conditions, what to do before and after hunting etc.

  1. Oaths and Vows: Definition, types of oaths, permissible and non-permissible and conditions of oath

III. TEXTBOOKS

  1. Required Text:

  • Dr. Salih Al Fawzan, A Summary of Islamic Jurisprudence Vol 2


 

  1. Supplementary Texts:

  • Shaykh Muhammad Saleh Al Uthaimeen, Sharhul Mumti'e

  • Sayyid Sabiq, Fiqhus Sunnah

  • Muhammad Subhi bin Hasan Hallaq, Qur’an and Sunnah

This course focuses on an important area in Islamic Jurisprudence which is the discipline of legal maxims. The Subject of Islamic legal maxims aphoristically subsumes all the spectrums that purpose of Shari’ah is all about. There are six basic Islamic legal maxims agreed upon among the Islamic scholars on which the tenet of Islamic law is based. Each one of these six legal maxims has some subsidiary maxims which are either functioning as further explanation to the grand maxim or condition and restriction to it. This course attempts to analyze those six legal maxims and their sub-maxims in addition to some more comprehensive maxims.

I. Objectives

  1. Introduce the history, character and significance of Islamic legal maxims.

  2. Be familiar with the legal maxims of Islamic law and the various subsidiary maxims as well as other comprehensive maxims.

  3. Use the source materials of maxims of Islamic law.

  4. Introduce fundamental principles and applications of Islamic law.

  5. Comprehend Fiqhi issues based on legal maxims.

  6. Acquire knowledge of the particulars of Fiqh from various chapters of Fiqh.

II. CLASS CONTENT

  1. Introduction to Islamic Legal maxims: Defining the Maqaasid, identifying their importance, categories and sources.

  2. Relationship Between Islamic Legal Maxims and other disciplines of Fiqh thought.

  3. Role and History of Islamic legal Maxims: Role of Islamic legal maxims in common Ijtihad and in contemporary ijtihad and Historical development of Islamic legal maxims before compilation of Fiqh

  4. Study of Islamic legal maxims as distinct discipline

  5. An Overview of Major Maxims: Meaning, origins, history and application of each with its subsidiary and minor maxims.

  6. Other comprehensive and general maxims.

III. TEXTBOOKS

A. Required Text:

PDF notes

B. Supplementary Texts:

Philips, Dr Bilal, A compilation of Islamic Legal Maxims.

C. Recommended Texts:

Laldin, Dr Mohammad Akram, A Mini Guide to Shari’ah & Legal Maxims.

Al-Amiri, R S. (2003). Legal Maxims in Islamic Jurisprudence: Their History, Character and Significance, University of Birmingham, UK: Islamic Texts Society

Al-Bornu, M. S. Al-Wajiz Fi Idahi Qawa’idil Fiqh al-Kulliyah (Arabic version), 1998, Al-Risalah Publishers, Lebanon.


 




Da'wah and Islamic Culture

 

Da’wah & Du’aat
Course Description

This course is comprised of a study on the importance of dawah, and the characteristics a dai’ should possess for effective transmission of message. The course further elaborates on preparing the dai’s mindset.

I. OBJECTIVES

A. Making students aware of the importance of giving da’wah

B. Identifying and understanding what approach must be adopted for handling different situations

C. Creating awareness and importance of their own conduct and controlling oneself.

D. Making the students aware of the importance of research, patience and using ones initiative.

E. To provide clear guidelines on how to deal with Muslims from different backgrounds


 

II. CLASS CONTENT

  1. Introduction to the topic of Da’wah and its importance

  2. Principles of Da’wah
    1. Adhering to the Quran and Sunnah

    2. Knowledge and Insight

    3. Understanding

    4. Wisdom
    5. Mutual Love and Good Relations
    6. Patience and bearing hardships
    7. Adorning oneself with Excellent Manners’

    8. Breaking the barriers between the caller and the people

    9. Use of Kindness and Gentleness
    10. Open hearts regarding difference of opinion among scholars

    11. Controlling one’s emotion according to the dictates of the shariah

    12. Not losing hopes
    13. Communicating with those of authority.

    14. Trips and visit planning for youth

  3. How to be just and reasonable in one’ dawah

  4. Characteristics of a successful Dai’

  5. Calling to Islam Vs Seeking knowledge

  6. Means of performing Da’wah
  7. Practical training through question and answers; inviting ones family and friends, difference of opinions amongst scholars and making accusations, women as dai’; inviting to the way of Allah, the meaning of Islamic awakening, dawah on societies where Muslims are a minority, inviting the disbelievers to the way of Allah etc.

III. TEXTBOOKS

A. Required Text:

The Islamic Awakening – important guidelines – Shaykh Muhammad ibn Salih al-Uthaymeen.

B. Supplementary Texts: None

 

Contemporary Da’wah Movements

Course Description

This course is comprised of a study on da’wah in contemporary times, its schools from the time of the prophetic era until the present, with special focus on the major Islamic movements of the 20th century

I. OBJECTIVES
  1. Developing in the student awareness about the importance of studying Da’wah in this era and the need for it.

  2. Providing students with the understanding of the different schools, da’wah movements, current and the ways to unite them and how to limit the areas of difference among them.

  3. Identifying the problems and challenges in the field of Da’wah in order to enable meet them effectively.

II. CLASS CONTENT

  1. Methods of Da’wah and their categories: definitions of manaahij (methods); main contemporary methods according to origin:

    1. Divine Method
    2. Secular Method
    3. False Religious Method
    4. Man-made Religious Method
  2. Nature of the Way of Da’wah
  3. Characteristics of the Divine Method:

    1. Generality or Specifics,

    2. Collective [group method] or Individual

  4. Foundations of the Way of Da’wah

      1. Qur’an and Sunnah
      2. Qur’aan and authentic tafseer,

      3. Authentic Sunnah and Correct Interpretation

  1. Practical Utilization of Da’wah Methods: Discussion and Debate and Contemporary Response to Missionary Da’wah – Ahmad Deedat; Dr Jamal Badawi; and Dr Zakir Naik

  2. Practical Utilization of Da’wah Methods: Non- Muslims and Muslims

  3. Special Methods of Da’wh:

  1. Observational/Scientific Methods

  2. Emotional Methods

  3. Rational/Intellectual Methods
  4. Interrogative Methods

  1. Means of Da’wah
  2. Problems of Da’wah:

  1. Internal Problems
  2. External Problems
  1. The Divine Method of Da’wah: Companions’ of Prophets and different early scholars approach and insight in dawah and its influence on society and Islam.

  2. 16th & 17th Centuries Colonization: The major dais’ of the time and the effect of their call on the societies.

  3. 20th Century Islamic Movements

  4. Sufism impact in India and Pakistan and Ansarus Sunnah Muhammadiyyah in Egypt & Sudan


 

III. TEXTBOOKS
A. Required Text:

The Comprehensive Islamic Call by Dr Muhammad Zain al-Hadi; Da’wah in Contemporary Times – Notes, Dr Bilal Philips

B. Supplementary Texts:
  1. Al-Makhraj min al-Fitnah – Muqbil ibn Haadi al-Waadi’ee

  2. Words of Advice Regarding Da’wah by Abdul Azeez ibn Baz

  3. The Islamic Awakening by Muhammad ibn Salih al-Uthaymin

  4. How to Call People to Islam by Abdul Badei Saqr


 




Arabic Language

Course Description

This course, originally designed for adults by King Saud University, Riyadh, develops Arabic reading and writing skills gradually and logically without requiring the learner to memorize all 28 letters of the alphabet plus their 112 variations before learning to read and write. It has been modified with English explanations and presentations to further simplify the learning process for adult English speakers.

ARB 100 (Reading and Writing) is a noncredit and optional course for those who do not know how to read and write Arabic script.


I. Objectives

  • To enable the student read and write Arabic.

II. Textbooks :

A. Required Text:

  • Bilal Philips, Arabic Reading and Writing Made Easy
III. Fees: 
 
Course fee of ARB 100 will be applicable according to the sliding scale below for the students of the BAIS program. This fee is separate from the regular semester fees:
 
a. Very High Human Development Country : $25 USD
b. High Human Development Country : $20 USD
c. Medium Human Development Country : $15 USD
d. Low Human Development Country : $10 USD
 
The amount payable has a flexibility such that a BAIS student who enrolls into ARB 100 may pay this fee any time before entering the final semester of studies when they enroll into ARB 402 course.

Course Description

 

Arabic Grammar Level 1 introduces students to Arabic grammar in a unique way based on the frequency of vocabulary usage. Level 1 focuses completely on the major nominal grammatical constructions. Its lessons are taught using English as the medium of instruction in order to give the student a basic understanding of Arabic grammar from an English grammatical perspective.

I. TEXTBOOKS 

A. Required Text:

  •      Bilal Philips, Arabic Grammar made easy (Book One)

 
 

 

Course Description

Arabic Grammar Level 2 develops knowledge of Arabic grammar in a unique way based on the frequency of vocabulary usage. Level 2 focuses mainly on the morphology of verbs in the perfect tense and their grammatical constructions. Its lessons are taught using English as the medium of instruction in order to further develop the student's basic understanding of Arabic grammar from an English grammatical perspective.

I. TEXTBOOKS 

A. Required Text:

  •  Bilal Philips, Arabic Grammar made easy (Book One)

B. Supplementary Text:

  • Slideshow Presentation

Course Description

Arabic 201 is specifically designed to provide students with the fundamental skills in mastering proper pronunciation and conversing in everyday situations while introducing relevant vocabulary.

I. Objectives 

  • To enable students to read and understand basic modern standard Arabic.
  • Correcting the student’s reading and conversational skills as well as developing his ability to express his opinions and thoughts in correct phrases.
  • To enable students to carry out basic conversations with their fellow students of Arab origin.  

II. TEXTBOOKS 

A. Required Text:

  •  Al-Arabiyatu Bayna Yadayk Volume 1   
     

 

Arabic 202

In this course the student is provided with an excellent introduction to grammar rules, grammatical analysis, morphology, vocabulary and expressions

I. Objectives

A.  To teach grammar rules

B.   To equip student with the skill of analyzing the text.

C.  To enrich student’s vocabulary

D.  To enhance student’s language skills-hearing, speaking, reading and writing

E.  To develop skills to communicate with Arabic speakers by writing and speaking

F.  To create awareness regarding the aspects of Islamic culture

II. TEXTBOOKS

A. Required Text:

دروس اللغة العربية -book 2

Arabic 301

The first half of Book 3 of دروس اللغة العربية لغير الناطقين بها is being used for the 6th semester. Here,  there  is  the  continuation  of  Arabic grammar  with  analysis  of  verbs,  past  and present.  A whole new array of vocabulary is introduced and the student is encouraged to write and speak as the course proceeds. One  main  feature  is  the  topic  of Morphology,  where  the  student  learns  the formation of words from verbs.

  1. Objectives

  1. To enhance  the  ability  of  the  student  to  understand verbs and their structures

  2. To give the student the formative rules of morphology, which opens a wider vista of the Arabic Language.

  3. To introduce the new grammar rules to the student.

  4. To make student feel equipped, confident and more comfortable in dealing with Arabic language.

 

 

  1. TEXTBOOKS

Required Text:  دروس اللغة العربية-book 3

 

Arabic 302

This course is a continuation of the study of the morphology of verbs utilizing book 3 of the Madinah Syllabus.

  1. Objectives

  1. To enhance  the  ability  of  the  student  to  understand verbs and their structures

  2. To give the student the formative rules of morphology, which opens a wider vista of the Arabic Language.

  3. To introduce the new grammar rules to the student.

  4. To make student feel equipped, confident and more comfortable in dealing with Arabic language.

 

 

  1. TEXTBOOKS

  1. Required Text:  دروس اللغة العربية-book 3

Arabic 401

Course Description

This is an advanced Arabic course, introduced as an introductory course on Balagha. This subject encompasses all grammatical and morphological aspects and combining it to form the Science of Rhetoric. The study of this course enlightens the student to a broader understanding of the impeccable eloquence and beauty of the Arabic language, looking at the main sources; the Quran and also poetry.

  1. Objectives

This course aims to:

  1. Listening to the eloquent Arabic methods

  2. Understanding the methods of the Arabic language high-end

  3. Understand the beauty in the Quran

  4. Knowing some of the rhetorical terms like البلاغة والفصاحة والأسلوب الخبري والأسلوب الإنشائي

  5. Knowing some of the meanings of Quranic Ayaat

  6. Understanding meanings of the Arabic poems

  7. Knowing many new words which they come in the Arabic verse

  1. Class Content

  1. An introduction to rhetoric: Definition, lexical and terminological meaning and parts

  2. The clarity الفصاحة:  Definition, lexical and terminological meanings and kinds

  3. Clarity of single words

  4. Clarity of speech

  5. Clarity of the speaker

  6. The styles or methods of rhetoric البلاغة

  1. Scientific Style

  2. Literary Method

  3. Oratory Method

  1. The two rhetoric Arabic speech kinds

  1. The statement speech   الأسلوبُ الخبريُّ

  2. The originative speech

  1. The statement speech

  1. Purpose, benefit, necessity, examples

  2. Kinds of the statement أضرُبُ الخبرِ

  1. The primary statement  الخبر الابتدائي

  2. The requesting statement   الخبر الطلبي

  3. The denying statement  الخبر الإنكاري

  1. Particles of emphasis of the statement أدوات توكيد الخبر

  2. General Questions أسئلة عامة

  3. Emergence/Exiting of the statement from the requisite of being apparent خروج الخبر على مُقتضى الظاهر

  1. The originative speech:

  1. Lexical and terminological meaning

  2. Kinds of originative

  1. Requesting Originative and its kinds

  1. Requesting originative by the command verb

  2. Requesting originative by the Prohibition form

  3. Requesting originative by Questioning

  4. Examples from the Holly quran

  5. Requesting originative by calling

  6. Requesting originative by wishing

  1. Non-Requesting Originative and its kinds.

  1. Non requesting originative by amazement form

  2. Non requesting originative by the style of praise and dispraise

  3. Non requesting originative by hope

  4. Non requesting originative by hope

  5. The oath

  6. The patterns of Uqud (contracts)

  1. The Particle of questioning

 

  1. Text Books

A. Required Text:

البلاغة الواضحة ، لعلي الجارم ومُصطفى أمين

B.  Supplementary Texts:  

جواهرُ البلاغةِ في المعاني والبيان والبديع ، للسيد أحمد الهاشمي

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course Description

This course is based on a study of Juzz Amma covering from سورة النبأ to سورة المطففين .

The course focuses on explaining the interpretation of the meanings, i'rab and rhetoric of the Qur'anic verses.

Objectives

At the completion of this course students should:

  • Have the knowledge of tilawat (recitation) of the verses.
  • Have the knowledge of the interpretation of the meanings of the various Qur'anic words from سورة النبأ to سورة المطففين .
  • Have the skill of identifying the i'rab of the words in the verses.
  • Have the knowledge of the rhetoric points in the studied verses.

 

Text Books

  • دروسٌ من القرآن الكريمِ (المستوى الرَّابع) – جامعة الإمام محمد بن سعود
  • دُروسٌ من القُرآنِ الكريمِ (المُستوى الثالث) – جامعة الإمام محمد بن سعود
  • إعرابُ جُزءِ عمَّ – إعرابٌ وتفسيرٌ وبلاغةٌ وأسبابُ نزولٍ ، تأليف : محمد حسين سلامة



Academic Research

I. OBJECTIVES

1. Training the student in the methods of research.

2. Enabling the student to gather his thoughts and present them in an organized manner.

3. Encouraging the student to develop original thinking and be productive

 

II. CLASS CONTENT

A. Introduction to the Methodology of Academic Research

B. The Historical Origin of Academic Research

C. Types of Methodology for Academic Research

     1. The Deductive Method

     2. The Survey Method

     3. The Historical Method

     4. The Descriptive Method

     5. The Argumentative Method

D. The Methodologies of Academic Research Among Muslims

     1. Originality of Academic Research Among Muslims

     2. Establishment of Islamic Thought as the Base for Academic Research

     3. Defining the Methodology of Academic Research Among Muslims

     4. Sharee‘ah Methods in Calling to Knowledge 

E. Academic Research Institutes

F. Types of Scientific Research

     1. Theoretical Research

     2. Practical Research

G. Contents of Academic Research

     1. Identifying the Problem to be Researched

     2. Serious Effort and Inventiveness

     3. Addition of New Information

     4. Importance of the Research

     5. Originality of the Research

     6. Feasibility of the Research

     7. Independence of the Research

     8. Availability of References for Research

H. Preparatory Steps for a Research Paper

     1. Choosing the Subject of Research

     2. Choosing the Research Plan

     3. Collecting the Sources and References

     4. Gathering the Subject Matter

     5. Presenting and Documenting the Research

     6. Bibliographies of the Research

I. Organizing the Research Material

     1. Typing the Research Paper

     2. Binding the Research Paper

     3. Ordering the Research Paper

     4. Numbering the Research Paper

J. Editing Manuscripts

     1. Rules for Editing Manuscripts

     2. Steps for Editing Manuscripts

 

III. TEXTBOOKS

A. Required Text:

     Islamic Research Methodology, Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips

B. Supplementary Texts:

     Research in Islam, Ahmad Von Denffer, The Craft of Research, Booth, Colomb and Williams; MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 6th ed., Joseph Gibaldi




Psychology

Course Description

 

This course combines Islamic wisdom with contemporary knowledge, the course focuses on the Islamic perspective to understanding humans, their psyche, and their nature. The Islamic approach is unique in this field due to its reliance upon revelation and sacred sources for knowledge and understanding.

 

I. Objectives 

  • Be familiar with the field of psychology and the various sub-disciplines as well as related fields.
  • Understand the difference between the secular and Islamic approaches to the study of human nature and personality.
  • Understand the complex relationship between psychology and religion.
  • Compare and contrast the sources of knowledge used for the Islamic and secular perspectives.
  • Comprehend psychology, the nature of humans and purpose in life from an Islamic perspective, utilizing wisdom from sacred sources.

 

II.  Class Content

Introduction to Psychology and Human Nature
 
Contemporary Perspectives in Psychology

Thinking Critically with Psychological Science

Basics of Human Nature

The Heart (Al-Qalb)

Personality

Motivation

Emotion

Intelligence, Reason and Wisdom

States of Consciousness

Memory

Conditioning and Learning

Social Influences upon Humans

Unseen Influences upon Humans

Abnormal Psychology

Health Psychology

Religiosity, Spirituality and Mental Health

Trials and Tribulations of Life

Counseling and Psychotherapy

Developmental Psychology
 

 

III. TEXTBOOKS

A. Required Text:

  • Hamdan, A. (In press). Psychology from the Islamic Perspective. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: International Islamic Publishing House.
     

B. Supplementary Texts:

  • PDF Notes

Course Description
 

This course is an introduction to the mainstream western theories and principles of counseling psychology. Theoretical approaches to the counseling process will be presented with examples of its clinical application. These western paradigms will be evaluated for its congruence with Islamic beliefs and tradition. Islamic concepts and ideas will be presented in an attempt to integrate these theories into the process of counseling. These will include reference to the Islamic scholarly tradition of healing. 
 

I. Objectives 

  • Encourage critical thinking and instill the motivation for personal study in the area of counseling psychology from the Quran and Sunnah.  
  • Introduce the western theories of counseling, while distilling this information through an Islamic filter so as to facilitate an enhanced integrative learning process.
  • Introduce Islamic ideas of counseling towards a synthesis of western and Islamic approaches of the topic at hand.  
  • Emphasize and transfer theory into practical application (non-clinical), both personally (self-awareness) and communally.  
  • Understand the components that contribute to psychopathology and health.  

II. TEXTBOOKS 

A. Required Text:

  • Corey, G. (2009). Theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy (8th edition). Belmont, CA: Thomson Corporation.

 




English Grammar, Composition & Lit

I. Objectives

    A. Analyze basic human issues as presented in literature from an Islamic perspective

    B. Explore character, plot, and setting

    C. Write  for different purposes

         1. A response to literature through maintenance of a double-entry journal

         2. An analysis of literature

         3. A narrative essay

    D. Compare and contrast short stories and/or novels

    E.  Participate in literature discussions

II. Class content

    A. Maintaining of double-entry journal while reading

    B. Character analysis

    C. Identification & analysis of plot/conflict

    D. Examination of basic elements of a good story

    E.  Exploration of short stories with different themes

         1. Death

         2. Family

         3. Wealth

          4. Aqeedah

          5. Tawbah

    F. Poetry

         1. Types

         2. Terms

    G. Setting analysis

    H. Literary terms

III. Textbooks

      A. Required Texts

          1. If I Should Speak by Umm Zakiyya

          2. A Collection of Short Stories and Poems compiled by Rasheedah Abdul-Hakeem

          3. The Jinn Possession of Izzan by Bilal Philips and Halimah Jordan

       B. Resourceful website 




Information Technology

I. OBJECTIVES

To provide Hands-on training and usage of Application packages such as MS-Word, MS-Excel, Ms-PowerPoint, MS-Access

 

II. CLASS CONTENT

First Year

A. How Office 2000 Works for You 

     Getting Started with Office 2000

B. Formatting Text and Paragraphs

     Applying Text and Language Tools

C. Designing Pages with Columns and Tables

     Using Graphics for Extra Impact

     Using Styles, Outlines, and Templates

D. Creating Merge Documents in word

     1. Creating and Distributing Word Forms

         Making Documents Easy to Use

     2. Using Word in a Workgroup

E. Creating and Printing Excel Worksheet

     1. Managing Data with Worksheets, Reference, and Functions

        Creating Easy-to-Understand Charts

     2. Using Custom and Special Formats

         Managing Data with Excel

     3. Linking and Proofing Tools

         Using Excel’s Workgroup Tools

F. Creating a Basic PowerPoint Presentation

     Formatting Slides and Text

     Objects, Transitions, and Animation

G. Planning a Database

     Creating the Database Structure

H. Creating and Using Forms

     Creating Reports

     Creating Queries

 

 

III. TEXTBOOKS

A. Required Text:

     Mastering Office 2000, Professional Edition

     by Gini Courter & Annette Marquis,

B. Supplementary Texts:

     TBA




Education

Teaching Methodology
Course Description

This course incorporates knowledge about the concept of Teaching and Learning. It enlightens the learners on various aspects of teaching process such as the skills required, classroom environment, challenges involved, strategies to be followed etc. The personality characteristics of teachers and learners are studied from the psychological perspective.

I. OBJECTIVES
  1. To enable the student to understand the skills needed to become an effective teacher.

  2. To further develop the student’s concept of the skills involved.

  3. To develop the student’s capacity to become and develop as a teacher.

  4. To see how we can take a ‘neutral’ topic and make it Islamic to benefit Muslims.

II. CLASS CONTENT

  1. Introduction

  2. Teachers Belief

  3. Attention

  4. Momentum

  5. Space

  6. Time

  7. Routine
  8. Discipline
  9. Clarity

  10. Principles of Learning

  11. Models of Teaching

  12. Personal Relationship building

  13. Classroom Climate

  14. Objectives

  15. Learning Experience

  16. Planning

  17. Bloom’s Taxamony and Rubrics

  18. Teaching methods of Rasulallah (peace be upon him)

III. TEXTBOOKS
A. Required Text:

Jon Saphier/Robert Gower, The Skillful Teacher – building your teaching skills

B. Supplementary Texts:

Stronge/Tucker/Hindman, Handbook for Qualities of effective Teachers –




Management

 

Islamic Management
Course Description

This course is comprised of a study of fundamental issues in management when it is viewed from an Islamic perspective. This new perspective will be addressed as an emerging discipline for resolving the managerial issues of the modern times.

I. Objectives

  1. To introduce the student to Management from an Islamic Perspective

  2. To enhance the student’s knowledge regarding the role of Islamic values in promoting managerial excellence.

  3. To increase sensitivity to unethical practices such as bribing, corruption and mismanagement.

  4. To enable students to critically analyze a new area of management as an alternative approach to purely conventional management

  5. To discuss contemporary issues in Management from an Islamic Perspective.

II. CLASS CONTENT

  1. Introduction: Islamic Perspective and Synthesis of Management

  2. Literature on Islamic Management

  3. Environment and Corporate Culture

  4. Planning

  5. Motivation

  6. Communication

  7. Managing Change and Conflict

  8. Working with Difficult People
  9. Competition

  10. Islamic Business Ethics
  11. Leadership

  12. Managing Quality and Excellence
  13. Human Resource Management


 

III. TEXTBOOKS

A. Required Text:

Kazmi & Ahmad, Management from Islamic Perspective

Sharif, Noordin and Abdullah, Managing Organizational Conflict from an Islamic perspective,

B. Supplementary Texts:

Jabnoun, Islam and Management



History

 

Islamic History I
Course Description

This course is comprised of a study of ‘The History of Islam’ written by Akbar Shah Najeebabadi

I. Objectives

  1. Making students aware of the importance of the History of Islam

  2. To create awareness in the students to appreciate the efforts made by the early Muslims to preserve Islam and keeping Muslims always on track

  3. To understand and tolerate diversity in opinion like the school of thoughts

  4. Develop curiosity that will lead to learn more about the History of Islam

II. CLASS CONTENT

  1. Introduction

  • The nature and facts about Islamic History

  • Introduction and need of History

  • Benefits of History

  • Why Islamic History?

  1. A little before the death of Prophet Mohammad (SAW)

  2. The Rightly-Guided Caliphate

  • Definition of Caliph and Caliphate

  • The Islamic concept of men’s Caliphate on earth

  • Who deserves to be Caliph and under what procedure?

  • Who are the Rightly-Guided Caliphate

  • Was there objection to their election?

  • Difference between Caliphate and Temporal Ruler

  • Relation of Caliphate with a Nation, Tribe or Family

  1. The First Caliph-- Abu Bakr Siddiq

  • Name & pedigree and his remarkable characteristics,

  • Important accounts during his Caliphate

  • Death of Abu Bakr Siddiq

  1. The Second Caliph--Umar bin Khattab

  • Birth and pedigree, some specific excellence, and physical features

  • Significant endeavours of the Faruqi Caliphate

  • Martyrdom of Umar Faruq: Wives & Children, accomplishment etc.

  1. The Third Caliph--Uthman bin Affan

  • Name and pedigree, excellences and his selection for Caliphate

  • Main occasions of Uthman’s Caliphate

  • Martyrdom of Uthman bin Affan

  1. The Fourth Caliph--Ali bin Abi Talib

  • Justice and words, Wise Sayings

  • Vital proceedings of Ali’s Caliphate

  • Ali’ martyrdom and the dangerous plan of the Khawarij

  1. The Fifth Caliph: Hasan

  • Physical features, pedigree and his praiseworthy traits

  • Mentionable events during the Caliphate of Hasan

  • Prophecy of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and a glance at Hasan’s Caliphate.

 

III. TEXTBOOKS

  1. Required Text:

The History of Islam’ written by Akbar Shah Najeebabadi Volume 1 & 2


 

 

Islamic History II
Course Description

This course is comprised of a study of ‘The History of Islam’ written by Akbar Shah Najeebabadi

I. Objectives

  1. Making students aware of the importance of the History of Islam

  2. To create awareness in the students to appreciate the efforts made by the early Muslims to preserve Islam and keeping Muslims always on track

  3. To understand and tolerate diversity in opinion like the school of thoughts

  4. To develop curiosity that will lead to learn more about the History of Islam

II. CLASS CONTENT

  1. Caliphate of Banu Umayyah
  2. Caliphate of Banu Abbas
  3. The Caliphate of the Abbasids

  4. Reign of Motasim Billah
  5. The Caliphate of the Abbasids

  6. Islam In Spain
  7. Ubaidullah/Fatimid Dynasty
  8. Ottoman Dynasty

III. TEXTBOOKS

A. Required Text:

The History of Islam’ written by Akbar Shah Najeebabadi Volume 2 and 3




Economics

 

Islamic Economics I
Course Description

This course covers the economic foundations of Islam, including the contemporary issues regarding finance and banking.

I. Objectives

  1. To develop the students’ basic knowledge of the conventional economics: Scarcity, Demand, Supply and Equilibrium.

  2. To equip the students with the economic factors and remedies specific to Islam: consumer behavior, falah, and moderation.

  3. To enable the students to comprehend the Islamic alternatives to the conventional economics: Islamic banking, Interest, Insurance, and other modern economic activities.

  4. To enable the students to understand and compare the principles of economics in a state: main economic sectors in Islamic and non-Islamic states.

  5. To encourage the students to search for answers to the current economic problems using case studies from contemporary examples.

II. CLASS CONTENT

Part one: Principles of Conventional Economics

  1. Introduction to Economics and its main branches

  2. Trade, Absolute and Comparative Advantage

  3. The Demand and Supply curve
  4. Meaning of Equilibrium and the basic competitive equilibrium model

Part Two: The Islamic Economics
  1. Consumer Behavior
  2. Moderation and Ownership
  3. Poverty, Falah, Resources, Cooperation and Participation

  4. Methodology of Islamic Economics

Part Three: The Islamic Economics in Practice

  1. Interest (usury) and Zakah

  2. Money and Banks in Islam
  3. Commodity Exchange and Stock Exchange in an Islamic Economy.

  4. Insurance

Part Four: Comparison and Evaluation

  1. Assessment of Corporate Securities in terms of Islamic Investment Requirements

  2. Capitalism, Socialism/Communism vs. Islam

  3. Basic considerations in determining the goals of the firm


 

III. TEXTBOOKS

A. Required Text:

Muhammad Akram Khan, An Introduction to Islamic Economics.

B. Supplementary Texts:

Afzal-ur-Rahman, Economic Doctrines of Islam

Joesph Stiglitz, Principles of Microeconomics


 



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