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'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 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



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 B.Ed 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 B.Ed student who enrolls into ARB 100 may pay this fee any time before entering the final semester of studies when they enroll into ARB 201 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 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   
     

 

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



Education

This course explores different strategies for effectively managing the classroom, from designing rules, procedures, and consequences to implementing innovative activities in the classroom to actively engage all learners. After completing the course, students will be able to establish a successful learning environment and will be equipped with the knowledge and consciousness that will enable them to reflect on their teaching and make adjustments as needed. Attention is given to designing lesson plans for an Islamic Studies class. Students are expected to maintain a journal and to post journal entries in the forum on a weekly basis. Students should respond to other students’ posts as well.

This course is structured to build the young Muslim Professional: It is a stratified system clearly highlighting the meanings of Professionalism, Management and Leadership; demystifying the misnomers and taking a profound look at all three to bring a full and clear concept in the minds of the students regarding how to implement them and yet still not disregard the Islamic teachings.

This course explores differentiated instruction in depth, beginning with a definition of differentiated instruction and a discussion about its components. Students will not only look at theory but will also learn how to design a differentiated lesson plan for an Islamic Studies class.

This course deals with the historical and philosophical perspectives related to the dissemination of knowledge within various nations and cultures past and present. This course will provide a brief overview of the history of education in general to give the student the background information they need to help build alternative educational approaches in the future. This course will cover various cultures and societies however; its greatest emphasis will be placed on Islamiceducational history and philosophy. The overarching theme for this course will be how nations implemented educational principals that enabled them to become great civilizations or nations in their time. Another theme is how the dissemination of education in the early years of Islam caused the Islamic Empire to be the greatest world power of its time and abandoning our fundamental principals was the cause for our decline. By the end of this course, the student should have broad knowledge about the dissemination of knowledge in various nations and how it benefitted or harmed them.

This course introduces the student to various forms of electronic and digitaltechnology that can be used in the classroom to enhance teaching and learning. It also explores technology use outside the classroom, particularly in how it relates to parental input. Students will become skilled in the production and use of various technological tools that are currently used in schools across the world. A variety of websites and software useful for instruction and learning will be explored. Upon completion of the course, students will know how to design a lesson plan using instructional technology for individualized and group assignments and projects.

Course Description

This course will cover the main theories, principles, and methods of Child Psychology. The Islamic perspective on the nature, characteristics, and development of children will be discussed within each module. Scientific theories and prin-ciples will also be integrated in various topics.

Course Description
After completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Define pedagogy & examine various pedagogical models.

  2. Explore & analyze western pedagogical theories.

  3. Identify & discuss contributors to instructional theory.

  4. Explore & adopt various effective teaching strategies.

  5. Examine, analyze, & critique current pedagogy used in Islamic schools.

  6. Formulate a pedagogy which is reflective of Islamic values.

  7. Establish a vision for the future of education in Islamic schools.

  8. Devise an Islamic pedagogy that will empower students as learners & future leaders.

This course introduces students to the fundamental principles of measurement and evaluation in education and looks at how they can be applied in the assessment of student learner outcome. Students will analyze educational objectives and their taxonomies, and will learn how to measure educational outcomes in cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains. Students will explore various types of tests and will be introduced to test validity, reliability,and bias. Issues with testing in Muslim schools will be discussed. Upon completion of the course, students will know how to design effective tests for the classroom.

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Tafseer

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




Islamic Studies

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 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 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 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

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
 

 

 

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

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

 

This course looks at the cultural foundations of Islam in order to enable the student to distinguish it from cultural traditions and practices commonly associated with Islam, as well as to understand reasons for the current cultural clash.



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