Curriculum

The following subjects will be studied during our academic year:

Quranic Studies:

Overview: We will cover both comprehensive, thematic tafsir of the entire Quran as well as traditional, detailed tafsir of Surah Baqarah.  This will be combined with a thorough study of the Quranic Sciences. There will also be regular instruction in Tajweed (Quranic recitation).

 

Texts: 

  • Tafhim ul Quran by Maulana Maududi

  • Tafsir of Surah Baqarah by Imam Al-Tabari

  • Muqaddimah at-Tafsir by Ibn Taymiyyah

  • Fawz ul Kabir by Shah Waliullah Al-Dehlawi

  • Al Itqaan by Imam al-Suyuti

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Hadith Studies:

Overview:  We will study a number of hadith collections along with a study of hadith terminology.  This will be accompanied with practical analysis of the fiqh of hadith. Further, there will be a detailed study of the reasoning and methodology of ikhtilaaf (juristic difference of opinion) as it applies primarily to hadith.

 

Texts:

  • Tahdhib al Akhlaq by Ibn Sayyed Abdul Hayy al-Hasani

  • Al Muwatta by Imam Malik

  • Bulugh ul Maram by Ibn Hajr

  • Jami’ Ulum wal Hikam by Ibn Rajab

  • Nukhbatul Fikr by Ibn Hajr

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Islamic Jurisprudence (Fiqh) & Islamic Legal Theory (Usul ul Fiqh):

Overview: There will be a detailed study of the fiqh regarding the five pillars of Islam as well as a study of contemporary legal issues as it relates to our daily lives.  This will be coupled with a detailed study of theories, maxims, and objectives of Islamic law. This study will provide a solid framework for not only Islamic legal principles but also Islamic thought and analysis of contemporary world issues.

 

Texts:

  • Islamic Law with the Qur’an and Sunnah Evidences from the Hanafi Perspective by Recep Dogan

  • Bulugh ul Maram by Ibn Hajr

  • Theories of Islamic law: Methodology of Ijtihaad by Dr. Imran Ahsan Khan Nyazee

  • Islamic Legal Maxims by Dr. Imran Ahsan Khan Nyazee

  • Towards Realization of the Higher Intents of Islamic Law: Maqasid Al-Shariah by Gamal Eldin Attia

  • Maqasid al-Sharia by Imam Shatibi

  • Topic: Usul Al-Fiqh Nawazil (text tbd)

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Islamic Theology (Aqidah):

Overview:  This course will provide foundational guidelines and principles in Islamic theology.  The course will take you through the pillars of faith as codified by Islamic scholarship based on the Quran and Sunnah.  Utilizing an agreed-upon text in Aqidah, this course will allow you to appreciate the differences that are acceptable within the umbrella of Ahl us Sunnah wal Jama’ah and understand the boundaries of normative Islamic belief.  

 

Texts: 

  • Fundamentals of Creed of Imam Tahawi

  • Faysal al Tafriqa (On the Boundaries of Theological Tolerance in Islam) Dr. Sherman Jackson

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Islamic Thought:

Overview: There will be instruction in principled Islamic thought with the intent of developing an appreciation for the robust intellectual tradition of Islam as it relates to contemporary realities.

 

Texts:

  • The Ethical Philosophy of Imam Al-Ghazali

  • Hujjatullah al Baligha by Shah Waliullah al-Dehlawi

  • Islam the way of revival for the Muslim ummah by Abdel Hamid elGhazali

  • Obstacles on the Path of Dawah by ElSayed Muhammad Nuh

  • The Question of Culture by Malik Bennabi

  • The Quranic Principle of Consultation (shura) by Ahmed Al-Raysuni

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Skills Development:

Overview:  Our intent is to develop mentors who are trained in the functional skills necessary for mentorship and community guidance.  The following skills will be incorporated into the educational experience of the students to provide.

 

Skills:

  • Khutbah/Public Speaking

  • Dawah workshop/common questions and answers of Islam

  • Luay Safi Prophetic Leadership

  • Conflict resolution, Ethics of Disagreements, Ethical dimensions of politics

  • Project Management / Strategic Planning 

  • Trauma training

  • Bystander training 

  • Intelligence analysis and Critical Thinking

  • Civic Engagement/Leadership training

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