Six Month Introductory Certificate Program

Six Month Introductory Certificate Program in Shafi’i Fiqh and Usul

Program Description

This Program is a Beginner Program in Shafi’i Fiqh and Usul. It covers Level two of the SeekersGuidance Islamic Studies Curriculum in Shafi’i Fiqh and Usul.

This program will encompass a thorough study of:

  • Matn Abu Shuja’ (Level Two of the SeekersGuidance Islamic Studies Curriculum), in full – with readings from the commentary of the matan, Kifayat al-Akhyar, and Ibn Qasim al-Ghazzi’s Sharh
  • Waraqat of Imam al-Haramayn in full

Class Format

Three pre-recorded classes per week, 45-60 Minutes each and one bi-weekly live discussion. Students are expected to follow the recordings and attend the live session.

Preparation, participation, and asking questions is strongly encouraged – as is the following of recommended readings.

There will be an online forum for questions, discussion, and related texts and resources. 

Conditions for Joining the Class

This is an introductory level class in Shafi’i fiqh (Level Two) and Usul (Level Two). It is therefore essential for students to have completed the study of the following works or their equivalent:

Required Text:

  • al-Risalah al-Jami’ah (Habshi’s Encompassing Epistle Explained)
  • al-Mukhtasar (Ba Fadl’s The Short Abridgement)

 This level adequately prepares a student to study the Umdat al-Salik (Reliance of the Traveller) and Level Three Usul.

This class is completely free and open to the public, students should apply in order for the SeekersGuidance Academy team to collect their emails and add them to the course.

Language of Instruction

The Arabic text will be studied with English commentary.

Students Evaluation

Students will be evaluated through a variety of quizzes (a quiz will accompany each class), and a final comprehensive exam for each course. Oral exams are imperative to receive the Certificate.

Student Expectations

The expectations from the students would be to:

i. Prepare for the class.

ii. [a] Attend the class, with attentiveness, [b] participation, [c] asking questions.

iii. Review the class notes and text. Diagramming the text helps.

iv. Take notes. It is best to write out the matn itself, and essentials from the commentary (such as the key details and reasoning). This is also a good Arabic writing practice.

v. Participate in the Class Forum–by asking questions, sharing issues of benefit, and getting involved in the relevant discussions, with the proper manners of a keen seeker of knowledge (talib `ilm).

vi. Seek Allah’s Pleasure, and have high secondary intentions of acting upon what

Application Form

The certificate will only be awarded to those who fill this application.

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Know the Best of Creation: The Life of the Prophet Muhammad for Youth

Every Monday and Thursday, Starting on July 13th, 2020

Session One: July 13th, 2020
Session Two:
July 16th, 2020
Session Three:
July 20th, 2020
Session Four:
July 23rd, 2020
Session Five:
July 27th, 2020
Session Six:
July 30th, 2020
Session Seven:
August 3rd, 2020
Session Eight:
August 6th, 2020

Executive Summary

The Prophet Muhammad is the most important person in the life of a Muslim. It is narrated that the Prophet said, “ None of you will truly believe until I am more beloved to him than his family, wealth and all the people”. Therefore, children should learn about the life and character of the Prophet during their early years.

In this class, Imam Yama Niazi will embark on a journey with your children to glance at the best of mankind. This is the first class every Muslim youth should take so that may be able to learn about the messenger of Allah.

Introduction

The Prophet Muhammad is the most important person in the life of a Muslim. He is the one who taught humanity about God and His revelation, the Quran. Learning about the life of our Prophet, his external characteristics, his virtue, and his sacrifices are without a doubt a knowledge that no young Muslim should ever be deprived of. It is a story that connects our love and attachment to the best of mankind. In this course, we learn about the life of the Prophet Muhammad from his birthday to his final days, with a focus for youth on his love and concern for all of humanity. We shall learn about his wives, his companions, and his struggles in Makkah and Madinah. This course is an introduction to Sirah (prophetic biography) for the young Muslim.

Course Outline

Lesson One – The Prophet Before Revelation

Lesson Two  – Early Years and Marriage

Lesson Three  – The First Revelation

Lesson Four  – The Struggle of Calling to Allah

Lesson Five – The Isra and the Hijrah

Lesson Six – The Battle of Badr and Uhud

Lesson Seven  – The Conquest of Mecca

Lesson Eight – The End of the Mission

What You Will Learn:

  • Increase your love and respect for the Prophet 
  • Gain a greater appreciation for the Messenger and his companions
  • Deepen your understanding and connection to the Prophet
  • Be inspired to be like the noble Prophet
  • Understand the struggles of the early Muslims

Course Format: 8 Live Classes

 

Connecting to the Qur’an: An Introduction to a Lifelong Relationship

Every Monday and Thursday, Starting on July 13th, 2020

Session One: July 13th, 2020
Session Two:
July 16th, 2020
Session Three:
July 20th, 2020
Session Four:
July 23rd, 2020
Session Five:
July 27th, 2020
Session Six:
July 30th, 2020
Session Seven:
August 3rd, 2020
Session Eight:
August 6th, 2020

Executive Summary

This is an introductory course to an overview of the Quran. It is tailored for our Muslim youth, as this course will set the foundations for the book of Allah. Join us as we delve into the themes of the Quran, how it was revealed, the manners and etiquettes one should have with the Quran, and much more. This class is necessary for anyone who wants to understand and appreciate the last revelation as well as to have a spiritual connection to the Quran.

Introduction

The Quran is the final revelation of Allah sent to all of humanity. It contains guidance and wisdom. It is filled with incredible stories and amazing lessons, yet very few Muslims (young and old) in our time really understand these beautiful narratives.

In this class, Imam Yama will introduce Muslim youth to the Quran and its significance in the life of every Muslim. The course will cover how it was revealed and the various themes addressed. The etiquettes of the Quran will also be discussed. This class is meant to inspire our youth to appreciate the Quran and to foster a relationship that will last beyond this world. This course is a must for our youth to discover the history and importance of their holy book.

Course Outline

Lesson One – The Qur’an and How It Was Revealed

Lesson Two  – Themes Covered in the Qur’an

Lesson Three  – Proofs That it is Miraculously from Allah

Lesson Four  – Etiquette and Manners with the Qur’an

Lesson Five – Breakdown and Classifications of Chapters and Verses

Lesson Six – Common Misunderstandings about the Qur’an

Lesson Seven  – The Miracles of the Qur’an

Lesson Eight – How the Qur’an applies to our Lives

What You Will Learn:

  • Appreciating the greatness of Allah’s speech
  • Understanding the core themes of the Qur’an
  • Increasing in love for Allah and His messenger through the Qur’an
  • One will learn to take the Qur’an as a guide
  • One will grow in their love and connection to the Qur’an

Course Format: 8 Live Classes

 

 

The Beauty of Islam: Discovering God’s Love, Mercy, and Rewards [Elective]

Executive Summary

In this class, we will cover the sublime Islamic understanding concerning God, His Attributes and His Beauty–including the beauty of faith, and the beauty of the Prophet who taught us the meaning and application of faith. 

Course Summary

Many of our youth are confused and perplexed about the relevancy of Islam in the modern age. 

Some of the challenging arguments directed at Muslim youth revolve around the notions of extremism, belligerency, and primitiveness.

This class is meant to inspire and instill in our youth a sense of confidence in their faith, and increase their connection to Islam. 

We will gaze into the vast green field of faith, a field that is filled with beauty that dazzles the eye. This is the faith of Islam.

Course Outline

Lesson One – The Beauty and Mercy of Allah Most High

Lesson Two  – The Beauty and Perfection of the  Prophet

Lesson Three  – The Beauty of the Prayer and It’s Secrets

Lesson Four  –  The Beauty of Spiritual Practice 

Lesson Five – The Beauty and Status of Women in Islam

Lesson Six –  The Earth; Our Home and Our Witness

Lesson Seven  – Allah Loves Beauty; Manifesting Beauty in Our Life

Lesson Eight – Journey of The Hereafter; A Beauty Undiscovered 

What You Will Learn:

  • Discover the forgotten beauty of God, His mercy and love
  • Learn about the Prophet Muhammad’s exalted status and character
  • Increase in Love and awe of what Allah has created
  • You will change your perception about the world and your role in it
  • Your prayer and worship will have more meaning and realization

An Introduction to Arabic Poetry: The Burda Explained

Introduction

Cover a word-by-word explanation of the Arabic of the Qasida al-Burda, a much-celebrated poem written in praise of the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace).

The text will be explained from a grammatical, morphological, rhetorical, and prosodical point of view, and the historical and religious references will also be unpacked.

As an introduction to Arabic poetry, the course also introduces the concept of poetic metre. This is extremely important for the Arabist and Talib ilm as most of the literature that is used to explain the Quran and Sunna are in poem form.

The Burda has been chosen as a case study because it is one of the most common metres of Arabic poetry (al-basit), it demonstrates common rhetorical devices, and has a deeply spiritual and religious theme.

Course Outline

Lesson 1: The Original Burda; Poetic Metre

Lesson 2: Style and rhetoric in the Burda

Lesson 3: Chapter 1: On Yearning

Lesson 4: Chapter 2: On Warnings about the Caprices of the Self

Lesson 5: Chapter 3: On the Praise of the Prophet

Lesson 6: Chapter 4: On His Birth

Lesson 7: Chapter 5: On His Miracles

Lesson 8: Chapter 6: On the Exalted Stature and Miraculous Merits of the Qur’an

Lesson 9: Chapter 7: On the Ascension of the Prophet

Lesson 10: Chapter 8: On the Struggle of Allah’s Messenger

Lesson 11: Chapter 9: On Seeking Intercession through the Prophet

Lesson 12: Chapter 10: On Intimate Discourse and the Petition of One’s State.

What You Will Learn:

  • What poetic is
  • What poetic styles influences Imam al-Busiri’s Burda
  • How the poem translates line by line

About the Course Text

The poem is celebrated praise of the Prophet in poem form.