- Study the biographies and legacies of eleven of the most narrated Sahaba
- Benefit from learning about their godly lives and how they conducted themselves and applied the sunna
- Knowing the details of the lives of the narrators is a cornerstone on which the hadith sciences are built
- A course for anyone who loves studying hadith and biographies – but particularly essential for those looking to pursue further hadith studies
About the Course
In this course, you will study the lives of eleven of the Sahaba most famous for hadith transmission. The goal of the course is learning their godly ways, their conduct through the events that transpired in their lives, in order to benefit from the example while also building one's understanding and knowledge of the biographies hadith narrators.
- Who was Abu Hurayra? When did he become Muslim? Where did he live? What was his relationship with the Prophet, Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him, like? Was he a judge or mufti at any point? How did the other sahaba view him? What did he do after the Prophet passed away? Who were his students? Where did he teach?
- What was Sayyidna Amr ibn al-As’ role in jihad? Where did he moved to? Where did he die?
- Why is Abdullah ibn Masud so significant in the Hanafi school?
- Why are there so many hadiths from Abu Hurayra and Aisha? But not as many from Sayyidina Abu Bakr or Umar?
- Who is Muhammad ibn Sirin? Where and when did he live? Is his book of dreams all hadiths? Did he study with the Sahaba or the Followers of the Sahaba?
Knowing details of the biographies of narrators is the cornerstone on which the hadith sciences are built. The lessons shall look at one Sahabi at a time and follow through up to the end of his life and the legacy of students he left behind him.
The course shall look at the biographies and legacies of the following Companions:
- Abu Hurayrah
- Abdullah ibn Umar
- Anas ibn Malik
- Abdullah ibn Abbas
- Jabir ibn Abdullah
- Abu Said al-Khudri
- Abdullah ibn Masud
- Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-As
- Ali ibn Abi Talib
- Umar ibn al-Khattab
The course will consist of weekly Live Sessions covering the biographies of each Sahabi. Ustadh Farid Dingle shall hold weekly office hours where students can consult with him one-on-one. There is an end of term Final Exam covering the dates, places, key historical event and key students of each Sahabi.
Weekly Time Commitment
The course requires an estimated two to three hours per week outside the live session to review the material and take notes.
There is no required course text – all the information shall be given to the students in the course slides. Students could benefit from Hayat al-Sahabah by Mawlana Muhammad Yusuf Kandhlavi
No background is required: all are welcome!
Why is this unlike any other hadith course you’ll take?
Did you expect to be studying biographies, the lives of Sahaba in a hadith course? The Prophet, Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him, said, “My Companions are like the stars; whoever among them you follow, you will be rightly guided.” This course is not only motivational, eye-opening, enlightening, and educational, but it is the corner stone of advanced hadith sciences. Courses like Hadith Analysis: The Bayquniyya Explained deal with the basics of legal methodology and hadith criticism. But students cannot progress from such courses further into the field of hadith criticism unless they are intimately familiar with the who, why, what and when of the lives of the key narrators.
Who should take this course?
Any one who loves hadith and loves the Sahaba and wants to know more about their lives and legacies should take this course. The course is especially useful for those seeking to pursue advance studies in hadith in the future.
How is this course going to practically benefit me?
The life lessons learned in this course are invaluable in the journey of life, in our journey to Allah. The lives of the Sahaba provide guidance on strengthening our relationship with Allah and improving our dealings with fellow humans - through an understanding of the beauty of Islamic morals and how they are applied in everyday life. Being generally cultured, having an idea of one's past, and knowing where your religion comes from cannot be without benefit. Besides the practical lessons you will learn from their examples, you will also benefit from the manifold blessings, the baraka, there is in reading about the lives of the Sahaba, who were the highest ranking awliya, may Allah bless them all.