- This term shall cover Sura at-Taghabun in detail
- Cover the tafsir and linguistic analysis of the verses
- Learn from Umm Sahl’s distilled notes from the ‘Einstein of tafsir’, Sheikh Ali Hani
- Umm Sahl’s own commentary brings the message to life for each of us personally
- Listen to the recitation of master reciter Abdul Basit alongside the tafsir, to experience the Quran at a deeper level than you have before
- A sit-in lecture without any homework or assignments
About the Course
This course will look at each verse of the sura in both Arabic and its English translation. Umm Sahl’s commentary will primarily focus on two aspects:
The tafsir: Umm Sahl shall use traditional tafsir sources to explain the purport of the verses, the larger context in which they were revealed, and bring the message home through its immediacy and personal import to each of us today. She really brings the verses to life for students through her own anecdotes and personal experiences from her decades of studying, practicing, and serving the deen.
The Arabic meanings and recitation: By looking at the vocabulary, syntax, grammar, and balagha, Umm Sahl shall unpack linguistic meanings and ramifications that are not evident to the layman. This shall be followed by listening sessions, where students shall listen to qari Abdul Basit’s masterful recitation. After exploring the meanings, the goal is to focus on the auditory power of the message, which constituted the miraculous experience for those who heard the Quran from our Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him.
Over the course of 6 weeks this term shall cover Sura at-Taghabun. Highlights of themes from this sura are:
- The believer’s perspective through worldly trials and tribulation
- How to deal with family members who violate the Sacred Law
- How to manage one’s wealth and family in line with Divine good pleasure
- The classification of mankind into believers and disbelievers
- The Nur that Allah sent down to mankind for guidance
- The taghabun: loss, or deprivation that shall be felt by both believers and disbelievers on the Day of Judgment
The course is sit-in lessons to benefit from entirely at your own pace—no assessments, exams, grades or homework assignments. You can ask the instructor questions during the live classes, and they are answered during the last ten minutes of each lesson.
Why is Experiencing the Quran an experience not to be missed?
Umm Sahl really brings the verses to life for her students through her own connection with, love, and reverence for the Book of Allah. Her personal commentary based on her years of study and service in the path of Allah, and living around and learning from the scholars and the awliya, the people of Allah, of Turkey, Syria, and Jordan serves as a real bridge in connecting her students' hearts to the Quran. After the explanation in English, the student will listen to the recitation of the verses in Arabic. The recitation will be repeated two or three times, so what was expounded in English can be understood and experienced in Arabic, giving a taste of the auditory miraculousness of the Quran.
The goal of this didactic process—intellectual cognition followed by auditory repetition, is an attempt to recreate an experience: inshaAllah, the student will be able to close their eyes and envisage how the Prophet, upon him be peace, introduced the revelation of the Quran to the Companions, and the impact it must have had on their hearts when they heard the verses being revealed for the first time.
A little background on what you're getting in this course...
The material for Umm Sahl’s tafsir commentary is based on her studies with her teacher Sheikh Ali Hani—a remarkable Jordanian scholar who is a master of the Arabic language and a veritable ‘Einstein of tafsir’. Although a prolific scholar in many disciplines, Sheikh Ali is passionately consumed by his love for the Quran and has dedicated himself completely to the Book of Allah.
He is known for his encyclopedic knowledge of all sources of tafsir, and often spends weeks researching a single word of a verse, using nearly a hundred different books from grammar, rhetoric, morphology, fiqh, hadith and other sources to get a complete tafsir picture of the verses.
With his proverbial dedication to learning and teaching, Sheikh Ali is a teacher of teachers who is rarely seen without a book in his hand. Through her extensive notes from Sheikh Ali, and the translation of her hours of study with him, Umm Sahl has made the fruits of his effort available to her students in English. This course really represents the distilled efforts of a level of scholarship that is seldom met-with—and inshaAllah this shall not be lost on the student.