- Explore the various sciences of the Quran
- Cover material from classical texts of Ulum al-Quran (the Quranic sciences), tafsir (Quranic exegesis), and qira'at (Quranic recitation)
- Learn how the Quran was revealed
- Learn how the text and the pronunciation of the Quran was preserved
- Learn the history of the Quran and how you can trust what you read on a day-to-day basis
- An essential stepping-stone for students of tafsir and fiqh
About the Course
This course aims to introduce the student to what is termed Ulum al-Quran: the studies pertaining to the revelation, preservation, interpretation and recitation of the Holy Qur'an. Drawing upon the classic works of the science like Suyuti's Itqan fi Ulum al-Quran, Zarkashi's Burhan, the Muqaddima of Qurtubi's tafsir and the modern work of Dr Nur al-Din Itr, students will learn about:
- How the Qur'an was revealed, the nature of inspiration and its time frame.
- Meccan and Medinan surahs, how they are distinguished and what themes they generally deal with.
- The wisdom of the Quran being revealed over a period of decades and how it affects our understanding of the concepts of abrogation, and i`jaz (the miraculous nature of the Quran).
- Our knowledge of why certain verses were revealed (asbab al-nuzul) and how that affects Quranic interpretation.
Al-Dani's work on writing the Qur'an and Ghayth al-Naf` for the Seven canonical recitations with also be drawn upon for their respective topics.
Module One - Revelation of the Quran
- This science and its works
- How the Quran was revealed
- When and Why verses were revealed
- Meccan and Medinan surahs
Module Two - Preservation of the Quran
- Preservation of the Quran
- Writing the Quran
- Tajweed and Canonical Recitations
Module Three - Understanding the Quran
This course shall consists of one, 2-hour live class per week over the course of Ramadan. The live classes will be supplemented by pre-recorded lessons, handouts and assignments on the material covered. Ustadh Farid shall hold weekly office hours where students can consult with them one-on-one. Students are highly encouraged to post their questions in the forum over the course of the week, which are answered during the live classes.
Weekly Time Commitment
The course requires an estimated total of 2-4 hours per week to complete the assignments, review the material and take notes.
Ulum al Qur'an by Ahmad von Denffer The History of the Qur'anic Text from Revelation to Compilation: A Comparative Study with the Old and New Testaments by M M Azami.
The course is suitable for all students: beginners and intermediate.
What is the most interesting thing I'll cover in this course?
For the Westerner, for whom the backdrop of religious inquiry (and criticism) is the Judeo-Christian tradition, this course will be very enlightening as it will show the student the stratospheric difference between the preservation of the Old and New Testament and the Quran, The Final Testament, saving them from so many a straw man argument that they would be otherwise prey to. So too, very few people are aware of the concept of the different Quranic recitals that the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) taught his students, the Sahaba. Being explained and shown something of this vast and detailed science will be very eye-opening for anyone who recites the Quran.
How shall I benefit from this course?
It goes without mentioning that it is important for every Muslim to have a basic familiarity with the sciences surrounding the Quran so they comprehend the nature of the text and deepen their interaction with it. Furthermore, today it is increasingly important for the everyday Muslim to learn this science in order to protect himself from the onslaughts of ill-willed critics of Islam. For the serious student, Ulum al-Quran is also an essential stepping-stone to ultimately reading Tafsir. As such this course is extremely useful for any student looking to eventually specialize in Tafsir or Fiqh.
What shall I know coming out of the course?
Upon completion of this course, you will have a good idea of the history of the Quran, how it has reached us and how you can trust what you read on a day-to-day basis. You will understand where the rules of recitation come from and where other possible recitations come from; you will understand how the mushaf is written and what governs the verses' numbering; you will have a frame work to defend yourself from any criticism you might hear from Orientalists; and you will have a good idea of how to access the Quran and deepen your knowledge of its profound meanings.