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Tafsir of Short Suras: From An-Nas to Al-Qari’a

This course is a distilled summary of what the greatest scholars of Tafsir wrote about each note, word, and verse that make up the oft-recited short Suras of the Quran. Join Ustadh Hatim for an introduction to contemplation of the words of Allah on scholarly foundations, to enrich the mind and delight the heart. This part covers Suras An-Nas to Al-Qari’a.

Tafsir of Sura al-Fatiha

NOTE: Due to Us Hatim’s schedule, class will begin one week later than the rest of the semester (August 16th).

The most essential of all tafsir courses – the one sura that encapsulates our entire existence. Delve into the world of tafsir by starting off where you should, with the Fatiha – the Mother of the Book – before going on to explore further suras.

Experiencing The Quran – Sura Al-Mulk

Ustadha Umm Sahl guides even the very preliminary Arabic student to a genuine insight of the Quran as it is experienced in its original Arabic. Benefit from her personal commentary on the immediacy and import of the verses to our own lives. Part of Qibla’s Quran and Sunna Lectures series – lessons broadcasted straight from the Zawiya of Imam Abul Hasan Ash-Shadhili in Amman.

Tafsir of Short Suras: From Al-’Adiyat to Al-Duha

This course is a distilled summary of what the greatest scholars of Tafsir wrote about each note, word, and verse that make up the oft-recited short Suras of the Quran. Join Ustadh Hatim for an introduction to contemplation of the words of Allah on scholarly foundations, to enrich the mind and delight the heart. This part covers Suras Al-’Adiyat to Al-Duha.

Tafsir of Short Suras: From An-Nas to Al-Qari’a – Intensive

This course is a distilled summary of what the greatest scholars of Tafsir wrote about each note, word, and verse that make up the oft-recited short Suras of the Quran. Join Ustadh Hatim for an introduction to contemplation of the words of Allah on scholarly foundations, to enrich the mind and delight the heart. This part covers Suras An-Nas to Al-Qari’a.

Tafsir of Sura al-Fatiha – Intensive

The most essential of all tafsir courses – the one sura that encapsulates our entire existence. Delve into the world of tafsir by starting off where you should, with the Fatiha – the Mother of the Book – before going on to explore further suras.

At-A-Glance

  • 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 Quran.

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 Quran was revealed, the nature of inspiration and its time frame
  • Meccan and Medinan suras, 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 Quran and Ghayth al-Naf` for the Seven canonical recitations with also be drawn upon for their respective topics.

Course Syllabus

Module One – Revelation of the Quran

  • This science and its works
  • Revelation
  • How the Quran was revealed
  • When and Why verses were revealed
  • Meccan and Medinan suras

Module Two – Preservation of the Quran

  • Preservation of the Quran
  • Writing the Quran
  • Tajweed and Canonical Recitations

Module Three – Understanding the Quran

  • Tafsir
  • Athari
  • Linguistic
  • Legal

Course Format

This course shall consists of two Live Sessions per week over the course of Ramadan, meeting at the same time on Saturdays and Sundays. The final week of the month shall only have one Live Session on the Saturday – for a total of nine Live Sessions over the course of the month.

The Live Sessions 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 sessions.

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.

Suggested Readings

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

Recommended Background

The course is suitable for all students, beginners and intermediate students.

FAQ:

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.

About the Instructor

Farid Dingle

Department

Course Code

QRN201

Level

Level: 2

Starting From

28 June, 2014

Duration

4 weeks

Tuition Fee

225 USD   Instant Financial Aid