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  • tjd102-catalog

    Level 2: Tajweed Applied

    Qibla's New Tajweed Format

    • Two 30 minute private one-on-one live sessions per week: We find that 25-30 minutes focused reading time is the ideal, given the concentration and focus level of most students. Any more and we start to see diminishing returns.
    • Our new Tajweed program allows you to progress at your own pace with dedicated time with your Qibla Teacher at YOUR level of the Book of Allah!
      • Before: One hour session with 3 people: Total individual weekly reading time: 20 minutes
      • Now: Two private 30 minute sessions: Total individual weekly reading time: 50 minutes* 
    *The teacher will leave 5 minutes before the end of each class in order to prepare for the next class.
    • All live sessions will be recorded so you can listen to your own recitation.
    • All students must have a working microphone and headset
    It is very normal for students to take the same level multiple times. All tajweed courses, with the exception of tajweed level one, will be private one-on-one sessions.

    At-A-Glance:

    • Practice applying your Arabic reading skills and the tajweed rules learnt in Introduction to Tajweed /Basic Arabic Reading: ARB101
    • Practice not only the correct tajweed of Surahs Fatiha and Al-Qariah to Al-Nas, but you can also choose to memorize the chapters so that the rules of tajweed are fully ingrained on your tongue
    • Receive these surahs as they have been taught by each generation of Muslims to the next, with an unbroken chain of transmission to the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him
    • Train your jaws in the correct recitation of the Quran
    • Strengthen your relationship with the Quran
    • The course allows you to progress at your own pace. It is very normal for students to take the same level of tajweed multiple times

    About the Course

    In this course, you will be given the opportunity to start applying the rules of tajweed learnt in Arabic 101 through correctly reciting Surah Fatiha and Surahs Al-Qariah to Al-Nas of the Quran through an unbroken chain of transmission from the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him. In order to successfully complete this course students must demonstrate mastery of the following rules of tajweed: 1) Al- Ghunna and its letters (mim and nun with shadda) 2) Connected Madd 3) The Changed Nun (qalb) 4) The Hidden Mim 5) The Whispering Attribute letters. By combining mastery of the rules of tajweed, with either recitation only or recitation and memorization, the rules become fully ingrained in your tongue. Students who reach the required degree of mastery in correctly reciting with the relevant tajweed rules can progress on to the Juz’ Amma Ijazah program to practice more advanced tajweed rules and receive an authorization to transmit the final juz’ of the Quran to others. Lessons will be based around the selected surahs that the student will study every week, with recorded lessons explaining the most common mistakes of tajweed in that sura. At the live sessions, you will recite these surahs directly to the instructor and have your mistakes corrected. You will leave each week with a report card of outstanding mistakes, allowing you to practice and memorize the surah on your own, and then recite it correctly to your instructor the following week. The course is designed to allow students to progress at their own pace. The student, with the teacher’s guidance, can choose to recite one or more surahs per week and their progress is dependent on their performance as well as the teacher input. It is very normal for students to take the same level of tajweed multiple times. All new students will have their skills assessed by their teacher in their first Live Session.

    Course Syllabus

    Selected Surahs: Surah Fatiha and Surahs Al-Qariah to Al-Nas Mastering the following tajweed rules:
    • Al- Ghunna and its letters (mim and nun with shadda)
    • Connected Madd
    • The Changed Nun (qalb)
    • The Hidden Mim
    • The Whispering Attribute letters.

    Weekly Time Commitment

    The required weekly time commitment for tajweed can vary greatly depending on the student’s learning ability. However students can expect to dedicate at least two hours a week to learning the rules and practicing with correct recitation. 

    Suggested Readings

    The Quran – lots of it! Knowing the tafsir of the surahs you are reciting shall definitely enrich your experience. We recommend you supplement this course with Sheikh Hatim’s Tafsir of Surah al-Fatiha and Tafsir of the Short Surahs courses.

    Recommended Background

    This program is perfect for anyone who has received some training in tajweed before and is looking to directly receive these selected surahs from an authorized teacher with a chain of transmission back to the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and give him peace.

    FAQ:

    Why is it obligatory to learn tajweed?

    Ibn al-Jazari (d. 833 AH / 1429 CE), the greatest authority of the disciplines of Quran recitation (tajweed) and canonical Quran transmissions (qira’at), said in verse, “It is obligatory to train oneself to recite the Quran with tajweed. Whoever recites the Quran incorrectly [through neglect] is sinful.” Why is this obligatory? Because Allah Most High revealed the Quran in accordance with the rules of tajweed – that is how the Angel Jibril (upon him be peace) taught it to the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace); that is how the Messeger taught his Companions to recite; and that is how it was taught by each generation of Muslims to succeeding generations, all the way down to our own times. Reciting the Quran according to the rules of tajweed is also the only way to bring out the beauty of Quranic recitation.

    Why is proper recital essential to one's relationship with the Quran?

    Quran recital is a central act of worship for Muslims. The Book is chanted. The auditory sounds enhance the meanings in a coalescence of faculties to stir hearts to their very core. Someone who neglects the discipline of tajweed shall necessarily have a stunted relationship with the Book of Allah, because the Quran, which itself means “recital”, is meant to be recited beautifully. The revelation itself was a recitation in auditory form, not a written book – a basic reality one may fail to truly appreciate as one goes through life with a physical copy of the Book.

    How exactly does tajweed training work?

    The only thing that lies between learning how to recite the Quran correctly and continuing to recite it incorrectly is training your jaws. This is done through hearing the Quran recited directly by an authorized teacher, reciting back to him as he recited to you, correcting your mistakes in accordance with his instructions, and then repeated practice after class.

    What shall I know coming out of the course?

    By the end of this course you will be able to recite Surah al-Fatihah and Surahs Al-Qariah to Al-Nas using tajweed rules insha’Allah.
    Enroll
  • Level-3-Juz-Amma-Ijaza-Program

    Level 3: Juz’ Amma Ijazah Program

    Qibla's New Tajweed Format

    • Two 30 minute private one-on-one live sessions per week: We find that 25-30 minutes focused reading time is the ideal, given the concentration and focus level of most students. Any more and we start to see diminishing returns.
    • Our new Tajweed program allows you to progress at your own pace with dedicated time with your Qibla Teacher at YOUR level of the Book of Allah!
      • Before: One hour session with 3 people: Total individual weekly reading time: 20 minutes
      • Now: Two private 30 minute sessions: Total individual weekly reading time: 50 minutes* 
    *The teacher will leave 5 minutes before the end of each class in order to prepare for the next class.
    • All live sessions will be recorded so you can listen to your own recitation.
    • All students must have a working microphone and headset
    It is very normal for students to take the same level multiple times. All tajweed courses, with the exception of tajweed level one, will be private one-on-one sessions.

    At-A-Glance:

    • Receive the final juz’ as it has been taught by each generation of Muslims to the next, with the correct tajweed, back to the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him
    • Build on your knowledge and practice of tajweed rules by integrating more advanced rules into your recitation
    • You can also choose to memorize the surahs so that the rules of tajweed are fully ingrained on your tongue
    • Upon successful completion receive an ijazah to transmit the final juz’ of the Quran to others
    • Train your jaws in the correct recitation of the Quran
    • Strengthen your relationship with the Quran
    • The course allows you to progress at your own pace. It is very normal for students to take the same level of tajweed multiple times to receive the ijazah

    About the Course

    In this course, you will be given the opportunity to recite and memorize the last juz’ of the Quran along with the required rules of tajweed through an unbroken chain of transmission from the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him. In order to successfully complete this course students must demonstrate mastery of the following rules of tajweed: 1) Madd Lazim (6 count Madd) 2) Ikhfa (hiding) 3)Idgham (merging) 4) Ithhar (showing) 5) The rules of Raa 6) The attribute of Istitala 7) The attribute of Tafashe 8) The attribute of Safeer. 9) The Shidda, Leen and Rakhawa letters. By combining mastery of the rules of tajweed, with either recitation only or recitation and memorization, the rules become fully ingrained in your tongue. Students who reach the required degree of mastery in correctly reciting with the relevant tajweed rules can obtain an ijazah to transmit the juz’ to others and progress on to Custom Tajweed to practice more advanced tajweed rules on selected surahs. Lessons will be based around the selected surahs that the student will study every week, with recorded lessons explaining the most common mistakes of tajweed in that sura. At the live sessions, you will recite these surahs directly to the instructor and have your mistakes corrected. You will leave each week with a report card of outstanding mistakes, allowing you to practice and memorize the surah on your own, and then recite it correctly to your instructor the following week. The course is designed to allow students to progress at their own pace. The student, with the teacher’s guidance, can choose to recite one or more surahs per week and their progress is dependent on their performance as well as the teacher input. It is very normal for students to take the same level of tajweed multiple times to receive the ijazah. All new students will have their skills assessed by their teacher in their first Live Session.  

    Course Syllabus

    Part I Surat al-Fatiha Surat al-Nas to Surat al-Theen Part II Surat al-Bayyinah to Surat al-A`laa Part III Surat al-Burooj to Surat al-Naba Mastering the following tajweed rules:
    • Madd Lazim (6 count Madd)
    • Ikhfa (hiding)
    • Idgham (merging)
    • Ithhar (showing)
    • The rules of Raa
    • The attribute of Istitala
    • The attribute of Tafashe
    • The attribute of Safeer.
    • The Shidda, Leen and Rakhawa letters.
     

    Weekly Time Commitment

    The required weekly time commitment for tajweed can vary greatly depending on the student’s learning ability. However students can expect to dedicate at least two hours a week to learning the rules and practicing with correct recitation.

    Suggested Readings

    The Quran – lots of it! Knowing the tafsir of the surahs you are reciting shall definitely enrich your experience. We recommend you supplement this course with Sheikh Hatim’s Tafsir of Surah al-Fatiha and Tafsir of the Short Surahs courses.

    Recommended Background

    This program is perfect anyone who can read the Arabic script and has reached a degree of comfort with the basic rules of tajweed.

    FAQ:

    Why is it obligatory to learn tajweed?

    Ibn al-Jazari (d. 833 AH / 1429 CE), the greatest authority of the disciplines of Quran recitation (tajweed) and canonical Quran transmissions (qira’at), said in verse, “It is obligatory to train oneself to recite the Quran with tajweed. Whoever recites the Quran incorrectly [through neglect] is sinful.” Why is this obligatory? Because Allah Most High revealed the Quran in accordance with the rules of tajweed – that is how the Angel Jibril (upon him be peace) taught it to the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace); that is how the Messeger taught his Companions to recite; and that is how it was taught by each generation of Muslims to succeeding generations, all the way down to our own times. Reciting the Quran according to the rules of tajweed is also the only way to bring out the beauty of Quranic recitation.

    Why is proper recital essential to one's relationship with the Quran?

    Quran recital is a central act of worship for Muslims. The Book is chanted. The auditory sounds enhance the meanings in a coalescence of faculties to stir hearts to their very core. Someone who neglects the discipline of tajweed shall necessarily have a stunted relationship with the Book of Allah, because the Quran, which itself means “recital”, is meant to be recited beautifully. The revelation itself was a recitation in auditory form, not a written book – a basic reality one may fail to truly appreciate as one goes through life with a physical copy of the Book.

    How exactly does tajweed training work?

    The only thing that lies between learning how to recite the Quran correctly and continuing to recite it incorrectly is training your jaws. This is done through hearing the Quran recited directly by an authorized teacher, reciting back to him as he recited to you, correcting your mistakes in accordance with his instructions, and then repeated practice after class.

    What shall I know coming out of the course?

    By the end of this course you will be able to recite Surah al-Fatihah and Surahs Al-Qariah to Al-Nas using tajweed rules insha’Allah.
    Enroll
  • tjd212-catalog

    Level 4: Customized Tajweed

    Qibla's New Tajweed Format

    • Two 30 minute private one-on-one live sessions per week: We find that 25-30 minutes focused reading time is the ideal, given the concentration and focus level of most students. Any more and we start to see diminishing returns.
    • Our new Tajweed program allows you to progress at your own pace with dedicated time with your Qibla Teacher at YOUR level of the Book of Allah!
      • Before: One hour session with 3 people: Total individual weekly reading time: 20 minutes
      • Now: Two private 30 minute sessions: Total individual weekly reading time: 50 minutes* 
    *The teacher will leave 5 minutes before the end of each class in order to prepare for the next class.
    • All live sessions will be recorded so you can listen to your own recitation.
    • All students must have a working microphone and headset
    It is very normal for students to take the same level multiple times. All tajweed courses, with the exception of tajweed level one, will be private one-on-one sessions.

    At-A-Glance:

    • Receive 10 of the most popular selected surahs as they have been taught by each generation of Muslims to the next, through an unbroken chain of transmission to the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him
    • Learn and practice advanced rules of tajweed, in preparation for the fifth-level full Quran ijazah course
    • You can also choose to memorize the surahs so that the rules of tajweed are fully ingrained on your tongue
    • Train your jaws in the correct recitation of the Quran
    • Strengthen your relationship with the Quran
    • The course allows you to progress at your own pace. It is very normal for students to take the same level of tajweed multiple times

    About the Course

    In this course, you will be given the opportunity to correctly recite and memorize 10 selected Meccan and Medinan surahs from various sections of the Quran, as well as practice advanced rules of tajweed in preparation for the entire Quran ijazah course. Receiving these surahs from your instructor will connect you to an unbroken chain of transmission from the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him. In order to successfully complete this course students must demonstrate mastery of the following rules of tajweed: 1) The rules of Raa 2) The attribute of Istitala 3) Detailed understanding of articulation points and letter attributes (Tafashe, Safeer, Shidda and Rakhawa) By combining mastery of the rules of tajweed, with either recitation only or recitation and memorization, the rules become fully ingrained in your tongue. Students who reach the required degree of mastery in correctly reciting with the relevant tajweed rules can obtain an ijazah to transmit the juz’ to others and progress on to Custom Tajweed to practice more advanced tajweed rules on selected surahs. Lessons will be based around the surahs that the student will study every week, with recorded lessons explaining the most common mistakes of tajweed in that sura. At the live sessions, you will recite these surahs directly to the instructor and have your mistakes corrected. You will leave each week with a report card of outstanding mistakes, allowing you to practice and memorize the sura on your own, and then recite it correctly to your instructor the following week. The course is designed to allow students to progress at their own pace. The student, with the teacher’s guidance, can choose to recite one or more surahs per week and their progress is dependent on their performance as well as the teacher input. It is very normal for students to take the same level of tajweed multiple times to receive the ijazah. All new students will have their skills assessed by their teacher in their first Live Session.

    Course Syllabus

    Selected Surahs: Ar-Rahman, Al-Waqiah, Ya Seen, As-Sajdah, Al-Qalam, Al-Jathiya, Al-Qamar, Al-Hujarat, Al-Fath, Muhammad. Mastering the following tajweed rules:
    • The rules of Raa
    • The attribute of Istitala
    • Detailed understanding of articulation points and letter attributes (Tafashe, Safeer, Shidda and Rakhawa)

    Weekly Time Commitment

    The required weekly time commitment for tajweed can vary greatly depending on the student’s learning ability. However students can expect to dedicate at least two hours a week to learning the rules and practicing with correct recitation.

    Suggested Readings

    The Quran – lots of it! Knowing the tafsir of the surahs you are reciting shall definitely enrich your experience. We recommend you supplement this course with Sheikh Hatim’s Tafsir of the Short Surahs courses and/or Umm Sahl's Experiencing the Quran.

    Recommended Background

    This program is perfect anyone who has a strong foundation in tajweed, and wants to hone in on the finer points to progress on to receive the entire Quran from an authorized teacher with a chain of transmission back to the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and give him peace.

    FAQ:

    Why is it obligatory to learn tajweed?

    Ibn al-Jazari (d. 833 AH / 1429 CE), the greatest authority of the disciplines of Quran recitation (tajweed) and canonical Quran transmissions (qira’at), said in verse, “It is obligatory to train oneself to recite the Quran with tajweed. Whoever recites the Quran incorrectly [through neglect] is sinful.” Why is this obligatory? Because Allah Most High revealed the Quran in accordance with the rules of tajweed – that is how the Angel Jibril (upon him be peace) taught it to the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace); that is how the Messeger taught his Companions to recite; and that is how it was taught by each generation of Muslims to succeeding generations, all the way down to our own times. Reciting the Quran according to the rules of tajweed is also the only way to bring out the beauty of Quranic recitation.

    Why is proper recital essential to one's relationship with the Quran?

    Quran recital is a central act of worship for Muslims. The Book is chanted. The auditory sounds enhance the meanings in a coalescence of faculties to stir hearts to their very core. Someone who neglects the discipline of tajweed shall necessarily have a stunted relationship with the Book of Allah, because the Quran, which itself means “recital”, is meant to be recited beautifully. The revelation itself was a recitation in auditory form, not a written book – a basic reality one may fail to truly appreciate as one goes through life with a physical copy of the Book.

    How exactly does tajweed training work?

    The only thing that lies between learning how to recite the Quran correctly and continuing to recite it incorrectly is training your jaws. This is done through hearing the Quran recited directly by an authorized teacher, reciting back to him as he recited to you, correcting your mistakes in accordance with his instructions, and then repeated practice after class.

    What shall I know coming out of the course?

    By the end of this course you will be able to recite Surah al-Fatihah and Surahs Al-Qariah to Al-Nas using tajweed rules insha’Allah.
    Enroll
  • tjd311-catalog

    Level 5: Entire Quran Ijazah Program

    Qibla's New Tajweed Format

    • Two 30 minute private one-on-one live sessions per week: We find that 25-30 minutes focused reading time is the ideal, given the concentration and focus level of most students. Any more and we start to see diminishing returns.
    • Our new Tajweed program allows you to progress at your own pace with dedicated time with your Qibla Teacher at YOUR level of the Book of Allah!
      • Before: One hour session with 3 people: Total individual weekly reading time: 20 minutes
      • Now: Two private 30 minute sessions: Total individual weekly reading time: 50 minutes* 
    *The teacher will leave 5 minutes before the end of each class in order to prepare for the next class.
    • All live sessions will be recorded so you can listen to your own recitation.
    • All students must have a working microphone and headset
    It is very normal for students to take the same level multiple times. All tajweed courses, with the exception of tajweed level one, will be private one-on-one sessions.

    At-A-Glance:

    • Receive the entire Quran through an unbroken chain of transmission to the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him
    • The course allows you to progress at your own pace. Since the Quran cannot be covered in one term, it is expected that students shall require multiple terms to complete their ijaza.
    • For advanced students who have a strong background in tajweed

    About the Course

    In this course, you will be given the opportunity to correctly recite and memorize the entire Quran through an unbroken chain of transmission from the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him. Students must be able to demonstrate mastery of all the tajweed rules learnt in Levels 1-4 to enroll in this course and successfully receive the ijazah. Students will progressively work through the chapters of the Quran every week, reciting directly to the instructor during the Live Sessions to have their mistakes corrected. You will leave each week with a report card of outstanding mistakes, allowing you to practice and memorize the sura on your own, and then recite it correctly to your instructor the following week. All new students will have their skills assessed by their teacher in their first Live Session.

    Course Syllabus

    The course covers the recitation and optional memorization of the entire Quran.

    Weekly Time Commitment

    The required weekly time commitment for tajweed can vary greatly depending on the student’s learning ability. However students can expect to dedicate at least two hours a week to learning the rules and practicing with correct recitation.

    Suggested Readings

    The Quran – lots of it! Knowing the tafsir of the surahs you are reciting shall definitely enrich your experience. We recommend you supplement this course with Sheikh Hatim’s Tafsir of the Short Surahs courses and/or Umm Sahl's Experiencing the Quran.

    Recommended Background

    This program is for the advanced student of tajweed who aspires to finish the recitation of the entire Quran to a level of mastery and obtain an ijazah to transmit it to others.

    FAQ:

    Why is it obligatory to learn tajweed?

    Ibn al-Jazari (d. 833 AH / 1429 CE), the greatest authority of the disciplines of Quran recitation (tajweed) and canonical Quran transmissions (qira’at), said in verse, “It is obligatory to train oneself to recite the Quran with tajweed. Whoever recites the Quran incorrectly [through neglect] is sinful.” Why is this obligatory? Because Allah Most High revealed the Quran in accordance with the rules of tajweed – that is how the Angel Jibril (upon him be peace) taught it to the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace); that is how the Messeger taught his Companions to recite; and that is how it was taught by each generation of Muslims to succeeding generations, all the way down to our own times. Reciting the Quran according to the rules of tajweed is also the only way to bring out the beauty of Quranic recitation.

    Why is proper recital essential to one's relationship with the Quran?

    Quran recital is a central act of worship for Muslims. The Book is chanted. The auditory sounds enhance the meanings in a coalescence of faculties to stir hearts to their very core. Someone who neglects the discipline of tajweed shall necessarily have a stunted relationship with the Book of Allah, because the Quran, which itself means “recital”, is meant to be recited beautifully. The revelation itself was a recitation in auditory form, not a written book – a basic reality one may fail to truly appreciate as one goes through life with a physical copy of the Book.

    How exactly does tajweed training work?

    The only thing that lies between learning how to recite the Quran correctly and continuing to recite it incorrectly is training your jaws. This is done through hearing the Quran recited directly by an authorized teacher, reciting back to him as he recited to you, correcting your mistakes in accordance with his instructions, and then repeated practice after class.

    What shall I know coming out of the course?

    By the end of this course you will be able to recite Surah al-Fatihah and Surahs Al-Qariah to Al-Nas using tajweed rules insha’Allah.
    Enroll
  • qrn112-catalog

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

    At-A-Glance

    • Experience firsthand the overwhelming linguistic beauty of the Quran
    • Gain insights into the multifold meanings of the words and verses
    • Understand the significance of the ordering of verses and Surahs
    • Appreciate the meanings conveyed by Tajwid
    • Develop a heart-felt connection with the oft-recited chapters
    • Learn to view the events of life through the lens of eternity
    • Increase both your attachment to the Quran and your presence of heart in prayer

    About the Course

    The main point of the Quran is to move hearts to Allah, Mighty and Exalted. By seeing and appreciating how exactly the Quran does this, we can let the Quran take its effect on our souls, and improve our lives, inwardly and outwardly.” – Ustadh Hatim’s succinct description of his course unwaveringly focuses on the soul’s upward ascent to its Creator. This is the single-minded goal of this Tafsir course.  This is done by looking at the linguistic miracle of the Quran on different levels:

    The words themselves: The course gives you a taste of the Divine selection of the words – their surpassing beauty, and the shades and nuances that lend multifold meanings to the verses. Each verse is an ocean of meaning – the course attempts to discover these jewels and shed light on the significance of every single word.  There is a focus on understanding the language and increasing your Quranic vocabulary, helping you feel the Quran with your heart and understand it in its own language.

    The ordering of the verses: The course shall look at how the sequence of the verses and their connection to one another has a profound relevance to the structure and message of the Suras.

    The acoustic meanings of Tajwid: The course shall also look at the meanings conveyed by the acoustics of Tajwid – how the sounds of proper recital are not merely musical auditory vehicles, but conveyors of meaning as well, going hand-in-hand with and enhancing the meanings conveyed by the words and the verses they build.

    The ordering of the Suras: The relation of one Sura to another may seem random to those unfamiliar with the wisdom behind it. Just as with verses, the placement and sequence of the building blocks of Suras similarly bears upon the structure of the Quran. Understanding the wisdom behind the sequence makes memorizing and appreciating the Quran easier. Tying these individual components back to their practical purport: Conveying the momentousness of how Allah, Mighty and Exalted is addressing us directly in a language that we can understand, and how these verses address the soul and our lives directly is Ustadh Hatim’s desired goal for his students. “Every single word of this Book is for elevating the soul through employing it in practice.“

    Course Syllabus

    • Tafsir Sura Al-'Adiyat to Al-Duha

    Course Format

    The course consists of weekly Live Sessions conducted by Ustadh Hatim. Students shall be given handouts covering the major points addressed in class. Each class shall also be followed by a quiz. Course credit requires quizzes to be passed. Ustadh Hatim shall hold weekly office hours where students may consult with him one-on-one.

    Weekly Time Commitment

    The course required approximately an hour a week outside of the Live Session to review material for the quizzes.

    Suggested Readings

    Abdullah Yusuf Ali’s Translation of the Quran: The Holy Quran: Text, Translation and Commentary (Note: Most prominent English translations are not based on a comprehensive understanding of traditional Tafsir sources) Mufti Shafi Usmani’s  Maariful Quran: An 8-volume Tafsir based on traditional sources available in English and on the web AlTafsir.com – includes the English translations of Tafsir Al-Jalalayn, Tafsir Ibn Abbas, and Tafsir al-Tustari.

    Recommended Background

    This course is open to everyone!

    FAQ:

    How shall this course benefit me 5 times a day?

    In our daily prayers, we commonly recite the shorter chapters from the end of the Quran. Largely Meccan Suras, they are extremely beautiful and characterized by short verses, powerful language, vivid imagery, and musical rhymes—often addressing the most basic themes of belief, Allah and His Oneness, the Last Day, and the Prophethood of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. These Suras also explore mankind’s natural tendency to greed and lack of realizing the great significance of time. Being intimately familiar with the meanings and context for these verses will help you both gain insights about your own life and draw closer to Allah and His revelation. If understood and properly reflected upon, these verses shake the listener to the core. This is essential in increasing one’s khusho, or presence of heart, in prayer.

    How much Arabic do I need to know to benefit from the course?

    Although the more Arabic you know the deeper you will understand and enjoy the Quran, this course is designed for non-Arabic speakers regardless of their command of the language. Everyone shall benefit InshaAllah.

    Why do we need a course to understand the Quran? Isn't it simple and straightforward?

    Anyone who reads the Quran will find it easy to understand. But what a difference between someone who can merely skim the surface and someone who can dive into the depths of the ocean and explore its endless worlds and wonders! The traditional scholars of Tafsir, who mastered all prerequisite sciences for understanding the Quran (Fiqh, Grammar, Rhetoric, Hadith, and so forth), spent their entire lives studying and teaching the Quran. They knew full well that Tafsir is a journey that begins on the surface but continues on with the soul’s journey through eternity. Such is the nature of the eternal Truths that are expounded in the Book. A telling example is the life of Imam Ibn Ashur – it took him fifty years to finish his Tafsir, and he died the day he completed it, may Allah raise his rank eternally!

    What shall I know coming out of the course?

    By the end of the course, you will gain an understanding of the meanings of the selected chapters, which will help you connect with and memorize the Quran. This course will also serve as an introduction to a linguistic study of the Quran. You will begin to appreciate and be moved by the beauty and depth of Quranic Arabic. You will memorize a vocabulary list of common Quranic vocabulary and common Quranic linguistic styles, making the course an excellent stepping-stone to further studies and readings in tafsir literature. You will also have gained an understanding of the approach and style of tafsir.

    Enroll
  • hst106-catalog

    The Life of the Greatest Prophet – Part 6

    At-A-Glance

    • Cover the Seera in-depth in two years: Part 6 of a 10-part series spanning two entire academic years.
    • A spiritually focused Seera course aiming to increase your love for the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace
    • Experience the Divine love and care for the Beloved, Allah bless him and give him peace
    • Hear stories with scholarly comments and analysis detailed in one of the most extensive reference works in Seera literature
    • Deepen your knowledge of the mighty station of our Prophet and his close companions: Abu Bakr, Omar, Ali, Khadija and many others
    • Reflect on the meanings behind the events in his life. Knowing the events is great, understanding them is even greater.
    • Relate the Seera to your own life through the practical wisdom the Prophet bequeathed through his example, and that of his Companions who strove to emulate him
    • Perfect for the young and the old, the new and the life-long Muslim

    About the Course

    The Life Of The Greatest Prophet is a Seera series that aims to bring the Seera to life, by focusing on our hearts. The content of Part 6 - Medina covers the period from the Trench Battle to the Conquest of Mecca. Being based on some of the greatest and most extensive reference books in Seera literature (references provided in Suggested Readings below), the course offers unparalleled access to details and stories rarely narrated in other English Seera courses. You shall hear accounts that you have not heard before, you shall study commentary of the ‘ulema (traditional scholars) that very few teachers ever discuss. Through focusing on the transcendence and greatness of the events surrounding the Best of Creation, and taking lessons from his actions and those of his Companions, this course aims to pull at the heart-strings of those who aspire to increase in their love for our Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace.

    Course Syllabus

    The Battle of the Trench, the Pact of Hudaybiyya, and the Battle of Khaybar

    Course Format

    The course shall consist of weekly Live Sessions, and weekly office hours where students can consult with Ustadh Hatim one-on-one. Students are highly encouraged to post their questions in the Forum over the course of the week - the forum is a perfect place for breaking the ice and exchanging knowledge and ideas with one’s fellow students and instructor. Some questions will be answered in the forum and some will be left to the live sessions.

    Weekly Time Commitment

    The course requires about 1 hour a week to review notes and re-listen to the recorded Live Sessions.

    Suggested Readings

    Seera literature in English is scant compared to the wealth of information available in Arabic. Sources the student can look at are: Muhammad by Martin Lings (along-with GF Haddad’s Critical Reading of the book, available online), The Sealed Nectar by Safi-ur Rahman al-Mubakpuri. Non-seera literature on the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, that are highly recommended reads also include Our Master Muhammad The Messenger of Allah translated by Khalid Williams and Muhammad, Messenger of Allah – Ash-Shifa of Qadi ‘Iyad translated by Aisha Bewley. The Arabic reference works Ustadh Hatim uses in this course are: Subul Al-Huda war-Rashaad (also known as The Shami Seera), a 12-volume work by Imam Muhammed ibn Yusuf as Salihi ash Shami – one of the most extensive reference books in Seera literature; As Seera Nabawiyya Dahlaniyya by Ahmad ibn Zaini Dahlan, the mufti of Mecca at his time; and Seera Nabawiyya by Ali Muhammed As-Sallabi.

    Recommended Background

    This course is for everyone—the young and the old, the new and the life-long Muslim. Part 1 - Mecca is a recommended, but not required pre-requisite to this course.

    FAQ:

    Do I need to study Seera? What if I have already taken some Seera courses?

    Studying the Seera doesn’t end with finishing one or two courses. It is a life-time study, not only because there are thousands of resources on it, but also because of the heart’s need to remain attached to and in touch with the life of the Prophet and the early Muslims.  Continuous study of the Seera helps us deepen our understanding of the Din and provides us with a torch that illuminates our way in the darkness of the materialistic world that surrounds us. We need to keep the torch burning. The survival of our hearts depends on it.

    How is this course different from other Seera courses?

    Seera courses are as different as their teachers, their resources and their approach. Ustadh Hatim teaches the course from lengthy books of the Seera that are usually neglected, and thus remain inaccessible to English speakers who are really eager for exposure to the details, and to learn new lessons and stories. Ustadh Hatim’s style is one that combines between knowledge and love. He doesn’t want his students to merely know what happened, he tries to make them travel in the past, imagine things as they happened and feel the hearts of the early Muslims as they pounded with love, joy, sadness or fear.

    How practical is this course?

    This course is both educational and motivational.  It shows one how the Prophet – Allah bless him and give him peace – solved problems, how he was dedicated to the service of his Lord and his fellow men, how he dealt with the ups and downs of life, and how the companions emulated his example. As we learn how they transformed themselves, we are motivated to be like them, and we find ourselves following them in our own lives with love and ease.

    Will studying the Seera increase my love for the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace?

    Without a doubt. Any group of people who sit together to talk about Allah and his Messenger – Allah bless him and give him peace- will see their love grow and their sprits rise. This course takes this very goal as its main endeavor. While love is in the hands of Allah, this course seeks to open the minds and hearts of everyone who aspires to be with the Prophet - Allah bless him and give him peace - in this world and the next.
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