“When Allah wishes good for someone, He bestows upon him or her the understanding of the religion.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari )
Modules for Al-Mishkat Certificate in Islamic Studies Course
Foundations of Islamic Belief
This module will be covering two major sub-modules: (1) Creed or ‘Aqidah, and (2) Islamic Practice.
(1) Creed or ‘Aqidah is a branch of Islamic science, describing the fundamental beliefs of Islamic faith, basically what a Muslim must know, comprehend and believe. Arkaan Al-Iman, the six articles of faith – belief in Allah, His Angels, the Prophets, the Divine Books, the Day of Judgment and Divine Destiny (Qadr) – are the very fundamentals of the Islamic Creed. This module also deals with the attributes of Allah (Existence, Oneness, Eternity, etc) and the characteristics of Prophets.
(2) The second sub-module will discuss the Arkaan Al-Islam, the five pillars of Islam – testament of faith (shahadah), prayer (salat), tithe (zakat), fasting (sawm) and pilgrimage (hajj). This module deals with the observance of rituals and traditions in Islamic belief and practice, mainly derived from the prominent schools of Islamic law within Sunni Islam – the Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i and Hanbali schools.
Sciences of the Qur'an & Exegesis
Module 2 covers two major sub-modules: (1) Qur’anic Sciences or ‘Ulum Al-Qur’an, and (2) Qur’anic Exegesis or Tafsir. The ‘Ulum Al-Qur’an sub-module deals with the history of the revelation of the Qur’an, the stages and causes of the revelation, the Meccan and Medinan verses, language style, abrogated rulings, compilation and preservation of the Qur’an, and others. This sub-module provides an important and prerequisite knowledge before studying the Tafsir or Exegesis of the Holy Book.
Tafsir means to explain, expound or disclose. In the Islamic context, it is defined as understanding and uncovering the Will of Allah which has been conveyed by the Qur’anic text, by means of the Arabic language and knowledge. There are various methodologies employed in various tafsir or interpretations completed by various classical Islamic scholars, and it includes examining the style and eloquence of the text, clarifying the meanings of verses, extracting the laws and rulings, determining metaphors and figurative speech, reconciling contradictions, understanding the underlying reasons for parables, and so on. Some of the famous tafsir collections are Tafsir al-Tabari, Tafsir ibn Kathir, Tafsir al-Jalalayn (al-Mahalli & al-Suyuti) and Tafsir Al-Kabir (al-Razi).
Prophetic Biography & Characteristics
The Sirah (meaning: journey or biography) is the Arabic term used for the various traditional Muslim biographies of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ from which, in addition to the Qur’an and Hadith, most historical information about the Prophet’s ﷺ life and the early period of Islam is derived. The Sirah encompasses the Prophet’s ﷺ birth, events in his life, manners and characteristics, and the Prophet’s ﷺ demise. Some of the earlier collections of Sirah are by Ibn Hisham, Ibn Ishaq, al-Tabari and Ibn Shihab. This module will also discuss the Shama’il Muhammadiyah, exploring the intricate details of the Prophet’s (s) life, like his appearance, characteristics, belongings, manners, and life. The student will be enriched by exploring the history to ‘experience’ the Prophetic life.
Prophetic Traditions & Sciences
Hadith or Prophetic tradition is a report of the deeds and sayings of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, and they often form the basis of Islamic law, Qur’anic interpretation and early Islamic history. Each hadith is composed of two parts, a chain of authorities reporting the hadith (isnad) and the text (matn), and is regarded by traditional Islamic schools of jurisprudence as important tools for understanding the Qur’an and in matters of jurisprudence (fiqh). Scholars have evaluated and gathered thousands of narrations of hadith into large collections during the 8th and 9th centuries, like Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Sunan Abu Dawood, Jami al-Tirmidhi, Sunan Ibn Majah and Sunan al-Sughra (al-Nasa’i). In this module the student will study selected hadith narrations, its commentaries, and also discuss the intricacies behind the collection and compilation of hadith by the Hadith masters.
Islamic Law & Its Objectives
This module on Islamic Law (Fiqh/Shari’ah) explores Islamic rulings as expounded in the Holy Quran, supplemented by Prophetic ﷺ traditions, and implemented by the rulings and interpretations of Islamic jurists. Ibn Khaldun defines fiqh as the “knowledge of the rules of God which concern the actions of persons who own themselves bound to obey the law respecting what is required (wajib), sinful (haram), recommended (mandub) disapproved (makruh) or neutral (mubah)”. Scholars have developed legal maxims that surround the understanding and application of Islamic law, governed by the principles and concepts of mercy, guidance, preservation of human life, prevention of harm, and others. Students will discuss the objectives or maqasid of the Divine laws, exploring the rationale and spirit behind the laws.
Islamic Spirituality & Adab (Etiquette)
This module facilitates a discussion on Islamic spirituality, examining ways to purify one’s conduct from blameworthy traits, and ennobling oneself with the praiseworthy qualities. Students will discuss spiritual and ethical goals through a Nabawi-centric disposition, through a study of important texts in Islamic spirituality and etiquette, and explore its relevance and application in the modern world.
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Seeking knowledge has no end and one must always seek ways to improve oneself not only in the spiritual matters, but also in areas where he or she seeks the provisions from Allah The Glorious. Seeking an understanding of the religion or deen, is considered one of the highest forms of worship. In a beautiful hadith, the Prophet ﷺ elaborated on the esteem status of the seekers:
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “He who follows a path in quest of knowledge, Allah will make the path of Jannah easy to him. The angels lower their wings over the seeker of knowledge, being pleased with what he does. The inhabitants of the heavens and the earth and even the fish in the depth of the oceans seek forgiveness for him. The superiority of the learned man over the devout worshipper is like that of the full moon to the rest of the stars (i.e., in brightness). The learned are the heirs of the Prophets who bequeath neither dinar nor dirham but only that of knowledge; and he who acquires it, has in fact acquired an abundant portion.” (Sunan Abu Dawud & Jami’ at-Tarmidhi)
In this Al-Mishkat Certificate in Islamic Studies course, participants will plunge into fields of the Islamic Jurisprudence, Qur`anic Sciences, the study of Hadiths and the study of Tasawwuf. This course is suitable for those who have received basic understanding of Islam and would like to continue to an introductory course for advanced stages of the knowledges in Islam.