The Sacred Treasure – www.rihla.co.za
“This (Qur’aan) is a (clear) declaration for mankind, and guidance, and a lesson for the God-fearing.” (Al Qur’aan 3:138)
Islam is a religion founded on divinely revealed principles. In order to understand these principles and the application thereof, one must first be acquainted with the Sacred Texts from which Muslims draw moral, spiritual and religious guidance.
The world over, Muslims are approaching the Divine Word of Allah Ta’ala with mixed intentions and often, pre-conceived notions. On the one end of the spectrum, a part of Muslim society believes in sticking to the literal commands of the Qur’aan without any room for interpretation whilst on the other extreme, there are those who believe that every single divine principle is to be subjected to logic and rationale.
“The Sacred Treasure” provides an in-depth exposition of the principles of Qur’aanic interpretation, the relevance of Qur’aanic Law in modern society as well as the practical application of Islamic Law in changing societies.
At Ar Rihla, we pride ourselves in maintaining an extremely close link with authentic scholarly works which is evident in all our lectures, courses and course materials.
What the Course Covers:
Amongst other topics, the course will cover the following insha Allah:
One of the unique features of the Qur’aan is that it provides a detailed account of creation, the beginning of time, past nations, accounts of the missions of Prophets (alayhimus salaam) and even details mankind’s journey to the end of time. The course covers historical accounts provided by the Qur’aan, encompassing but not limited to the following:
a. The History of Creation
b. The History of Religion
c. The Histories of Past Nations
d. Life Stories of the Prophets (alayhimus salaam)
e. The Birth of Islam
f. The Rise of Islam
g. Incidents which influenced the course of Islam as we know it today
FIQH (ISLAMIC LAW)
The Qur’aan is the primary source of Islamic Law (Fiqh) and as such, any individual wishing to understand the importance of Islamic Law as well as its background is constrained to study the influence of Qur’aan on Islamic Law in both past, present and future societies. The following law-related topics are covered in this category:
a. The Shari’ah of the Past Nations
b. The Shari’ah of Islam
– Sources of Shari’ah
– The Qur’aan as a source of Shari’ah
c. Interpretation of Qur’aan and its effect on Islamic Law
– Extremist vs. Non-traditional Interpretation of Qur’aan
d. The Qur’aan as an authority in Shari’ah
e. The Qur’aan as an academic proof in Shari’ah
In every era, mankind has faced myriad challenges. In encounters with religious issues of any kind a Muslim is required to abide by the principles laid down by the Shari’a. Compromising the laws of Qur’aan,banning of fundamental core aspects of Islam and being forced to take an apologetic stance of religious issues are just some of the situations many Muslims find themselves in.
This category of the course will outline the Qur’aan’s stance on contemporary issues including the following:
a. Muslim Personal Law
b. Muslim Marriages Bill
c. Hijaab in Islam and the Hijaab Ban
d. The Sunnah as an integral part of Islam
e. The Hadith as a commentator of Qur’aan
f. Halaal & Haraam in Islam
g. The Qur’aan’s stance on other religions
h. Islamic banking,Trade & Finance in the light of Qur’aanic principles
i. Israeli- Palestinian Conflict
j. The coming of the Mahdi
k. The coming of Dajjal
l. The Signs of Qiyaamah
m. Current issues arising during the duration of the course will be included as well
n. Course participants will be given an opportunity to submit suggested topics for this
One of the central ideas of the Qur’aan is that of “self-purification”. The name Tasawwuf or Sufism has been given to the concept of Islamic Spirituality. This often misunderstood science requires in-depth understanding and is found in varying forms all over the world, some authentic and others grossly incorrect. This section of the course serves to clearly elucidate upon the principles of Tasawwuf and also to remove the many myths clouding the concept of self-purification.
The following Tasawwuf-related aspects will be covered Insha Allah :
a. Demystifying Sufism
b. The concept of inner purification
c. The attainment of Divine Pleasure
d. Authentic & unauthentic forms of Tasawwuf
e. How can you enhance your spirituality?
f. Peace of mind & contentment of the heart
g. Sufi orders
h. Seeking a spiritual guide
All sessions will feature a Q&A insert. Participants will be given the opportunity to submit questions prior to or during the lecture.
This course commences on Saturday the 22nd January 2011 Insha Allah.
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m every Saturday Insha Allah
Fee: R 1 200.00
Who is this course for?
The course is for every single individual wanting to understand the intricacies of Qur’aanic interpretation as well as the role of Qur’aan in shaping Islamic Law. This course is bound to increase your knowledge of Islam, Islamic Law as well as academic sciences related to Islamic knowledge.
The course commences with very basic aspects of Qur’aanic interpretation, the Qur’aan as a source of Shari’ah , moves on to historical aspects covered and discussed in Qur’aan and the formulation of laws from the Qur’aan by the leading and authoritative jurists.
N.B. : The Islamic Law (Fiqh) aspect covered in this course primarily focuses on the Hanafi Madhab. The other Madhaahib (i.e. Shafi’ee, Hambali and Maaliki ) are discussed albeit not in great detail. This is due to the fact that Ar Rihla has extensive experience in the field of Hanafi Fiqh.
Do note that despite the courses being online, we still have a limit to the number of students who may enrol. Therefore REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL. We urge you to enrol beforehand to secure your seat.
Why Ar Rihla?
“He (Allah) gives wisdom to whomsoever He wills, and whoever is given wisdom has certainly been granted abundant good. And none takes heed except for the people of understanding.” (Al Qur’aan 2:269)
Our courses are designed around authentic and traditional sources of Islamic knowledge. You can be certain that the knowledge acquired from our courses is sourced from an unbroken chain of scholarly endeavour deeply rooted in adherence to the principles of the noble Qur’aan and the blessed Sunnah.
Despite the fact that our courses cover the entire spectrum of Islamic Sciences, together with a vast amount of intricacies, we have designed tailor-made courses unique to Ar Rihla with ease of understanding and simplicity in mind.
Our extensive experience in the field of adult education, tutoring and Shari’ah -based consulting has set us apart as leaders in the field of higher Islamic education with a strong emphasis on the acquisition of knowledge and an enhanced spirituality.
Knowledge is an invaluable and everlasting treasure. The responsibility of acquiring true, pure and authentic knowledge is yours alone. Begin your journey of discovery and learning with Ar Rihla and ENROL NOW!