The Weekly Madrasa Programme

The Wilaya Trust’s Weekly Madrasa is pleased to announce the programme of the 2018 Winter term.

This weekly educational programme provides a basic yet comprehensive curriculum for the person seeking to deepen his or her faith and practice. Taught by traditionally-trained yet western teachers, the subjects and texts covered are universally regarded as central to an authentic, scholarly and spiritual understanding of the Islamic faith.

Classes are held every Sunday and are offered free of charge. While these courses are developed for adults, young adults and mature children who are able to sit quietly for the duration of the class and to learn are welcome.

2017/2018 TERM DATES

Fall Term
8 October – 10 December
Spring Term
22 April – 24 June
Winter Term
14 January – 18 March


Oxford Quaker Meeting House
43 St Giles
Oxford OX1 3LW


Arabic Level III
Time: 2pm – 3pm
Description: This is a continuation of last year’s Level II, and will focus on the third text of Access to Quranic Arabic, entitled 'Text Selections’. We will study set passages of the Quran, with close attention being paid to the passage's vocabulary, grammar, and related meanings.

Instructor: Sheikh Thaqib Mahmood

Course text: Access to Qur'anic Arabic (Darussalam link, Amazon link), by Abdul Wahid Hamid. The book comprises three volumes; the additional audio CD is not necessary for the course, though students may find it helpful.

Prerequisites: Students must have completed Level II or its equivalent: namely, an awareness of the functioning of nouns and verbs, and the ability to identify verbal and nominal sentences, in Arabic grammar.
Qur’anic Exegesis (Tafsir)
Time: 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Description: Surat al-Waqi‘ah (‘The Event’) is a Meccan chapter, with the exception of verses 81 and 82 which are said to have been revealed in Madina. The Surah has a total of 96 verses and is the 56th chapter in the Quran; chronologically, it was the 46th Surah to be revealed. The following is an overview of the chapter’s themes and structure:

Verses 1-14: States on the Day of Judgement
Verses 15-26: The blessings for the people of paradise
Verses 27-56: The companions of the right and the companions of the left
Verses 57-74: The bounties of Allah and indication of His immense bounty and ability
Verses 75-87: The Momentousness of the Quran

The objective in studying this surah is to instil a greater realisation of the ephemeral nature of this world. The Surah directs mankind towards acknowledgment of blessings received, to be expressed through gratitude, whilst being ever mindful that the life to come reflects bounties of an everlasting nature. These contrasting images help draw an appreciation of this world without holding any false expectations of it, yet having a sense of purpose and making the most of it whilst in this finite period of existence.

Instructor: Sheikh Thaqib Mahmood

Course text: None.

Prerequisites: None.
Prophetic Traditions (Hadith): Selections form Riyad al-Salihin of Imam al-Nawawi
Time: 4.45pm – 5.45pm

Among the innumerable works of Islamic scholarship over 1400 years, a small number of books have become — due to the sincerity of the author and Divine facilitation — universally accepted by all Muslims. This meant the work would be given attention by the Muslim community, who viewed this wide acceptance itself as a sign of its being accepted by God. Those who engaged in its instruction, study, memorisation and reflection hoped to share in this Divine approval.

Riyad al-Salihin (‘The Garden of the Righteous’), compiled by the sincere, erudite, God-conscious, scrupulous, and selfless Imam Yaḥya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi (d. 676/1277) is an example of such a book. In the words of the Imam, “I saw it fitting to collate a concise work on the Prophetic traditions which are authentic. The traditions offering a method that will get one through to the hereafter, by acquiring inward and outward manners, full of encouragement and caution. Furthermore, Prophetic reports relating to renunciation, training the lower self, refining character, purifying the heart and the proposed cures, protecting the limbs and removing inconsistencies and other topics, all for those intending proximity to and knowledge of their Lord”.

In this class, we shall study the following chapters, which address the etiquette of interacting with others:

1. Chapter 73: On Good Character
2. Chapter 57: On Contentment, self-restraint, and moderation in life style and spending
3. Chapter 86: On Fulfilling contracts and keeping promises
4. Chapter 85: On keeping secrets
5.Chapter 21: Helping one another to goodness and fear of Allah
6.Chapter 22: Good counsel
7.Chapter 29: Taking care of the needs of the Muslims
8.Chapter 31: Putting things right between people
9.Chapter 62: On preferring others
10.Chapter 70: on the excellence of dealing with people

: Sheikh Thaqib Mahmood

Course text: None.

Prerequisites: None.