The Weekly Madrasa Programme


The Wilaya Trust’s Weekly Madrasa is pleased to announce the programme of the 2018 Fall 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
30 September – 2 December
Spring Term
21 April – 23 June

* There will be no class on Sunday, 8th July.
Winter Term
6 January – 10 March

VENUE

Oxford Quaker Meeting House
43 St Giles
Oxford OX1 3LW

SCHEDULE

Arabic Advanced: Rhetoric (Balagha)
Time: 2pm – 3pm
Description: This year we will be covering, in a general manner, the three main areas of Arabic rhetoric:

1. Figures of speech
2. Word order.
3. Embellishment.

In addition, we will be continuing with last years’ practice of parsing selected Quranic passages.

Instructor: Sheikh Thaqib Mahmood

Course text: Hussein Abdul-Raof, Arabic Rhetoric: A Pragmatic Analysis (Routledge, 2011).

Prerequisites: Students must have completed Level III 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): Surah al-Mu'minun ("The Believers", Surah 23)
Time: 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Description: In speaking of people’s outcomes with God, the Quran develops a number of archetypes, including: muslimun (muslims), kafirun (disbelievers), munafiqun (hypocrites), and mu'minūn (believers). In the Quran, all of these archetypes are given detailed explanations and a delineation of their characteristics. The Quran doesn't separate between a person's characteristics and their overall choice of actions. This entails an understanding that human beings are to be assessed according to the virtues or vices they demonstrate. This perspective instills a mindset of hope and of fear; that is to say, the hope they will change for the better if they reflect upon their vices, and having fear of possibly losing a virtue due to complacency.

In studying Surah al-Muminūn ("The Believers", 23), students will become more familiar with the characteristics of believers and other archetypal groups. The following is a thematic analysis of the Surah’s verses:

V1-11 Characteristics of believers and their reward
V12-22 The power of God and establishing the resurrection
V23-30 The narrative of Nuh
V31-44 The narrative of Hud
V45-50 The narrative of Musa, Harun and ‘Isa
V51-52 Guidelines to messengers and the unicity of their beliefs
V53-56 Differing of people after the sending of Messengers
V57-62 Characteristics of believers
V63-77 Characteristics of disbelievers, their actions and their caution
V78-80 Some manifestations of how God reveals His power
V81-92 Idolaters' denial of the resurrection and their refutation
V93-98 Divine directives to His messenger
V99-115 Regret at death and witnessing the Day of Standing
V116-118 Supplication

Instructor: Sheikh Thaqib Mahmood

Course text: None.

Prerequisites: None.
Prophetic Traditions (Hadith): "Gardens of the Righteous" (*Riyad al-salihin*)
Time: 5pm – 6pm
On explaining his purpose for compiling Riyādh al-Salihīn (The Garden of the Righteous), Imam Nawawi said, “I saw it fitting to collate a concise work on authentic Prophetic traditions comprising traditions that will serve its reader as a path to the Hereafter; that will procure a treatment of his inward and outward manners; and that gather [traditions] both of encouragement and of caution, and of all other types of manners for those treading the spiritual path: on renunciation, training the lower self, refining character, purifications and cures for the heart, protecting and rectifying the limbs, and all other topics of interest to those who desire knowledge of their Lord.”

Over the duration of this course, we will proceed with a thorough reading and explanation of these Prophetic traditions (hadith) compiled by Imam Nawawi, based upon the summary of *Riyad al-salihin* prepared by Sheikh Dr Nur al-Din al-‘Itr and Dr Mahmud Al-Misri.

In this first term, we will cover the following chapters:

1. Chapter on sincerity and having a conscious intention in all acts.
2. Chapter on repentance
3. Chapter on patience
4. Chapter on truthfulness

Instructor: Sheikh Thaqib Mahmood

Course text: "The Meadows of the Righteous", translated by Aisha Bewley, http://bewley.virtualave.net/riyad.html.

Prerequisites: None.