Friday, 5 November 2010

What Will You Be Gaining This Saturday (Tomorrow)?

 Assalaamu 'Alaykum Warahmatullah

People were asking what this Introduction to Usul al-Tafsir Course by Shaykh Dr Mohammed Akram Nadw is about on Saturday (tomorrow) in Cambridge. Before answering this question let me assure you that this is going to be one of the most interesting and enlightening courses in the Cambridge Islamic Sciences Seminars series, InshaAllah. It touches upon the core of all of the Islamic disciplines and sciences - the Qur'an - word of God and the primary source of guidance, inspiration and law.

For those who would like to know more about the course please find attached below an outline. The course will be based on this.

In case you missed the mail from Mamoon Yusaf, Coach, Quran for Busy People excerpts from that email are attached below as well.

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The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "If anyone traverses a path in search of sacred knowledge, God will cause him to travel on one of the paths of Paradise. The angels will lower their wings in their great pleasure with one who seeks sacred knowledge. The inhabitants of the heavens and the Earth and (even) the fish in the deep waters will ask forgiveness for the learned man or woman. The superiority of the learned over the devout is like that of the moon, on the night when it is full, over the rest of the stars. The learned are the heirs of the Prophets, and the Prophets leave (no monetary inheritance), they leave only sacred knowledge, and he who takes it takes an abundant portion".  [Abu Dawood]

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Introduction to Usul At-Tafsir
Principles of Quranic Exegesis & Sciences
by Dr. Mohammed Akram Nadwi

Introduction: The Compilation of the Qur’an
·        The first to be revealed from the Qur’an
·        Compilation of the Qur’an
o       Compilation at the time of the Prophet
o       Compilation at the time of Abu Bakr
o       Compilation at the time of ‘Uthman
·        The order of the verses (ayaat) and the chapters (suar, sg. surah) of the Qur’an

First Chapter: Tafsir (Quranic Exegesis/Commentary) and its History
·        Difference between Tafsir (exegesis) and Ta’wil (interpretation)
·        The need for Tafsir
·        Compilation of the science of Tafsir
·        The books of Tafsir
o       Tafsir Ibn Jarir
o       Tafsir Ibn `Atiyyah
o       Tafsir Ibn Katheer
o       Tafsir Al-Kashaaf (by Az-Zamakhshari)
o       At-Tafsir Al-Kabir  (by Ar-Razi)

Second Chapter: The Sciences of the Qur’an
·        The Qur’an as an articulate Arabic text
·        Meccan and Medinan Qur’an
·        Contexts of/reasons for revelation (asbabu nnuzul)
·        The Muhkam (explicit/decisive/clear) and the Mutashabih (equivocal/ambiguous)
·        The abrogating (an-nasikh) and the abrogated (al-mansoukh)
·        Divisions of the Qur’an
·        The miraculous nature of the Qur’an
·        The coherence of the verses and the chapters of the Qur’an

Third Chapter: Tafsir based on Transmission
·        Tafsir of the Qur’an by the Qur’an
·        Tafsir of the Qur’an by the Hadith
·        Tafsir of the Qur’an by the sayings of the Companions
·        Tafsir of the Quran by the sayings of the Followers (at-tabi`een)
·        The status of the Ahaadeeth (sg. Hadeeth) of Tafsir
·        Differences between the righteous Predecessors (salaf) in Tafsir
·        The Isra’iliyyat (traditions from Jewish and Christian sources)

Fourth Chapter: Tafsir based on reasoning
·        Blameworthy reasoning
·        Praiseworthy reasoning
·        Groups of blameworthy reasoning
·        What is mandatory on the student of Tafsir

Conclusion: The sufficiency of the Qur’an 


Email from Mamoon Yusaf, Coach, Quran for Busy People

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <>
Date: Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 10:00 PM
Subject: How To Access Tafsir


One of the most powerful
ways to deepen your
understanding of the Quran
is to study and easily access

As you may know, 'tafsir' is
Quranic exegesis, and allows
us to put the Quran in context
so we can understand what
it means for us, in our lives.

There are many ways to study
tafsir, and in the future I'll show
you some great online resources
as well as very affordable books.

But, right now there's something
un-missable happening...


This Saturday...

I'm not sure if you've heard, but
Cambridge Islamic Sciences Seminars
is great little organisation that have
teamed up with one of the top Islamic
scholars in the world - Shaykh Akram

You can read his bio here: <-----meet Sh Akram

Together, they've created a program
that could transform your understanding
of the Quran. At their course, you'll...

-> appreciate the different levels of
depth of understanding the Quran

-> know how far you can go in your
own Quran studies, before needing to
ask a scholar

-> Spend time with a real Quran scholar
and let his knowledge and wisdom rub
off on you

-> Get your questions answered, by asking
Sh Akram himself

-> Understand what Usul at-Tafsir
(the principles under-pinning Quran
exegesis) is, why it's needed, and
how it applies to you.

I know you'll love the course, and to be
honest, I was meant to email you last
week, but I've been busy preparing a
few treats for you, so keep an eye
on your email inbox...

Warmest Salams,

Mamoon Yusaf
Quran Coach
+44 (0)208.133.4520


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