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Islamic Studies Program
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Quranic Studies Program
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Allah, in the name of, the Most Affectionate, the Eternally Merciful.
As Muslims, all of us believe that the Quran is the Final Book of God. Millions of Muslims memorize this book completely. Almost every Muslim learns at least some part of the Quran. Majority of them recite it regularly and especially during the holy month of Ramadan, almost all of them develop a strong relation with this book.
In tradition of Non-Arab Muslims, it is a widespread practice to read the Quran without understanding its meaning. We read the Quran for the sake of reward in the Hereafter but ignore the morality and character advised by it. Due to this, we have deviated from the right path. People read the Quran but sell their souls to the Satan. Thanks to God that this attitude is changing now a days. Educated youth of the Muslims is returning towards the Quran. Not only are the Muslims, many Non-Muslims also inclined to read this book which has changed the lives of millions.
The Quran was revealed in Arabic. It is essential to learn this language in order to understand the Quran directly. In order to teach the Arabic in which the Quran was revealed, we developed a course called “Quranic Arabic Program”. It is available at:
Learning a language is a long process. Therefore, we decided to prepare courses of other religious disciplines in order to introduce you with their concepts at fundamental and intermediate levels. After learning the language, you can study them at specialist’s level. Due to this reason, we are providing the seven modules of the “Quranic Studies Program” in English and Urdu languages.
A simple method for the Non-Arabs to understand the Quran is to start reading its translation. It is an effective approach for those who just want to get some familiarity with its content. But the people, who want to dedicate their lives for missionary service of Islam, need extensive study of the Quran and the domains related to it like Hadith, Jurisprudence, History, Ethics, Philosophy and Theology. This program is designed for such people.
If you are scared of reading tomes, this course is not for you. In that case, just read a passage from the Quran daily and consult an exegesis if a question appears to your mind. Try to practice the teachings of the Quran and the Sunnah. Insha Allah, you will be successful on the Day of Judgment. But if you are interesting in becoming a specialist in religion or want to dedicate your life for serving Islam, you have no other option except reading, reading and reading. Intellectual development requires a lot of reading and practical experience. You will have to develop interest of reading in you and acquaint your mind to think logically, critically and analytically.
In order to fit the needs of students who want to study the Quran with different perspectives, the program has been divided into seven modules. The detail of such levels is as follows:
· Module 1: This module is for the beginners. We shall study some selected passages from the Quran and perform some work on these passages. At completion of this level, we will be familiar with the message of the Quran and obtain a lot of background information required to study the Quran. In addition that, we will also try to transform our personalities according to the Quranic ideals.
· Module 2 to 6: These five modules are for the intermediate students. We shall conduct a comparative study of certain famous Quranic Commentaries written in English. At completion of this level, we will have studied the Quran extensively by encompassing all significant matters in the Quranic Studies. We will continue to purify our souls in the light of the Quran at these levels.
· Module 7: It is designed for the advanced students who want to become a specialist in Quranic Studies. Advanced issues related to the Quranic language, exegesis, interpretation, jurisprudence, history etc. will be discussed at this level. The questions raised by some Non-Muslim scholars about the Quran will also be studied at this level. The process of soul-purification will continue for the rest of our lives.
Objectives of This Program
They objectives of this program are as follows:
· To study entire content of the Quran.
· To conduct a comparative study of the Quranic Exegeses.
· To transform our personality according to the Quranic ideals.
· To study the important intellectual and practical issues related to the Quranic teachings.
· To acquaint us with the styles of Quranic expressions.
· To get background information about the Quranic contents.
· To understand how the exegetes from different background understand the Quran.
Various research studies in the area of cognitive learning reveal that people remember 30-40% of what they listen or read, 60-70% of what they observe and 80-90% of what they experience. Therefore, we have tried to adopt a practice-based learning approach in this program. We are going to do some practical work on the Quran with the perspective that the message of the Quran lands directly into our heart and become a part of our personality.
Two commentaries have been selected in order to give you an idea about looking at the Quran from different perspectives. In addition to that, specific discourses for a third commentary have been added. An introduction to the exegeses under study is as follows:
· Muhammad Asad (formerly Leopold Weiss d. 1412H/1992CE): He was an Austrian Jewish scholar converted to Islam. His English commentary is abridged but completely conveys the message of Islam. He has also addressed the modern intellectual issues. Since he was a former Jewish scholar, therefore, he has performed a nice comparative study of the Quran with Torah. Thanks to www.islamicbulletin.org for providing his commentary.
A’ala Mawdudi (d.
1399H/1979CE): His original work is in Urdu but it was translated in English
and Arabic. He considered Islam as a comprehensive movement whose objectives
were to establish God’s rule on the earth. This theme is reflected in his
commentary. He has also addressed the modern intellectual issues in detail.
He can be called as the main promoter of “Political Movement of Islam” during
20th century. His exegesis is one of the most popular ones in
· Muhammad Hussain Al-Tabatabi (d. 1401H/1981CE): He was one of the most prominent Iranian Shia Exegetes who wrote a detailed commentary in which he discussed the modern intellectual issues in detail. We have included his specific essays on certain intellectual issues from his commentary because his work is very detailed and it is not possible to cover that within the scope of this course. The text is taken from his official website www.shiasource.com/al-mizan. Thanks to them for the text. We have formatted and converted it into PDF format.
The objective of selecting these exegeses is to study the Quran from different angles. You should bear in mind that all these works are based on human efforts and are subject to error. We have to study them critically and without any bias. We have to accept or reject a particular point of view only and only based on reason. We must put personal and sectarian biases aside in order to study the Quran with an open mind. If we presuppose a point of view and try to mold the Quran accordingly, we will be committing a great crime and we would never get guidance from the Book of God. We must submit all our biases in favor of the Quran.
The commentaries are obtained from internet. The responsibility of correctness of their text lies with the respective websites and we do not assume any responsibility for that. Bear in mind that both commentaries contain some minor mistakes of spelling, grammar, punctuation and formatting.
You should familiarize yourself with the styles and symbols used by different exegetes. Some details of their presentation are as follows:
· Asad uses a big font for the translation of the Holy Quran and a smaller one for the exegetic notes. He mentions the Verse No. as X:XX. For example, 1:7 means the Verse 7 of Surah 1. Within translation, he puts a small number (superscript) wherever he wants to explain something. This number correlates with his explanatory notes which are inserted in small font after one or two paragraphs. He has inserted the commentary within the translation. His exegesis lacks the original Arabic text. Therefore, while reading his commentary, you must open a file containing the original Arabic text of the Quran to match his translation with the original text. It is also important because Asad focuses more on linguistic details of Arabic words. He uses an abbreviation “Lit.” to describe any explanatory note related to linguistics, philology and Arabic literature.
· Arabic text is available in the exegesis of Mawdudi. He writes the Verse No. as [X-X]. For example [4-7] means the Verse No. 4 to 7. It does not indicate the Surah because it is already indicated in the heading. He also puts a small number in form of a superscript that corresponds to the explanatory notes. An important style of presentation in Mawdudi’s commentary is that the whole translation of Surah is written at the beginning and its commentary is given after the translation in form of explanatory notes. You have to be careful while studying the lessons that cover only a part of a Surah. I shall strongly advise you to keep the Arabic text open while reading his commentary.
· The discourses of Tabatabai are provided without the Arabic text or translation. However, number of the relevant verse is given as X:XX to relate it to the relevant verse.
Note: A stands for Asad and M stands for Mawdudi. A2 means the Note No. 2 of Asad’s commentary for this Surah. Similarly, M3 means the Note No. 3 of Mawdudi’s exegesis for this Surah. The serial number of notes will change in each Surah. The discourses of Tabatabi are referred as T1, T2 …. at relevant point.
How to conduct the comparative study of the Quranic Exegeses
As mentioned above, we shall study two exegeses in this course. Follow these steps in order to conduct the study:
· Download the two exegeses, have a glance at each of them and select the one you are more comfortable with. You will read your selected exegesis as your base commentary and will study the other wherever required to complete the assignments. The commentaries will be provided to you upon registration.
· First the read the notes given at the beginning of each lesson and follow the specific instructions.
· Read the translation of the Quranic from your favorite exegesis.
· Note down the questions appearing in your mind. Read the commentary of your favorite author for that verse. Also read the same for other scholar.
· Keep the Arabic text and translation open in a separate window while reading the commentary because while reading the commentary, you have to refer back to the translation again and again.
· Complete the assignments given in each lesson. The assignments are designed in a way that you have to work on the core issues discussed in all commentaries under study.
· The assignments are of two types: Open-ended assignments and closed-ended ones. In the former, you have to produce your answers in form of an essay. Answers will not be provided for such assignments because they are purely subjective. However some guidance notes will be provided to you in the answers but you are allowed to follow a different approach. Closed-ended assignments will be in form of multiple-choice questions (MCQs). Answers with some explanation will be provided to you at the end of this book.
· Prepare a notebook (preferably a Word file, although you can use a physical notebook) for your assignments. Write down the answers in your notebook. There are certain assignments that will be completed in more than one lessons.
· Send your assignments at email@example.com for review and comments.
· If you do not find the answer of any question, feel free to ask the author by email.
The purpose of this program is to provide you personalized educational services in order to establish your relation with the Quran. The admission procedure is very simple. Download the form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org after filling. You will receive the study material along with the email address of an instructor. You will study one lesson on daily basis and complete all the assignments provided in the lesson. You will share the questions arising in your mind with the instructor through email. If required, your instructor will arrange online sessions through Skype or Gmail. This one-to-one relation with the teacher will be extremely important.
You will send a weekly progress report in which you will provide details of the lessons studied during the week. After completing a module, a test will be conducted and you will be promoted to the next module based on satisfactory performance.
For the services you will receive, you will have to pay an amount which you can easily afford but you will not pay this amount to us. Select any needy person in your vicinity who is not a professional beggar and pay the money to him/her. The person should be the one who works hard but is unable to support his/her family. Just send us a confirmation in your progress report that you have paid the fees.
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May Allah bless you with a deep understanding of the Quran and embed the Quranic teachings into your personality.
August 2011 / Ramadan 1432
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قرآنی عربی پروگرام / سفرنامہ ترکی / مسلم دنیا اور ذہنی، فکری اور نفسیاتی غلامی / اسلام میں جسمانی و ذہنی غلامی کے انسداد کی تاریخ / تعمیر شخصیت پروگرام / قرآن اور بائبل کے دیس میں / علوم الحدیث: ایک تعارف / کتاب الرسالہ: امام شافعی کی اصول فقہ پر پہلی کتاب کا اردو ترجمہ و تلخیص / اسلام اور دور حاضر کی تبدیلیاں / ایڈورٹائزنگ کا اخلاقی پہلو سے جائزہ / الحاد جدید کے مغربی اور مسلم معاشروں پر اثرات / اسلام اور نسلی و قومی امتیاز / اپنی شخصیت اور کردار کی تعمیر کیسے کی جائے؟ / مایوسی کا علاج کیوں کر ممکن ہے؟ / دور جدید میں دعوت دین کا طریق کار / اسلام کا خطرہ: محض ایک وہم یا حقیقت / Quranic Concept of Human Life Cycle / Empirical Evidence of God’s Accountability