Introduction

Allah, the Almighty, says in the Holy Quran:












It is not desirable that all of the believers come out of their homes (to learn the religion.) However, from within every group in their midst, some should devote themselves to acquiring a deeper knowledge of the Faith. and [thus be able to] teach their home-coming brethren, so that these [too] might get warned. (At-Taubah 9:122)

According to the Quran, there must be some people among every group and class of a society who should specialize in extensive learning of religion and then teach the same to the other people of their group and class. It is human nature that people want to sit in company of those who are very similar to them in their language, lifestyle and way of communication. An modern-educated person speaking English would like to learn the religion from a scholar who is also educated in modern institutions and speaks the same language. Similalry, a villager living in a remote town of India is most likely to learn the religion from a clergyman sharing the same background. A tribal African would be interested in gaining knowledge of the religion from a scholar belonging to his own tribe.

Due to this phenomenon, God commanded that some people of every nation, every tribe and every class should develop an indepth understanding of religion and then impart their knowledge to their fellow beings by preaching and teaching. The word used in the Quran for this activity is “Indhar” which literally means “to warn.” The role of a religious scholar is to warn their people about the biggest reality of their life i.e. “there is a Supreme God of this universe and we are accountable in front of Him.” It is incumbent upon religious scholars to help people prepare themselves to meet their Lord and answer any question appearing in their mind. This is the rationale behind learning the religion and teaching and preaching it to masses.

When the students of religion want to learn it, they have to study a number of domains of religious knowledge. By the “domains of religious knowledge,” we mean the disciplines developed over the course of Islamic intellectual history which have strong relationship to learning the Quran and the Sunnah. They include Arabic Language, Quranic Studies, Hadith and Sunnah Studies, Islamic Philosophy and Jurisprudence, Islamic History, Da’wah Methods and Comparative Studies of Religion.

All these disciplines are taught in different universities and seminaries on full time basis. These educational institutions are playing an extraordinary role in promoting such disciniles, howoever, it is practically impossible for modern-educated professionals and students of secular institutions to study fulltime in these institutions. On the other side, some of them have a strong desire to learn the religion rigorously which, if not fulfilled, creates a sort of intellectual frustration in their minds.

After the computer revolution of 1990s, we have entered into a new era of history called “The Information Age.” The world became a global village, distances shrank and people communicate with each other in a way which are not conceivable a few decades ago. This communication revolution produced a great opportunity for education in general and online educational systems are mushrooming worldwide. This website is designed to reap the benefit of this potential and is dedicated to make the indepth religious education online to serve the students of religion belonging to different classes of society, who want to learn the religion exhaustively but are unable to join a university or a seminary on full time basis.



Quranic Studies

As Muslims, all of us believe that the Quran is the final book of God. Millions of Muslims memorize this book completely and almost every Muslim learns at least some part of the Quran. The 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.

Traditionally, Non-Arab Muslims widely recite 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, and due to this, we often deviate from the right path suggested by it. Many people read the Quran but sell their souls to Satan by not following its message. Thank God that this attitude is now changing. Educated Muslim youth is returning towards the Quran. Not only Muslims, but also many Non-Muslims are inclined to read this book which has changed the lives of millions.

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 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.

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 QS01: This module is for the beginners. We shall study some selected passages from the Quran and perform some intellectual and practical work on them. At completion of this module, we will be familiar with the message of the Quran and obtain a lot of background information required to study the Quran. In addition, we will also try to transform our personalities according to the Quranic ideals.

Module QS02 — QS06: These five modules are for 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 QS07: It is designed for advanced students who want to become specialists in Quranic Studies. Advanced issues related to the Quranic language, exegesis, hermeneutics, 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 in this module. The process of soul-purification will continue for the rest of our lives.


Objectives of This Program

The objectives of this program are as follows:

• To study the 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.


Study Methodology

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 becomes 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, specific discourses for a third commentary have been added. An introduction to the exegeses under study is as follows:

Muhammad Asad (formerly Leopold Weiss 1900-1992): He was an Austrian Jewish scholar reverted 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 conducted a nice comparative study of the Quran with the Torah.

Abul A’ala Mawdudi (1903-1979): 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, a theme widely is reflected in his commentary. He can be called as the main promoter of “Political Movement of Islam” during the 20th century. His exegesis is one of the most popular ones in India, Pakistan, Egypt and other countries of the world. Mawdudi also addressed the modern intellectual issues in detail.

Muhammad Hussain Al-Tabatabi (1904-1981): He was one of the most prominent Iranian Shiite 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 objective of selecting these exegeses is to study the Quran from different angles. In addition to these commentaries, we shall provide you with workbooks to study all the exegeses in a systematic manner. Currently, six of the above-mentioned modules are available and we are working on the seventh module which will include various philosophical, structural, historical, linguistic and socio-economic issues related to the Quran. We shall also study different approaches of the Quranic hermeneutics in depth.

In order to download QS01 Module, Please click below. QS02, QS03, QS04, QS05, QS06 & QS07 is only for registered students, in order to download these please register yourself with Islamic Studies Program.

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Arabic Language

In order to get access to the treasure trove of Islamic Studies, Arabic language is the key. The prime texts of Islam i.e. the Quran and the Hadith books are written in Arabic. Major part of Islamic literature, including the primeval books of each subject are in Arabic. The students of Islamic Studies are required to learn Arabic to an extent that (s)he should be able to understand the Quran and the Hadith directly.

As it takes long time to learn a language, therefore, we advise our participants to start Arabic courses while studying other disciplines so that they can get a good command over Arabic while learning the concepts of other subjects in their mother tongue.

Under the umbrella of “Islamic Studies Program,” the series of courses designed for Arabic is named as the “Quranic Arabic Program” because the language of the Quran is the prime focus of this course. However, it covers the language of Hadith and other religious books written in classic and mediaeval Arabic. At the end of this program, we shall be able to read Arabic books without help of an expert. The program is designed in a way that we shall easily learn the language of Islamic texts by following a step-by-step approach.

People learn Arabic due to two reasons: (1) To understand the Quran, the Hadith and Islamic literature; (2) To communicate with Arabs of modern age. This course is targeted to achieve the former objective, however, people aiming for developing their communication skills can also get benefit of this program. Due to its systematic nature, Arabic is one of the easiest languages in the world because it has well-defined rules and a highly sophisticated language structure. If you are familiar with the rules of Arabic Grammar, you can get a basic command over this language in a few weeks.

To understand the Quran and the Hadith, it is essential to learn the vocabulary used in the Quran, the Hadith and the Islamic literature. We will focus the linguistics, philology and figurative speech of the Quran in this program.

Learning Arabic by using this program is very simple: Study one lesson daily; solve all the exercises provided under ‘Test Yourself'; do not read the answers before attempting the questions and once you solve the exercises, compare your answers with the ones provided to you in the ‘Answers Book’. In a few weeks, you will find that your comprehension skills are improving. You do not need to memorize vocabulary and grammar rules. The course is designed in a way that they will automatically become part of your memory.

The Program is organized as follows:

Module AR00: The objective of this module is to enable you to read the Arabic script correctly.

Module AR01: This module will enable you to understand the basic Arabic used in the routine life to perform basic religious rituals.

Module AR02: This module is designed to improve your linguistic skills. You will learn basic rules of Arabic grammar i.e. “I’lm un Nahv” and enhance your vocabulary. After completing this module, you become able to understand 30-40% of the Islamic literature in Arabic with the help of a dictionary.

Module AR03: This module will further raise the level of your skills. You will read advanced concepts of grammar especially “I’lm us Sarf.” Your vocabulary will become vast and after completing this module, you will be able to understand 75-80% of the Islamic literature in Arabic by using a dictionary.

Module AR04: After studying the advanced concepts of I’lm us Sarf and I’lm un Nahv at this level, you will complete your studies of Arabic Grammar. At completion of this level, you will be able to read 100% of the Islamic literature in Arabic with the help of a dictionary.

Module AR05: It is the last module of this program. You study the advanced concepts of “I’lm ul Balaghah” (the art of eloquence) at this level. At the end of this module, you will be able to understand the fine literary concepts in the Arabic language. It will enable you to understand the Islamic literature in Arabic without consulting a dictionary frequently.

Module AR01 – AR05 are divided into two streams. ‘A’ series deal with the rules of Arabic Grammar and Linguistics. Enough exercises are provided to you to learn the principles of grammar and eloquence.

The objective of ‘B’ Series is to build your vocabulary. Passages from the Quran, the Hadith and selected writings of Arab scholars are provided to you. You will have to learn the words and styles and then translate the passages into English. You need not to cram these words becaues the lessons and the exercises are designed in a way that you will automatically learn the grammar rules, words and Arabic styles.

The program is basically designed to teach you comprehension in the Arabic language. It is not designed to teach you day-to-day conversation or writing in the Arabic language, but it will work as a support in achieving these objectives, if you want to pursue another course of Arabic writing and conversation. You need an Arabic speaking environment as well as a teacher to achieve these two objectives.

In order to download AR01 Module, Please click below. AR02, AR03, AR04, AR05 is only for registered students, in order to download these please register yourself with Islamic Studies Program.


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