Subjects

Year 1Year 2
Purification - Maladies of the Ego - Ahmed ZaruqPurification - Maladies of the Ego - Ahmed Zaruq
Prophetic Biography Makkah (i)Islamic Jurisprudence (ii)
Quranic Exegesis (i) Surah Fatihah & Surah WaqiahQuranic Exegesis (ii) Ibraheem (as) in the Quran
TheologyProphetic Biography Madinah (ii)
Islamic Jurisprudence (i)Fundementals of Hadith / Principles of Jurisprudence

Advanced
Purification - The ways of Guidance and Stages of Faith

Year 1

Islamic Jurisprudence
This is commonly known as Fiqh. The text which will be studied is based upon the classical works Quduri and Al-Ikhtayar, with a particular focus on contemporary issues. A discipline, from which all Islamic practices are learnt, be they personal or inter-personal. To learn a certain amount of this knowledge is obligatory upon all adult, sane, Muslims [fard al-‘ayn]. A Muslim is required to know the legal rulings of any religious action they undertake. The first year will cover that which is obligatory upon all Muslims to have knowledge of in their personal practices, relating to prayer, and purification

Theology
This is also known as Aqeeda. It is the first subject which is taught to the aspiring student of knowledge. The text covered will be The Book of Aqeedah (Muslim Creed) with commentary and handouts from various classical works. Islamic theology has been presented over the centuries in various ways, be that in dogmatic texts, didactic poems, or expositional works. The text to be taught, orientates around a cosmological presentation of the subject. Areas covered will include the necessary existence of God and things which are conceivable and inconceivable in relation to Him. Students will deepen their perspectives on the oneness of God, and the influence it can have upon an individual’s world view. Students will grow in their understanding of man’s contingent nature and our reliance upon God.

Prophetic Biography (i)
This subject covers the blessed life and times of the Noble Messenger (Seerah). The course will be based upon ‘Martin Lings, Muhammed’, work with a detailed commentary using innovative teaching methods and resources.  Year 1 will cover the Meccan Period.

Students will learn about the life and times of the Noble Messenger Muhammad saw, an understanding of the Arab world prior to the coming of the Holy Prophet and about the life of the Holy Prophet from birth to demise. Amongst the plethora of Islamic disciplines, no subject is more descriptive and explanatory about the Holy Prophet, than Seerah. Learning about the trials he faced, and the responses he gave; the challenges he overcame and the wisdom and foresight he imparted is at the very core of the ‘Sacred Study’ programme.

Students will develop a deep admiration and appreciation of one of History’s most influential figures. This will include a greater realisation of the sacrifices The Holy Prophet and his companions made. Students will be able to nurture their esteem for the Holy Prophet’s personage and traits and develop a deep awareness of the importance of virtue, against which a human being is measured.

Quranic Exegesis (i)
One of the primary objectives of the Fountain Institute is to re-establish a connection between the Quran and each individual soul.

Year 1, students will study Surah Fatiha, and Surah Waqiah of the Quran. The themes of each chapter and their relevance will be taught and the various approaches used by traditional scholars when explaining the Glorious Quran, will also be presented.

Students will learn the basic themes of the Quran and the relationship verses hold to each other. This will lead to a familiarisation with the basic meanings of the chapters selected. Students will develop a realisation of the breadth and meaning the Quran gives and the inimitability it represents.

Purification (i)
The focus of the course is centered on the ‘Maledies of the Ego’ by Shaykh Ahmed Zarruq.

Year 2

Islamic Jurisprudence [ii]
This builds on knowledge gained in Year 1, and will cover Fasting, Charity & Pilgrimage.

Prophetic Biography (ii)
In Year 2 students will cover the Medinan Period of the Prophetic Biography.

Quranic Exegesis [ii]
This will build on Year 1, and will cover; Surah Ar Ruum

Fundamentals of Hadith
Learn classical methods of hadith analysis and analyze real hadiths. Judge for yourself the weakness or authenticity of various hadiths and come to an in-depth understanding of contemporary controversies about hadith authenticity.

Using the Bayquniyya, the classical primer in the science of hadith (mustalah al-hadith), this course will introduce the methods of hadith criticism used by the classical hadith scholars, while paying particular attention to modern controversies through practical application and numerous well-designed case-studies.

Principles of Jurisprudence
The roots of Islamic law, expound the indications and methods by which the rules of law are deduced from their sources. These indications are found mainly in the Qur’an and Sunnah, which are the principal sources of the Shari’ah.

Learning the rules of deriving legal rulings and the intricacies of this complex science will help you to understand the need for qualified scholarship and how to truly follow the Quran and Sunnah.

Puification (ii)
The focus of the course is centered on the ‘Maledies of the Ego’ by Shaykh Ahmed Zarruq.

Advanced

An overview of the book by the great Granada scholar al-Qadi ibn al-Muwaq d.897.

‘The Ways of Guidance and Stages of Faith’

The work is a commentary upon the Verses in Surah Fatir 32-33. The author identifies from the verse three types of believers:

1) Those who are in a state of oppression of themselves
2) Those who are in a state which sees them go between right and wrong actions
3) Those who are forerunners in establishing good actions

He then goes on to explain these categories through 9 stages of faith.  The end goal being to achieve a state of excellence (Ihsan)

 

 

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