The life of the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم is a cornerstone for the full understanding of Islam. Every other Islamic discipline serves to elucidate how the tradition (sunnah) of the Prophet was embodied in his noble life.
In this course divided into three modules each comprising of 10 weeks, the Prophetic life is studied in a chronological order following the Prophet’s صلى الله عليه وسلم age at the time of events. Particular attention will be given to those Prophetic events that express virtuous character in the face of adversity. In addition, a sign posting of how other Islamic disciplines use prophetic events to inform their respective disciplines and were in the Quran these are mentioned. This is to cultivate in students an awareness and desire to further their learning of Islam’s integrated scholarly tradition.
After an initial lecture explaining the uniqueness of Arabia, the Arabs and Arabic. This module will look at events generations prior to his birth صلى الله عليه وسلم and the occurrences during the period of his life between youthfulness and him صلى الله عليه وسلم at age 50.
The course draws on works that came to inform Islam’s traditional pedagogy and represent its’ normative expression. These works are cited below for reference followed by brief biography of the authors:
1. Ibn Hishām, ‘Abd al-Malik. Al- sīrah al-nabawiyyah. 4vols. Edited by Muhammad Muhyi al-Din ‘Abd al-Hamid.Cairo: Matba’ al- Hijäzi, 1963
2. Trevor Le Gassick, Muneer Goolam Fareed and Ismāʻīl Ibn-ʻUmar Ibn-Kat̲hīr (2006). The life of the prophet Muḥammad : Al-Sīra al-nabawiyya.4. Reading: Garnet.
3. Al-Shāmī, Muhammad b.Yusuf al-Salihī. Subul al-Hudā wa al-Rashād fī sīrah khayr al-‘Ibād. 12vols Edited ‘Abd al-Mu’izz ‘Abd al-Hamid Cairo:Ihyā al-turāth al-Islamiyy, 2002
Bury Park Community Centre, 161, 161b Dunstable Rd, Luton LU1 1BW.
Zoom: links will be provided via email
Starting – 7th January 2023 for 10 weeks
Saturdays – 11.30AM to 12.30PM
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