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.
This module concludes events of Mecca, with the night ascension, the establishing of the five prayers, the coming of the Ansar and giving their allegiance to Islam and its Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم .His migration to Medina aged 51 and the early years of the Prophet’s صلى الله عليه وسلم life in Medina forming of a community and needing facing battle.
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 authors:
Ibn Hashām, ‘Abd al-Malik. Al- sīrah al-nabawiyyah. 4vols. Edited by Muhammad Muhyi al-Din ‘Abd al-Hamid.Cairo: Matba’ al- Hijäzi, 1963
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.
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 – 29th April 2023 for 10 weeks
Saturdays – 11.30AM to 12.30PM
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