iSyllabus Plus Intermediary

Plus Intermediary extends over two academic year and provides a smooth transition from the One Year Diploma and builds and consolidates on material covered by students. These two years can be taken as a self-contained course or as preparation for the specialized Advanced Course.

The key themes developed in the Intermediary Plus course are advanced application of hadith and Usul principles, classical ‘Aqidah focused on a detailed study of Fiqh al-Akbar with two commentaries, advanced fiqh of ritual worship and the detailed history of the development of both fiqh and hadith literature.

Students will also be afforded an opportunity to read the classics in the Muslim spiritual tradition, with an in depth study of the Hikam of Ibn Ata‘ Illah as well as ongoing study of the prophetic characteristics (shama’il) and Da’wah methodology.

Year 1 - Modules

 

Quran Studies

1. The Word of God -
Case study in commentary. (Surah Najm)

Aims & Objectives: Through a detailed study of the commentary of the chapter entitled ‘al-Najm’, this module will provide the student with an insight into the divine nature of the quranic message and the themes that make up the quranic text. The student will also be introduced to the special form and style of the quranic text through a study of classical and modern works of tafsir as well as taken through the methodology used by the most famous authorities of tafsir.
 

 

Hadith Studies

2. Reading between the lines -
Textual hadith studies (Taharah)

Aims & Objectives: This module will cover comparative fiqh according to the four schools of law, looking at how the Maliki, Shafi’i, Hanbali and Hanafi schools utilize the prophetic sunna to arrive at rulings of fiqh. Through a selection of pivotal hadith related to the fiqh of purity, this module will allow student to understand the role of hadith literature in the science of fiqh, and how the same hadith sources sometimes lead to different legal rulings.

 

3. Reading between the lines -
Textual hadith studies (Salah)

Aims & Objectives: This module will cover comparative fiqh according to the four schools of law, looking at how the Maliki, Shafi’i, Hanbali and Hanafi schools utilize the prophetic sunna to arrive at rulings of fiqh. Through a selection of pivotal hadith related to the fiqh of prayer, this module will allow student to understand the role of hadith literature in the science of fiqh, and how the same hadith sources sometimes lead to different legal rulings.

 

History Studies

4. Recording the legacy -
The main Hadith works and their authors

Aims & Objectives: Through this course, students will look at the early collections of prophetic hadith and through this investigate the importance and relevance of the Sunnah in early Islam. With particular focus on the early authorities of hadith science, students will gain an insight into the classification methodology in hadith and the systems created to ensure that all material was preserved authentically. The conditions of the six main books of hadith will also be detailed and critically appraised together with the science of verifying hadith narrators and the role of biographical dictionaries in this task.

 

5. Tracing the Law -
History of Fiqh and the schools of law

Aims & Objectives: This module will give students an in-depth understanding of the development of Islamic law from the beginning of Islam through to the codification of fiqh in the four schools of Sunni law. The course will firstly overview the different theories on fiqh development before focusing on the moves towards verifying and codifying legal positions. As well as this, the course will look at the main principles and source books of each school of law and the personalities that were pivotal in advancing the teachings of the schools.

 

Islamic Law Studies

6. Worship with understanding -
Classical Islamic laws of worship (Taharah) [1]

Aims & Objectives: Building on the material covered in the iSyllabus course, this module will involve the reading and comprehension of one of the foremost books on Hanafi ritual worship as well as detailed explanation on the day to day application of fiqh related to taharah.

 

7. Worship with understanding -
Classical Islamic laws of worship (Salah) [2]

Aims & Objectives: Building on the material covered in the iSyllabus course, this module will involve the reading and comprehension of one of the foremost books on Hanafi ritual worship as well as detailed explanation on the day to day application of fiqh related to prayer..

 

8. Worship with understanding -
Classical Islamic laws of worship (Salah) [3]

Aims & Objectives: Building on the material covered in the iSyllabus course, this module will involve the reading and comprehension of one of the foremost books on Hanafi ritual worship as well as detailed explanation on the day to day application of fiqh related to prayer.

 

Theology studies

9. The Creed of Islam -
Commentary on the Fiqh al-Akbar of Abu Hanifa [1]

Aims & Objectives: This module provides an overview of classical Islamic creed looking at the main issues dealt with during early discussions on Aqidah. The module includes a preliminary outline of Epistemology; the theory and articulation of Divine Oneness including an appraisal of The Proof of Mutual Hinderance' (Dalil al-Tamanu); the methodology used in categorizing the Divine Attributes and the theory behind a differentiation between attributes and essences.

 

10. The Creed of Islam -
Commentary on the Fiqh al-Akbar of Abu Hanifa [2]

Aims & Objectives: This module will cover the essential attributes related to the Speech and Will and the difference regarding the active attributes of God (takwin). It will investigate the area of Divine omnipotence and in particular the classification used by Abu Hanifah for the Divine attributes in separating them into the essential and active attributes. Finally the module will cover the controversy on the Divine Speech and the sunni belief in the pre-eternal existence of the attributes.

 

11. The Creed of Islam -
Commentary on the Fiqh al-Akbar of Abu Hanifa [3]

Aims & Objectives: This Module develops advanced themes in Sunni Theology: The Descriptions and Attributes of God as they occur in the religious texts and how they are understood by Sunni theologians; the issue of Predestination and how this relates to the two divine attributes of Knowledge and Will; The meaning of the primordial Covenant that God took from the Sons of Adam and the ramifications of this on human choice and volition.

 

Applied Spirituality Studies

12. A Beautiful Calling - Homiletics and Da'wah

Aims & Objectives: One of the most important responsibilities on Muslims is to convey the message of Islam to others through good council and perfect morals. This module will look at the way that great scholars of the past viewed this obligation and the guidelines they gave to all members of society, be they scholar and layperson, on how to convey the message through words and actions.

 

13. The Shama'il of the Prophet
(may God bless him and grant him peace) [1]

Aims & Objectives: Through a thematic and systematic study of the hadith related on the description of the Messenger (may God bless him and grant him peace), students will come to appreciate the words of Ali (r.a) 'Whoever saw him for the first time would fear in awe of him, and he who spent time with him with the aim of knowing him would fall in love with him'.

 

14. The Shama'il of the Prophet
(may God bless him and grant him peace) [2]

Aims & Objectives: This module continues on from the introductory look at the prophetic character, and takes a detailed look at issues related to the divine protection ('ismah) conferred upon the Prophet (may God bless him and grant him peace) with case studies on the specific instances where this has been brought into question.

 

15. Understanding the Path -
The Hikam of Ibn Ata'illah al-Iskandari [1]

Aims & Objectives: Through this module, the second of eight spread over the four years, students will be taken through a careful study of one of the gems of Islamic spiritual literature, providing an understanding of the spiritual states experienced on the way to gaining divine pleasure. The course will make use of the most famous commentaries authored on the Hikam, in particular that of Ibn Abbad al-Rhondi.

 

16. Understanding the Path -
The Hikam of Ibn Ata'illah al-Iskandari [2]

Aims & Objectives: Through this module, the second of eight spread over the four years, students will be taken through a careful study of one of the gems of Islamic spiritual literature, providing an understanding of the spiritual states experienced on the way to gaining divine pleasure. The course will make use of the most famous commentaries authored on the Hikam, in particular that of Ibn Abbad al-Rhondi.

 
 
 

Year 2 - Modules

 

Quran Studies

1. The Word of God -
Case study in commentary. (Surah al-Hujurat)

Aims & Objectives: Through a detailed study of the commentary of the chapter entitled ‘al-Hujurat’, this module will provide the student with an insight into the divine nature of the quranic message and the themes that make up the quranic text. The student will also be introduced to the special form and style of the quranic text through a study of classical and modern works of tafsir as well as taken through the methodology used by the most famous authorities of tafsir.
 

 

Hadith Studies

2. Reading between the lines -
Comparative fiqh & hadith studies (Sawm and Zakat)

Aims & Objectives: This module will cover comparative fiqh according to the four schools of law, looking at how the Maliki, Shafi’i, Hanbali and Hanafi schools utilize the prophetic sunna to arrive at rulings of fiqh. Through a selection of pivotal hadith related to the fiqh of Fasting and Zakat, this module will allow students to understand the role of hadith literature in the science of fiqh, and how the same hadith sources sometimes lead to different legal rulings.

 

3. Reading between the lines -
Comparative fiqh & hadith studies (Hajj)

Aims & Objectives: This module will cover comparative fiqh according to the four schools of law, looking at how the Maliki, Shafi’i, Hanbali and Hanafi schools utilize the prophetic sunna to arrive at rulings of fiqh. Through a selection of pivotal hadith related to the fiqh of hajj, this module will allow student to understand the role of hadith literature in the science of fiqh, and how the same hadith sources sometimes lead to different legal rulings.

 

Islamic Law Studies

4. The Lawyers shorthand - al-Qawaid al-Fiqhiyyah

Aims & Objectives: This module will give students an in-depth understanding of the five major legal maxims. A maxim (or principle) is defined as “A general rule which applies to a large number of its related particulars and which aids in the understanding of those rulings” [Al-Subqi, al-Ashbah]. This module will cover the five pivotal maxims used in the science of Fiqh as well as the numerous associated rules that go with them. The focus of the module will be on both the theoretical and practical understanding of these legal rules of thumb.

 

5. Worship with understanding -
Classical Islamic laws of worship (Prayer)

Aims & Objectives: Building on the material covered in the iSyllabus course, this module will involve the reading and comprehension of one of the foremost books on Hanafi ritual worship as well as detailed explanation on the day to day application of fiqh related to Prayer.

 

6. Worship with understanding -
Classical Islamic laws of worship (Sawm and Zakat)

Aims & Objectives: Building on the material covered in the iSyllabus course, this module will involve the reading and comprehension of one of the foremost books on Hanafi ritual worship as well as detailed explanation on the day to day application of fiqh related to Fasting and Zakat.

 

7. Worship with understanding -
Classical Islamic laws of worship (Hajj)

Aims & Objectives: Building on the material covered in the iSyllabus course, this module will involve the reading and comprehension of one of the foremost books on Hanafi ritual worship as well as detailed explanation on the day to day application of fiqh related to Hajj.

 

8. Worship with understanding -
Classical Islamic laws of worship (Zakat)

Aims & Objectives: Building on the material covered in the iSyllabus course, this module will involve the reading and comprehension of one of the foremost books on Hanafi ritual worship as well as detailed explanation on the day to day application of fiqh related to zakat with a focus on the practical method of calculating complex issues of Zakat case studies including issues related to accounting and trade.

 

Theology Studies

9. The Creed of Islam -
Commentary on the Fiqh al-Akbar of Abu Hanifa [1]

Aims & Objectives: This module will cover the course text book on the theory of Acquisition (kasb), The status of the Prophet (may God bless him and grant him peace), as well takfir and other legal issues discussed within Islamic Creed.

 

10. The Creed of Islam -
Commentary on the Fiqh al-Akbar of Abu Hanifa [2]

Aims & Objectives: This module will cover the course text on the chapters on Miracles, The Beatific vision of God, the relationship between faith and religion and finally the issue of intercession and other eschatological realities.

 

11. The Creed of Islam -
Commentary on the Fiqh al-Akbar of Abu Hanifa [3]

Aims & Objectives: This covers the final chapters of the work of Abu Hanifah, such as those on Eschatological realities, expressing the divine attributes in other than Arabic, and the Signs of the End of Time.

 

Applied Spirituality Studies

12. The Shama'il of the Prophet
(may God bless him and grant him peace) [1]

Aims & Objectives: This module continues on from the introductory look at the prophetic character, and takes a detailed look at how this was manifest through a perfection in dealings with others. The module will look at detailed examples of this quality with a view to inculcating such characteristics in those that study it. 

 

13. The Shama'il of the Prophet
(may God bless him and grant him peace) [2]

Aims & Objectives: This module continues on from the introductory look at the prophetic character, and takes a detailed look at how this was manifest through his leadership role in the community. The method of winning over others will be detailed and studied with relevant examples from early sources.

 

14. The Shama'il of the Prophet
(may God bless him and grant him peace) [3]

Aims & Objectives: This module continues on from the introductory look at the prophetic character, and takes a detailed look at the Prophetic educational methodology and the theory and practice of effectual teaching and guidance.

 

15. Understanding the Path -
The Hikam of Ibn Ata'illah al-Iskandari [1]

Aims & Objectives: Through this module, the second of eight spread over the four years, students will be taken through a careful study of one of the gems of Islamic spiritual literature, providing an understanding of the spiritual states experienced on the way to gaining divine pleasure. The course will make use of the most famous commentaries authored on the Hikam, in particular that of Ibn Abbad al-Rhondi.

 

16. Understanding the Path -
The Hikam of Ibn Ata'illah al-Iskandari [2]

Aims & Objectives: Through this module, the second of eight spread over the four years, students will be taken through a careful study of one of the gems of Islamic spiritual literature, providing an understanding of the spiritual states experienced on the way to gaining divine pleasure. The course will make use of the most famous commentaries authored on the Hikam, in particular that of Ibn Abbad al-Rhondi.