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One-Year Foundational Program in Islamic Studies

Seerah

History

Objectives:

The Sirah (Prophetic Biography) & Tarikh (History) classes are designed to acquaint students with the life an noble teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam with its primary and secondary sources. Students will learn about the mission and vision of the Prophet, and the pivotal events that took place, and also go beyond the narration of events and explore the deeper lessons we can glean from his story. You will begin exploring the nature and need for revelation and prophethood, Pre-Islamic Arabia, the life the Prophet through the various phases of revelation, the migration and battles of early Muslims, as well as history from the times of the first Khalifas to succeed the Prophet after his passing.

Outcomes:

  • Acquaint students with the primary and secondary sources of Sirah
  • Understand the Prophetic personality and the circumstances in which he lived
  • Instill certainty in students’ hearts about Nubuwwah and divine inspiration
  • Better understand the Quran as it was dovetailed with the events of the Prophet’s life, and understand its spirit and objectives
  • Engender a deeper love, veneration and desire to emulate the holy Prophet, salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam

Discipline-Specific Skills:

  • Gain understanding of the life of the Prophet Muhammad
  • Gain access to the events that shaped the biography, the history of Islam and identify the key payers in Islam, and some of the men and women around the Messenger
  • Obtain an historic overview of Islam and its early development, and insight into the public and private persona of the noble Prophet of Allah

Textbooks Slated:

  • Sahih al-Sirah al-Nabawiyyah by Ebrahim Ali
  • Fiqh al-Sirah by Sai’d Ramadan al-Buti
  • Tarikh al-Khulafa’ by Imam al-Suyuti