The Weekly Madrasa Programme

The OTKF Weekly Madrasa is pleased to announce the programme of the 2016 Winter term.

This weekly educational programme provides a basic yet comprehensive curriculum for the person seeking to deepen his or her faith and practice. Taught by traditionally-trained yet western teachers, the subjects and texts covered are universally regarded as central to an authentic, scholarly and spiritual understanding of the Islamic faith.

Classes are held every Sunday and are offered free of charge. While these courses are developed for adults, young adults and mature children who are able to sit quietly for the duration of the class and to learn are welcome.

2015/2016 TERM DATES

Fall Term
11 October – 13 December
Spring Term
17 April – 19 June
Winter Term
17 January – 20 March

VENUE

Oxford Quaker Meeting House
43 St Giles
Oxford OX1 3LW

SCHEDULE

Arabic Level I
Time: 1pm – 2pm
Description: This is a course for those who would like to improve their reading and understanding of the Arabic of the Qur'an. Over the year, units 1—16, 29, and 37—39 will be covered.

Instructor: Sheikh Thaqib Mahmood

Course text: Access to Qur'anic Arabic (Darussalam link, Amazon link), by Abdul Wahid Hamid. The book comprises three volumes; the additional audio CD is not necessary for the course, though students may find it helpful.

Prerequisites: Ability to read and write the Arabic script.
Arabic Level II
Time: 2pm – 3pm
Description: This is a continuation of Arabic Level I, and will cover Access to Qur’anic Arabic units 17—28, 30—36, and 40.

Instructor: Sheikh Thaqib Mahmood

Course text: Access to Qur'anic Arabic (Darussalam link, Amazon link), by Abdul Wahid Hamid. The book comprises three volumes; the additional audio CD is not necessary for the course, though students may find it helpful.

Prerequisites: Students must have completed Arabic Level I or its equivalent. This means possessing a thorough understanding of nouns in Arabic, their types, forms, cases and the related signs.
Qur’anic Exegesis (Tafsir)
Time: 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Description:
An exegesis and commentary of Surat Fāṭir (Sura 35). It was the 43rd surah to be revealed in Mecca before the Hijra. As is well-known of Meccan surahs, the role of Prophecy is a central theme, and particularly the responsibility to invite the prophet’s community to believe and surrender to one God. In establishing this, God uses cosmological arguments which ask of the Qur’ans readers to bring themselves to an introspective state of mind and soul, by realising that how we experience creation and the situations we find ourselves in are universally shared and felt experiences.

Surat Fāṭir addresses the following areas:
1. The vastness of creation, its different realms, and the ever changing nature of these things are to be reflected upon.
2. The difference between believers and disbelievers.
3. An evidence of His Power, through observing the multiplicity and complexity of creation, along the equilibrium and harmony it reflects.
4. A description of the followers of the Final Prophetic Community.

Instructor: Sheikh Thaqib Mahmood

Course text: None.

Prerequisites: None.
The Prophetic Character
Time: 4.45pm – 5.45pm
Description: This course is intended to give attendees an insight and knowledge of the life, manners, comport, worship, and overall way of living of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and grant him peace). The established texts in this field, which are many, are traditionally referred to as ‘shamāil’. Amongst the most notable of these works is Imam al-Tirmidhī's al-Shamā’il al-Muḥammadiyyah. This book contains 415 traditions, dispersed over fifty-six chapters. Over Hilary and Trinity terms, we shall study a a summary of the above-mentioned work. This summary follows the original chapter headings and ordering of Tirmidhī’s work, and comprises 113 traditions.

Instructor: Sheikh Thaqib Mahmood

Text: The Perfect Paragon: Muhammad (a summary of 'al-Shamā’il al-Muḥammadiyyah’). To be provided.

Prerequisites: None.