The Weekly Madrasa Programme


The OTKF Weekly Madrasa is pleased to announce the programme of the 2017 Fall 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.

2016/2017 TERM DATES

Fall Term
9 October – 11 December
Spring Term
16 April – 18 June
Winter Term
15 January – 18 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 Rūm (surah 30). It was the eighty-fourth surah to be revealed, and comprises sixty verses. All of its verses are Meccan except the seventeenth verse, which is Medinan. Some central themes of the surah which are to be examined are the following:

1. The promise to believers of divine assistance
2. A call for reflection
3. Ethical commerce, free of usury.
4. The ultimate outcome of our choices.
5. The condition and affair of people on the day of Judgement.

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.

The class will resume from ‘Chapter 22 The Reclining of the Messenger of Allah’.

Instructor: Sheikh Thaqib Mahmood

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

Prerequisites: None.