The Weekly Madrasa Courses

The OTKF Weekly Madrasa is pleased to announce the courses for the 2013/2014 academic year. Each course now runs every week during term time, for the duration of the academic year.

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 classes cover disciplines which are necessary for every Muslim to know, including the Muslim creed (`aqida), the Prophetic biography (sira), Muslim practice and law (fiqh), introductory Arabic, and purification of the heart (tazkiya). The texts used are traditional and universally regarded works of Muslim scholarship.

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

Qur'anic Arabic
Time: 1pm – 2.15pm
Course description: This is a course for those who would like to improve their reading and understanding of the Arabic of the Qur'an.

Instructor: Sheikh Thaqib Mahmood

Course text: Access to Qur'anic Arabic, 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.
Tafsir of Surat al-Kahf (Exegesis of
Sura 18 of the Qur'an)
Time: 2.30pm – 3.45pm
Description: An exegesis of Surat al-Kahf (sura 18), one of the most oft-recited chapters of the Qur'an.

Instructor: Sheikh Thaqib Mahmood

Text: None.

Prerequisites: None.
The Final Messenger: A Biographical Study
Time: 4.15pm – 5.30pm
Course description: This course offers an insight into the unique life of the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace). The course intends to provide the student with a detailed historical study of the Prophet's life, trials and circumstances in order to derive lessons. The classes are structured around the core text, and students are encouraged to read the allocated chapters prior to each class.

Instructor: Sheikh Thaqib Mahmood

Course text: Martin Lings, Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources.

Prerequisites: None. We encourage everyone to attend this course.
The Rules and Practice of Islamic Worship (Hanafi Fiqh)
Time: 5.45pm – 7pm
Course description: This term's course will cover the rules and practice (fiqh) of various Muslim prayers.

Instructor: TBC

Course text: TBC

Prerequisites: None.