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Diploma in Seerah of the Major Prophets

 

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Overview

Diploma in Seerah of the Major Prophets explores the universal message and the particularities of the major prophets mentioned in the Qur’an. The prophets are chosen by God and are guided to accomplish the most important mission one could imagine. Their mission is to inform mankind of what they could not know by themselves with their knowledge, reasoning or experience. This include how to worship God, how to live in this world, the reality of death and the life after death. As such the message of the all the prophets of God are one and the same. The Muslims are commanded to follow all of them.

Who is it For ?

This course is suitable for every Muslims. The particularities of each the of the prophets discussed is relevant for the modern times more than ever before. For example Jesus came to a people who already had guidance but they were indifferent to it. This is very similar to the context of Muslims today. Therefore the life and message of Jesus Christ is very relevant for us. Prophet Ibrahim was a visionary, leader-par-excellence and a master-nation-builder, so much so that even Prophet Muhammad was instructed to follow the way of Ibrahim and take him as an example. Their are similar such unique traits with each of the Prophets for the 21st century man to follow.

Modules

  • Legacy of Ibrahim – The Universal Model for Families & Nations
  • Surah Yusuf – The Best of Stories – Part 1
  • Surah Yusuf – The Best of Stories – Part 2
  • Reflection on the Story of Musa (AS) in the Qur’an – The Lessons for The 21st Century
  • Jesus Christ in Islam – Epitome of Spirituality and Saviour of Humanity
  • Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) – Example for The East & The West







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Course Structure

Start Date : 23rd of Sep 2017

[This Diploma is part of Term-2 : Diploma in Essential Islamic Sciences – Level 1]

  • Duration – 4 months
  • 12 Lessons – One lesson per week
  • Each lesson – 3 hours in duration
  • Prerecorded lectures
  • Lectures – Every Saturday 7:00pm
  • Live Tutorial – Once every 2 weeks
  • Exam- End of the Course
  • Certification provided upon the successful completion of exam
  • 120 hours of lectures + 20 hours of live tutorials

Course Timetable

(All Module lectures are delivered via our online Learning Management System)

 Module

Lesson 1 & 2]

Lesson 3 & 4]

 Live Tutorial

Legacy of Ibrahim – The Universal Model for Families & Nations  23rd Sep 2017  30th Sep 2017  See LMS
Surah Yusuf – The Best of Stories – Part 1  7th Oct 2017  14th Oct 2017 See LMS
Surah Yusuf – The Best of Stories – Part 2  21st Oct 2017  29th Oct 2017 See LMS
Reflection on the Story of Musa (AS) in the Qur’an – The Lessons for The 21st Century  4th Nov 2017  11th Nov 2017 See LMS
Jesus Christ in Islam – Epitome of Spirituality and Saviour of Humanity  18th Nov 2017  25th Nov 2017 See LMS
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) – Example for The East & The West  2nd Dec 2017  9th Dec 2017 See LMS

Course Outline

Module 1 – Legacy of Ibrahim – The Universal Model for Families & Nations

There is no doubt that the Muslims in general are in state of frustration and disappointment at all levels – individual, family, community, national and global levels. And they are desperately looking for a way out of this dilemma. The recent and ongoing revolutions in North Africa and Middle East seems to have provided a tinge of hope, but is this really the way forward for the Muslims? Is this what a Messenger of God would have guided the people to do in this situations or would he have taken a different course of action?

Explore this and many other important questions like, Why is Prophet Ibrahim called a “nation” although he was only one man? Why are we asked to follow the religion of Ibrahim when we have the religion of Prophet Muhammad? Why are we asked to take the example of Ibrahim when we have the example of Prophet Muhammad? How are they linked together? How did he bring up his family and how did they respond to that? What was his vision and strategy for the future for building great nations? In the this amazing seminar by Shaykh Dr Mohammed Akram Nadwi.

Prophet Ibrahim was a visionary, leader-par-excellence and a master-nation-builder. He is called a Ummah or “Nation” by himself and a people’s leader (Qur’an 16:120, 2:124). His long term vision encompassed the last human on earth. The advent of our own Prophet Muhammad was a result of his dua’ (request) to Allah (Qur’an 2:129). So who is better to take as an example than Prophet Ibrahim in building solid and strong individuals, families, communities and nations? So much so that even Prophet Muhammad was instructed to follow the way of Ibrahim and take him as an example (Qur’an 3:95, 60:4).

This is your opportunity to immerse yourself in this rich legacy that would help you become a strong individual and also help your family and community stand out as shining examples for others to follow.

Module 2 – Surah Yusuf – Part 1

We are constantly being seduced with wealth, power, beauty, sex, status and other material pleasures of this world. Often it can be very difficult to resist these temptations because we lack the inner strength and resolve to counter their intensity. However there were people in the past and there are people today who could withstand and defeat even the highest form of seduction – the seduction of a man by a woman of beauty, status and power – as it was the case with Yusuf (AS).

So how does one acquire and develop an unwavering inner strength and deep resolve? There is only one way to achieve this and that is to train the human conscience. In this regards Shaykh Akram Nadwi mentions:
“What human beings aspire to achieve in life and how they strive to achieve are strongly influenced (even, to a large extent, determined) by their circumstances and by the habits of the people around them. Their ambition and their method are modelled on what has been done before, with some individuals being distinguished by their desire to do better or more than has been done before. Means are generally assessed as right or wrong on the basis of their ability to deliver the desired ends. The criteria are generally practical: we look at the situation and say, this is do-able, this is not do-able; this is better done like this, not like that. Right and wrong in this sense depend on practical experience, on the ability to learn from (and contribute to) history. But people also have another sense of right and wrong, which is not practical, but moral. They have a sense that some behaviour is pleasing to God and some behaviour is not. Surah Yusuf is a demonstration of how conscience survives and operates in circumstances where, judging by practical experience, it should be impossible. Circumstances rob father and son of any practical, sensible reason to hope, but they maintain hope. Similarly, circumstances rob them of any means to do the right thing – they have no power; nobody believes them – nevertheless, they always do the right thing.”
– Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi on Surah Yusuf

Module 3 – Surah Yusuf – Part 2

We are constantly being seduced with wealth, power, beauty, sex, status and other material pleasures of this world. Often it can be very difficult to resist these temptations because we lack the inner strength and resolve to counter their intensity. However there were people in the past and there are people today who could withstand and defeat even the highest form of seduction – the seduction of a man by a woman of beauty, status and power – as it was the case with Yusuf (AS).

So how does one acquire and develop an unwavering inner strength and deep resolve? There is only one way to achieve this and that is to train the human conscience. In this regards Shaykh Akram Nadwi mentions:
“What human beings aspire to achieve in life and how they strive to achieve are strongly influenced (even, to a large extent, determined) by their circumstances and by the habits of the people around them. Their ambition and their method are modelled on what has been done before, with some individuals being distinguished by their desire to do better or more than has been done before. Means are generally assessed as right or wrong on the basis of their ability to deliver the desired ends. The criteria are generally practical: we look at the situation and say, this is do-able, this is not do-able; this is better done like this, not like that. Right and wrong in this sense depend on practical experience, on the ability to learn from (and contribute to) history. But people also have another sense of right and wrong, which is not practical, but moral. They have a sense that some behaviour is pleasing to God and some behaviour is not. Surah Yusuf is a demonstration of how conscience survives and operates in circumstances where, judging by practical experience, it should be impossible. Circumstances rob father and son of any practical, sensible reason to hope, but they maintain hope. Similarly, circumstances rob them of any means to do the right thing – they have no power; nobody believes them – nevertheless, they always do the right thing.”
– Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi on Surah Yusuf

 

Module 4 – Reflection on the Story of Musa (AS) in the Qur’an

What Is The Balance? There has been so much debate and confusion throughout the history of Muslims regarding the role of reason and its place in comparison to revelation. There are some who argued that reason is superior because it is a pre-requisite for understanding the revelation and there are others who argued that revelation is superior because it directs the reason in the right way. No doubt both reason and revelation are from Allah. The proper use of reason should lead one to Allah and His revelation. However when one finds the revelation what then is the role of reason? If reason has a role then how should one balance between reason and revelation? How did the Prophets and Messengers do this?

These are very important questions for us and Allah has showed us the answers to these in the Qur’an itself through various stories. The story that stands out the most in this regard is the story of Musa (AS). There is a great deal of his life mentioned before he becomes a prophet so that we can understand how Musa (AS) used reason without revelation. Then he becomes a prophet and receives revelation but does not abandon reason. The way he uses reason now is even more intriguing. One example of this is his encounter with the “mysterious” Khidr. There are many more examples given in the Qur’an

In this seminar we will look at The Story Musa (AS) in The Qur’an and understand how it looks at this phenomena in detail. This is your golden opportunity to explore the balance between reason and revelation. Of course this is only one of many aspects of the story of Musa (AS) discussed in the seminar.

Module 5 – Jesus Christ in Islam

The Relevance of Jesus Christ in The Life of A Muslim

“The Prophets Ibrahim, Nuh, Salih, Hud and Muhammad (SAW) came in a certain context. They came to people who were non-believers and polytheists. It was a struggle between eeman (belief) and kufr (disbelief); between tawheed (monotheism) and shirk (polytheism). However the Prophets Zakariyyah, Yahya and ‘Eesa (AS) came in a different context. They came to a people who already had guidance but they were indifferent to it. This is very similar to the context of Muslims today. Therefore the life and message of Jesus Christ is very relevant for us” – Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

Module 6 – Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)

This would be unlike any Seerah (life of the Prophet) seminar that you may have attended before. It is a unique first-of-its-kind seminar that looks at the life of the Prophet Muhammad from the perspective of the various roles he played in the society. Unlike most of the other Seerah seminars which go through the life of the Prophet in a chronological way (although beneficial) this seminar picks out the various roles of the Prophet and shows how they can be made directly relevant to our lives in this modern Western society. The roles discussed include:

* Muhammad – The Messenger & Caller
* Muhammad – The Teacher & Educator
* Muhammad – The Leader & Guide
* Muhammad – The Spouse & Parent
* Muhammad – The Companion & Friend
* Muhammad – The Liberator
* Muhammad – The Social Worker


Diploma in Seerah of the Major Prophets

Diploma in Seerah of the Major Prophets

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