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Diploma in Theology, Logic and Philosophy

 

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Program Overview

Diploma in Theology, Logic and Philosophy is a unique course dealing with one of the most intellectually demanding subjects in Islamic education. The complexity of these subjects is multiplied by the fact that throughout the Islamic history there have been many different schools of theology at odds with each other. This was given rise by the emergence of different philosophical approaches to knowing God and understanding revelations.

This course is suitable for advanced students who wish to understand the theological and philosophical differences between sects in Islam as well as to learn how to deal with these differences in a way that is conducive to coexistence. The students will also learn that there more important aspects to the religion than theology and philosophy which many times gets overlooked because of the portrayal of theology as the most important aspect of the religion.








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Program Structure

  • Understanding Al-Aqeedah at-Tahawiyyah (Imam Tahawi) – Classical Islamic Theology
  • al-Muqaddimah – An Introduction to History (Ibn Khaldun)
  • Hujjatullah al-Baligha – The Profound Evidence of Allah (Shah Waliullah) – Part 1
  • Hujjatullah al-Baligha – The Profound Evidence of Allah (Shah Waliullah) – Part 2
  • Tahāfut al-Falāsifa – The Incoherence of the The Philosophers (Al-Ghazzali)
  • ar-Radd ‘ala al-Mantiqiyyin – Refutation of the Greek Logicians (Ibn Taymiyyah)

Program Prerequisites

  • None

Program Summary

Course 1 – Understanding Al-Aqeedah at-Tahawiyyah (Imam Tahawi) – Classical Islamic Theology

Al-Aqeeda of Imam al-Tahawi is a simple yet profound expression of the essential points of Muslim belief. In this course Shaykh Akram explains these points in an intellectually liberating and spiritually uplifting way showing, how they can be the basis for unifying divergent theological positions in this day and age.

The questions discussed in the text include:

  • The nature of Allah – The Most High, His Qualities and His Attributes
  • The nature of Iman (belief), Kufr (disbelief) and Nifaq (hypocrisy)
  • The nature of Divine Decree and the Will of Allah
  • The nature of Prophethood and the Word of Allah (Qur’an)
  • Discussion on Seeing Allah on the Day of Judgement
  • Discussion of heavenly phenomena such as Al-Mi’raj (Heavenly Ascension), Al-Hawd (The Pool), Al-Shafa’a (The Intercession), Al-Lawh (The Tablet), Al-Qalam (The Pen), Al-‘Arsh (The Throne) and al-Kursi (The Chair)
  • Nature of Life in Grave and the Hereafter
  • Nature of Al-Sirat (The Bridge) and Al-Mizan (The Balance), Al-Jannah (The Garden) and Al-Naar (The Fire)
  • Nature of Good and Evil in people
  • Discussion of the preferred stance towards the Companions and the Family of the Prophet
  • Discussion of the Caliphate after the death of the Prophet

In addition to the text of the ‘Aqeedah Tahawiyyah other issues discussed during the seminar include:

  • Definition of ‘Aqeedah and issues relating to it
  • Nature of discussion of ‘Aqeedah at the time of Prophet and his Companions
  • The development of the science of ‘Aqeeda
  • Sources of knowledge of ‘Aqeedah
  • The role of human language and reason in the formulation of ‘Aqeedah
  • The reasons for the appearance of different sects with opposing ‘Aqeedah
  • Discussion of these sects highlighting their differences
  • The reason why Imam al-Tahawi wrote the book
  • Definition of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jam’ah and their approach to ‘Aqeedah
  • The reasons for differences within the Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah
  • The different schools of ‘Aqeedah and their propositions
  • The questions of ‘Aqeedah that trouble people today
  • The advice for the people in approaching the issues of ‘Aqeedah
  • The way to avoid divisions and sects

Course 2 – al-Muqaddimah – An Introduction to History (Ibn Khaldun)

This work records an early view of universal history. Some modern scholars regard it as the first work on the philosophy of history and a pioneer in such disciplines as sociology, demography, historiography, cultural history, and economics. It also deals with Islamic theology, law, political theory and the natural sciences of biology and chemistry. Ibn Khaldun wrote the work in 1377 as the Preface or first book of his planned world history, but already in his lifetime it became regarded as an independent work. The course will provide a critical introduction of the work.

Course 3 – Hujjatullah al-Baligha – The Profound Evidence of Allah (Shah Waliullah) – Part 1

Perhaps the most important and influential Muslim thinker and revivalist after Ibn Taymiyyah was Shah Waliullah al-Muhaddith al-Dihlawi. In this course we will cover: Shah Waliullah’s life, his efforts of reviving the hadith and hadith sciences in 18th century India, his teachings and writings. Most part of the course will involve a comprehensive and thorough introduction to his magnum opus Hujjatullahal-Balighah, which deals with the development of human societies, human need for guidance, the development of Islamic sciences, history of the legal schools, causes of the differences, the wisdom of shari`ah, and an intellectual interpretation of hadith, comparison with earlier writings on these subjects; and Shah Waliullah’slegacy in India and beyond.

Course 4 – Hujjatullah al-Baligha – The Profound Evidence of Allah (Shah Waliullah) – Part 2

Perhaps the most important and influential Muslim thinker and revivalist after Ibn Taymiyyah was Shah Waliullah al-Muhaddith al-Dihlawi. In this course we will cover: Shah Waliullah’s life, his efforts of reviving the hadith and hadith sciences in 18th century India, his teachings and writings. Most part of the course will involve a comprehensive and thorough introduction to his magnum opus Hujjatullahal-Balighah, which deals with the development of human societies, human need for guidance, the development of Islamic sciences, history of the legal schools, causes of the differences, the wisdom of shari`ah, and an intellectual interpretation of hadith, comparison with earlier writings on these subjects; and Shah Waliullah’slegacy in India and beyond.

Course 5 – Tahāfut al-Falāsifa – The Incoherence of the The Philosophers (Al-Ghazzali)

This famous work was intended as a criticismof the principles and doctrines of Greek philosophy as applied by, notably, Ibn Sina and al-Farabi to Islamic teachings. The book was well received and considered a successful proof of the incoherence of the philosophers. Ghazali criticises the philosophers on 20 issues, among which three are serious enoughto have merited the accusation of unbelief. We will discuss how well Ghazali demonstrates the incoherence of the philosophers, and Ibn Rushd’sequally famous response in Tahafut al-Tahafut.

Course 6 – ar-Radd ‘ala al-Mantiqiyyin – Refutation of the Greek Logicians (Ibn Taymiyyah)

This book is rightly regarded as the most rigorous and effective critique of Greek logic produced within the Islamic world. Its arguments have been compared to similar ones, independently reached by European philosophers in the twentieth century. We will study Ibn Taymiyyah’s methodology and explain his concern that reliance on the philosophers’ habit of contriving definitions and concocting syllogisms needlessly complicated the thinking of Muslim theologians, contaminated and confused their faith and weakened their commitment to Qur’an and Sunnah.

Important Dates – (Year – 2017)

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

Classes           – (19th Aug to  4th Nov, 2017)

Study Break – (5th Nov to 1st Dec 2017)

Exams            – (2nd Dec to 5th Dec 2017)

Class Time   – Every Saturday 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

(On the dates specified in the table below.)

Individual Class Start and End Dates (All Class lectures are delivered online on CIC LMS)

 Class Name

Session 1 & 2]

Session 3 & 4]

 Live Tutorial

Understanding Al-Aqeedah at-Tahawiyyah (Imam Tahawi) – Classical Islamic Theology  19th Aug 2017  26th Aug 2017  28th Aug 2017
al-Muqaddimah – An Introduction to History (Ibn Khaldun)  2nd Sep 2017  9th Sep 2017  11th Sep 2017
Hujjatullah al-Baligha – The Profound Evidence of Allah (Shah Waliullah) – Part 1  16th Sep 2017  23rd Sep 2017  25th Sep 2017
Hujjatullah al-Baligha – The Profound Evidence of Allah (Shah Waliullah) – Part 2  30th Sep 2017  7th Oct 2017  9th Oct 2017
Tahāfut al-Falāsifa – The Incoherence of the The Philosophers (Al-Ghazzali)  14th Oct 2017  21st Oct 2017  23rd Oct 2017
ar-Radd ‘ala al-Mantiqiyyin – Refutation of the Greek Logicians (Ibn Taymiyyah)  29th Oct 2017  4th Nov 2017  6th Nov 2017

Any changes in the dates for the examinations, quiz will be published in the Learning Management System to the students enrolled.


Diploma in Theology, Logic and Philosophy

Diploma in Theology, Logic and Philosophy

 

Item DiplomaLevelLogo
Feature  
Access to Class videos 4 months
LMS Student Collaboration Yes
Exams Yes
Online Quiz Yes
Number of Courses 6
Live Tutorial once every two weeks Yes
Duration 4 months
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Fee for the Diploma  
Full Fee £399.00
OR Pay in 4 Monthly Instalments £99 x 4 Months 

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