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Level: Two

Instructor: Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Course Overview

This is a Level Two course in the Islamic Studies Curriculum.

“This,” Allah Most High says about the Quran, “is the Scripture in which there is absolutely no doubt.” (Quran, 2:2). The Quran is certainly from Allah Most High. This becomes clear with a study of the text, its proofs, and its preservation. This course is an introduction to the Sciences pertaining to the Quran (‘Ulum al-Quran), which aims to explain what the Qurʾan is, prove its truth, and to understand the tools needed for Qurʾanic commentary.

To do this, it explores how the Quran was revealed to the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), how it has been impeccably preserved down to our times, and why we are certain that it could not have been invented by the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). After this, the only conclusion that remains is that we are certain the Quran could only have been revealed to him by Allah Most High Himself.

Who is this course for?

• This course is for teenagers and adults

• It is particularly beneficial for students of the Islamic sciences

• It is a Level Two course. Complete Level One before taking this course.

• This course can also be taken by anyone who is interested in learning about the preservation of the Quran, its miraculous nature, and the various sciences related to it

Study Effort

Weekly hours recommended: 3 hours

Recommended reading: The Quran: An Eternal Challenge; Abdullah Draz (Translation by ‘Adil Salahi)

Learning Outcomes

• Describe how the Quran was revealed.

• Explain how the Quran has been preserved.

• Explain the multiple facets of the Quran’s miraculous nature.

• Confidently answer most questions people have regarding the text, transmission, miraculous nature, and historicity of the Quran.

• Become familiar with the different approaches to understanding the Quran.

• Appreciate the depth of traditional Quranic scholarship specifically, and Islamic scholarship in general.

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction: Definitions, Revelation, the descent of the Quran, and the authorship of the Quran.

Lesson 2: The Quranic Miracle: Miracles, the linguistic, legislative, scientific, and historical miracles of the Quran.

Lesson 3: Perfect Preservation (1): The preservation of the Quran in the lifetimes of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) and Abu Bakr.

Lesson 4:Perfect Preservation (2): The preservation of the Quran in the lifetime of ‘Uthman, and removing obfuscations.

Lesson 5: Verses, Context, and Era of Revelation: The first and last verses to be revealed, the contextual causes of revelation, and the Meccan and Medinan suras.

Lesson 6: The Sequence of Verses and Chapters: The sequence of Quranic verses and chapters, and proofs for them being chosen by Allah.

Lesson 7: The Decisive and Ambiguous, and Abrogation: The Decisive (Muhkam) and the Ambiguous (Mutashabih) verses, and the Abrogating (Nasikh) and the Abrogated (Mansukh) verses.

Lesson 8: The Seven Dialects: al Ahruf al Sab’a and differences on their interpretation.

Lesson 9: The Canonical Variant Recitations: The Qira’at and the Imams of the Qira’at.

Lesson 10: The Quranic Script: The Quranic script and the Topics of the Quran.

Lesson 11: Tafsir and Translations: The Quranic exegesis (Tafsir) and translating the Quran.

Lesson 12: Connections and Principles of Tafsir: The Science of Connections, the principles of Tafsir, and responses to obfuscations.

About the instructor:

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with erudite scholars such as Shaykh Adnan Darwish, Shaykh Abdurrahman Arjan, Shaykh Hussain Darwish and Shaykh Muhammad Darwish. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic with teachers such as Dr. Ashraf Muneeb, Dr. Salah Abu’l-Hajj, Dr. Hamza al-Bakri, Shaykh Ahmad Hasanat, Dr. Mansur Abu Zina, and others. He was also given licences of mastery in the science of Quranic recital by Shakh Samir Jabir and Shaykh Yahya Qandil. His true passion, however, arose in the presence of Shaykh Ali Hani, considered by many to be one of the foremost tafsir scholars of our time who provided him with the keys to the vast knowledge of the Quran. With Shaykh Ali, he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence. When he finally left Jordan for the UK in 2014, Shaykh Ali gave him his distinct blessing and still recommends students in the UK to seek out Shaykh Abdul-Rahim for Quranic studies.

Number of Lessons: 12 Lessons
Total Duration: 21 hrs 54 mins
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Total Lesson: 12
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What You Will Learn:

  • Distinguish between true religious knowledge that is beneficial and ostensibly religious knowledge that is not
  • Identify instances of the sins of the limbs (particularly those of the tongue)
  • Identify instances of the sins of the heart
  • Complete a regimen of protecting your tongue from sin
  • Improve your character with your teachers, relatives, friends, and strangers
  • Appreciate the spiritual value of good company

Skill Level: Beginner
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