Instructor: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
This is a Level Three course in the Islamic Studies Curriculum.
This course is a traditional word-by-word exposition of Imam Bajuri’s commentary on Imam Sanusi's Umm al-Barahin (The Foundational Proofs), which covers the core beliefs of mainstream traditional Islam along with their key proofs.
Students will learn Islamic theology: the attributes of Allah Most High, those of His messengers (peace be upon them), matters of the unseen, and their logical proofs, culminating in how all of these meanings are contained in the Statement of Divine Oneness, there is no god but God.
The value of a subject is known by what is studied, and there is none greater than establishing and defending belief in Allah Most High and the points of knowledge to which He has granted eternal consequence.
Imam Bajuri’s commentary on Imam Sanusi’s Umm al-Barahin establishes not only what we believe in but also why it must be true with logical rigor. Additionally, students will learn how to unpack the terse expressions of classical texts, preparing them for further study in the Islamic sciences and in Islamic theology in particular.
About the text
This text is a traditional word-by-word exposition of one of the most popular manuals in Islamic theology, Imam Bajuri’s (d. 1276 AH / 1860 CE) commentary on Imam Sanusi’s Umm al-Barahin.
Imam Sanusi’s primer focuses on the main proofs for the issues of belief in Allah Most High.
Imam Bajuri’s commentary, though brief, is deep, and precise. It unpacks the theological issue in the text with clarity and nuance. Most importantly, it breaks each of these proofs down and shows how those conclusions were reached.
Imam Bajuri writes in a method that forces the student to think and ask “why?” This course not only teaches the proofs of God Most High, but also the method a student of knowledge should embody in everything they engage with.
About the Author
Imam Ibrahim al-Bajuri was a prolific scholar, authoring works in many different Islamic disciplines. His works are authoritative, and deeply admired, taught, and used as references. Among the subjects he wrote in were: theology, logic, hadith, Islamic law, estate division, Arabic morphology, Arabic grammar, and Arabic literature.
His works have been highly regarded by generations of teachers and students for their precision, comprehensiveness, and depth of scholarship.
He studied and taught at al-Azhar, becoming its foremost scholar and rector (Shaykh al-Azhar) in 1263 AH / 1847 CE, a position that he retained until his death. His commentary on the Umm al-Barahin is one of his most widely studied works.
Among his other most significant works is his Hashiya on Imam Laqani’s Jawhara al-Tawhid (Tuhfa al-Murid), in Islamic beliefs; his Hashiya on Ibn Qasim’s Sharh Matn Abi Shuja`, in Shafi`i fiqh; his commentary on Imam Busiri’s Burda, in praise of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), just to name a few.
Who Is This Course For?
• This course is for adults.
• It is particularly beneficial for knowing the proofs of God Most High
• This is a Level Three course. In order to successfully complete this course, students should have taken any of the Level Two Islamic Beliefs courses at SeekersGuidance, or similar.
• This course is useful for anyone who wants to understand the rationale proofs related to our belief in Allah Most High; the method and nuances of the science of Islamic beliefs; and to appreciate the depth and nuance of the Islamic intellectual tradition, and learn to think and analyze issues as scholars do.
• Explain the logical proofs for the attributes of Allah Most High.
• Break down the proofs for the existence of Allah Most High step by step.
• Explain the attributes of His Messengers (peace be upon them) and their proofs
• Understand how all of these meanings are contained in the statement of Divine Oneness: there is no god but God
• Understand how to unpack the terse expressions of classical Islamic texts and works on theology.
• Cultivate a deep method in thinking required from a student of knowledge
About The Instructor:
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spent ten years studying with some of the leading scholars of recent times, first in Damascus, and then in Amman, Jordan. His teachers include the foremost theologian of recent times in Damascus, the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas (may Allah have mercy on him), as well as his student Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi, one of the leading Hanafi fuqaha of the present age. He returned to Canada in 2007, where he founded SeekersGuidance in order to meet the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge–both online and on the ground–in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He is the author of: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and the Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School (White Thread Press, 2004.) Since 2011, Shaykh Faraz has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.
- Teacher: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani