In this important study, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani reads Imam Bajuri’s Hashiya on Imam Laqani’s famous poem, Jawharat al-Tawhid. Imam Laqani’s poem covers mainstream Islamic beliefs about Allah Most High, His messengers (peace be upon them), and the Hereafter. This Hashiya is regarded as the most relied-on commentary of the Jawhara. It provides a very clear explanation and mentions various opinions that differ each other by the expert in this field.
This class is an advanced class for upper intermediate level students who have studied two or three complete texts in Islamic Beliefs, with a teacher.
This course falls under Level Four of SeekersGuidance’s Islamic Studies Curriculum.
The purpose of this course is to master the nuances of the science of Islamic beliefs by covering one of the most authoritative late commentaries in mainstream Islamic beliefs according to the Ash‘ari school, Tuhfat al-Murid.
This course is crucial for students of beliefs to take to deepen their knowledge by understanding nuances and details and the critical issues in theology.
They will learn the building blocks of how to present faith in a clear and cogent manner and how to defend it from confusion and the arguments of those who reject faith.
Students will learn the methodology of the science of Islamic Theology and its deep underlying principles—through teaching and recommended readings of the reference works by the great Imams of Islamic Beliefs.
This course is not for beginners, it focuses on broadening the horizons of the students by building on previous foundations.
Students need to be able to follow and understand the Arabic text, as the text will be read in Arabic, and explained in English.
- Teacher: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Imam Laqqani’s poem Jawharat al-Tawhid (Jewel of Divine Unity) has been broadly accepted by the scholarly community as a summary work representative of mainstream Islamic beliefs. In the hundreds of years that have passed since its authorship, this work has attracted dozens of commentaries and super-commentaries.
These commentaries include the author's own three commentaries, including his 2,400-page Umda al-Murid; his son's commentary, Ithaf al-Murid—which was edited by Shaykh Muhyi al-Din ‘Abd al-Hamid and also has the famous marginalia called Hashiya al-Amir; Imam Bajuri’s commentary, Tuhfat al-Murid; Imam Sawi’s commentary; and the modern commentary of Shaykh Tattan, ‘Awn al-Murid.
Imam Bajuri’s commentary is accepted as being one of the most reliable and authoritative late works of the Ash‘ari school. It is nuanced, and representative in its illustrations of the beliefs and authoritative in its judgements; it is a must study for advanced students.
Shaykh Adib Kallas referred to Imam Bajuri and this work as “one of the finest verifications of the creed of mainstream Islamic beliefs.”
Students are recommended to have completed at least one Level Two and one Level Three text in the Seekers Islamic Studies Curriculum before the study of this work.
- This course is for advanced students of Islamic Beliefs
- It is a Level Four course. In order to successfully complete this course, students should take at least one Level Two and one Level Three text in the Seekers Islamic Studies Curriculum, or equivalent.
- Understand the advanced concepts of Islamic Beliefs
- Understand how to present the sound understanding of faith in a clear and cogent manner.
- Learn how to defend mainstream understanding from confusion and the arguments of those who reject faith
- Appreciate the subtleties of the arguments of the scholars of Islamic Beliefs