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Level: Three

Instructor: Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary


Course Overview

This is a Level Three course in the Islamic Studies Curriculum. It covers an intermediate commentary on Imam Athir al-Din Abhari’s fundamental logic primer, Isaghuji. It provides students the opportunity to expand their study of Isaghuji and prepares them for studying higher-level texts, like Tahdhib by Taftazni and Shamsiyya by Katibi.

In this course, Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary, takes students through a word-by-word explanation of Matla‘ by Shaykh al-Islam Zakariyya al-Ansari, which is widely taught in Egypt and Syria.


About the Text

The Matla‘ is an intermediate commentary on Imam Athir al-Din al-Abhari’s Isaghuji that is widely taught in Egypt and Syria. Since it was written, it attracted the attention of scholars and teachers and elicited a number of super-commentaries. Mallawi, Qalyubi, ‘Attar and ‘Ilish were among the key figures and specialists who wrote super-commentaries on Matla‘.

He also introduced topics – like modal propositions – that were not mentioned by Abhari in his primer to prepare students for studying them at higher-level texts, like Tahdhib by Taftazni and Shamsiyya by Katibi.


About the Author:

Shaykh al-Islam Zakariyya al-Ansari was a prominent scholar of the fifteenth century.

He was also the scholarly father of the late school of Shafi'i jurisprudence. A number of great scholars graduated under his teaching. Shihab al-Din al-Ramli, Ibn Hajar Haitami, Khatib Shirbini, and ‘Abdulwahhab al-Sha'rani were amongst his students and who, in their own right, were world-class authorities.

Shaykh al-Islam Zakariyya wrote in almost every science of the Sacred Sciences and contributed to virtually every field of knowledge.


Who is This Course For?

• This course is for adults.

• It is particularly beneficial for students of the Sacred Sciences, especially students who are interested in the rational sciences.

• It is a Level Three course. In order to successfully complete this course, students should take Abhari’s Isaghuji: An Introduction to Traditional Logic


About The Instructor

Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary is a researcher in Islamic intellectual history and a teacher of Islamic traditional sciences. He’s currently a teacher of Hadith, Usūl, Logic and Kalam at Rawdatul-Na`īm under the supervision of Habib `Ali al-Jifrī; and at Madyafat Shaykh Ismaīl Sadiq al-`Adawī (RA), a prominent learning center by al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo.

Shaykh Ahmed studied Anthropology at American University in Cairo and received his training in Leadership Communication from Tulane University and The University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is also a life-long learner. He holds a diversified portfolio of almost 50 certificates in a variety of subjects – extending from Teaching Character and Clinical Psychology of Children and Young People to Complexity Theory, Model Thinking and Conflict Analysis.

Shaykh Ahmed began his journey of studying traditional sciences about 20 years ago. In addition to studying with scholars from al-Azhar, he had the privilege of studying with visiting scholars from Algeria and India in a one-on-one format, and was thus given an exceptional opportunity to study and discuss advanced-level texts of different sorts and over a long period of time. Shaykh Ahmed has more than 70 Ijazas from scholars from all over the Muslim world.

Beside a number of edited works about to be released in Islamic pedagogy, linguistics and Hanafi Usūl, Shaykh Ahmed has authored Rūh al-`Ilm – a treatise in the art of scientific investigation, based on a survey of roughly 200 traditional Islamic texts, and has been endorsed by Dr. Jamāl Fārūq, the Dean of Islamic Da`wah College at al-Azhar University and Dr. Ahmed Mamdūh, the Chair of Research Division at Dar al-Iftaa’ al-Masrīyah. Rūh al-`Ilm will be published by Tabah Foundation in the early of summer of 2019.

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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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