Modules / Stages
The Al-Husna Certificate in Traditional Islamic Studies will be delivered in 3 modules or stages – Basic (Level 1), Intermediate (Level 2) and Advanced (Level 3). The Basic (Level 1) stage was conducted from January to May 2014. The following are the components of the Intermediate or Level 2 stage. The description of each component follows.
|No||Description||Text & Subject||Learning Hrs|
|1||‘Aqidah (Islamic Creed or Belief)||Text: Al-Kharidah Al-BahiyyahBy Imam Ahmad Ad-Dardir||21 hours|
|2||Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)||Subjects: Mu’amalatText: Internal||35 hours|
|3||Tasawwuf (Purification of the Self)||Text: Principles of Sufism by Abul Qasim al-Qushayri||17.5 hours|
|4||Shama’il Muhammadiyah (Characteristics of Prophet Muhammad S)||Text: Shama’il Muhammadiyah by Imam Al-Tirmidhi||17.5 hours|
|5||Usul Al-Fiqh (Legal Theory)||Text: Internal||14 hours|
|6||Mustalah Hadith (Science of Hadith)||Text: Internal||14 hrs|
|7||Mantiq  (Logic)||Text: As-Sullam by Abd ar-Rahman al-Akhdari||14 hours|
|8||Ulum Al-Qur’an (Sciences of the Al-Qur’an)||Text: An Introduction to the Sciences of the Qur’an by Ahmad von Denffer||14 hrs|
‘Aqidah (Islamic Creed or Belief)
‘Aqidah is a branch of Islamic science, describing the fundamental beliefs of Islamic faith, basically what a Muslim must know, comprehend and believe. Arqaan Al-Iman, the six articles of faith – belief in Allah, His Angels, the Prophets, the Divine Books, the Day of Judgment and Divine Destiny (Qadr) – are the very fundamentals of ‘Aqidah. This module component also deals with the attributes of Allah (Existence, Oneness, Eternity, etc) and the qualities of Prophets. This module will be taught in reference to a seminal book “The Radiant Pearl” (Al-Kharidah Al-Bahiyyah), a poem written by Imam Ahmad ad-Dardir.
Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)
Fiqh (meaning: “deep understanding”) is Islamic jurisprudence. It is the study and knowledge of Islamic rulings as expounded in the Holy Quran and supplemented by Prophetic traditions (Sunnah) and implemented by the rulings and interpretations of Islamic jurists. Ibn Khaldun defines Fiqh as the “knowledge of the rules of God which concern the actions of persons who own themselves bound to obey the law respecting what is required (wajib), sinful (haram), recommended (mandub ) disapproved (makruh) or neutral (mubah)”. This module component will deal with Fiqh Muamalat, dealing with relations between people, such as the Islamic commercial law. It is the area of Fiqh which governs the review process for Islamic financial products from the perspective of Shari’ah-compliance and does not have legal force in countries without explicitly Islamic legal systems that cover commercial transactions.
Tasawwuf (Purification of the Self)
The lexical root of the Arabic word tasawwuf is commonly traced to safa (صَفا), which in Arabic means “purity”. Shaykh Muhammad Amin Al-Kurdi, a renowned Islamic scholar, explained that tasawwuf is a knowledge through which one knows the states of the human soul, praiseworthy or blameworthy, how to purify it from the blameworthy and ennoble it by acquiring the praiseworthy, and to journey and proceed to Allah Most High, fleeing unto Him. The way of tasawwuf is based on five principles: having godfearingness privately and publicly, living according to the Sunna in word and deed, indifference to whether others accept or reject one, satisfaction with Allah Most High in dearth and plenty, and returning to Allah in happiness or affliction. Imam Shafi’i said: “Three things in this world have been made lovely to me: avoiding affectation, treating people kindly, and following the way of tasawwuf.” This module component will be taught in reference to the well-known Al-Risala Al-Qushayriya by Abul Qasim Al-Qushayri, written in 437H/1045, Al-Qushayri’s treatise on Sufism has served as a primary textbook for many generations of Sufi novices, down to the present. The book gives an illuminating insight into the moral and ethical dilemmas Sufis face in trying to strike a delicate balance between their ascetic convictions, and the exigencies of life in a society governed by rank, wealth, and military power.
Shamail Muhammadiyah (Characteristics of Prophet Muhammad S)
Shamail (meaning invaluable features, amazing characteristics) is a module component that accounts for the noble character and virtues of the Prophet Muhammad S. This will be shown via a close analysis of and a special focus on Al-Imam Al-Tirmidhi’s seminal work Shama’il At-Tirmidhi. While it is quite hard if not impossible to accurately describe the virtues, noble character and excellent manners of our beloved Prophet Muhammad S, Imam Tirmidhi has quoted all the narrations and real stories that show those amazing noble features and qualities of our beloved prophet. The students will see the extent to which the noble character of the Prophet Muhammad S has shaped the lives of all those who knew him.
Usul Al-Fiqh (Legal Theory)
Usul Al-Fiqh means the study of the whole set of principles through which the practical legal rules are developed from the foundational sources (Qur’an and Sunnah), and reports and/or incidents/actions with which the Prophet Muhammad S agreed. Alongside Qur’an and Sunnah, there would be an explanation of the third rule in issuing a fatwa or judgment which is Ijma (Consensus) of the Muslim scholars on specific issues. The fourth is Qiyas (Analogy) or rule by precedent. This will help students have a good understanding of the use of and resort to the text to give certain opinion on a certain issue.
Mustalah Hadith (Science of Hadith)
Hadith (meaning “tradition”) is a report of the deeds and sayings of Prophet Muhammad S. The hadith collections form the basis of Islamic law, Qur’anic interpretation and early Islamic history. Each hadith is composed of two parts, a chain of authorities reporting the hadith (isnad) and the text (matn). Hundreds of thousands of hadith were evaluated and gathered into large collections during the 8th and 9th centuries such as Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Sunan Abu Dawood, Jami al-Tirmidhi, Sunan Ibn Majah and Sunan al-Sughra (al-Nasa’i). This module component discusses the history of the origin, development, and the study of the rules regulating the transmission and classification of Hadith. This includes the systematical techniques that have been developed and used in the transmission of Hadith from one generation of scholars to the next. This module component will also discuss the classification of Prophetic traditions like sahih (authentic), hasan (good), da’if (weak) and maudu’ (fabricated), and numerous sub-categories are examined along with the rules and criteria for accepting and rejecting a reported tradition.
Mantiq 1 (Logic)
Mantiq which means Logic, is an important field of studies in Islamic philosophy. In fact, Mantiq does not only consist of the study of formal patterns of inference and their validity but also accounts for the elements of the philosophy of language. It deals also with epistemology and metaphysics. This module will be taught through a resort to the book As-Sullam by Abd ar-Rahman al-Akhdari.
Ulum Al-Qur’an (Sciences of the Al-Qur’an)
This module is an introduction to the sciences of the Qur’an and how these sciences had been developed in order to help not only the Muslims but also scholars and learners of Islam to grapple with and interpret the Qur’an. In this module, students will go through many interesting points such as the context of revelation, the history and transmission of the Qur’anic text, the indispensable linguistic and stylistic tools to understand Allah’s Holy book.