One Year Certificate in Islamic and Arabic Studies

The one-year certificate in Islamic and Arabic Studies is designed for students who want to seek knowledge in a structured manner, but don’t have the opportunity to spend a number of years travelling and studying abroad. Ideally, it’s for high school or college students in transition, who have a year to dedicate to serious studying. The program will give them a functional grasp of the Arabic Language, as well as a detailed introduction to the foundational Islamic Sciences including ‘Ulūm Al-Qur’ān (Qur’ān Studies), ‘Ulūm Al-Hadīth (Hadīth Studies), Fiqh (Jurisprudence), Usūl Al-Fiqh (Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence), and Tazkiyyah (Spirituality).

The program will also address common objections raised against our faith and tradition through guided readings of papers and discussions. The goal of the first year is to develop a solid foundation in the Arabic Language and the major Islamic Sciences. After completing the studies and receiving the certificate, students will be able to deliver lectures and sermons, lead study circles, and serve as afterschool or weekend-school Islamic Studies teachers while simultaneously pursuing their careers.

Curriculum

 

Arabic (ARB 1A, 1B, 1C)

Lisān Al-Qur’ān
A series of textbooks that introduces the major concepts of Arabic Grammar and Morphology. After completing the series a student will have the ability to read Arabic texts with the help of a dictionary.

Fundamentals of Classical Arabic:
A primer on Arabic morphology. Students will be introduced to the primary concepts covered in morphology including the ten most commonly used verb form in Arabic. Completing this text will give students the ability to recognize verbs, word patterns and conjugate verbs without difficulty.

Fiqh (JRP 1A, 1B, 1C)

Introduction to Usūl Al-Fiqh:
This course will provide a brief history of the development and codification of Usūl Al-Fiqh. It will examine the primary and secondary sources of Islamic Law, legal rulings, how they are derived and function, as well as a brief overview of the rules of interpretation.

Ascent to Felicity (Marāqi Al-Sa‘ādāt):
A primary text in Hanafi fiqh that is taught in Islamic seminaries throughout the world written by the 11th century Hanafī jurist Abu Al-Ikhlās Al-Shurunbulālī (r). It covers the rulings and regulations related to purity and worship. The class will cover a detailed study of the issues and rulings related to purity and worship (prayer, fasting, zakah and hajj) and their everyday applications.

Hadith (HDT 1A, 1B, 1C)

Introduction to ‘Ulūm Al-Hadīth (Hadīth Studies):
This course will introduce students to the primary subjects related to the study of hadith including preservation, compilation, classification and criticism. It will also introduce the six authentic books of hadith and their compilers to create a better understanding of this noble science.

Zād Al-Tālibīn
A short compilation of concise sayings of the Prophet (saw) related to character, virtues and encouragement. Students will learn and memorize over 300 narrations.

Quran (QRN 1A, 1B, 1C)

Introduction to ‘Ulūm Al-Qur’ān
This course introduces the foundational topics taught in the field of Quranic studies centered on various aspects of revelation as well as compilation and preservation. Discussions will include: the causes and circumstances behind the revealed narrative, classifications of verses, methods of interpretation and even different modes of recitation, all of which are crucial in understanding this miraculous book.

Durūs min Al-Qur’ān Al-Karīm
Part of the ibn Saud University Arabic curriculum that focuses on the vocabulary of the Quran and explaining the Quran in simple Arabic.

Arabic Literature

Qasas Al-Nabiyyīn (Volumes 1-4)
Stories of the Prophets in Arabic. The book is used to build vocabulary, refine reading comprehension and to practically apply grammatical and morphological concepts.

Contemporary Issues

A series of readings and discussions that will explore some of the challenges we face as Muslims living in a modern, liberal, and secular society. The discussions will cover articles and papers on liberalism, secularism, and feminism and how they compare and contrast with the world view of Islam. The discussions will also revolve around some of the common objections raised against Islam such as violence, women’s rights, ḥudūd punishments, and slavery. The purpose is to equip the students with the skills to understand contemporary issues within the framework of Islam.