4-Year Program Curriculum

 
 

YEAR BY YEAR BREAKDOWN:

 
 

Year Two: Foundational
Islamic Studies
 المؤسسة في العلوم

Qurʾānic Exegesis – تفسير

  •  تفسير الجلالين – A complete study of the Qur’an from beginning to end.

Principles of Qurʾanic Sciences – علوم القرآن

  • مبادئ في أصول التفسير للندوي – A modern primer on the principles of Qurʾanic exegesis.

  • التبيان في علوم القرآن للصابوني – A contemporary, well-organized text on the compilation, exegesis, and the miraculous nature of the Qurʾan.

  • الفوز الكبير في أصول التفسير – A thorough text used solely for its contemporary understanding of abrogation.

Principles of Hadith Sciences – أصول الحديث

  • مبادئ في أصول الحديث للندوي – A modern primer on the principles of Hadith study.

  • تيسير مصطلح الحديث للطحان – A contemporary, well-organized text on the types of Hadith, its narrators, and its narration.

  • نخبة الفكر لابن حجر العسقلاني – A brief summary of Hadith Sciences.

  • المنظومة البيقونية في علم الحديث – A concise poem on Hadith Sciences.

Principles of Legal Sciences – أصول الفقه

  • مبادئ في أصول الفقه للندوي – A modern primer on the principles of legal sciences.

  • الوجيز في أصول الفقه لوهبة الزحيلي – A contemporary, well-organized text on legal evidences, rulings, principles of extrapolation, and maxims of the religion.

  • أصول الفقه الإسلامي و أدلته للزحيلي – A text used as detailed supplementary material.

Theology – عقيدة

  • العقيدة الطحاوية – A centrist text on the core tenets of Ahl al-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah.

Prophetic Narrations – حديث

  • الأربعون النووية – A collection of 40 Hadith on the foundations of the religion.

Prophetic Biography – سيرة

  • الدرر في اختصار المغازي والسير لابن عبد البر - The prophetic biography from the birth of the Prophet Muhammad to his passing ﷺ.

Islamic Jurisprudence – فقه

  • مختصر القدوري – A brief summary of the rulings in the Hanafi school of legal thought.

  • الفقه الإسلامي وأدلته لوهبة الزحيلي – A detailed explanation of the rulings of the four major legal schools of thought.

Personal Development – تزكية

  • أيها الولد للغزالي – A letter written by Imam Ghazali to his student after finishing an extensive course of Islamic study.

  • تعليم المتعلم للزرنوجي – A text on what it means to be a student of knowledge.

 

Year Three: Advanced
Islamic Studies
التدرج

Qurʾānic Exegesis – تفسير

  • تفسير القرآن العظيم لابن كثير – Notable for its emphasis on narrations.

  • الجامع لأحكام القرآن للقرطبي – Notable for its emphasis on legality.

  • الكشاف للزمخشري – Notable for its emphasis on linguistics.

  • التحرير و التنوير لابن عاشور – Notable for its emphasis on maxims and eloquence.

  • مفاتيح الغيب للرازي – Notable for its inclusion of all sciences.

Prophetic Narrations – حديث وشرحه

  • مشكاة المصابيح للتبريزي - A comprehensive and well-organized collection of ahadith arranged by subject matter and authenticity.

  • مرقاة المفاتيح لملا علي القاري - A detailed explanation of the ahadith found in مشكاة الصابيح used as detailed supplementary material.

Islāmic Legal Principles & Jurisprudence – فقه وأصوله

  • الهداية للمرغيناني المجلد الأول و الثاني – A 12th century Hanafi juridical work authoritative and popular for the reliability of its statements and soundness of its legal reasoning.

Logic & Philosophy – كلام و فلسفة

  • شرح العقائد النسفية للتفتازاني- A commentary of the Maturidi creed detailing its general principles and clarifying its intricacies.

 

Year Four: Formal Islamic Studies  دورة الحديث

Islamic Jurisprudence – فقه

  • بداية المجتهد ونهاية المقتصد لابن رشد - A detailed analysis of Islamic Jurisprudence based on the four major schools of thought.

  • شرح معاني الآثار للطحاوي المجلد الرابع – A comprehensive and interdisciplinary text notable for deducting rulings from seemingly contradictory ahadith.

  • السراجي في الميراث لمحمد بن عبد الرشيد السجاوندي – A Hanafi treatise on the laws of inheritance.

Prophetic Narrations – حديث

  • صحيح البخاري – Considered the most authentic book after the Qurʾan, this hadith compilation is notable for the quality and soundness of the chain of narrators, the beliefs and practice of each narrator, and the arrangement and ordering of its chapters.

  • صحيح مسلم – Considered the next most authentic book after Sahih al-Bukhari, this hadith compilation is notable for its strict criteria of having two sound narrations for each hadith, a scientific arrangement of themes and chapters, and the specification of different wordings used by the narrators.

  • سنن النسائي – Considered the next most authentic book after Sahih Muslim, this collection is notable for being a selection of ahadith from Imam al-Nasaʾi’s Al-Sunan Al-Kubrá.

  • سنن أبي داود – Considered the next most authentic book after Sunan al-Nasaʾi, this collection includes two types of hadith: those that are mentioned in Sahih al-Bukhārī and/or Ṣahīh Muslim and those that fulfill the conditions of Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim.

  • جامع الترمذي – Considered the next most authentic book after Sunan Abi Dawud, this collection is notable for its arrangement according to legal chapters and for its inclusion of the authenticity of each hadith and its different legal opinions.

  • سنن ابن ماجه – This collection consists of over 4,000 ahadith arranged in 1500 chapters.

  • الموطأ لمالك – The earliest written collection of ahadith comprising the subjects of Islamic law, this collection is notable for its brevity yet comprehensiveness, its lack of non-verbatim ahadith attributed to the Prophet ﷺ or ahadith from any innovator, and its highly literary form of classical Arabic.

 

Year Five: Specialization & Contribution To Islamic Studies
التكميل والمقالة

Students will identify a field of specialization. They will be assigned mentors who are considered experts of their fields. Students will engage in the analysis and critiquing of advanced works and publications in the field after which they will choose a research topic and write a thesis in the spirit of contributing to the field of their specialization.

Students will also be required to prepare and present the following subjects and texts in front of their instructors demonstrating their ability to understand, process and present complex material.

Qurʾānic Exegesis – تفسير

  • أنوار التنزيل وأسرار التأويل للبيضاوي – An influential, scholarly endeavor exploring the linguistic, rhetorical, and philosophical depth of the Qurʾan.

Hadith Explanation - شرح الحديث

  • فتح الباري لابن حجر

Islamic Jurisprudence – فقه

  • رد المحتار على الدر المختار لابن عابدين

Principles of Legal Sciences – أصول الفقه

  • منتخب الحسامي مع شرحه النامي للحقاني

Arabic Grammar and Morphology - علم النحو والصرف

  • ألفية ابن مالك في النحو والصرف