Mathabah Institute

Scholar of Islamic Sciences Certificate

registrationHOW TO REGISTER

Step 1: Submit application form


Step 2: Islamic Essentials Certificate holders, please proceed to Step 3. Non Islamic Essentials Certificate holders are required to give an exam.
Exam date: TBA


Step 3: Come in for an interview. All applicants will be required to give an interview.
Interview dates: TBA

Fees: $1500 annually. Price is subject to change without prior notice. Fees may be paid in monthly instalments. Text books not included.

INTRODUCTION

Producing Islamic scholars is a communal obligation for every Muslim community. The Mathabah Institute provides a platform for this obligation to be fulfilled, but not in a conventional fashion. Students of the Scholar of Islamic Sciences certification program are not just trained to have a command on the classical texts of Islam, but they are also prepared to understand how to apply Islam correctly in their social context. They are prepared to confront the socio-religious challenges of their era, and provide practical, concrete solutions for them. They are the answer to a call that has been made by the community for a prolonged period of time.

COURSES

This certification program is open to those who have successfully obtained the Islamic Essentials Certificate, or its equivalent from another recognized institute. There are six courses offered per year. Each course is a total of 12 three hour lessons that is delivered twice a week. The program is divided into three tiers:

1. Year 1 to 3: In this tier, students will be trained in the areas of history, creed, principles of tafsīr, principles of hadith, and Islamic regulations pertaining to ritual worship.

2. Year 4 to 6: In this tier, students will be trained to develop proficiency in reading, translating, explaining and writing Arabic literature from a basic to an advanced level.

3. Year 7 to 9: Students may choose any of the following four disciplines to do a major in: Tafsīr, Hadith, Fiqh and Arabic Rhetoric.

Certification in the discipline of the student’s choosing will be granted upon the successful completion of all the required courses.

INSTRUCTORS

Shaykh Omar Subedar

Ustadh Dr. Shariq Lodhi

Ustadh Tamseel Ahmed

calendar-iconWEEKNIGHT COURSES 2017

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Course 1 – History – Begins September 5, 2017

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Course 2 – Creed – Begins October 24, 2017

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Course 3 – Creed – TBA

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Course 4 – Tafsir – TBA

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Course 5 – Tafsir – TBA

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Course 6 – Tafsir – TBA

YEAR 1 COURSES

Course 1: History

Name: The Rightly Guided Successors

Code: MIHI201

Objectives: To provide students with a clear understanding and the ability to identify:

– The historical concept and technicalities of the Caliphate

– The struggles and sacrifices of the Four Caliphs

– How Islam was spread and shaped the world as we know it today

– Contemporary methods and techniques of imperialism, and to compare them with the techniques that were used to advance the Islamic Empire

Learning Outcome: Upon completing this course students will:

– Have answers to many contentious issues related to Islamic history

– An understanding of the context of many rulings that will be studied in other fields of Islamic Sciences

Course 2: Creed

Name: Exploring Islamic Theology

Code: MICR201  

Objectives: To provide students with a sound comprehension of:

– The origins and development of Islamic Theology

– Previous and contemporary theological arguments and their responses

– The correct approach to theological matters  

Learning Outcome: Upon completing this course students will:

– Be able to exercise sound discernment in matters of Islamic Creed

– Have answers with insight on contentious theological matters

Course 3: Creed

Name: Contemporary Sects

Code: MICR301

Objectives: To provide students with an understanding of:

– The criterion the must be employed at all times to judge the validity and invalidity of religious notions

– Contemporary theological challenges

– The theological differences between Ahmadism and Islam

– The theological differences between Shiasm and Sunnism

Learning Outcome: Upon completing this course students will:

– Be able to distinguish and identify the areas of differences between certain contemporary Islamic Sects

– Be acquainted with the basis of those differences

– Be able to effectively explain those differences to others when needed

Course 4: Tafsīr

Name: Building the Foundation 1

Code: MIQU101

Objectives: To acquaint students with:

– Fundamental aspects of the Qur’an
– A thorough understanding of how the Qur’an was compiled and adopted in its current format

Learning Outcome: Upon completing this course students will:

– Have a clear comprehension of the Qur’an’s history
– A solid platform to move forward with towards interpreting the Qur’an with accuracy and insight

Course 5: Tafsīr

Name: Building the Foundation 2

Code: MIQU110

Course Objective: To make students aware of:

– The arguments of the Orientalists pertaining to the preservation and the textual accuracy of the Qur’an

– The motives behind their offensive against the Qur’an

– The flaws that are found in their arguments and objections

Learning Outcome: Upon completing this course students will:

– Develop a genuine sense of appreciation for the authenticity of the Qur’an

– Have answers to Orientalist arguments

– Sufficient knowledge to educate the masses on this important matter

Course 6: Tafsīr

Name: Building the Foundation 3

Code: MIQU120

Objectives: To familiarize students with:

– What truly makes the Qur’an a miracle of Allah

– The requisites of exegesis

Learning Outcome: Upon completing this course students will:

– Be motivated to learn Arabic at the most advanced of levels

– Be positioned to acquaint the public of the miraculous nature of the Qur’an thus generating a greater sense of appreciation for the book among them

– Understand the depth of the sciences of exegesis

YEAR 2 COURSES

Course 1: Tafsīr

Name: Building the Foundation 4

Code: MIQU130

Objectives: To connect students with:

– The causes of inaccurate interpretations

– The important principles of exegesis

– The biographies of famous exegetes

– Renowned books of exegesis

Learning Outcome: Upon completing this course students will:

– Be in the prime position to efficiently and effectively study the exegesis of the Qur’an  

Course 2: Hadith

Name: The Creation and Evolution of Hadith Studies

Code: MIHA101

Objectives: To equip students with the knowledge of:

– The importance of hadith studies

– The historical development of hadith sciences

– The objections raised by people of later generations on the validity of hadith

– A basic overview on the classification of ahadith based on their transmission chains

Learning Outcome: Upon completing this course students will have:

– Foundational knowledge of hadith sciences

– Answers to the critics of hadith

Course 3: Fiqh

Name: Following a Particular School

Code: MIJU101

Objectives: To acquaint students with the knowledge of:

– The concept of taqlid and its importance

– The biography of the four Imams

– The reason why the four Imams differed in their conclusions pertaining to fiqh related matters  

Learning Outcome: Upon completing this course students will have:

– Comprehension and appreciation for the nature of the work that was rendered by the four Imams

– Answers for all the objections that are raised in the public pertaining to taqlid

– An understanding of the causes of differences

– A clear sense of direction on how to further pursue fiqh

Course 4: Fiqh

Name: Purification

Code: MIFH201

Course Description: Students will study the regulations and the evidences of:

– Ritual Impurities (Najāsah)

– Ritual Purification (Ṭahārah)

Course 5: Fiqh

Name: Ritual Prayer 1

Code: MIFH201

Course Description: Students will study the regulations and the evidences of:

– Timings of Ritual Prayer (Ṣalāh)

– Call to Prayer (Adhān)

– Ritual Purification (Ṭahārah)

– Ritual Prayer (Ṣalāh)

Course 6: Fiqh

Name: Ritual Prayer 2

Code: MIFH210

Course Description: Students will study the regulations and the evidences of:

– Travel Prayer

– Friday Prayer (Jumuʿah)

– ʿĪd Prayer

– Eclipse Prayer

– Rain Prayer

– Funerals

YEAR 3 COURSES

Course 1: Fiqh

Name: Zakah and Fasting

Code: MIFH301

Course Description: Students will study the regulations and the evidences of:

– Zakah

– Fitr Charity

– Moonsighting

– Fasting

– Masjid Retreats (Iʿtikāf)

Course 2: Fiqh

Name: Pilgrimage

Code: MIFH310

Course Description: Students will study the regulations and the evidences of:

– Ritual Consecration (Iḥrām)

– The three types of Hajj

– The activities in Madinah

Course 3: Fiqh

Name: Marriage and Divorce

Code: MIFH401

Course Description: Students will study the regulations and the evidences of:

– The people Muslims can and cannot marry

– Status equality

– Marital gift (Mahr)

– Spousal rights

– Parental rights

– Different types of divorce

Course 4: Fiqh

Name: Divorce

Code: MIFH410

Course Description: Students will study the regulations and the evidences of:

– Aftermath of three divorces

– Separation

– Ancient methods of divorce

– Waiting period for divorcees

– Waiting period for widows

– Child custody

Course 5: Fiqh

Name: Facts and Myths of Islamic Penal Law (Exposing the false propaganda)  

Code: MIFH501

Course Description: Students will study the regulations and the evidences of:

– Felonies

– Retribution

– Compensation

– Capital punishment

Course 6: Fiqh

Name: Facts and Myths of Jihad (Exposing the false propaganda)

Code: MIFH601

Course Description: Students will study the regulations and the evidences of:

– Military service to your nation

– Truces and treaties

– Spoils

– Non-Muslim tax

– Apostasy

– Rebellions

YEAR 4 COURSES

Course 1 – 6: Introductory Arabic

Course Description: Students will work towards:

– Identifying each component of an Arabic sentence

– Composing Arabic sentences

– Reading and understanding basic Arabic literature without the aid of a translation

YEAR 5 COURSES

Course 1 – 6: Intermediate Arabic

Course Description: Students will work towards:

– Reading and translating intermediate Arabic literature after deciphering its text

– Writing essays in Arabic

– Eliminating the need for diacritical marks to aid in reading Arabic texts

YEAR 6 COURSES

Course 1 – 6: Advanced Arabic

Course Description: Students will work towards:

– Studying advanced Arabic grammar and morphology from renowned texts

– Translating and explaining the grammatical intricacies of Quranic verses from select chapters of

the Qur’an

– Reading and translating Arabic texts with proficiency without the aid of diacritical marks

YEAR 7 to 9

Student will be given the option to do a major in any of the following four disciplines. Certification will be granted accordingly:

1. Tafsīr

A comprehensive study of the Qur’an’s explanation will be carried out. Students will begin with exploring Makki chapters before moving on to Madani ones. This will allow them to have a complete understanding of the Qur’an’s context, thus allowing them to interpret it correctly. They will also be trained on the approach of the four famous imams of Islamic Law towards the regulatory verses of the Qur’an.

2. Hadith

Selections from classical texts such as Sahih al-Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Abu Dawud and Jami’ al-Tirmidhi will be carefully studied. Students will be able to do a comparative analysis between the various versions of any given account. This will allow them to have a holistic view of the reports of interest, and thus draw correct conclusions from them.

3. Islamic Law

Relevant selections of classical manuals on Islamic Law will be studied. This will be supplemented with a thorough study on the principles of fiqh followed by an in-depth study on fiqh for Muslim minorities.

4. Arabic

Students will be exploring the rules of Arabic eloquence (balāghah), and will be trained on identifying them in the Qur’anic text. They will also be taught how to apply them in their Arabic writings.