Uṣūl al-Tafsīr: A Study of al-Fawz al-Kabīr and Muqaddama of Ibn Taymiyyah

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Uṣūl al-Tafsīr: A Study of al-Fawz al-Kabīr and Muqaddama of Ibn Taymiyyah

About The Course

A unique high-level course designed for ʿulamā and advanced students who wish to learn in-depth studies of Uṣūl al-Tafsīr through the study of classical kutub. The course will cover al-Fawz al-Kabīr fī Uṣūl al-Tafsīr of the great Indian Scholar Shah Waliyyullah Dihlawī (1114/1703, India—1176/1762, India), and Muqaddama fī Uṣūl al-Tafsīr of the great polymath Ibn Taymiyyah (661/1263, in Harran–728/1328, in Damascus)

Course Team

Dr Rafaqat Rashid

 (Academic Director, Al Balagh Academy, UK)

Shaykh Amin Kholwadia

(Founder, Darul Qasim, Chicago, USA)

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14 Live Sessions

Duration: 4+ Months

Sat : 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm GMT

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Starts on January 9th, 2021.

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Course Team

Dr Rafaqat Rashid

 (Academic Director, Al Balagh Academy, UK)

Shaykh Amin Kholwadia

(Founder, Darul Qasim, Chicago, USA)

Main Modules

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1

Life of ShāhWaliyullah

Life of ShāhWaliyullah

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The Five Fundamental Sciences

The Five Fundamental Sciences

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3

First Science: Polemics

First Science: Polemics

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4

The Four Sciences

The Four Sciences

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5

Composition of the Qurān: Hidden Meanings

Composition of the Qurān: Hidden Meanings

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Subtleties in the Composition of the Qurān

Subtleties in the Composition of the Qurān

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7

The Methodology of Tafsir and Differences

The Methodology of Tafsir and Differences

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 The Gharāib and ʿUlūm al-Wahhāb in the Qurān

 The Gharāib and ʿUlūm al-Wahhāb in the Qurān

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Life of Ibn Taymiyyah

Life of Ibn Taymiyyah

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The Prophet’s ﷺ Clarification on Meanings of the Qurān

The Prophet’s ﷺ Clarification on Meanings of the Qurān

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Sabab al-Nuzūl and Reasons for Differences

Sabab al-Nuzūl and Reasons for Differences

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12

The Types of Differences in Tafsīr

The Types of Differences in Tafsīr

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13

Grades of Tafsīr and Mufassirīn

Grades of Tafsīr and Mufassirīn

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Differences of Istidlāl in Tafsīr

Differences of Istidlāl in Tafsīr

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The Best Approach to Tafsīr

The Best Approach to Tafsīr

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Tafsīr through Statements of the Tābiʿīn

Tafsīrthrough Statements of the Tābiʿīn

Course Overview

Al-Fawz al-KabīrfīUṣūl at-Tafsīr – “The Great Victory, on Qur’ānic Hermeneutics” is a manual of the principles and subtleties of Qur’ānic Tafsīr, originally written in Persian by the author. After a comprehensive survey of the contents of the Qur’an, ShāhWaliyuallāh classifies its themes in five fundamental sciences that the Qur’ān contains:

  • The science of judgements (aḥkām),
  • Reminding others of the Favours of Allah,
  • The Days of Allah and the Life after Death,
  • Giving particular attention to the science of polemics.

He reviews the other sciences of tafsīr such as the reasons of revelation (asbāb an-nuzūl), abrogating and abrogated āyāt (an-nāsikhwa’l-mansūkh) after discussing the reality of abrogation (naskh), he corrects the newer scholars’ over-emphasis on the circumstances of revelation and the unusual words and phrases of the Qur’ān (gharā’ib al-Qur’ān). He concludes by detailing the extraordinary and miraculous aspects of the Qurān.

ShāhWaliyyullāh was born on 4th Shawwāl 1114 AH/10th February 1703 CE in northern India. He was descended from ‘Umar ibn al - Khaṭṭāb and was thus Qurayshī. He had a traditional education in all the classical sciences from his father and other scholars in India before journeying to Makkah from where he returned in 1145 AH/1733 CE with excellent knowledge of all the major works of ḥadīth. He dedicated the rest of his life to teaching in Madrasah Raḥīmiyyah and to writing widely on all the known Islamic sciences as well as working tirelessly for the reform of Indian society and renewal of dīn. He died in 1176 AH.

Muqaddama fī Uṣūl al-Tafsīr– An Introduction to the Sciences of Tafsīr is a concise yet comprehensive work on the principles of Tafsīr. The main approach and emphasis of Imam ibn Taymiyyah is the authenticity and reliability of exegesis and the different approaches one must undertake to ensure accuracy in transmitting the meaning of the Qurān. He emphasises the association of the meaning transmitted from the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ to the following generation, especially the companions and their differences as well as the reliable amongst the next generation. He presents many arguments to provide weight to this approach and comments about other tafāsīr and mufassirīnas well as sects such as the Muʿtazali and the Shīʿā. The book concludes with the subject of transmission of the Ahl al-Kitāb and the most reliable mufassirīn amongst the Tabiʿīn.

Taqī ad-Dīn Ahmad ibn Taymiyyah was born in 661 AH/ 1263Harran, Sultanate of Rum and died 728 AH/ 1328 (aged 64–65) in Damascus, Sham. He was a Sunni Muslim theologian, jurisconsult, logician, and reformer member of the Hanbali school of jurisprudence. He was viewed as a minority in his own time, however, in the centuries that followed, Ibn Taymiyyah became one of the most influential medieval writers in contemporary Islam, where his interpretations of the Qur'an and the Sunnah and his rejection of some aspects of classical Islamic tradition has considerable influence. He was a religious scholar and a political activist. He left a considerable body of work, ranging from 350 according to his student, Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyya to 500 according to his student al-Dhahabi. His scholarly works are described as immense with a broad scope and its contents "turn the marks of brilliant insights hastily jotted down."

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Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, the successful student will:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the development of Qur’anic exegesis.
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the Qur’anic hermeneutics through a methodical approach to its exegesis.
  • Demonstrate a familiarity with the terminology used in Qur’anic exegesis and gharāib.
  • Understand and apply the general principles of Qur’anic exegesis carefully.
  • Evaluate interpretations of the Qur’an in text and other literature critically.

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