Uṣūl al-Tafsīr- Study of al-Fawz al-Kabīr and Muqaddama of Ibn Taymiyya

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Uṣūl al-Tafsīr- Study of al-Fawz al-Kabīr and Muqaddama of Ibn Taymiyya

About the Course

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

Lecturers

Ustadh Kaushar Tai

(Management and Training Consultant at Aksaa Ltd,UK)

Maulana Ilyas Dalal

(Prison and Hospital Chaplain and Head Teacher,UK)

Professor Mike Gartland

(MSc. M.Ed. BA(Hons) Dip Psych. UKCP
Head of Pastoral & Spiritual Care,UK)

Maulana Hussain Muhit

(Prison Chaplain,UK)

Ustadh Shaffiq Din

(Muslim Prison Chaplain – Consultant and Trainer,UK)

Shaikh Yunus Dudhwala

(The Chair of the Halal Monitoring Committee ,HMC,UK)

Dr Muhammad Mansur Ali

(Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Cardiff University, UK)

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4 Months

Saturdays : 11:00AM - 1:00PM GMT

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Starts on Aug 22nd, 2020.

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Course Instructors

Ustadh Kausar Tai

(Management and Training Consultant at Aksaa Ltd,UK)

Maulana Ilyas Dalal

(Prison and Hospital Chaplain and Head Teacher,UK)

Professor Mike Gartland

(MSc. M.Ed. BA(Hons) Dip Psych. UKCP Head of Pastoral & Spiritual Care,UK)

Maulana Hussain Muhit

(Prison Chaplain,UK)

Shaikh Yunus Dudhwala

(The Chair of the Halal Monitoring Committee ,HMC,UK)

Dr Muhammad Mansur Ali

(Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Cardiff University, UK)

Ustadh Shaffiq Din

(Muslim Prison Chaplain – Consultant and Trainer,UK)

Main Modules –  Part 1- Al-Fawz Al-Kabir

1. Life of Shāh Waliyullah

1.1. Birth, Lineage
1.2. Education
1.3. Achievements/ Position
1.4. Death
1.5. Writings
1.6. About al-Fawz al-Kabīr

2. The Five Fundamental Sciences

2.1. Intro to Five Fundamental Sciences
2.2. Style of the Qurān in expressing these sciences
2.3. Cause of Revelation

3. First Science: Polemics

3.1. Those who associate partners with Allah (swt)
3.2. The Jews
3.3. The Christians
3.4. The Hypocrites

4. The Remaining Four Sciences

4.1. Second Science: Reminders of Favours of Allah (swt)
4.2. Third Science: Reminders of the Days of Alah (swt)
4.3. Fourth Science: Reminders of Death and what is after it
4.4. Fifth Science: Islamic Rulings

5. Hidden Meanings in the Composition of the Qurān

5.1. Introduction
5.2. The Gharīb of the Qurān
5.3. The Nāsikh and Mansūkh
5.4. The Asbāb al-Nuzūl
5.5. Remaining Topics related to Hidden Meanings

6. Subtleties in the Composition of the Qurān

6.1. The Ordering and Style
6.2. Division of Surahs, Ayāt and mode of expression
6.3. Logic of Repetition, and order of Five Sciences
6.4. The ʿĪjaz of the Qurān

7. The Methodology of Tafsir and Differences

7.1. Schools of Mufassirīn
7.2. Reports of the Muhaddithūn
7.3. Other Subtle points- Tawjīh and Linguistic Usage

8. The Gharāib and the ʿUlūm al-Wahbia in the Qurān

8.1. Gharāib
8.2. Inner and Outer states
8.3. Interpretation of Stories of Prophets
8.4. Revision of Five Sciences

Part 2- Muqaddama of Ibn Taymiyya

9. Life of Ibn Taymiyya

9.1. Birth, Lineage
9.2. Education
9.3. Achievements/ Position in Tafsīr
9.4. Death
9.5. Writings and his impact on Tafsīr
9.6. About Muqaddama

10. The Prophet’s (saw) Clarification of the Meanings in the Qurān

10.1. Differences amongst the Companions in Tafsīr
10.2. The Next Generations taking of Tafsīr from the Companions
10.3. Different types of Differences amongst the Salaf in Tafsīr
10.4. The Impact of Sabab al-Nuzūl

11. Sabab al-Nuzūl and Reasons for Differences

11.1. Clarification of the understanding of Āyāt
11.2. Reasons for Differences amongst the Companions
11.3. General Overview of Reasons for Differences

12. The Types of Differences in Tafsīr

12.1. Differences due to Transmission
12.2. Differentiating between Sound and Weak Transmission
12.3. Transmissions of Battles and Events
12.4. Our Position on what is transmitted by Ahl al-Kitāb
12.5. Khabar Wāhid and ʿIlal in Ḥadith
12.6. Ibn Taymiyya’s Opinion on other Tafāsīr
12.7. Fabrications in Tafsīr

13. Grades of Tafsīr and Mufassirīn

13.1. Position of Mujāhid in Tafsīr
13.2. Most Knowledgeable Mufassirīn amongst the Tābiʿīn
13.3. When is the Tafsīr of the Tabiʿīn Proof
13.4. The Permissible and Impermissible amongst Tafsīr bi-l-Rā’iy
13.5. Ḥadīth considerations between al-Ṭabarī and Ibn Taymiyya

14. Differences of Istidlāl in Tafsīr

14.1. Its Historical Overview
14.2. Writers in History on the Topic
14.3. Accounts and Uṣūl of the Muʿtazila and Shīʿā
14.4. Ibn Taymiyya’s opinion on Tafsīr of Ibn ʿAṭiyya and his like
14.5. Tafsīr of the al-Ṣūfiyya

15. The Best Approach to Tafsīr

15.1. Tafsīr of the Qurān with the Qurān
15.2. Tafsīr of the Qurān with the Statements of the Companions
15.3. The Position of Ibn ʿAbbās and Ibn Masūd in Tafsir
15.4. Statements of the Ahl al-Kitāb
15.5. An Analysis of the Narrations of Ahl al-Kitāb of ʿAbd Allah ibn ʿAmr
15.6. Three types of Tafsīr Isrā’īliya
15.7. The Best Approach

16. Tafsīr through Statements of the Tābiʿīn

16.1. The Reliance on the Tafsīr of the Tābiʿīn by the Aima
16.2. Role of Mujāhid and Qatāda in Tafsir

Modules

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1.Life of ShāhWaliyullah
1.Birth, Lineageī
2.Education
3.Achievements/ Position
4.Death
5.Writings
6.About al-Fawz al-Kabīr
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2. The Five Fundamental Sciences
1.Intro to Five Fundamental Sciences
2.Style of the Qurān in expressing these sciences
3.Cause of Revelation
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3. First Science: Polemics
1.Those who associate partners with Allah (swt)
2.The Jews
3.The Christians
4.The Hypocrites
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4. The Remaining Four Sciences
1.Second Science: Reminders of Favours of Allah (swt)
2.Third Science: Reminders of the Days of Alah (swt)
3.Fourth Science: Reminders of Death and what is after it
4.Fifth Science: Islamic Rulings
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5. Hidden Meanings in the Composition of the Qurān
1.Introduction
2.The Gharīb of the Qurān
3.The Nāsikh and Mansūkh
4.The Asbāb al-Nuzūl
5.Remaining Topics related to Hidden Meanings
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6. Subtleties in the Composition of the Qurān
1.The Ordering and Style
2. Division of Surahs, Ayāt and mode of expression
3. Logic of Repetition, and order of Five Sciences
4.The ʿĪjaz of the Qurān
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7. The Methodology of Tafsir and Differences
1.Schools of Mufassirīn
2.Reports of the Muhaddithūn
3.Other Subtle points- Tawjīh and Linguistic Usage
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8. The Gharāib and the ʿUlūm al-Wahbiain the Qurān
1.Gharāib
2.Inner and Outer states
3. Interpretation of Stories of Prophets
4.Revision of Five Sciences
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9. Life of Ibn Taymiyya
1.Birth, Lineage
2.Education
3.Achievements/ Position in Tafsīr
4.Death
5.Writings and his impact on Tafsīr
6.About Muqaddama
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10. The Prophet’s (saw) Clarification of the Meaningsin the Qurān
1.Differences amongst the Companions in Tafsīr
2.The Next Generations taking of Tafsīr from the Companions
3.Different types of Differences amongst the Salaf in Tafsīr
4.The Impact of Sabab al-Nuzūl
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11. Sabab al-Nuzūl and Reasons for Differences
1.Clarification of the understanding of Āyāt
2.Reasons for Differences amongst the Companions
3.General Overview of Reasons for Differences
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12. The Types of Differences in Tafsīr
1.Differences due to Transmission
2.Differentiating between Sound and Weak Transmission
3. Transmissions of Battles and Events
4.Our Position on what is transmitted by Ahl al-Kitāb
5.Khabar Wāhid and ʿIlal in Ḥadith
6.Ibn Taymiyya’sOpinion on other Tafāsīr
7.Fabrications in Tafsīr
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13. Grades of Tafsīr and Mufassirīn
1.Position of Mujāhid in Tafsīr
2.Most Knowledgeable Mufassirīn amongst the Tābiʿīn
3.When is the Tafsīr of the Tabiʿīn Proof
4.The Permissible and Impermissible amongst Tafsīr bi-l-Rā’iy
5.Ḥadīth considerations between al-Ṭabarī and IbnTaymiyya
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14. Differences of Istidlāl in Tafsīr
1. Its Historical Overview
2. Writers in History on the Topic
3.Accounts and Uṣūlof the Muʿtazila and Shīʿā
4.Ibn Taymiyya’s opinion on Tafsīr of Ibn ʿAṭiyya and his like
5.Tafsīr of the al-Ṣūfiyya
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15. The Best Approach to Tafsīr
1. Tafsīr of the Qurān with the Qurān
2. Tafsīr of the Qurān with the Statements of the Companions
3.The Position of Ibn ʿAbbās and Ibn Masūd in Tafsir
4.Statements of the Ahl al-Kitāb
5.An Analysis of the Narrations of Ahl al-Kitāb of ʿAbd Allah ibn ʿAmr
6.Three types of TafsīrIsrā’īliya
7.The Best Approach
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16. Tafsīrthrough Statements of the Tābiʿīn
1.The Reliance on the Tafsīr of the Tābiʿīn by the Aima
2.Role of Mujāhid and Qatāda in Tafsir
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Course Overview

Al-Fawz al-Kabīr fī Uṣūl 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, Shāh Waliyuallāh classifies its themes under 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, and giving particular attention to the science of polemics. He also reviews the other sciences of tafsīr such as the reasons of revelation (asbāb an-nuzūl), abrogating and abrogated āyāt (an-nāsikh wa’l-mansūkh) after discussing the reality of abrogation (naskh), he corrects the later 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.

Shāh Waliyyullāh 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 great knowledge of all the major works of ḥadīth. He dedicated the rest of his life to teaching in the Madrasah Raḥīmiyyah and to writing widely on all the known Islamic sciences as well as working tirelessly for the reform of Indian society and the renewal of the dīn. He died in 1176 AH.

Muqaddama fī Uṣūl al-Tafsīr – An Introduction to the Sciences of Tafsīr, This is a concise yet comprehensive work on the principles of Tafsir. 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 emphasizes the association of the meaning transmitted from the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam 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 mufassirīn as 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 born 661 AH/ 1263 Harran, 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 often viewed as a minority figure in his own time, however in the centuries that followed, Ibn Taymiyyah has become one of the most influential medieval writers in contemporary Islam, where his particular interpretations of the Qur'an and the Sunnah and his rejection of some aspects of classical Islamic tradition are believed to have had considerable influence. His life was that of a religious scholar and a political activist and 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 output has been described as immense with a wide scope and its contents "bear the marks of brilliant insights hastily jotted down"

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Who is it for ?

This course is suitable for ‘Ulama or advanced students of knowledge with some background on Qur’anic studies and Tafsīr, and who wish to have a much broader, specialist understanding of the sciences related to Uṣūl al-Tafsīr through studying Classical Arabic text in ʿUṣūl al-Tafsīr. A number of the more popular books on uṣūl al-tafsīr have been used to prepare this unique syllabus which is full of detailed and beneficial knowledge and areas of new study.

Learning Outcome

On completion of this course, the successful student will:
• be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the development of Qur’anic exegesis
• be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the Qur’anic hermeunetics through a methodical approach to its exegesis
• be able to demonstrate a familiarity with the terminology used in Qur’anic exegesis and gharāib
• be able to understand and apply critically the general principles of Qur’anic exegesis
• be able to evaluate critically interpretations of the Qur’an in text and other literature
• be able to apply exegetical methods to the interpretation of the Qur’an
• be able to recognise and evaluate critically different exegetical types
• be able to demonstrate independent research, organisation, written and oral communication skills through the presentation of a substantial work

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