Courses

Islamic Finances

IThis module will be taught in two levels:

1. The first level goes through jurisprudential principles (Qawaid Fiqhiyyah), which are the the basis of Islamic Finances.

2. Practical application of the principles the current issues (finances, banking, trading and marketing fields).

Each level takes one year. The manuals used in the module is strictly classical authentic texts from four schools of Ahl Sunnah with inclination towards Hanafi school.

Foundations of jurisprudence

This module is known as 'Usul al-Fiqh' which teaches how one should correctly use Quran, Sunnah, consensus of the scholars (Ijma') and rational reasoning (Qias). This module is taught in five levels:

1. We go through all of the chapters of the subject by using one of the classical texts (such as Manar or Mukhtasar Manar).

2. Chapter of Sunnah is taught in very depth and detailed way with comparison between various Islamic schools of thought. This is taught as independent subject under the name of 'Mustalah al-Hadeeth' (science of Hadeeth).

3. Chapter of Ijma' (consensus) is taught from critical point of view by presenting the opinions of various schools and its proofs. It is taught in one full year.

4. Chapter of Qiyas (rational reasoning) is also taught in depth from classical sources. It includes the opinions and proofs of those who do not accept Qiyas.

5. Chapter of Quran is the longest taught separate module. It includes not only Quran as a source of jurisprudence, but we include philosoph


ical, theological, historical and many other issues related to it. It is unique module designed by the founder and the head of the institute Sh. Atabek Shukurov, yet the manual used while teaching is only classical authentic texts.

Jurisprudence

We teach the jurisprudence according to Hanafi school of thought (which our institute follows). The Hanafi school is the earliest among the Islamic schools of thought, yet the most flexible which matches the modern life. The reason for that is the founder of the schools, Abu Hanifa, wasn't only narrator or historian as the founders of some other schools, but he was successful merchant who traveled a lot and worked in a market in his fabric shop. It made him aware of the conditions and problems which may occur to laymen. That is why his schools is relevant even after over thousand years after his death. May God be pleased with him.

Science of Hadeeth

'Mustalah al-Hadeeth' is one of the most important subjects in our time as many hadeeths are spread everywhere, and many Muslims are confused about how to act with them. The founder and the head of the institute Sh. Atabek Shukurov is the pioneer to teach comparative Mustalah, which includes the principles of the most popular schools of Ahl Sunnah and other schools of thought. He also has revived the 'Hanafi principles of testing hadeeth' which was forgotten and squeez

ed out by the principles which was made up afer the sixth Islamic century by two latter Shafei muqallid (non-independent) scholars.

Diploma in the sciences of Hadeeth

It is a unique seven modules which was designed by Sheikh Atabek. There is incorrect assumption among people that there is only one type of science which was created by Ibn Hajar. This assumption, however, is incorrect. This year in our institute we will be teaching seven different schools in principles of Hadeeth. We made it in seven different module. Each module teaches the sciences of Hadeeth of different school of thought. The students can choose to study all seven modules or only some of them. To be noted that non of these subjects are taught in any part of the world except the mixed one. After completing the modules one will have very clear understanding of how to treat the Hadeeth. In our time it is very important to be well equipped by this subject because where ever one goes he will be thrown by hadeeths and will be blackmailed by the names of scholars of hadeeth such as Bukhari, Muslim and Ahmad. The schools which are included in this year's program is:

Hanafi

Maliki

Shafei

Hanbali

Ja'fari

Mu'tazili

Mixed

Approaches to Qur'anic exegesis (Tafsir)

This course is intended to focus on Qur'anic exegesis (Tafsir). Students will also be introduced to schools of tafsir and their methodologies. In addition, new trends in Qur'anic exegesis such as thematic tafsir will be explored theoretically and practically. Moreover, it is an opportunity for them to be introduced to Qur'anic studies and the methodologies therein involved. It is also hoped that students will be availed of the opportunity to further develop their communication and presentation skills.

Aims

The course has several aims but the following are particularly important to highlight:

  • To explore the history of Qur'anic exegesis
  • To familiarise students with Qur'anic terminology and exegetical methodologies
  • To understand the biography of scholars of tafsir classical and modern/contemporary
  • To examine different approaches to Tafsir
  • To understand the conditions of tafsir
  • To explore new approaches in Tafsir

Main Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, the following outcomes are expected to be achieved:

  • To differentiate between the methodological orientations in Qur'anic exegesis
  • To identify key scholars of tafisr and their methodologies
  • To understand the Qur'anic language, style and approach
  • To encourage students to engage critically in class discussions
  • To allow students to develop their communication and presentation skills

The Modules taught this year 2017-2018

Islamic Theology

This year we will be teaching the theology of the two major schools of Sunni Islam; Maturidi and Ash'ari. These two modules will give a good understanding of beliefs and philosophies of Medieval scholars of Sunni Islam. In our time we may have some of these beliefs but most of it was wiped off by a new beliefs which was taken from the local pre-Islamic cults and religions. After completing the modules a student will able to distinguish the fundamental issues of several other schools beside Maturidi and Ash'ari. Both of the courses are based on a classical theological texts; Al-Bidayah by Nuriddin Al-Sabuni Al-Maturidi d. 1185 and Jawhara al-Tawheed by Burhanuddin Al-Laqqani Al-Ashari d. 1632