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The Beauty of Islam: Discovering God's Love, Mercy, and Rewards [Elective]

The Live Sessions for This Class will Resume After Ramadan, Insha Allah. Executive Summary In this class, we will cover the sublime Islamic understanding concerning God, His Attributes and His Beauty--including the beauty of faith, and the beauty of the Prophet who taught us the meaning and application of faith.  Course Summary Many of our youth are confused and perplexed about the relevancy of Islam in the modern age....

The Live Sessions for This Class will Resume After Ramadan, Insha Allah.

Executive Summary

In this class, we will cover the sublime Islamic understanding concerning God, His Attributes and His Beauty--including the beauty of faith, and the beauty of the Prophet who taught us the meaning and application of faith. 

Course Summary

Many of our youth are confused and perplexed about the relevancy of Islam in the modern age.  Some of the challenging arguments directed at Muslim youth revolve around the notions of extremism, belligerency, and primitiveness. This class is meant to inspire and instill in our youth a sense of confidence in their faith, and increase their connection to Islam.  We will gaze into the vast green field of faith, a field that is filled with beauty that dazzles the eye. This is the faith of Islam.

Course Outline

Lesson One - The Beauty and Mercy of Allah Most High Lesson Two  - The Beauty and Perfection of the  Prophet Lesson Three  - The Beauty of the Prayer and It’s Secrets Lesson Four  -  The Beauty of Spiritual Practice  Lesson Five - The Beauty and Status of Women in Islam Lesson Six -  The Earth; Our Home and Our Witness Lesson Seven  - Allah Loves Beauty; Manifesting Beauty in Our Life Lesson Eight - Journey of The Hereafter; A Beauty Undiscovered 

What You Will Learn:

  • Discover the forgotten beauty of God, His mercy and love
  • Learn about the Prophet Muhammad’s exalted status and character
  • Increase in Love and awe of what Allah has created
  • You will change your perception about the world and your role in it
  • Your prayer and worship will have more meaning and realization
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An Introduction to Arabic Poetry: The Burda Explained

Introduction Cover a word-by-word explanation of the Arabic of the Qasida al-Burda, a much-celebrated poem written in praise of the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace). The text will be explained from a grammatical, morphological, rhetorical, and prosodical point of view, and the historical and religious references will also be unpacked. As an introduction to Arabic poetry, the course also introduces the conce...

Introduction

Cover a word-by-word explanation of the Arabic of the Qasida al-Burda, a much-celebrated poem written in praise of the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace). The text will be explained from a grammatical, morphological, rhetorical, and prosodical point of view, and the historical and religious references will also be unpacked. As an introduction to Arabic poetry, the course also introduces the concept of poetic metre. This is extremely important for the Arabist and Talib ilm as most of the literature that is used to explain the Quran and Sunna are in poem form. The Burda has been chosen as a case study because it is one of the most common metres of Arabic poetry (al-basit), it demonstrates common rhetorical devices, and has a deeply spiritual and religious theme.

Course Outline

Lesson 1: The Original Burda; Poetic Metre Lesson 2: Style and rhetoric in the Burda Lesson 3: Chapter 1: On Yearning Lesson 4: Chapter 2: On Warnings about the Caprices of the Self Lesson 5: Chapter 3: On the Praise of the Prophet Lesson 6: Chapter 4: On His Birth Lesson 7: Chapter 5: On His Miracles Lesson 8: Chapter 6: On the Exalted Stature and Miraculous Merits of the Qur’an Lesson 9: Chapter 7: On the Ascension of the Prophet Lesson 10: Chapter 8: On the Struggle of Allah’s Messenger Lesson 11: Chapter 9: On Seeking Intercession through the Prophet Lesson 12: Chapter 10: On Intimate Discourse and the Petition of One’s State.

What You Will Learn:

  • What poetic is
  • What poetic styles influences Imam al-Busiri’s Burda
  • How the poem translates line by line

About the Course Text

The poem is celebrated praise of the Prophet in poem form.
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