Qur’an Studies Stream


The curriculum is a comprehensive approach to understanding and studying the Qur’an. The introductory Qur’anic Understanding certificate is a one year course consisting of six modules. Three modules provide a detailed tafsir of the last 30th of the Qur’an, and the other three cover the wisdom behind some of its laws, its preservation and proofs of it being from God, and building a lasting connection with the Qur’an.

The Introductory Quranic Understanding certificate consists of six courses.

The second element of the curriculum is a complete tafsir of the Qur’an. This is not as detailed as the former, and its lessons are restricted to approximately half an hour. Based on some authoritative tafsirs, it is a comprehensive study of the Qur’an, its themes, message, some of its rhetorical features, and philological nuances. It is sufficient to equip laymen with a thorough grasp of the Qur’an, and students of knowledge with a firm foundation.

The complete tafsir curriculum consists of 30 courses over three years: 10 courses per year.

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Connecting to Guidance: Building a Lasting Connection with the Qur’an

Live Every Sunday at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time SeekersGuidance.org/live Executive Summary This course looks at how to motivate ourselves to build a lasting relationship with the Qur’an. This is through looking at its virtues, benefits, and the lives of some who thrived spiritually through their connection to the Book of Allah. These lessons will provide inspiration and a practical approach to engaging with the Qur’...

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Executive Summary

This course looks at how to motivate ourselves to build a lasting relationship with the Qur’an. This is through looking at its virtues, benefits, and the lives of some who thrived spiritually through their connection to the Book of Allah. These lessons will provide inspiration and a practical approach to engaging with the Qur’an.

Introduction

Studying and understanding the Qur’an is important, as is reciting and memorising it. There are many verses and hadith which encourage us to recite the Qur’an and reflect on it. This course looks at these sources to motivate us to benefit from them directly, Reciting and reflecting on the Qur’an is an act of worship. It is the direct way of benefitting from it, and it is a requirement for the prayers. Doing so with all the outward and inward means ensures one’s recitation is deep and transformative. This course explains the verses and hadith which encourage us to engage with the Qur’an to inspire us. It furthers that inspiration by looking at people who benefitted through their connection to the Qur’an, Finally, the outward and inward etiquette of engaging with the Qur’an is explained.

What You Will Learn

  • The importance of the Qur’an, reciting on it and reflecting on it.
  • Lessons from the lives of great Imams and scholars who benefitted from the Qur’an.
  • How to recite the Qur’an with proper manners, and how to develop a lasting relationship with it.
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Tafsir of Juz' 'Amma: The Qur’an’s Message in Summary (93-114)

Live Every Sunday at 1:00-2:00 PM Eastern Tine  Seekersguidance.org/live Executive Summary This course is the conclusion of the detailed thematic and linguistic analysis of the final 30th of the Qur'an. This section is a summary of the Qur’an’s overall message. The shorter, more commonly memorised suras are covered, providing a deeper understanding of their theme and message. The suras covered are from sura al Duha to ...

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Executive Summary

This course is the conclusion of the detailed thematic and linguistic analysis of the final 30th of the Qur'an. This section is a summary of the Qur’an’s overall message. The shorter, more commonly memorised suras are covered, providing a deeper understanding of their theme and message. The suras covered are from sura al Duha to the end.

Introduction

Concluding the study of the final Juz’ of the Qur’an, this module analyses the concluding suras. The suras discussed start from sura al Duha and end at sura al Nas. Each is short and each bears a powerful message, driving believers to engage with them through recitation, memorisation, and reflection. The themes of these suras serve to console us, to show us the wisdom of the Judgement, to direct to prepare us for that day, and, ultimately, to affirm that everything is in the hands of God, and that we need to seek His aid for protection and success.

What You Will Learn

  • Hope at times of difficulty
  • The importance of the Qur’an and the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace)
  • The urgency of doing good
  • Seeking protection from Allah and trusting in Him
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From Revelation to Preservation: Proving the Qur’an is from God and it is Perfectly Preserved

Executive Summary Revelation is the only form of communication humanity can receive from God. This course looks at what it is, what its main purpose is, how we know it is true, and how it was preserved, Through this, we can be certain that it is from God, and what he have before us the fully preserved book revealed by God. Introduction This could look at the fundamentals of what Revelation is, how it comes, its themes, pr...

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Revelation is the only form of communication humanity can receive from God. This course looks at what it is, what its main purpose is, how we know it is true, and how it was preserved, Through this, we can be certain that it is from God, and what he have before us the fully preserved book revealed by God.

Introduction

This could look at the fundamentals of what Revelation is, how it comes, its themes, proofs, and preservation. It gives a clear view of what God wants to convey to His creation and the means by which He does so. The importance of this topic is paramount due to the many misunderstandings on this matter prevalent amongst Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Unclarity on this topic can leave one open to doubts and misinformation. This course gives a clear, logical explanation of its subject matter, leaving one with certainty on the divine origin of the Qur’an and its perfect preservation throughout history.

Course Outline

Lesson One: What is Revelation Lesson Two: Aims of Revelation: Belief, the Honour of the human being, Worship of Allah and Obeying Him, Calling people to purify themselves. Lesson Three: Aims of Revelation: Marriage, Justice for women, the Umma as a Witness Lesson Four: Aims of Revelation: the brotherhood of humanity, the nature of miracles. Lesson Five: The Linguistic Miracle of the Qur’an. Lesson Six: The Legestalivee Miracle of the Qur’an.. Lesson Seven: The Observable Miracles Lesson Eight: The Preservation of thee Qur’an: Divine Promise, Mass Transmission Lesson Nine - Further Proofs: the Structure of the Qur’an Lesson Ten: The Preservation of the Qur’an in the time of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) Lesson Eleven: The Seven Dialects Lesson Twelve: The Preservation of the Qur’an in the time of the Caliphs Lesson Thirteen: The Qira’at Lesson Fourteen: Doubts About Preservation

What You Will Learn

  • What revelation is
  • Clear proofs on the truth of the Qur’an.
  • Clear proofs on the preservation of the Qur’an
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Tafsir of Juz' 'Amma: The Qur’an’s Message in Summary (82-92)

Executive Summary This course is a continuation of the detailed thematic and linguistic analysis of the final 30th of the Qur'an. The mid-length suras, starting from sura al Infitar to al Layl, are covered in this module, continuing the explanation of the themes and discussions presented by God in these powerful suras. Introduction The tafsir of the final 30th of the Qur’an continues in this module with the analysis of th...

Executive Summary

This course is a continuation of the detailed thematic and linguistic analysis of the final 30th of the Qur'an. The mid-length suras, starting from sura al Infitar to al Layl, are covered in this module, continuing the explanation of the themes and discussions presented by God in these powerful suras.

Introduction

The tafsir of the final 30th of the Qur’an continues in this module with the analysis of the mid-length suras of this juz’. The suras covered are from sura al Infitar to sura al Layl. In this course, we see how the Qur’an connects the believer to the Day of Judgement from multiple perspectives. They include the recording of our deeds; the juxtaposition of the situations of people in this life and the next; and the final state of persecutors and the persecuted. Other themes expanded upon are the eventual ease for the Believers and the inevitable fatigue of the Disbelievers; the difficulty of this life; and great good spending on worthy causes leads to.

Course Outline

Lesson One: Sura al Infitar (82:1-19) Lesson Two: Sura al Mutaffifin (83:1-13) Lesson Three: Sura al Mutaffifin (83:14-36) Lesson Four: Sura al Inshiqaq (84:1-17) Lesson Five: Sura al Inshiqaq (84:18-25) Sura al Buruj (85:1-12) Lesson Six: Sura al Buruj (85:13-22) Sura al Tariq (1-4) Lesson Seven: Sura al Tariq (86:5-17) Lesson Eight: Sura al A’la (87:1-5) Lesson Nine: Sura al A’la (87:6-19) Lesson Ten: The Preservation of the Qur’an in the time of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) Lesson Eleven: Sura al Ghashiya (88:21-26) Sura al Fajr (89:1-12) Lesson Twelve: Sura al Fajr (89:13-30) Lesson Thirteen: Sura al Balad (90:1-20) Lesson Fourteen: Sura al Shams (91:1-15) Lesson Fifteen: Sura al Layl (92:1-21)

What You Will Learn

  • The Certainty of the Day of Judgement
  • The Fate of the Believers and Disbelievers
  • The Judgement of Actions and their Recompense
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Juz Twenty Four: Ikhlas, Truth Vs Falsehood, Calling to Allah

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Juz Twenty Five: Muslim Society, The Adornment of the Dunya, and Not Worshipping the Ego

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Juz Twenty Six; Supporting the Din, Victory, and Deference to Allah

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Juz Twenty Seven: Removing Doubts, Warnings, and the Certainty of the Afterlife

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Juz Twenty Eight: Those Who Oppose Allah, Fitting Punishments, and Divorce

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Juz Twenty Nine: Punishment and Rewards in the Afterlife

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Juz Thirty

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Juz Twenty One: Heedlessness of the Afterlife, Faith and Certainty, Allah's Protection

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Juz Twenty Two: The Prophets Family, Shukr and Shirk, and the Foundations of Faith

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Juz Twenty Three: The Afterlife, Tawhid, and Ikhlas

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Juz Eleven: The Elite Believers, Being with the True, and the Allies of Allah

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Juz Twelve: The Perfection of Allah, Nuhs Ark, and the Trials of Yusuf

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Juz Thirteen: Yusuf's Story Concludes, Signs of Allah's Greatness, Tawakkul

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Juz Fourteen: The Greatness of Allah's creation, Consoling the Believers, Gratitude

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Juz Fifteen: Banu Israil, Wise Injunctions, The People of the Cave

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Juz Sixteen: Knowledge and Power, Prophetic Qualities, and Musa's Prophethood

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Juz Seventeen: Prophets, Divine Oneness, and The Hajj

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Juz Eighteen: Successful Believers, Social Interaction, and the Truth of the Quran

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Juz Nineteen: Past Nations, Opposition to the Prophets, Din Over Dunya

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Juz Twenty: The Reality of Tawhid, Musa's Life, and Faith Entails Tests

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Juz Eight: Slaughter, Shunning Shaytan, Paradise and Hell

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Juz Three: Charity, Jesus, and the People of the Book

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Juz Four: Guiding Others, Strength Through Faith, and Giving the Rights of the Weak

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Juz Five: Marrriage, Justice, and Sumission

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Juz Six: Fulfilling Pledges, Banu Isra'il and Musa, and Christianity

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Juz Seven: Obeying Divine Commands, Jesus the Messenger, and Tawhid

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Juz Nine: Musa's Difficulties, the Jews, and Warfare

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Juz Ten: Victory Through Allah, Broken Alliances, and the Hypocrites

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Juz Two: Worship, Relationships, and Striving For Allah

Executive Summary This course is a complete tafsir of the second juz’ of the Qur’an: Sura al Baqara 142-252. It introduces many rulings relating to key aspects of the religion, explaining their relevance and wisdom. The course provides a clear understanding of the Qur’an in a way translations simply cannot do, and is based on authoritative classical and contemporary tafsirs. Course Summary This course continues the ex...

Executive Summary

This course is a complete tafsir of the second juz’ of the Qur’an: Sura al Baqara 142-252. It introduces many rulings relating to key aspects of the religion, explaining their relevance and wisdom. The course provides a clear understanding of the Qur’an in a way translations simply cannot do, and is based on authoritative classical and contemporary tafsirs.

Course Summary

This course continues the explanation of Sura al Baqara. After exhorting the believers to not adopt the attitude of Bani Isra’il, Allah now introduces and expands many laws needed for the benefit of humanity.  We are given insight into the changing of the Qibla, slaughter, not hiding God’s teachings, virtuous acts, fasting, the Hajj, and more. Of particular importance are the laws relating to the family, marriage, and divorce, which are expounded on in detail. The juz’ ends with a focus on supporting the religion of God through exerted effort - whether in a financial or a military context. Through this juz’, believers will gain a deeper appreciation of many rulings of the Shari’a. They will learn about their wisdom, how they are derived from the Qur’an, and the contextual circumstances of their revelation.

Learning Outcomes

  • a deep and clear explanation of the second juz’ of the Qur’anic text
  • an understanding of the verses of this juz’ and how they tie into the overall theme of the sura.
  • an insight into the wisdom, justice, and beauty of the Shari’a.
  • an overarching view of the interconnectedness of the Qur’an’s verses.
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Juz One: Introduction to Guidance

Executive Summary This course is a complete tafsir of the first 30th of the Qur’an: Sura al Fatiha 1-7, Sura al Baqara 1-141. Its themes, verses, proofs, and guidance are explained in detail. The course provides a clear understanding of the Qur’an in a way translations simply cannot do, and is based on authoritative classical and contemporary tafsirs. Course Summary This course explains the introductory suras of the Qur...

Executive Summary

This course is a complete tafsir of the first 30th of the Qur’an: Sura al Fatiha 1-7, Sura al Baqara 1-141. Its themes, verses, proofs, and guidance are explained in detail. The course provides a clear understanding of the Qur’an in a way translations simply cannot do, and is based on authoritative classical and contemporary tafsirs.

Course Summary

This course explains the introductory suras of the Qur’an. Sura al Fatiha teaches us how to turn to Allah, why He deserves worship, and how we do so in the way He wants. Sura al Baqara expands on the theme of guidance present in Sura al Fatiha. It teaches us how humans are in relation to their faith in God, why He deserves to be worshipped, and how people deviate from this axial purpose of their existence, Through this juz’, believers gain an understanding of the main ways in which people deviate from the truth. This is through an analysis of Banu Isra’il and their interaction with Allah and His Prophets (Allah bless them and give them peace). All of this is based on the authoritative tafsirs of Shaykh al Islam Abu al Su’ud, Shaykh Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi, and others.

Learning Outcomes

  • a deep and clear explanation of the first juz’ of the Qur’anic text
  • an understanding of the themes of the first two suras and how these themes relate to the verses
  • an insight into linguistic nuances in the Qur’an
  • an overarching view of the interconnectedness of the Qur’an’s verses.
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Tafsir of the Fatiha and Juz Amma: The Qur’an’s Message in Summary (1,78-81)

Executive Summary This Juz’ of the Qur'an acts as a summary of the themes of the entire Qur'an, focusing especially on the certainty of the occurrence of the Day of Judgement. Each sura is explained in light of its overarching theme and the way it has been explained by authoritative scholars of the Qur'an. The suras al Fatiha, al Naba’, al Nazi’at, ‘Abasa, and al Takwir are covered in this module. Introduction Thi...

Executive Summary

This Juz’ of the Qur'an acts as a summary of the themes of the entire Qur'an, focusing especially on the certainty of the occurrence of the Day of Judgement. Each sura is explained in light of its overarching theme and the way it has been explained by authoritative scholars of the Qur'an. The suras al Fatiha, al Naba’, al Nazi’at, ‘Abasa, and al Takwir are covered in this module.

Introduction

This course is a detailed thematic and linguistic analysis of the most frequently recited sura, al Fatiha, and the initial few suras in the final 30th of the Qur'an. Sura al Fatiha acts as an introduction to the relationship between Allah and His servants; it teaches us why we should worship Him and how this worship should be characterized and expressed. Suras al Naba’, al Nazi’at, ‘Abasa, and Takwir, all take our attention to the Day of Judgement, but from different perspectives. This course proves the occurrence of the Day of Judgement and the final end of every one. It explains how to deal with those who affirm it and those who deny it; and that belief in the Afterlife - which will change everything when it happens - is perfectly reasonable and supported with evidence.

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Sura al Fatiha Lesson 2: Sura al Fatiha, Sura al Naba’ 1 - 11 Lesson 3: Sura al Naba’ 12 - 30 Lesson 4: Sura al Naba’ 31 - end Lesson 5: Sura al Nazi’at 1 - 17 Lesson 6: Sura al Nazi’at 18 - 29 Lesson 7: Sura al Nazi’at 30 - end Lesson 8: Sura ‘Abasa 1 - 11 Lesson 9: Sura ‘Abasa 12 - 24 Lesson 10: Sura ‘Abasa 25 - end Lesson 11: Sura al Takwir 1 - 13 Lesson 12: Sura al Takwir 14 - end

What You Will Learn

  • The reasons explaining why Allah deserves worship.
  • What guidance is
  • Proofs for the occurrence of the Day of Judgement
  • How the Day of Judgement will occur
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The Wisest Laws: Explaining Key Verses of Legislation

Executive Summary A study of some key verses of legal rulings in the Qur’an, to understand the wisdom of divine laws. It focuses on understanding the rulings and the wisdom behind their application and legislation. This course will give a deep understanding of Fasting, Interest, Divorce, Inheritance, Sacrifice, Purity, and more. Introduction This course looks at some of the rulings of the Qur’an which are commonly mis...

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A study of some key verses of legal rulings in the Qur’an, to understand the wisdom of divine laws. It focuses on understanding the rulings and the wisdom behind their application and legislation. This course will give a deep understanding of Fasting, Interest, Divorce, Inheritance, Sacrifice, Purity, and more.

Introduction

This course looks at some of the rulings of the Qur’an which are commonly misunderstood or misinterpreted, to show their coherence and aptness for all time and places. It answers common questions, and shows why the Shari’a is a viable source of legislation for all times and places. In our times, many people question the wisdom of the laws of the Qur’an due to a disconnect between their life situations and the overarching aims of the Shari’a. In order to see the beauty of this proper contextualization is necessary. Key topics, such as Fasting, Interest, Divorce, Inheritance, Sacrifice, Purity, are explained and contextualized. This will remove common doubts and misconceptions, provide an insight into how the Shari’a has our benefit in mind, and provide an insight into the schools of Fiqh and their approaches.

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Worship (2:20) Food, Gratitude, and Slaughter (2:172-173) Lesson 2: Slaughter (2:173) Fasting (2:183-185) Lesson 3: Wine, Gamling, and Charity (2:218) Divorce (2:226 onwards) Lesson 4: Divorce (2:229-231) Interest (2:275) Lesson 5: Interest and Loans (2:276-280) Orphans and Their Wealth (3:6) Inheritance (3:11) Lesson 6: Inheritance, Women’s Share (3:11-12) Lesson 7: Inheritance (3:13-14) Repentance (3:17-18) Financial Maintenance (3:33) Lesson 8: Domestic Violence (3:33) Lesson 9: Wudu and Tayammum (5:5) Lesson 10: Purification, Pledges, and Justice (5:5-8) Lesson 11: Not Swearing at the Deities of Others (6:108) Divine Prohibitions (7:33) Good Character (7:199) Lesson 12: Zakat (9:34)

What You Will Learn

  • How to Understand the Wisdom of the Shari’a
  • The Correct Explanation of Misunderstood Verses
  • The Mercy Underlying the Laws of the Qur’an
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