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 What is the Tafhim Program?

The Tafhim Weekend Islamic Studies Program offers courses on weekends for adults who wish to study traditional knowledge but cannot do so on a full-time basis. The importance of pursuing Islāmic knowledge continues throughout all stages of one’s life. After fulfilling the obligations of worship and the need to seek sustenance, one should participate in studying Islām as much as they are able. The Tafhīm Program focuses on providing educational opportunities for eager learners of all ages on a part-time basis.

Every Muslim must know the material covered in these courses. By attending Tafhīm one will acquire their farḍ al-ʿayn knowledge; as well, through introductory lessons in some of the most fundamental Islāmic subjects, one will gain a familiarity with classical scholarship. Islāmic theology, law, and spirituality are focused on in the program.

This program consists of eight semesters. Upon successfully completing the program, one will receive a certificate of completion. More importantly, one will have gained the knowledge that is necessary to successfully traverse into the Hereafter to meet Allāh with sound belief, correct practice, and a pure heart. This program is one that one will find perpetual reward for. Reward will come both in this life and in the next.

About the Class

The Winter/Spring semester is sixteen weeks long, starting in January and ending in May. And the Fall/Winter semester is sixteen weeks long starting in August and ending in December. A detailed schedule will be announced before each semester. Classes will run according to schedule every Saturday & Sunday 10AM-1:20PM. There will be three hours of class with breaks in between and refreshments provided.

Fall 2017

Both Saturday and Sunday tracks will take place from 10:00 am – 1:20 pm. Classes will begin August 12/13 and run throu December 22/23.

Saturday Track 

The History & Development of Fiqh
An Introduction to Hadith Science
‘Aqidah: Part One

Sunday Track

Fiqh of Salah: Part One
Surahs of Salah
Purification of the Heart

 

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Bring your whole family! Our Weekend Maktab for Children will take place during the Tafhim program. Click for details.

Course Details

The History & Development of Fiqh

One will study fiqh’s origins and its development. The formation of the schools of thought and the codification of fiqh will be discussed in detail. Upon concluding this course, one will have acquired a good understanding of how the four schools are inherited traditions representing more than a thousand years of scholarship.

An Introduction to Hadith Science

This course aims to clarify and establish the unquestionable authority of the Prophet’s Sunnah. Along with absolutely confirming the validity of relying on the ḥadīth corpus in nomistic application, one will come to realize that it conveys the most perfect guidance for all of mankind’s endeavors: legal, social, spiritual, etc. One will study the transmission and the preservation of ḥadīth. The course will also introduce one to the basics of ḥadīth nomenclature. Through this course, one will develop a broad understanding of the science and a deep appreciation for the work of traditional ḥadīth scholars.

‘Aqidah: Part One

Studying ʿaqīdah is crucial. Knowing this subject is obligatory on every Muslim, so that one’s heart becomes illuminated by the beauty of Islām’s teachings. Imām Abū Jaʿfar al-Ṭaḥāwī’s ʿAqīdah is studied throughout the entire Muslim World and it serves as this course’s main textbook. Insha’Allah, this class will be a beacon of certainty guiding one’s steps on an otherwise ambiguous path. Upon completing this course, one will be equipped with a luminous set of simple yet sound creedal principles through which they can understand and defend their faith. In this semester, the work’s first half is studied.

 

Fiqh of Salah: Part One

In this course, one will review many legal rulings specific to the prayer. One will learn which acts are compulsory, which acts are recommended, what invalidates the prayer, etc. Points of contention and misunderstanding from within the community will also be addressed. For example, why do some Muslims pray differently? What accounts for these differences?
Learning the Fiqh of Ṣalāh is an opportunity to learn how to pray in detail. An increased understanding will give one better attention and devotion while performing this sacred ritual. The final objective of this course is to enable one to comply with the order of the Prophet: “Pray as you saw me pray.”

Surahs of Salah

In a word-by-word fashion, this class will cover Sūrat al-Fātiḥah and the Qurʾān’s last ten chapters. One will go beyond translating the words by exploring the intricacies of the language and the deeper meanings that the scholars of tafsīr extrapolated. One will not only grasp the linguistic meanings but also begin to appreciate the literary beauty of the words of Allāh.

Purification of the Heart

In this course, one will study some of the diseases of the heart along with their cures. This is a very important course. The Prophet (upon him be peace) said, “One who has even a mustard seed of pride in their heart will not enter Paradise.” Accordingly, the presence of spiritual illnesses inside one can be a reason for which they will be denied entry into Jannah. This is a very serious matter.
One will learn about pride, envy, hatred, jealousy, and other detrimental qualities and learn how to rid them from one’s soul. Moreover, one will learn how to replace these qualities with meritorious and praiseworthy traits that are pleasing to Allāh and in accordance with the Prophet’s Sunnah.