Manāhil al-Irfān fī Ulūm al-Qur’an 

(Muhammad al-Zarqani)

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About The Course

Al Balagh Ulum Al Qur’an is a high-level course designed for ʿulamā and advanced students to explore some of the essential relevant sciences related to the Qur’an. The course will cover Manāhil Al-ʿIrfān of Shaykh Zarqāni, a contemporary book on sciences of the Qur’ ān which is recognised by many scholars as comprehensive and universal. It practically regroups all the sciences of the Qurān in remarkably contemporary order and style, addressing some of the challenging and intriguing topics that are important today. It encompasses 17 chapters of the crucial discussions related to the topic, summarised arguments from several classical scholars of the Qurān and their famous books. The author Muḥammad al-Zarqāni was one of the Kibār of Al-Azhar of the last century (1367H), and the book is taught and used as a reference in many advanced institutes of Quranic studies.

Course Team

Dr Rafaqat Rashid

(Academic Director, Al Balagh Academy)

Shayk Amin Kholwadia

(Darul Qasim Chicago, USA)

Shaykh Haroon Sidat

(Cardiff University, UK)

Shaykh Abdul Raheem

(Senior lecturer of Imam Bukhari’s & Imam Muslim’s collection of Ahadith)

Course Code: UL1
Al Balagh Credits: 20

Duration: 6 Months
Course Starting  Date: 14th March 2020
Days: Saturday
Live Session Timings:

 

9PM – 10:30PM BST

 


Effort: 2 – 5 Hours / Week
Program: Takhaṣṣuṣ Fi’l-Tafsīr
Prerequisite: None

Language  English
Mode:  Online (Live and Interactive )
Online Learning Material:  Yes ( Accessible After Course Starting Date)

Fees: From £14.99 £9.98/month for 5 months
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Course Team

Dr. Rafaqat Rashid

(Academic Director, Al Balagh Academy)

Shayk Amin Kholwadia

(Darul Qasim Chicago, USA)

Shaykh Abdul Raheem

(Senior lecturer of Imam Bukhari’s & Imam Muslim’s collection of Ahadith)

Shaykh Haroon Sidat

Manāhil al-Irfān fī Ulūm al-Qur’an

Main Modules 

1. Different Methodological Approaches to the Sciences of the Quran

  1. ʿIlm and its many Approaches
  2. Definitions of “al-Qur’ān” and its many Approaches
  3. Meaning of “ʿUlūm al-Qur’ān”
  4. ‘ʿUlūm al-Qur’ān- Its development, Subject Matter and its Benefits

2. History and Development of the Sciences of the Quran

  1. Before its Development
  2. The Compound Meaning of ʿUlūm al-Qurān and Its Development
  3. History of the Usage of the Term “ʿUlūm al-Qurān”
  4. ʿUlūm al-Qurān in the 6-9th Centuries After Hijra
  5. ʿUlūm al-Qurān in the last Epoch

3. Types of Revelation and its Mode of Descent

  1. Stages of Descent
  2. Wisdom of Gradual Descension of the Quran
  3. Polemics between Believers of Revelation and Rejectors
  4. Reality of Revelation, Its Types and Attributes
  5. Revelation with respect to ʿIlm
  6. Revelation with respect to Reason
  7. Removing Doubts against Revelation

4. Chronological Ordering of Revelation

  1. What was Revealed First
  2. What was Revealed Last
  3. What was revealed regarding Intoxicants (al-Khamr)
  4. What was revealed in Matters related to Jihād

5. Approaches and Principles related to Reasons for Revelation - Asbāb al-Nuzūl

  1. Meaning of Asbāb al-Nuzūl
  2. Benefits of Asbāb al-Nuzūl
  3. Approach to Recognising Asbāb al-Nuzūl
  4. One Revelation with Many Reasons
  5. Doubts in the Subject and Response
  6. One Reason Many Revelations
  7. Generalization and Specification

6. Complexities and Explanations of the Seven Readings (Modes) of the Quran

  1. Evidence of the Seven Modes of Readings
  2. Meaning of the Seven Modes of Readings
  3. Difference of Opinions on Reasons for Seven Modes of Readings
  4. Doubts and their Response

7. Importance of Terminologies of Makkan and Madinian Surahs

  1. Terminologies
  2. Benefits
  3. Approach
  4. Principles of Recognition
  5. Types
  6. Doubts and their Responses

8. Compilation of the Quran and Addressing Doubts

  1. Meaning of “Jamʿ al-Qurān”
  2. Why was Quran not Compiled Earlier
  3. Compilation at Time of Abu Bakr
  4. Compilation at Time of Uthmān
  5. Response to Those who Dispute Compilation
  6. How the Quran was Preserved

9. Quranic Ordering, Writings and Manuscripts

  1. On the Order of Ayāt and Surah’s
  2. Definition, Approaches and Benefits of Al-Āya
  3. Definition, Approaches and Types of Al-Sūra
  4. Writing Down of the Qurān
  5. Is the Writing Down of the Unchanged?
  6. The ʿUthmani Script
  7. Quranic Scripts and Additions for Tajwīd and Ease of Reading

10. Different Recitations and Reciters of the Quran

  1. Science of al-Qirā’āt
  2. Development of the Science
  3. Different Grades of Reciters
  4. Principles for Qualifying Recitation
  5. The Seven Recitations
  6. The Ten Recitations
  7. Reciters of The Qurān

11. Quran and Contemporary Tafaseer and Scholars

  1. Definition of Tafsīr and Types
  2. Tafsīr al-Ma’tḥūr (Transmitted)
  3. Exegesists amongst the Companions
  4. Exegesists amongst the Tābiʿīn
  5. Tafsīr al-Ra’y (Reason)
  6. Conflicts between Tafsīr al-Ma’thūr and al-Ra’y
  7. Tafsīr al-Ishārī (Referential)
  8. Tafsīr of Different Groups and Sects

12. Translations of the Quran and its Rulings

  1. Objectives of the Qurān
  2. Rulings of Translation
  3. Benefits of Translation
  4. Removing Doubts
  5. Classical Scholarly Opinions regarding Translations
  6. Contemporary Positions on Translations

13. Abrogation (al-Naskh) in the Qurān

  1. Meaning of al-Naskh and its Differentia
  2. Acceptors and Rejectors of Abrogation
  3. Addressing the Doubts and Responding to Rejectors
  4. Approaches to Science of Abrogation
  5. Types of Abrogation
  6. Abrogation of Qurān vis-à-vis Sunnah
  7. Abrogation of Qurān vis-à-vis Ijmā and Qiyās
  8. Position of ʿUlamā on issue of Abrogator and the Abrogated
  9. Popular Abrogated Āyāt

14. The Mutashābih, Style and Iʿjāz of the Qurān

  1. Definitions of al-Muḥkam and al-Mutashābih
  2. Types of al-Mutashābih
  3. Differences and their Arguments
  4. Types of Iʿjāz
  5. Lexical Iʿjaz
  6. Style (Uslūb) of the Qurān
  7. Examples of Muʿjiza
  8. Removing Doubts

Modules

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1. Different Methodological Approaches to the Sciences of the Quran
1.ʿIlm and its many Approaches
2.Definitions of “al-Qur’ān” and its many Approaches
3.Meaning of “ʿUlūm al-Qur’ān”
4.‘ʿUlūm al-Qur’ān- Its development, Subject Matter and its Benefits
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2. History and Development of the Sciences of the Quran
1.Before its Development
2.The Compound Meaning of ʿUlūm al-Qurān and Its Development
3.History of the Usage of the Term “ʿUlūm al-Qurān”
4.ʿUlūm al-Qurān in the 6-9th Centuries After Hijra
5.ʿUlūm al-Qurān in the last Epoch
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3. Types of Revelation and its Mode of Descent
1.Stages of Descent
2.Wisdom of Gradual Descension of the Quran
3.Polemics between Believers of Revelation and Rejectors
4.Reality of Revelation, Its Types and Attributes
5.Revelation with respect to ʿIlm
6.Revelation with respect to Reason
7.Removing Doubts against Revelation
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4. Chronological Ordering of Revelation
1.What was Revealed First
2.What was Revealed Last
3.What was revealed regarding Intoxicants (al-Khamr)
4.What was revealed in Matters related to Jihād
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5. Approaches and Principles related to Reasons for Revelation - Asbāb al-Nuzūl
1.Meaning of Asbāb al-Nuzūl
2.Benefits of Asbāb al-Nuzūl
3.Approach to Recognising Asbāb al-Nuzūl
4.One Revelation with Many Reasons
5.Doubts in the Subject and Response
6.One Reason Many Revelations
7.Generalization and Specification
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6. Complexities and Explanations of the Seven Readings (Modes) of the Quran
1.Evidence of the Seven Modes of Readings
2.Meaning of the Seven Modes of Readings
3.Difference of Opinions on Reasons for Seven Modes of Readings
4.Doubts and their Response
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7. Importance of Terminologies of Makkan and Madinian Surahs
1. Terminologies
2. Benefits
3.Approach
4.Principles of Recognition
5. Types
6.Doubts and their Responses
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8.Compilation of the Quran and Addressing Doubts
1.Meaning of “Jamʿ al-Qurān”
2.Why was Quran not Compiled Earlier
3.Compilation at Time of Abu Bakr
4.Compilation at Time of Uthmān
5.Response to Those who Dispute Compilation
6.How the Quran was Preserved
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9.Quranic Ordering, Writings and Manuscripts
1.On the Order of Ayāt and Surah’s
2.Definition, Approaches and Benefits of Al-Āya
3.Definition, Approaches and Types of Al-Sūra
4.Writing Down of the Qurān
5.Is the Writing Down of the Unchanged?
6.The ʿUthmani Script
7.Quranic Scripts and Additions for Tajwīd and Ease of Reading
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10.Different Recitations and Reciters of the Quran
1.Science of al-Qirā’āt
2.Development of the Science
3.Different Grades of Reciters
4.Principles for Qualifying Recitation
5.The Seven Recitations
6.The Ten Recitations
7.Reciters of The Qurān
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11.Quran and Contemporary Tafaseer and Scholars
1.Definition of Tafsīr and Types
2.Tafsīr al-Ma’tḥūr (Transmitted)
3.Exegesists amongst the Companions
4.Exegesists amongst the Tābiʿīn
5.Tafsīr al-Ra’y (Reason)
6.Conflicts between Tafsīr al-Ma’thūr and al-Ra’y
7.Tafsīr al-Ishārī (Referential)
8.Tafsīr of Different Groups and Sects
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12.Translations of the Quran and its Rulings
1.Objectives of the Qurān
2.Rulings of Translation
3.Benefits of Translation
4.Removing Doubts
5.Classical Scholarly Opinions regarding Translations
6.Contemporary Positions on Translations
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13. Abrogation (al-Naskh) in the Qurān
1.Meaning of al-Naskh and its Differentia
2.Acceptors and Rejectors of Abrogation
3.Addressing the Doubts and Responding to Rejectors
4.Approaches to Science of Abrogation
5.Types of Abrogation
6.Abrogation of Qurān vis-à-vis Sunnah
7.Abrogation of Qurān vis-à-vis Ijmā and Qiyās
8.Position of ʿUlamā on issue of Abrogator and the Abrogated
9.Popular Abrogated Āyāt
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14. The Mutashābih, Style and Iʿjāz of the Qurān
1.Definitions of al-Muḥkam and al-Mutashābih
2.Types of al-Mutashābih
3.Differences and their Arguments
4.Types of Iʿjāz
5.Lexical Iʿjaz
6.Style (Uslūb) of the Qurān
7.Examples of Muʿjiza
8.Removing Doubts
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Course Overview

Al Balagh Ulum Al Qur’an is a high-level course designed for ʿulamā and advanced students to explore some of the essential relevant sciences related to the Qur’an. The course will cover Manāhil Al-ʿIrfān of Shaykh Zarqāni, a contemporary book on sciences of the Qur’ ān which is recognised by many scholars as comprehensive and universal. It practically regroups all the sciences of the Qurān in remarkably contemporary order and style, addressing some of the challenging and intriguing topics that are important today.

The author Muḥammad al-Zarqāni was one of the Kibār of Al-Azhar of the last century (1367H), and the book is taught and used as a reference in many advanced institutes of Quranic studies.

 Main Modules 

  1. Different Methodological Approaches to the Sciences of the Qurān
  2. History and Development of the Sciences of the Qurān
  3. Types of Revelation and its Mode of Descent
  4. Chronological Order of Revelation
  5. Distinct Approach to Reasons for Revelation- Asbāb al-Nuzūl
  6. Complexities and Explanation of the Seven Readings (Modes) of the Qurān
  7. Importance of Terminologies of Makkan and Madinan Surahs
  8. Compilation of the Qurān and Addressing relevant Doubts
  9. Qur’anic Order, Writings and Manuscripts
  10. Different Recitations and Reciters of the Qurān
  11. Qur’an and Contemporary Tafasir by Scholars
  12. Translations of the Qurānand its Rulings
  13. Abrogation (al-Naskh) in the Qurān
  14. The Mutashābih, Style and Iʿjāz of the Qurān

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, the successful student will be able to:

  • Develop a distinct understanding of the historical and conceptual significance of the Qurān.
  • Examine the compilation and preservation of the Qurān.
  • Define and analyse key concepts discussed in sciences of the Qurān and exegetical approaches.
  • Compare and evaluate opinions held by scholars on Qurānic sciences and exegetical approaches.
  • Identify and explain exegetical methods and approaches, and examine opinions held by scholars on Qurānic sciences, their differences and proofs

Frequently Asked Questions

How is this online course structured?

Our online course comprises live interactive online sessions, pre- recorded videos, online course material that include, presentations, reading material & online learning activities. The learners can ask questions and get their doubts cleared if any. You can get support from our dedicated academic support team during live sessions and even after it, as needed.

Is it compulsory to attend LIVE sessions? Will it be count towards the progress of my course?

We always encourage attending LIVE sessions among students, but in any case you miss attending one of the sessions, then you can always access the recorded videos of the session (Yes, you will get access to the recorded video of every LIVE session you missed).

When will I have access to the online course material?

Upon successful enrollment, you will get access to myAlbalagh, our online learning portal, within 24 hours.

When will LIVE sessions be scheduled?

The Date, Day, and Time for each LIVE session will always be pre-scheduled. To know more about the schedule on live sessions, please, visit “myAlbalagh” and click on the tab “Schedule.” You will get complete details.

What if I am not able to attend LIVE sessions?

If in any case, you miss attending LIVE session, you can catch up by watching the video recordings later at your convenience. To get access to the video recordings, visit “myAlbalagh” and sign-in. You can get access to “myAlbalagh” through your laptop, desktop and ever your mobile.

What if I have questions to ask but can’t attend Live?

You can access the “discussion board” via “myAlbalagh” or through “whatsapp group” dedicated for student discussion. It is a platform for you to ask questions, discuss and get your doubts cleared. Our support staff will mediate your queries back and forth to the course instructors.

How do I interact with my classmates?

You can use “Discussion Board” to get connected to other course learners as well. Furthermore, you can interact with your classmates on our “Whatsapp Group” exclusive for the course students.

How long will I have access to the online course?

You will have access to the online course content for up to 2 years. If you want lifetime access, contact our admin team via Email at [email protected].

Are family/group discounts available?

Yes, we provide discounts for groups or families who are interested in joining our courses. Please, email us to get details on it.

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