AMI Tafsir Series
To fulfil the demand for post-Madrassa education and adult learning, AMI offers short courses, which facilitate the intellectual and spiritual development of individuals and communities. Short courses, open to both Muslims and non-Muslims alike, encourage a deeper understanding of Islam and the teachings of the Prophet and his impeccable progeny.
The classes are delivered by instructors who are experts in their respective fields and passionate about providing high quality education. In addition to teaching the short course modules, many of the instructors also deliver classes on the Hawza Programme. Short Courses available in the past have included Tafsir of the holy Qur’an, Arabic and Persian Language courses.
Our next Tafsir series will commence in early 2019. Sign up to our mailing list below to receive more info on our upcoming courses.
Below are the short courses conducted at AMI in the past. Click on any course to view more information and access recordings.
Tafsīr of Sūrat al-Hujurāt
(The Private Apartments)
What are the ethical teachings of the Qur’an? How are Muslims supposed to conduct themselves in the presence of the Messenger of God r and with one another in their day-to-day lives? What are the duties and responsibilities we have towards each other? How, in a civic society, ought people to treat one another at times of peace as well as conflict? Is there a difference between islām and imān – and if so, how are these connected to personal growth and moral development?
The following course shall attempt to answer these and many other questions by examining chapter 49 of the Qur’an entitled al-Ḥujurāt. Students will not only be introduced to the major themes and contents of this chapter, its teachings and interelated topics, but also provided a glimpse into the traditional methods of Qur’anic exegesis. By the end of this course, students are expected to have gained a better understanding of the way in which the Qur’an employs language and historical context to convey its message, as well a greater appreciation of the Qur’anic interplay between theology, law and ethics.
“An Analysis of Shaytan’s Strategies and Psychology in the Qur’an”
In this tafsir course, we will be taking a thematic approach to our topic: Analysing Shaytan’s strategies and psychology, by looking holistically at the various ayaat across the different surahs that deal with the subject. Shaytan, is mentioned on nine specific occasions by name – Iblis – in the Qur’an in contexts which touch mostly on two events: his confrontation with the newly-created Adam, resulting in his condemnation, and his revenge on mankind, through the seduction of Adam. The name ‘Shaytan’ additionally appears about fifty times in the Qur’an, to touch on some aspect of his involvement in man’s spiritual life. Through a close reading and interpretation of these holy verses using established tafsir works, we will examine the psychology behind his rebellion and the strategies that he used with our original parents, and continues to use with us, in order to achieve his aims.
Tafsīr of Sūrat al-Jinn
What are the Jinn according to the Quran, what is the chapter of Jinn talking about, and more importantly what can we learn from this chapter and apply to our lives?
The following course shall attempt to answer these and many other questions by examining chapter 72 of the Qur’an entitled al-Jinn. Students will not only be introduced to the major themes and contents of this chapter, its teachings and interrelated topics, but also provided a glimpse into the traditional methods of Qur’anic exegesis. By the end of this course, students are expected to have gained a better understanding of the way in which the Qur’an employs language and historical context to convey its message, as well a greater appreciation of the Qur’anic interplay between theology, law and ethics.
Tafsīr of Sūrat al-Zumar
Al-Zumar looks at various interesting themes, ranging from the human psychology in different states, to the power, knowledge and guidance of God. The following course shall attempt to address these and many more themes in Shaykh Arif’s unique fashion of approaching the Quran. Students will also be exposed to a greater appreciation of the Qur’anic interplay between theology, law and ethics.
The tafsīr of Sūrat al-Wāqi‘ah
(The Inevitable Event)
Sūrat al-Wāqi‘ah is a description of the inevitable event: the onset of the hereafter, beginning with the day of judgement. Sūrat al-Wāqi‘ah describes the shocking tumult that will be experienced as the day of resurrection dawns; then moving on to describe how people will be categorised and treated through the processes of accounting for their lives. After giving an overview of this chapter and its significance, the following course shall analyse the Quranic descriptions of these events, with particular examination of the linguistic and grammar constructs used, enabling students to reflect upon the implications of the phraseology in the Quran.
Course Name: ‘Sūrat al-Mujādilah: The Pleading Woman’
Course Instructor: Shaykh Ali Redha
Dates: 11th June – 2nd July 2019