Diploma in Islamic Sciences
The Diploma in Islamic Sciences is an introductory program that covers one basic classical text in each of the core Islamic sciences. This program is based upon the traditional methodology of study used in the Islamic world for centuries, which is to study a basic, abridged text in every science before moving on to the second level texts in each science and so on until once has achieved mastery of the science. The texts taught in this program have been taught all over the Islamic world for centuries and continue to be taught today. Exceptional students will receive ijāzah to narrate the text with a connected chain back to the author each upon successful completion of an examination. This program will prepare any student who wishes to study the Islamic sciences abroad in the Muslim world. These courses will count towards the Seminary program as well for those who wish to continue once the Seminary program has begun.

The courses for the diploma are:

  1. Qur’an Memorization
  2. ʾĀdāb Ṭalab Al-ʿIlm/ Mannerism of the Seeker of Knowledge- ilyat Ṭālib Al-ʿIlm” by Bakr ʾAbū Zayd
  3. Fiqh/Jurisprudence (all schools offered)- “Matn ʾAbī Shujāʿ” by ʾAbū Shujāʿ Al-ʾAṣfahānī/ ”ʾAkhṣar Al-Mukhtaṣarāt” by ʾIbn Balbān Al-Dimashqī/ “Mukhtaṣar Al-Qudūrī ” by ʾAbū Al-usayn Al-Qudūrī/ Risālat ʾIbn ʾAbī Zayd by ʾIbn ʾAbī Zayd Al-Qayrawānī
  4. ʾUṣūl Al-Fiqh/Legal Theory – “Al-Waraqāt” by ʾAbū Al-Maʿālī Al-Juwāynī
  5. Muṣṭalaḥ Al-Ḥadīth/Hadith Terminology- “Al-Bayqūniyyah” by ʿUmar/Ṭaha Al-Bayqūnī
  6. Ḥadīth/ Prophetic Traditions-“AlʾArbaʿīn Al-Nawawiyyah” by ʿAbū Zakariyyā Al-Nawawī
  7. Naḥw/Arabic Grammar- “Al-ʾĀjurūmiyyah” by ʾIbn ʾĀjurrūm Al-Ṣanhājī
  8. Ṣarf/Arabic Morphology- “Naẓm Al-Maqṣūd Fī Fan Al-Ṣarf” by ʾAmad ʾibn ʿAbd Al-Raḥīm
  9. Balāghah/Arabic Rhetoric- “Miʾat Al-Maʿānī Wa Al-Bayān” by Muib Al-Dīn ʾibn Al-Shiḥnah Al-alabī
  10. Al-ʿArūd/Poetic Meter Forms– “ʾAhdā Sabīl ʾIlā ʿIlmayy Al-Khalil” by Maḥmūd Muṣṭafā
  11. Al-ʾImlāʾ/Arabic Script– Qawāʿid Al-ʾImlāʾ by ʿAbd Al-Salām Harūn
  12. Al-ʾAdab/Literature- “Qaṣīdat Bānat Suʿād” by Kaʿb ʾIbn Zuhayr
  13. ʿAqīdah/ Theology- “Al-Ṭaḥāwiyyah” by ʾAbū Jaʿfar Al-Ṭaḥāwī
  14. ʿUlūm Al-Qur’ān/ Qur’an Sciences- “Dhat Al-ʾAfnān Fī ʿUlūm Al-Qurʾān” By Walīd ʾIbn ʾIdrīs Al-Menīsī
  15. Tafsīr/ Exegesis- “Tafsīr Al-Jalalayn” by Jalāl Al-Dīn Al-Suyūtī and by Jalāl Al-Dīn Al-Maallī
  16. Tajwīd/ Recitation- “Tufat Al-ʾAṭfāl” Sulaymān Al-Jamzūrī
  17. Farāʾid/ Inheritance- “Al-Raabiyyah” with “Al-ʾUrjūzah al-Walīdiyyah Al-Mutammimah Li Al-Raabiyyah” by Walīd ʾIbn ʾIdrīs Al-Menīsī
  18. Sīrah/Prophetic Biography- “Al-Raḥīq Al-Makhtūm” by Ṣafī Al-Ramān Al-Mubārakafūrī
  19. Tarīkh/ History- “ʾItmām Al-Wafāʾ Fi Sīrat Al-Khulafāʾ” by Muammad Al-Khuḍarī
  20. Manṭiq/ Logic- “Al-Sullam Al-Munawraq” by ʿAbd Al-Ramān Al-ʾAkhḍarī
  21. Maqāsid/ Divine Objectives of Legislation- ʾItḥāf Al-Qāsid Bī Naẓm Akām Wa Qawāʿid Al-Maqāsid” by  Muammad Saʿd Al-Yūbī
  22. Qawāʿid Fiqhiyyah/ Legal Maxims- “Manẓūmat Al-Qawāʿid Al-Fiqhiyyah” by ʿAbd Al-Ramān Al-Saʿdī

 

The time frame for the Diploma in Islamic Sciences can be decided upon by the host community and will therefore vary based on where it is offered. The host community may separate the courses however they wish.  We recommend offering classes monthly, which would result in the diploma taking 2 years to complete. Additionally, though these texts are the recommended ones for each subject, if the host community wishes to substitute a text of similar level, this can be done at the Institute’s discretion.