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|Islamic Studies||Mr Vladimir Filyakov||Main Hall||09.30 - 10.30|
The Islamic knowledge course at Dallas College is grounded in the madhab of Madinah, the school of Imam Malik ibn Anas. This madhab is often referred to as the umm al madhahib (the mother of the madhabs) because of its proximity in time to the early communites of the city. Ibn Taymiyya said:
“The people of Madina were the soundest of the people of the cities in both transmission and opinion. Their hadith is the soundest of hadiths.”
The Sirah is the bed-rock of Islamic knowledge. It is studied in detail on this course, initially using Shaykh Abdalhaqq Bewley’s translation of Tahia al-Ismail’s Life of Muhammad.
After this introduction students become familiar with the Shifa of Qadi ‘Iyad, an important text, allowing one to get to grips with the significance and meaning of who the Messenger of Allah -salla Llahu’alayhi wa salam is.
Ibn Hisham, author of the first Books of Sirah is used as a reference throughout.
Qadi Abu Bakr Ibn al ‘Arabi’s seminal work on the primal fitna is the basis of the study in the 2nd year. It is the most authorita- tive account and is free of post facto interpolation. The student is able to understand how schisms and deviations occurred in early Islam. The study involves the examination of the ulum al hadith, historiography, fiqh and other foundational sciences of Islamic knowledge. The great science of ilm asma’ ar rijal is vital in exposing sometimes popular beliefs as having utterly no foundation in Islam.
Shaykh Umar Ibrahim Vadillo’s The Esoteric Deviation in Islam is the basis of the last year of study in the Muslim history course. This seminal work is the essential reference to help us understand how economic and political developments have influenced the modern Muslim world.