Lessons from the Life of the Prophet (s) Part 1 - Fall 2019

Course Category: Sira | Level 2 Course

Course Code: SIR 201

InstructorAnse Shehnaz Karim

Length: 1 term (14 weeks)

Course Dates: September 11 - December 11, 2019
Timings: Wednesdays, 8:00 am CST/2:00 pm UK Click here to convert to your own time zone.

Classes last approximately 1 hour each. Live attendance is not required but recommended whenever possible. Recordings of the sessions will be made available for registered students who cannot attend live.

Daylight savings time will go into effect in the United States on Sunday, November 3rd, 2019. Depending on where you live, this may or may not affect your class timing. In countries where DST is not applied at all, class will be one hour later starting November 3rd.

Offered: Part 1 of this course is offered in the Fall term of each year, and Part 2 is offered in the Spring. Completion of Part 1 is recommended but not required to enroll in Part 2.


  1. Students should be women above the age of 17.
  2. SIR 101 and SIR 102 (Companions of the Prophet (s) | Parts 1 & 2).
  3. Part 1 of this course is suggested but not required for Part 2.

Course Description: A survey of the life of the Prophet (s), beginning with an understanding of the political and social layout of the Arabian Peninsula at the time of his birth and concluding with a deeper understanding of why he was indeed "the chosen one".  Throughout Part 1, students examine the major events and incidents that took place up until the hijra of the Prophet (s) to Medina, extrapolating the wisdom and lessons one can gain from them. In Part 2, students will examine the major events and incidents that took place after the hijra to Medina, extrapolating the wisdom and lessons one can gain from them. Weekly assignments focus on these lessons learned, enabling students to draw parallels to modern day struggles in their own lives and make lasting changes, following in the footsteps of the Prophet (s).

Course Requirements: Students are expected to attend the weekly online lectures, complete one or more weekly assignments, read the assigned material, write one research paper, and review and sit for a final exam.

Registration Fee: Non-refundable, non-transferable

Students will have access to course forums, recordings, and files until the first day of the next term.

$100.00 (not including the cost of the course materials)

$20.00 late registration fee after September 7th (if seats are available)

Additional $5.00 auditing fee.

Text: Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources, by Martin Lings.


For inquiries, contact registration@rabata.org