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Ribaat Islamic Sciences Course Descriptions

 
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Ribaat Islamic Sciences Course Descriptions
by Ribaat Registration - Friday, August 9, 2019, 12:25 AM
 

Ribaat Islamic Sciences Program

 

Program Description:

The Ribaat Islamic Sciences Program is comprised of four levels, with each level offering one or more courses in the following disciplines: Sīra, Tazkiyah, ʿAqīdah, Hadith, History, Geography, Tafsīr, Uṣūl, and Civilization. Some courses are covered in one term, while others are divided into two or more parts. Specialty courses are also offered each term, including a diverse range of topics in Islamic and social sciences such as educational methodology, creative writing, public speaking, the 99 Names of Allah, Islam in America, and others, with new courses added every year.

 

Certification:

The Ribaat Islamic Sciences Program is comprised of core and elective courses. The core courses are required for each Ribaat certification program, while one or more electives at each level may be required for each certification. Students seeking certification must complete all courses listed in the certification requirements. To earn credit for a course as part of a certification program, students must complete the exams and major projects and receive a passing grade of 60% or above.

All courses may also be taken independently for students not seeking certification.

 

Level 1 Islamic Sciences Courses

 

SIR 101 – Companions of the Prophet (s) | Parts 1 & 2

Offered: Part 1 of this course is offered in the Fall term of each year, and Part 2 is offered in the Spring.

Prerequisites: Students should be women above the age of 17.

Course Description: An in-depth study of the sixty companions discussed in the book Stars in the Prophet’s Orbit. Students will learn their stories, draw conclusions about Islamic precepts from their lives, understand their relationship to the Prophet (s), and derive personal lessons from their lives. Students will apply same to an additional companion upon whom research will be done.

The first thirty companions of this text are covered in Part 1 of the course, and the second thirty are covered in Part 2. It is not required to complete part 1 before part 2.

 

PUR 101 – Training the Tongue, Purifying the Heart

Offered: This course is offered in the Fall and Spring terms of each year.

Prerequisites: Students should be women above the age of 17.

Course Description: An introduction to the concept of tazkiyah, or purification of the self/heart in Islam. It is a beginning look at diseases of the heart and sins of the tongue as well as the relationship between the two. Students will learn some general cures and understand some of the skills necessary to improve relationships with others and with Allah (swt).

 

AQD 101 – Foundations, Flounderings & Faith

Offered: This course is offered in the Spring term of each year.

Prerequisites: Students should be women above the age of 17.

Course Description: Belief and practice are the essential building blocks for Muslims and, as such, in order to build a fortress of faith, we need solid building materials. This course will cover basic ʿaqīda (tenets of belief), discuss issues of practice, and attempt to answer controversial questions. We will build a community of faithful friends, quell the floundering heart, and revive the faithful heart.

 

TAF 101 – Reflections from the Quran

Offered: This course is offered in the Fall and Spring terms of each year.

Prerequisites: Students should be women above the age of 17.

Course Description: Take a journey with the Quran, gain deeper understandings of its words and derive lessons from Allah's (swt) words. Each term, students will be guided through an in-depth study of a surah from the Holy Quran and reflect upon the lessons learned from its verses as they sit with one of our modern scholars of the Holy Quran.

 

FQH 101 – Fast & Friendly Fiqh: An Introduction to Worship Essentials

Offered: This course is offered in the Fall term of each year.

Prerequisites: Students should be women above the age of 17.

Course Description: A quick and fun introduction to Shafi'i fiqh for the beginner, this course will go over the main rules of worship, covering purification (ṭahāra), prayer (ṣalāh), and fasting (ṣawm).

 

Level 2 Islamic Sciences Courses

 

FQH 201 & 202 – Fiqh al ʿIbādāt: al-Madhhab al-Shāfiʿī | Parts 1 & 2

Offered: This course is offered every other year. Part 1 is offered in the Fall term, and Part 2 is offered in the Spring.

Prerequisites:

  1. Students should be women above the age of 17.
  2. Successful completion of at least one Ribaat Level 1 core course.
  3. Part 1 of this course is suggested but not required for Part 2.

Course Description: An introduction to the foundation of Islamic law as the basis for a life of devotion and servitude to God. The student will learn about the reasons Islamic schools of law evolved and the nature and rationale of the legal schools.  Students will learn the detailed rulings relating to purification (ṭahāra) and prayer (salat), fasting (ṣawm), alms-giving (zakat) and hajj, along with an examination of some of the textual proofs for those rulings. The class will also introduce the student to reading legal manuals in Arabic.

 

AQD 201 & 202 – Introduction to Islamic ʿAqīda | Parts 1 & 2

Offered: This course is offered every other year. Part 1 is offered in the Fall term, and Part 2 is offered in the Spring.

Prerequisites:

  1. Students should be women above the age of 17.
  2. Successful completion of at least one Ribaat Level 1 core course.
  3. Part 1 of this course is suggested but not required for Part 2.

Course Description: The development of ʿaqīda in the heart and mind of the believer is the development of her way of life and the ability to communicate and spread the joy of faith to those around her. In this intensive Level 2 Ribaat course for advanced students, this course comprises an academic study of the tenets of Islamic belief, beginning in Part 1 with a study of the development of ʿilm al-kalām, a deep look into the meaning of tawḥīd (the Oneness of God), and a review of the messengers of Islam.

The course will continue in Part 2 with a detailed look at revelation, the unseen world, the Day of Judgment and qaḍāʾ and qadr, concluding with a look at variant beliefs and some theological dimensions of law.

 

SIR 201 & 202 – Lessons from the Life of the Prophet (s) | Parts 1 & 2

Offered: This course is offered every other year. Part 1 is offered in the Fall term, and Part 2 is offered in the Spring.

Prerequisites:

  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).

 

HAD 201 & 202 – The Forty Hadith of Imam al-Nawawī | Parts 1 & 2

Offered: This course is offered every other year. Part 1 is offered in the Fall term, and Part 2 is offered in the Spring.

Prerequisites:

  1. Students should be women above the age of 17.
  2. Arabic Level 1 or equivalent knowledge.
  3. Successful completion of at least one Ribaat Level 1 course.
  4. Part 1 of this course is suggested but not required for Part 2.

Course Description:

An in-depth study of the forty-hadith compilation of Imam al-Nawawī, this course is meant to provide students with a foundation in the hadith of the Prophet (s). The Prophet (s) was given jawāmiʿ al-kalim ( جوامع الكلم), or the ability to say much in very few words. The hadiths of the Prophet (s) combine eloquence with deep, encompassing meanings in a uniquely simple way. This particular compilation was chosen because it includes ṣaḥīḥ hadiths, and it covers a variety of subjects.

By the end of this course, students will be able to translate, understand, and draw practical life lessons from the text of the forty hadiths in this compilation. The first twenty hadith are covered in Part 1 and the second twenty hadith are covered in Part 2.

 

GEO 201 – Understanding the Muslim World

Offered: This course is offered in the Fall term of each year.

Prerequisites: 

  1. Students should be women above the age of 17.
  2. Successful completion of at least one Ribaat Level 1 course

Course Description: This course will provide an overview of the human geography of the Muslim World, with an emphasis on cultural, historical, economic, and political geography. Utilizing a world-historical approach, the course will challenge students to rethink certain assumptions about the way the world is mapped, bounded, and defined. The central thesis guiding the course is the contention that the features we take for granted on the world map (continents, countries, directions, and borders) are more a product of various ethnocentrisms rooted in the ideologies that shaped the modern world rather than a reflection of natural and inherent divisions. A variety of materials will be assigned to explore this thesis, including a chronicle of the travels of Ibn Battuta, premodern maps, and scholarly articles highlighting key events and processes in the shaping of the premodern Muslim World.

 

HIS 201 – Mujaddidīn: Crises and Cures in Muslim History

Offered: This course is offered in the Spring term of each year.

Prerequisites: 

  1. Students should be women above the age of 17.
  2. Successful completion of at least one Ribaat Level 1 course.

Course Description: A survey of the crises and trials that have challenged Islamic civilization over the centuries, along with an account of the Muslim “renewers” of the faith (mujaddidīn) whom Allah (swt) sent as a cure for each, and how they were able to overturn the current situation, renew the religion, and restore peace and faith to the Muslim ummah. Students will learn about the factors that contributed to each trial, how each mujaddid was able to overcome the trials of his time and gain an understanding of the characteristics that enabled each to succeed.


AQD 200 - The 99 Names of Allah (swt)

 Offered: This course is offered in the Spring term of each year.

Prerequisites: 

  1. Students should be women above the age of 17.
  2. Successful completion of at least one Ribaat Level 1 course.
Course Description: This course will take an in-depth look at the Asmaa' al-Husna - the 99 glorious names of Allah (swt)- and how they can render us a better understanding of Allah and our deen.  Each week will focus on a few of the names with a deep explanation and a class discussion about what they mean to each of us. The class will include homework assignments that help to bring about further reflection and understanding and a term paper.


Level 3 Islamic Sciences Courses

 

SIR 301, 302, 304, and 304 – Sira: An Academic Study of the Life of Prophet Muhammad (s) | Parts 1-4

Offered: This course is offered continuously over two years. Classes do not stop during the regular semester breaks, but students need to re-enroll in each subsequent part.

Prerequisites:

  1. Students should be women above the age of 17.
  2. Successful completion of all Ribaat Level 1 and Level 2 Core course.
  3. Successful completion of at least one Ribaat elective.

Course Description: An in-depth study of the life of Prophet Muhammad (s). Part 1 provides a detailed study of the political and social layout of the Arabian Peninsula before Islam. It concludes with Prophet Muhammad’s birth and the events of his life up until the revelation. Throughout Part 2, students examine in detail the major events and incidents that took place up until the hijra to Medina, extrapolating the wisdom and lessons one can gain from them. In Parts 3 and 4, the course 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).

 

Please Note:

  • More courses are added every term.
  • Courses and course schedules may be changed as the program develops.
  • For inquiries, contact registration@rabata.org.