Sandstorm in Madeenah

I haven’t seen Madeenah this murky (due to a sandstorm) in all the time I have been here. So I was driving around in the sandstorm/whatever it is in the evening (picture not an accurate representation of how foggy it really is) and I come home late to 100’s of messages on the Madeenah Uni watsapp group.

*post edited so I don’t receive death threats or a legal case against me from the UK Madeenah students in the future*

But lo and behold! Moments later it was announced that there will be no uni due to sandstorm #onlyinsaudi. And yes I’m posting because everyone seems to be so excited about it, tomorrow was a killer 2pm finish too..

List for Accepted Students at Madeenah Islamic University 2017/1438

The new list for students accepted at the Islamic University of Madeenah 2017/1438 is out! After approx 2 years of not accepting new students, finally the list has been released. For those who applied, check below to see if your name is on the list:

http://admission.iu.edu.sa/IuperviousAbroadInquery.aspx

Congratulations to those who were accepted, in particular to my friend Abu Obaid. I know that exact amazing feeling of seeing your name on the list, your eyes lighting up, your heart thumping and the hundreds of emotions that run through your mind at the time. We ask Allaah to bless the new students, to grant us ikhlaas, grant them understanding of the religion and make them a benefit for the Ummah.

For those who were not accepted, qadrAllaah wa mashaa fa’al. Try again, constantly make dua and remember Madeenah isn’t the only place you can seek knowledge. You can seek knowledge in your own country, the brothers who are the strongest students in the Uni are those who had studied before and put the effort in seeking knowledge before they arrived at the Islamic University. Knowledge can be gained anywhere, even more so with easy access to online courses and scholars, and if you don’t start or continue seeking knowledge simply because you didn’t get accepted, then you have to ask yourself if you are serious about seeking knowledge. If you can’t seek knowledge there, what makes you think you can seek knowledge here? I know many brothers who applied at the same time as me and many more who applied across the several years it took me to get accepted – they depended on their acceptance into Madeenah University so much that they remained stagnant in terms of seeking knowledge locally and now they regret it and they missed out many years of memorising Quran or learning Arabic.

‎ رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال‏:‏ ‏ “‏ومن سلك طريقًا يلتمس فيه علما سهل الله له به طريقًا إلى الجنة‏”‏ ‏(‏‏(‏رواه مسلم‏)‏‏)‏‏.‏

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Allaah makes the way to Jannah easy for him who treads the path in search of knowledge.”

This path in search of knowledge can be anywhere, be it Madeenah, Egypt, Mauritania, UK or even USA. Seeking knowledge is an ibadah, perform it regardless of where you are.

On another note, it is final exams period for the current students. Please make dua for them, that Allaah makes their exams easy, grants them beneficial knowledge and makes their knowledge a witness for them and not against them.

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Exams for Faculty of Shariah

So I have my first final exams for the first semester in the faculty of Shariah in the Islamic University of Madeenah. Below is my exam timetable to see the subjects. Once you enter into the faculty from the ma’had of arabic, every student gets their own personal online portal. Here you can check your class timetable, your personal information, your exam timetable and your exam results.

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Fiqh – Bidayatul Muhajid – includes kitaab taharah, kitaab tayamum and kitaab salah.

We are expected to know the masaail, the aqwaal, the adillah, the ikhtilaaf, the nisbaat.

This is why I love the Prophet’s ﷺ Masjid in Madeenah

I experienced something that I don’t think is possible in any other masjid other than the masjid of the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ (and Masjid al-Haram, Makkah)

I was meeting a friend in Masjid al-Nabawi to give him a pair of headphones. The plan was to meet him straight after Maghrib, but my lesson is on one side of the masjid and I was to meet him on the other. For those who have been, they know the masjid from East to West is huge. So I met the brother, gave him his headphones and started making my way to my lesson on the other side of the masjid.

As I walked, I heard a familiar voice, I heard Shaykh Abdul Muhsin al-Abbad explaining a hadeeth from Saheeh Muslim, I listened for a bit and then walked on. As I walked, I could hear another familiar voice, it was Shaykh Abdullah al-Shanqitee explaining an ayah from surah Tawbah. I listened to a bit and moved on towards the centre of the masjid under the courtyard. I then heard another scholar explaining Kitab al Tawheed. Once again I listened for a bit and moved on until I reached the opposite far side of the masjid, the children’s section where hundreds of children were reciting the book of Allaah.

Throughout my ‘journey’ I couldn’t help but smile. In the space of a few minutes in the masjid all I could hear was scholars saying “Allaah said..” and “His Messenger said..” and children reciting the book of Allaah. Scholars encouraging people to worship Allaah and explaining the Quran and the Sunnah and teachers passing on the recitation of the Quran to the next generation.

I can only imagine how amazing this very masjid must have been when the teacher was none other than the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ himself and the students were none other than the sahabah (may Allaah be pleased with them all)

(Side note: the pics I took last week, one day 20 mins before Maghrib and the next day, from the very same spot a few mins before Maghrib. Masjid al-Nabawi is not only beautiful on the outside but on the inside too #nofilter )

Rawdah al-Naadhir | روضة الناظر وجنة المناظر

Rawdah al Naadhir is a Usool al-Fiqh book according to the Hanbali madhab. It is the main Usool book taught at the Islamic University of Madeenah and is the core usool book for students in the faculty of Shariah. It is taught over the eight semesters.

“A work on the Islamic law sources, construction and interpretation of al-Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal, by Ibn Qadamah al-Maqdisi (541-620)”

There are a number of explanations available including a 6 volume by al-Duwayhee but this breaks down the texts almost word for word and a lot of the explanation is language based. The best explanation I have found is the sharh by Shaykh Muhammed Mukhtar al-Shinqitee which was originally a mudhakhirah for students at the University but due to it’s immense benefit has been converted into a complete book.

Bidayah al-Mujtahid |بداية المجتهد ونهاية المقتصد

Bidayah al Mujtahid wa Nihayah al-Muqtasid, translated into English as “The Distinguished Jurist’s Primer” is the fiqh book taught in Madeenah Islamic University. It is the core subject and text for those in the faculty of Shariah and is studied for the duration of the 4 year bachelors course.

“Ibn Rushd was a Maliki Jurist (Qadi) but presents the views of other schools (Hanifi, Shaf’ee, hanbali & Zahiri) with the usual Respect and objectivity. This book is among the best known example of the Shari’a science of Ilm al Khilaf (the knowledge of variant ruling) It is one of the most well known works of ilm-ul- Khilaf, a discipline that records and analyses the differences among Muslim Jurists.

Ibn Rushd’s Bidayat al-Mujtahid (The Distinguished Jurist’s Primer) occupies a unique place among the authoritative manuals of Islamic law. It is designed to prepare the jurist for the task of the mujtahid, the independent jurist, who derives the law and lays down precedents to be followed by the judge in the administration of justice. In this manual Ibn Rushd traces most of the issues of Islamic law, describing not only what the law is, but also elaborating the methodology of some of the greatest legal minds in Islam to show how such laws were derived.

This text provides a still-relevant basis for the interpretation and formulation of Islamic law. Combining his legal and philosophical knowledge, Ibn Rushd transcends the boundaries of different schools and presents a critical analysis of the opinions of the famous Muslim jurists and their methodologies.

The legal subject areas covered include marriage and divorce; sale and exchange of goods; wages, crop-sharing and speculative partnership; security for debts and insolvency; gifts, bequests and inheritance; and offences and judgements.”

There are only a few explanations available, including a 4 volume sharh by Maajid al-Hamwy but the best of them is the 2 volume sharh by Shaykh Abdullah Zaahim – however, this is incomplete and only explains the section of Taharah and Salah which you learn in semester one and two in kuliyyah al-Shariah. This explanation was originally started by our shaykh, Muhammed bin Naasir al-Suhaybanee while he was head of the factulty in Madeenah University.

 

Faculty of Shariah – Islamic University of Madeenah

The faculty of Shariah, known as “Kuliyyatul Shariah”. This is the kuliyyah I have chosen, alhamdulilah. I will write more about this kuliyyah later but for now, here is my timetable.

The books the students study:

Fiqh: Bidayatul Mujtahid
Usool al-Fiqh: Rawdha al-Naadhir
Nahw: Alfiyyah Ibn Malik
Tawheed: Fathul Majeed Sharh Kitab al-Tawheed

Abu Muslim Kamran Kuliyyah Shariah
Mustawa Awal
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
7:30 – 8:20 Fiqh Seerah Usul Fiqh
8:25 – 9:15 Usool Fiqh Fiqh Tawheed Tareekh Quran
9:35 – 10:25 Nahw Fiqh Nahw Seerah
10:30 – 11:20 Tawheed Nahw History Saudi Fiqh Tareekh
11:25 – 12:15 Usul Fiqh Seerah Tawheed

Dreams do come True

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Dreams do come true. I found this blog entry of mine from 7 years ago, in 2009 where I had a dream I got accepted into The Islamic University of Madeenah.

While I was visiting London this summer, I was checking email accounts I hadn’t checked in over a year and stumbled across this private blog of mine which I forgot had existed. Walking down memory lane I was pleasantly surprised to stumble upon this gem. The ajeeb thing is in 2009 I hadn’t even applied to Madeenah University, the first time I applied was in mid 2010, how amazing is the Qadr of Allaah.

7 years later, as I start my first day in the faculty of Shari’ah today at the Islamic University of Madeenah, I was reminded of the great bounty and favour Allaah has granted me, Alhamdulilah.

It took 5 years, a lot of sabr and dua’s for the dream to come true but Allaah is the One who is able to make the impossible possible. Knowing how difficult it is to be accepted and how many thousands apply per year for only twenty odd scholarships, I knew how unlikely it was but Allaah is the one who answers the dua of His slave when he calls upon Him.

Sometimes we may make dua for a thing and find no answer and lose patience but know that your dua will answered not when you think is the best time, but your dua will be answered when Allaah knows is the best time. As the Prophet ﷺ said in a hadeeth mentioned in the Saheeh of Imam Muslim: “(The du’aa’) of any one of you will be answered so long as he is not hasty in seeking a response and does not say, ‘I prayed but I have not had a response.’”

The Prophet ﷺ said: “There is no Muslim who calls upon Allaah with words in which there is no sin or severing of family ties but Allaah will give him one of three things: either He will answer his prayer soon, or He will store it up for him in the Hereafter, or He will remove something bad from him that is equivalent to what he is asking for.” They said, “Then we should make a great amount of du’aa’.” He said, “Allaah is greater.”

So remember that even if your dua does not get answered straight away, or even 2 years or 5 years later, as long as the dua is sincere and you persevere with it, then Allaah will either store it for you in the hereafter or He will remove something harmful which could in reality be better than the dua itself.

Imam Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (rh) said: “And of the diseases that afflict du’a and prevent its response is that a person is hasty in expecting a response, and the response is delayed, so he gives up hope, and leaves du’a. His example is like that of a person who planted a seed, or a seedling, then guarded it, and took care of it, and watered it, but when it delayed in (giving its fruit) and reaching perfection, he left it and did not take care for it anymore.”

Never give up hope in Allaah. Have tawakul, keep asking Him by His beautiful Names and Attributes and know that Allaah can make dreams come true.

Alfiyyah ibn Maalik (لفية ابن مالك)

Alfiya (ألفية ابن مالك) is a rhymed book of Arabic grammar written by Ibn Malik in the 13th century. The long title is al-Khulāsa al-alfiyya. At least 43 commentaries have been written on this work, which was one of two major foundations of a beginner’s education in Arab societies until the 20th century.

This is the grammar book taught in Madeenah University. In the faculty of Shariah, we study it over two years. The book has many shuruhaat, the most popular one which is the one taught as part of the curriculm in Madeenah University is “Sharh ibn Aqeel”.

Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen also has a sharh which simplifies the text which is 3 volumes long – however one issue with it is there is a lot of repetition.

 

What an Honour

What an honour. Imagine being blessed enough to teach the religion of Allaah directly in front of the house of Allaah.

It is also a great honour to be able to study and sit at the feet of the scholars and learn the religion in the traditional sense like those who came before from the salaf and the great imams of the past. There is a “Talab al Ilm” culture that I have experienced in Madeenah that is lacking in the West. Islamic knowledge here (even amongst the ‘non practicing’) is sacred, respected and sought after.

Before I came to Madeenah University, I studied what I could of Islamic sciences with graduates of Madeenah and other students of knowledge, but having now been giving an opportunity to study directly under the scholars and with all due respect to the former – the difference between a da’ee/student of knowledge and a scholar is like the difference between the Heavens and the Earth.

As exam period begins for the students of Madeenah University, lessons like these are put on hold to give students a chance to prepare and concentrate on exams. May Allaah grant success to all the students.

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