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The Sahihayn

Every student of the Islamic sciences knows that Sahih al-Bukhari is the most authentic book of Hadith, but far fewer are able to articulate in detail why. By rigorously assessing the mutun and asanid of Imam al-Bukhari’s chosen ahadith and cross-referencing with those in other collections, this course explains the reason for his selection and how it meets his rigorous criteria. The methodology of al-Bukhari will be compared and contrasted with that of his student Imam Muslim. The course will also examine how al-Bukhari teaches fiqh through his Hadith collection and his animating idea that the Qur’an and the sahih hadith are sufficient for one’s religion.

10 STUDENTS ENROLLED

    Course Title:

    The Sahihayn: al-Bukhari and Muslim

    Instructor:

    Shaykh Mohammed Akram Nadwi

    Brief Description

    Please note that this course will be taught in Arabic and English.

    Every student of the Islamic sciences knows that Sahih al-Bukhari is the most authentic book of Hadith, but far fewer are able to articulate in detail why. By rigorously assessing the mutun and asanid of Imam al-Bukhari’s chosen ahadith and cross-referencing with those in other collections, this course explains the reason for his selection and how it meets his rigorous criteria. The methodology of al-Bukhari will be compared and contrasted with that of his student Imam Muslim. The course will also examine how al-Bukhari teaches fiqh through his Hadith collection and his animating idea that the Qur’an and the sahih hadith are sufficient for one’s religion.

     

    Prerequisites

    Completion of the Alimiyyah programme at EC, or equivalent studies such as studies up to Mawquf ‘Alaih or Mishkat in Darul Ulooms, or an undergraduate programme in shari’ah from an Islamic University.

    Students who have not studied a dedicated programme at an institute such as the above may also be considered if they have studied privately and can demonstrate that they meet the following specific prerequisites:

    • Demonstrate familiarity with uloomul Qur’an and and themes and meanings of the Qur’an.
    • Comprehensive study of fiqh according to at least one juristic school and a general understanding of the opinions of others.
    • Study of the broad themes of hadith such Iman, Ibadat, Mu’amalaat, Mu’asharaat, etc.
    • Study of at least one established text in Usul al-Fiqh, Uloom al-Hadith, Uloom al-Qur’an, and classical Muslim theology (Aqeedah). 
    • Students would have to prove that they have studied the above with teachers rather than self studied them.
    • Familiarity with the Seerah and Islamic history even if through self study.
    • Proficiency in Arabic to be able to attend lectures delivered in Arabic and study the texts of the major hadith collections.

    If you are unsure about meeting the prerequisites, please enquire directly by emailing alimiyyah@ebrahimcollege.org.uk

    Duration

    80 Hours

    Schedule

    15 September 2018
    29 September 2018
    20 October 2018
    17 November 2018
    15 December 2018
    5 January 2019
    9 February 2019
    16 March 2019
    6 April 2019
    4 May 2019

    10am – 6pm

    Context

    This module supports the rest of the Dawrah course by providing an applied study of the theoretical Hadith disciplines.

    Content summary

    Bukhari

    Kitab Bad’ al-Wahy

    The beginning of the Prophet Muhammad’s revelation and description of his experience of receiving the Qur’an.

    Kitab al-Iman

    Themes of Muslim belief and the perfection of faith.

    Kitab al-‘Ilm

    The nature and proper acquisition of knowledge.

     

    Muslim

    Muqaddimah

    Muslim’s introduction to his Sahih, considered one of the earliest discussions upon the science of hadith.

     

    Learning outcomes

    Knowledge and Understanding

    • To appreciate why al-Bukhari’s Sahih is the soundest book of Hadith.
    • To understand the complexity of the isnad system.
    • To learn how hadith sciences are applied to authenticate hadiths.
    • To understand how al-Bukhari uses Hadith for the purpose of fiqh, including his selection of chapter headings.
    • To understand the methodology of Imam Muslim in comparison to al-Bukhari.

    Skills

    • To be able to assess hadiths against al-Bukhari’s and Muslim’s criteria of authenticity.
    • To be able to extract al-Bukhari’s fiqh positions from his Sahih.
    • To be able to cross-reference isnads between the different books of Hadith.

     

    Assessment

    Final exam: 100%

    Indicative resources and further reading

    Students are encouraged to read as much as possible from Fath al-Bari on the selected chapters to support their studies.

    Shaykh Akram will also provide some writing that he has done that is relevant to the course.

     

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