Ibtida'yya (Elementary Program)

 

 

Level 1A 

 

Fiqh 01A- We will start off our journey into the realm of Fiqh with the Matn of Al-Akhdari. The text used will be the commentary called "Manhul Ali fi sharh al Kitab al Akhdari" by Shakyh Muhammad Salim al-Majlisi ash-Shanquitti.  This text focuses primarily on Purification and Salaat.  This is the best commentary on this text and is from a well known Mauritanian scholar whose tribe is famous for their knowledge.

 

Nahw 01A- This course will be an introductory course to Arabic Grammar.  The text used will the nadthm of the Ajrumiyya called “Sa’aadutul Tullaab” by Shaykh Ahmadu Bamba Mbacke.  This is a beautiful versification of the original text that will aid in the ease of memorization for the student.  This is easily the best nadthm of the Ajrumiyya in Islamic literature.  Students will also read “Tahsil Nahw”, based on ‘Ilm al Nahw by Mawlana Mushtaq Ahmad Charthawali, as a supplementary text for this course.  This course is in two parts.

Sarf 01A- This course will introduce the student to the science of verb morphology.  This is an essential course that will compliment the studies in grammar.  The text used for this course will be  "Kitab Shadhf al- Urf fi Fan al-Sarf" by Ustadh Shaykh Ahmad Hamlawi.

 

Tasawuf 01A- The Matharatul Quluub is a text that has gained notable popularity among students of knowledge in that it beautifully presents all the diseases of the heart along with the causes and curses. The author, the great scholar of Mauritania, Muhammad Mauluud, deals with each disease of the heart in alphabetical order. This course will provide the student with the required knowledge of what tasawuf means and its application. This course is in two parts.

Aqidah 01A- This is an introductory course to the creed of the Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama'ah.  This course will cover the basic beliefs of the Muslim from the belief in the existence of Allah to the belief in the Last Day.  The text used for this course will be the famous nadthm of Shaykh Ahmad al-Marzuqi al-Maaliki entitled "Aqidatul Awwam."  This course will be a great introduction to Aqidah, and a great benefit for beginning students.

 

SPECIAL ELECTIVE: This course is one of four electives to be offered that must be completed for the completion of the program.  This course will cover the famous text by Imam Suyuti entitled "Khasa'is al-Kubra".  It is a dynamic text about the special characteristics and attributes of our Beloved Messenger of Allah(saws).  Any student will marvel at the wonders and eloquent nature of this book.  

 

Level 1B 

 

Fiqh 01B-  The text for this course will be the Matn of Ibn Ashir known as Murshid Mu'iin.  The book used for this course will be the Mukhtasar of Sidi Mayyara with the Hashiya of Sidi Hamdoun Ibnul Hajj.  This is very beneficial book that covers all three aspects of the Deen. The commentary is the best along with the notes of Ibnul Hajj makes this book a must read for students transitioning to the next level.

 

Nahw 01B-  “Sa’aadtul Tullaab”(Part 2)…see previous course description.

Sarf 01B- part 2.  see previous course description.

 

Tasawuf 01B- Matharatul Quluub(part 2)…see previous course description.

Hadith Science 01B- This is an introductory course to the science of Hadith Terminology.  This is an important course for students to understand the various types of hadith and their places as it relates to the understanding of the Shariah.  The text used for this course is the well known nadthm "Mandthumatul Bayquniyyah" by Umar ibn Muhammad ibn Futtuh al-Bayquni ash-Shaafi'i.  

 

 

                                                                                            Level 2A 

 

Fiqh 02A-  "Siraaj us-Saalik" (Part 1) This course will cover the entire text of the commentary on the nadhtm "Ashalul Masaalik" (Ibn Bashaar) by the Sudanese erudite scholar Sayyid Uthman Ibn Al-Ja'li al-Maaliki. This an important book that is strong stepping stone toward more advanced texts as it cover all the chapters of Fiqh.  It is written a very clear and lucid style that enables the student to understand quite easily those difficult issues.  Highly recommended and regularly taught in West Africa. This course is in two sections.

Aqidah 02A- This course will continue the study of the creed of the Muslim in further detail.  The text for this course will be "Jawharatul Tawhid" by Imam al-Laqqani.  The commentaries to be read and studied for this course will be that of Imam Sawi and Imam Baajuri.

Hadith Science 02B- This course will continue the study of Mustalahaat al-Hadith.  The text used for this course will be the famous commentary by the great Mauritanian scholar Sidi Abdullah Ibn Ibrahim al-Alawi ash-Shanquitti entitled "Tala'atul Anwaar". This course is in two parts.

Mantiq 02A- This course will introduce the student to the science of Mantiq, or Logic.  The text traditionally used for this course will be the "Sullam" by Sidi Abdur Rahman al-Akhdari.  This will prove to be a very important and beneficial course for our students as they advance in their studies. This course is in two parts.

Level 2B 

 

Fiqh 02B-. This course will continue the study of the Maaliki tradition. The text used for the course is the famous book "The Risalah" of Ibn Abi Zayd al-Qayrwaani, who was known as "Little Maalik".  This text has alot of barakah and is a foundational text within the school of Imam Maalik.

 

Mantiq 02B- part 2....see previous course description.

Aqidah 02B- see previous course description.

Hadith Science 02B- part 2 ....see previous course description.

 

 

Level 3A 

 

Fiqh 03A- This course will be a more advanced journey into Maliki fiqh as a primer to The Mukhtasar Khalil. The text used for this course will be The Kafaf al Mubtadi by Shaykh Muhammad Mauluud ash-Shanquitti. The Kafaf covers all the chapters of fiqh and is considered the strongest book in the Maliki school next to the Mukhtasar Khalil. It is said in Mauritania that “Khalil is the president and Kafaf is the ambassador.” This course is in two sections -

 

Tasawwuf 03A- This course will cover the dynamic work authored by the great Wolof scholar of Senegal Shaykh Ahmadu Bamba Mbacke entitled “Masaalik al Jinaan.” This work is a verified version of a previous work by Shaykh Yadaali ash-Shanquitti. The student here will be further experience the profound thought and wisdoms of the famous West African marabout. This course is in two sections.

 

Nahw 03A- This course will continue Grammar studies with Ibn Hisham’s famous text Qatr Nadaa. This a standard prerequisite that serves as an excellent primer to the Alfiyya of Ibn Maalik. This course is in two sections.(part 1)

 

Ilm Uroodh 03A- This course will introduce the students to the science metrics and prosody.  This is essential for the understanding of Arabic poetry which is required for the mastery of Arabic Language.  The text used for this course will be the "Nadthm of Ibn Abdm ash-Shanquitti fi Uroodh" by the well known Mauritanian scholar.

Level 3B 

Fiqh 03B-  part 2 of Kafaf.  see previous course description.

Tasawwuf 03B- part 2....see previous course description.

Nahw 03B- part 2....see previous course description.

 

Arabic 03B- Qatru Nadaa (part 2)…see p

Ilm Uroodh 03B- part 2.  see previous course description.

Usul 03B- this course will serve as the introductory course to the science of Usul al Fiqh.  The text used will be the nadthm of the famous text "Waraqaat" of Imam al-Juwayni. The nadthm is written by Muhammad Ibn Mukhtar ash-Shanquitti with the commentary by the famous Mauritanian scholar Shaykh Yahya al-Wulaati.