TEACHERS & CURRICULUM (2018)
Shaykh Ahmad Saad Al-Azhari, founder and director of Al-Ihsan Institute in the United Kingdom http://www.ihsaninstitute.co.uk
The Parables of the Quran
Shaykh Ahmad has identified nearly 40 parables or similes in the Quran. Some are more popular than others and have been cited often. Some are straightforward and can be interpreted quite easily but many are difficult to unravel. These parables are rich in moral and spiritual lessons and requires a great deal of unpacking to understand their deep meanings. To get at the essence of their moral and spiritual lessons requires a teacher with a sound knowledge of the Quran, the Arabic language and the science of hadith. Although Shaykh Ahmad will not be able to cover all the parables mentioned in the Quran, participants will come away with a taste of the just how vast an ocean of knowledge is contained in the revelation of Allah.
Shaykh Ramzy Ajem, founder and director of Risalah Foundation in Toronto, Canada. http://www.risalah.ca
Contemplating & Reflecting the Divine Names
A serious study of Islamic theology aspires to move a student to a conceptual space where they are able to witness the Divine manifestations of Allah in the cosmos. Reflecting on the deep meanings of the attributes of Allah is meant to help believers grow spiritually on the path of love and gnosis. The acts of God reveal aspects of His Names, by which we beseech Him, contemplate His Qualities, and at times reflect inwardly in our very characters. What are His Names? How are we to understand them? Is the Name and the Named the same? Which of the Names of Allah can we reflect? Shaykh Ramzy will expound on these questions, following the approach of Imam al-Ghazali in his book “al-Maqsad al-Asna fi sharh asma Allah al-husna.” (trans. David B. Burrell, Nazih Daher, “Al-Ghazali: The Ninety-Nine Beautiful Names of God.” Islamic Text Society, 1995). Shaykh Ramzy will be able to cover only a few of the Divine Names. It is not essential that you obtain a copy of Imam Al-Ghazali’s book for his sessions
HOST ORGANIZATION AND VENUE
The Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah Institute (ASWJI) was founded in 2004 by Maulana Siddiq Ahmad Nasir and a number of his senior students. It is located on 70 Mucurapo St. San Fernando in the twin-island Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago. The Institute is in close proximity to the San Fernando Jama Masjid which was established over a 100 years ago by indentured labourers from India to what was then the British colony of Trinidad. For more information on ASWJI please visit our Facebook page facebook.com/ASWJI/ The retreat lectures will be held in the comfortable annex of the Jama Masjid which is an air-conditioned hall that accommodates a limited number of men and women.
We encourage all participants to attend the retreat in full. However, we realise that some participants will have personal commitments and may not have the luxury to take full advantage of this unique opportunity, but nevertheless they would still like to benefit from parts, if not most, of the retreat.
Trinidad participants: $400TT. The daily rate is TT$100.
There are a limited number of full and/or partial scholarships for students requiring assistance.
Non-Trinidadian participants – please send an email expressing your interest in attenting the course to firstname.lastname@example.org
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
The above fee includes lunch for all participants. There will also be tea, coffee and light refreshments at intervals of the day.
Trinidad/Caribbean: Contact Hannah Mohammed (868)-682-0791
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
The methodology of the retreat is based upon taking a complete approach to Islam as derived from the Qur’an and the Prophetic Sunnah as it has been transmitted by qualified men and women of knowledge in unbroken chains of transmission from the time of the Messenger of Allah down to our age. We believe this is the tent of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah and that it is a very large tent which does not exclude or excommunicate anyone who attests to the Oneness of Allah and the finality of His Messenger.
WHY SHOULD I ATTEND?
The Fountain of Knowledge Retreat offers participants a unique opportunity to study some important classical texts/subjects from the repertoire of the Islamic religious sciences with eminent Islamic scholars and teachers. The program will introduce and expand students’ understanding of the rich tradition of classical Islamic knowledge and give students’ an appreciation of how important the ulum al-din are to the preservation and revival of Islam in the contemporary age. Furthermore, the retreat is a means to inspire believers to be active seekers of knowledge and be devoted to the service of the community – as Imam Al-Ghazali said, “Knowledge without work is insanity and work without knowledge is vanity and cannot be.”
Participants will be given pertinent course materials if required and other relevant information at the beginning of the retreat. We will also send registered participants links to audio and video files online to be reviewed prior to the commencement of the program. It may be helpful for participants to bring a copy of the Quran with an English translation they are familiar with.
Please complete the attached application form below. Registrants should be mature and able meet the expectations of the program. The program is open to all interested students, both male and female. To be eligible to participate, applicants should submit a completed form by March 26, 2018. This is a Sacred Knowledge program and all participants are expected to maintain a high level of commitment to the program; observing adab (the etiquettes of learning) is the first sign of true wisdom. Students will be expected to participate in all aspects of the program to the best of their ability.
The program is co-ordinated by an organizing committee made up of a diverse and active group of men and women from the local community in Trinidad and the Caribbean in conjunction with a team in Toronto, Canada. All decisions regarding the program are made in committee according to the principles of shura (mutual consultation).
We ask Allah to give us success in this life and in the life to come and bless the efforts of all the believers and unite their hearts in love of Him. Amin. Wa ma tawfiqi illa billah! And there is no success except from Allah!