The Tanwir Intensive is designed not only to equip students with the tools necessary for understanding the language of the Qur'an, but to provide the fundamental knowledge which is required for understanding our faith with unshakable conviction.
Below are the courses covered in the Tanwir Intensive. This curriculum lays the foundation for the Takmil Institue of Higher Islamic Studies 7-year program for those who wish to further their Islamic studies.
Arabic Syntax (ar. ʿIlm al-Naḥw)
Text: Arabic Tutor
Description: This renowned textbook has been selected to impart the crucial subject of Arabic Syntax. In this course, one will study the construction of phrases and sentences as well as the grammatical state of the words. The subject expounds on how words are affected by other governing words, and what apparent changes are caused due to this.
• Learn how phrases and sentences are constructed.
• Understand how words relate to each other.
• Identify case endings.
• Begin negotiating texts.
Morphology (ar. Ṣarf)
Text: Fundamentals of Classical Arabic, Min Kunūz al-Ṣarf
Description: Fundamentals of Classical Arabic and Min Kunūz al-Ṣarf are designed to lucidly convey Arabic morphology, etymology, and verb conjugation. These books make an otherwise difficult subject easy. The instructor will provide exercise worksheets to supplement the texts.
• Learn how verbs conjugate.
• Practice identifying different scales from the Qurʾān.
Arabic Literature (ar. al-Adab al-ʿArabī)
Text: Miftāḥ al-ʿArabiyyah
Description: Miftāḥ al-ʿArabiyyah focuses on reading and writing. It starts with simple phrases, gradually building up to complex sentences. Each lesson is supplemented with exercises, allowing one to augment each lesson through practical application.
• Learn to read and write Arabic.
• Practice translating from English to Arabic and from Arabic to English.
Arabic Literature (ar. al-Adab al-ʿArabī)
Text: Qaṣaṣ al-Nabiyyīn (volumes 1-2), Miftāḥ al-Qurʾān
Description: Qaṣaṣ al-Nabiyyīn is studied at institutes across the Middle East and Southeast Asia. The series is designed to progressively build a student’s understanding of Arabic. It presents stories of various prophets, edifying the reader with exemplary conduct and teachings. The classical Arabic studied in these works lays the foundation for one to access the Qurʾān and the Ḥadīth in their original language.
In Miftāḥ al-Qurʾān, students will learn words and phrases from the Qurʾān, gradually building up towards full sentences and paragraphs.
• Read basic Arabic literature.
• Practice negotiating Arabic texts.
• Compose sentences in Arabic.
• Begin translating from the Qurʾān.
Conversational Arabic (ar. Muḥādathah)
Text: al-Qirāʾat al-ʿArabiyyah
Description: This text concentrates on developing articulacy in Arabic. The text’s arrangement is practical. Its lessons incorporate Arabic that hones one’s conversational skills without detailing the language’s theoretical aspects. Accordingly, one will apply the language without requiring a significant background in sciences like Arabic Grammar and Morphology. A hardworking and diligent student will significantly improve their conversational abilities in Arabic. The first volume will be covered.
• Experience communicating in Arabic.
• Develop and improve one’s ability to communicate in Arabic.
Islāmic Theology (ar. ʿAqīdah)
Text: al-ʿAqīdah al-Ṭaḥāwiyyah
Description: Imām Abū Jaʿfar al-Ṭaḥāwī’s text is succinct, listing only that which is necessary for a Muslim to know and believe. The work’s contents are derived from Islām’s primary sources: the Qurʾān and the Sunnah. In class, contemporary issues related to Islāmic theology and theology in general will be addressed.
• Learn the tenets of Islām in detail.
• Analyze heterodox sects and some of the refutations scholars provided rebutting their arguments.
Islāmic Jurisprudence (ar. Fiqh)
Text: Ascent to Felicity
Description: Abū al-Ikhlāṣ Ḥasan al-Shurunbulālī’s Ascent to Felicity is an excellent primer that is easily accessible to anyone with even a basic exposure to Islāmic legal works. The students will learn the chapters on purity (ar. ṭahārah) and prayer (ar. ṣalāh). Solutions to contemporary issues that we face in our daily lives will be explained in detail. Prior to reading the text, this course covers a detailed introduction to the principles of jurisprudence and its evolution prepared by a teacher.
• Learn the fundamental rulings pertaining to purity.
• Learn the fundamental rulings pertaining to prayer.
Prophetic Biography (ar. Sīrah)
Text: Prophet of Mercy
Description: Prophet of Mercy by Shaykh Abū al-Ḥasan ʿAlī al-Nadwī covers the life of the Prophet Muḥammad ﷺ, the historical backdrop preceding the nascent period of Islām, and the military expeditions and victories associated with it. What distinguishes this book from similar works on the topic is its breadth and careful attention to details, illustrated maps of events, carefully worded questions at the end of each chapter, and an exhaustive glossary of Arabic terms.
• Gain a strong understanding of the life of the Prophet ﷺ.
• Develop a deep bond with the Prophet ﷺ and inclulate the desire to emulate him.
• Extract lessons from the noble sīrah and apply them to modern contexts.
• Learn how to refute modern-day objections against the Prophet ﷺ.
Qurʾān Recitation (ar. Tajwīd)
Text: Beginner’s Notes on Tajwīd
Description: The notes of al-Qārī Ayyūb Essack are used to impart this subject. Both theoretical and practical aspects of tajwīd will be covered. The student will memorize and recite the 30th juzʾ with tajwīd to the teacher.
• Acquire an understanding of the subject’s primary rules.
• Apply the rules by reciting to a teacher.
• Learn about the narration of Ḥafṣ from ʿĀṣim via the chain of the Shāṭibiyyah.
• Recite the Qurʾān as the Prophet ﷺ recited it.
Spirituality (ar. Tazkiyah)
Text: Etiquettes for Students, Bidāyat al-Hidāyah
Description: The first textbook, Etiquettes for Students, concentrates on ten fundamental qualities that a student must embody to succeed in the path of learning. The author explains these qualities using anecdotes from scholars of the past. The second text, Bidāyat al-Hidāyah, is one of Imām al-Ghazālī’s final works. Thereby, this masterpiece embodies an erudite scholar’s lifetime of learning, experience, and spirituality. Within it, he elucidates how leading a life guided by the divine is achieved through God-consciousness (ar. taqwā), and he details the keys to success in one’s initial stages of learning. The instructor will expound on other deeper dimensions of self-reformation.
• Study an introduction on how to become a student of knowledge.
• Identify pitfalls experienced by one treading the path to knowledge.
• Learn how to develop taqwā.
• Start actualizing one’s knowledge through practice.