Maqasid al-Shariah or ‘The Objectives of Shariah’

Maqasid al-Shariah or ‘The Objectives of Shariah’ is a hot topic in Muslim scholarly circles in both the East and the West. This concept is used today by both traditional scholars and modern academics as a source of Islamic law to address modern issues of jurisprudence and to also show the rest of the world the relevance of the Shariah for modern times. Most often the maqasid are categorised as follows:
  • Protection of Religion
  • Protection of Life
  • Protection of Intellect
  • Protection of Progeny
  • Protection of Wealth
However Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi thinks that the whole concept of maqasid has been misunderstood by many of the contemporary scholars and academics. He also thinks that this misunderstanding is in fact a danger to religion, life and intellect etc. rather than being a protection. In this regard he says:
“The heart of the issue is submission or Islam, the acceptance of boundaries to the autonomy of human reason and judgement and human will. Muslims, on the whole, being Muslim, accept such boundaries; non-Muslims on the whole refuse them. My fear is that the concept of maqasid is liable to abuse in order to authorize and legitimize the adoption of norms and laws that have no sound basis in Islamic legal tradition. And because the Islamic legal tradition is an expression of Islam, of the submission that is the heart of our faith, I fear that contemporary misunderstanding of the concept of maqasid is a danger to the faith as well as to the religion and culture, to iman as well as din.” - Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi 
Those who advocate the modern maqasid principle rely heavily on the works of Imam al-Shāțibī (d. 790 AH), particularly his book “al-Muwāfaqāt fī Uṣūl al-Sharī’a” (The Reconciliation of the Fundamentals of Islamic Law).
Coming up this Saturday is a closer examination of al-Muwāfaqāt fī Uṣūl al-Sharī’a for the first time in the English language by Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi. It is an eye-opening seminar that reveals the gulf between the understanding of maqasid of the early jurists and the understanding of contemporary jurists. Please have a look at the following 2-minute video to get a taste of what is to come in this Saturday’s seminar in London and Online Worldwide.You can either enrol for the individual seminar or sign up for the whole diploma programme with a 60% discount. Recordings of missed classes will be provided.

Al-Muwāfaqāt fī Uṣūl al-Sharī’a
The Reconciliation of the Fundamentals of Islamic Law

Abu Isḥāq al-Shāțibī (d. 790 AH)

By Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi  (Dean of Cambridge Islamic College)
Date: Saturday 8 November 2014  |  Time: 10:00am – 6:30pm
“This is the first comprehensive and coherent exposition of the objectives of Shari`ah. We will give a detailed introduction to this work and explain its contemporary relevance, how it has been misread in some respects by many Muslims (and non-Muslims), with emphasis on recent misunderstanding and misapplication of the concept of maqasid.” - Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi
20% Early Bird Discount if booked by Friday midnight
 
It is also possible to enrol for the full diploma programme and receive the recordings for missed classes. Please see below for details.
Diploma in Introduction to Classical Islamic Texts
By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Dean of Cambridge Islamic College)
Historic One-Year Diploma Programme
16 Classical Islamic Texts Covered in 20 Classes from April 2014 to March 2015

24 Page Brochure: bit.ly/cicdicit_brochure 

50% DISCOUNT FOR ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS
 
Primary Location: Queen Mary University of London, E1 4NS
 
Satellite Locations: Cambridge, Manchester, Birmingham, and Dallas (Texas, USA)

Online Worldwide: Live & Recorded Access @  Home

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/ClassicalIslamicTexts
 
Full Introduction: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIk1C72KrwA
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Tel:  07736 779448 / 01223 655223  Email: diploma@cambridgeislamiccollege.org

Take from Teachers, not from Preachers

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“Take Knowledge from the Teachers, not from the Preachers”

- Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi, Dean and Founder of Cambridge Islamic College
Most of us are confused between teachers and preachers.Today, preachers are like superstars and celebrities, attracting huge audiences with their impressive speeches and entertaining humour everywhere they go. But the real teachers and scholars who have deep knowledge and understanding and are humble in their appearance and character are neither respected nor sought after.
Why is there such confusion between superficial knowledge and genuine scholarship?
Coming up on Sunday 21st September is a special event on the theme of “Islamic Scholarship in The 21st Century – Revival or Crisis?” by Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi, Dean and Founder of Cambridge Islamic College.
Topics covered include:
✦ Traditional Islamic Institutions – What is Their Relevance Today?
✦ Modern Islamic Institutions –  Are They Really Islamic?
✦ Islamic Scholars – What is Their Role in Modern Society?
✦ Female Scholarship – How To Revive?
✦ Islamic & Secular Education – Conflicting or Complementary?
✦ Modern Islamic Curriculum – Unifying or Divisive?
✦ Islamic Scholarship – Progressing or Regressing?
✦ Question & Answers
The event will also feature:
✦ Cambridge Islamic College (CIC) – Presentation
✦ 2-Year Full-Time Residential CIC Advanced Alimiyyah Degree – Introduction
✦ 4-Year Part-Time Online CIC Alimiyyah Degree – Introduction
✦ Part-Time Onsite and Online CIC Diploma Programmes

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Islamic Scholarship in The 21st Century – Revival or Crisis?

By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

London & Online Worldwide (Live & Recorded)

Date: Sunday 21st September 2014 | 2:00PM – 7:00PM BST

Venue: Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS
Fogg Lecture Theatre, Fogg Buulding (Free Parking)Tickets: Onsite London £5 (including dinner and refreshments)
Tickets: Online Worldwide £5 (including live and 30-day recorded access)

PLEASE BOOK BY 20TH SEPTEMBER

www.cambridgeislamicsciences.com/islamicscholarship/

Cambridge Islamic College

Al-Risalah of Imam Shafi’e – The Muslim Philosophy of Thinking

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Al-Risalah of Imam Shafi’e – The Muslim Philosophy of Thinking

Imam Al-Shafi’e was a genius and his work ‘Al-Risalah’ was unprecedented in the history of mankind. For the first time in centuries, Imam Al-Shafi’e taught the world how to think ‘outside the box’. Throughout the ages people had ways of thinking but a certain methodical way of thinking was introduced to the world by Greek philosophers and logicians such as Aristotle and Plato. This way of thinking was adopted by many, including Muslim philosophers and Islamic scholars. Muslims were applying Greek thinking to the Qur’an and the Sunnah. Imam Al-Shafi’e came in the 8th Century CE to pose a serious challenge to this way of thinking. He could clearly see how Greek and Hellenistic thinking had corrupted Christianity and how the Muslims were following suit. So he wrote ‘Al-Risalah’ to explain to the Muslims and the world what is the “Muslim Philosophy of Thinking”.

 This is your opportunity to get to know this profound effort of Imam Al-Shafi’e with this historic seminar coming up this weekend with Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi – one of the foremost scholars, researchers and thinkers in the world today.

This will be the first ever seminar of its kind looking at the ideas and works of Imam Shafi’e. Please have a look at the following 2-minute video to get a taste of what is to come in the weekend seminar in London and Online Worldwide.You can either enrol for the individual seminar or sign up for the whole diploma programme with a 60% discount. Recordings of missed classes will be provided.

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Kitab al-Risala fi Usul al-Fiqh
Treatise on the Foundations of Islamic Jurisprudence
Muhammad ibn Idris al-Shafi‘i (150-204 AH)

By Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Dean of Cambridge Islamic College)

Date: Weekend 13-14 September 2014  |  Time: 10:00am – 6:30pm

www.cambridgeislamicsciences.com/seminars/onsite-and-online/kitab-al-risala-fi-usul-al-fiqh/

20% Early Bird Discount if booked by Friday midnight
“Shafi`i composed this work in response to a request from the leading imam `Abd al-Rahman b. Mahdi to explain the significance of the Quran and the Sunnah, and their relationship, for deriving the law. The Risalah is a brilliant exposition of the basic principles of and argumentation in Islamic law. It is the first explicit formulation of the terms and discipline of usul al-fiqh. We will highlight how this discipline evolved, and then how it developed in later centuries.” - Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi
Diploma in Introduction to Classical Islamic Texts
By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Dean of Cambridge Islamic College)
 Historic One-Year Diploma Programme
16 Classical Islamic Texts Covered in 20 Classes from April 2014 to March 2015
 24 Page Brochure: bit.ly/cicdicit_brochure
50% DISCOUNT FOR ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

Primary Location: Queen Mary University of London, E1 4NS

Satellite Locations: Cambridge, Manchester, Birmingham, and Dallas (Texas, USA)
Online Worldwide: Live & Recorded Access @  Home

Orientalists Baffled by Imam Shafie’s Risalah

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Orientalists Baffled by Imam Shafie’s Risalah

“I know many orientalists who study this work find it very hard to believe such an advanced work could have been done so early on in the history of Islam. But we have manuscripts of al-Risala written by Imam Shafie’s students.” - Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

Why are the orientalists from the top universities of the world baffled by al-Risalah? What make al-Risalah a unique work in the history of mankind? This is your opportunity to get to know Imam Shafie and his Risala more closely with this historic seminar coming up this weekend with Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi – one of the foremost scholars, researchers and thinkers in the world today. 

This will be the first ever seminar of its kind looking at the ideas and works of Imam Shafi’e. Please have a look at the following 2-minute video to get a taste of what is to come in the weekend seminar in London and Online Worldwide.You can either enrol for the individual seminar or sign up for the whole diploma programme with over a 50% discount. Recordings of missed classes will be provided.

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Kitab al-Risala fi Usul al-Fiqh

Treatise on the Foundations of Islamic Jurisprudence

Muhammad ibn Idris al-Shafi‘i (150-204 AH)

By Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Dean of Cambridge Islamic College)

Date: Weekend 13-14 September 2014  |  Time: 10:00am – 6:30pm

www.cambridgeislamicsciences.com/seminars/onsite-and-online/kitab-al-risala-fi-usul-al-fiqh/

“Shafi`i composed this work in response to a request from the leading imam `Abd al-Rahman b. Mahdi to explain the significance of the Quran and the Sunnah, and their relationship, for deriving the law. The Risalah is a brilliant exposition of the basic principles of and argumentation in Islamic law. It is the first explicit formulation of the terms and discipline of usul al-fiqh. We will highlight how this discipline evolved, and then how it developed in later centuries.” - Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi
Diploma in Introduction to Classical Islamic Texts
By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Dean of Cambridge Islamic College)
Historic One-Year Diploma Programme
16 Classical Islamic Texts Covered in 20 Classes from April 2014 to March 2015

24 Page Brochure: bit.ly/cicdicit_brochure

50% DISCOUNT FOR ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS
Primary Location: Queen Mary University of London, E1 4NS
Satellite Locations: Cambridge, Manchester, Birmingham, and Dallas (Texas, USA)

Online Worldwide: Live & Recorded Access @  Home

Register Now @ www.CambridgeIslamicSciences.com

Cambridge Islamic College

 

Tel:  07736 779448 / 01223 655223  Email: diploma@cambridgeislamicsciences.com

Evolution, Ibn Khaldun & The Progressives

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Does Ibn Khaldun Advocate The Theory of Evolution?

The Theory of Evolution as espoused by Charles Darwin has almost attained a religious status. It appears that if one wants to be seen as modern and progressive then they will have no choice but to adhere to this new religion. Unsurprisingly Muslims are not left alone. To show the world that we are more advanced and even more progressive than the rest some Muslims have latched on to some statements of a famous scholar by the name of Ibn Khaldun who lived in the 9th Century AH. They say that Ibn Khaldun has expressed a theory of biological evolution 500 years before Darwin in his book Al-Muqaddimah. They quote the following:

“The animal world then widens, its species become numerous, and, in a gradual process of creation, it finally leads to man, who is able to think and reflect. The higher stage of man is reached from the world of monkeys, in which both sagacity and perception are found, but which has not reached the stage of actual reflection and thinking. At this point we come to the first stage of man. This is as far as our (physical) observation extends.” [Wikipedia - Muqaddimah]

Many are perplexed and confused as to what Ibn Khaldun was actually saying. Naturally the following questions are raised:
  • Did Ibn Khaldun actually say this and if so what did he really mean?
  • What were the prevailing theories at that time?
  • How did other scholars of Islam understand the work of Ibn Khaldun?
  • What are the sources for his book Al-Muqaddimah?
  • Did Charles Darwin copy Ibn Khaldun?
  • Regardless of what Ibn Khaldun says can the Darwinian Theory of Evolution be accepted by Muslims?
  • What should be the position of Muslims with regards to biological evolution?

These no doubt are very important questions and they will be addressed (besides many other aspects of Al-Muqaddimah) in the upcoming seminar this Sunday by the renowned Islamic scholar and thinker, Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi. This will be the first ever seminar of its kind looking at the ideas and work of Ibn Khaldun. Please have a look at the following 2-minute video to get a taste of what is to come in the full-day seminar in London and Online Worldwide.You can either enrol for the individual seminar or sign up for the whole diploma programme with over a 50% discount. Recordings of missed classes will be provided.

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Al-Muqaddimah – An Introduction to History
Ibn Khaldūn Al-Ḥaḍrami (732-808 AH)
Date: Sunday 7th September 2014  |  Time: 9:30AM – 6:30pm
“This work records an early view of universal history. Some modern scholars regard it as the first work on the philosophy of history and a pioneer in such disciplines as sociology, demography, historiography, cultural history, and economics. It also deals with Islamic theology, law, political theory and the natural sciences of biology and chemistry. Ibn Khaldun wrote the work in 1377 as the Preface or first book of his planned world history, but already in his lifetime it became regarded as an independent work. The course will provide a critical introduction of the work.” - Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi
Diploma in Introduction to Classical Islamic Texts
By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi
Historic One-Year Diploma Programme
16 Classical Islamic Texts Covered in 20 Classes from April 2014 to March 2015

24 Page Brochure: http://bit.ly/cicdicit_brochure

50% DISCOUNT FOR ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS
 
Primary Location: Queen Mary University of London
 
Satellite Locations: Cambridge, Manchester, Birmingham, and Dallas (Texas, USA)
Online Worldwide: Live & Recorded Access

 

Register Now @ www.CambridgeIslamicSciences.com

 

Ibn Khaldun – The Rise and Fall of Nations

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Ibn Khaldun – The Rise and Fall of Nations

Muqaddimah of Ibn Khaldun is one of the most important works on the study of the rise and fall of nations. Although it is written in the 9th Century (AH) the ideas and concepts expressed in that work are as modern as any serious work of its kind today. Ibn Khaldun employed a multi-disciplinary approach to analyse history and predict the rise and fall of nations. This no doubt is relevant for us today more than ever before.

“This work records an early view of universal history. Some modern scholars regard it as the first work on the philosophy of history and a pioneer in such disciplines as sociology, demography, historiography, cultural history, and economics. It also deals with Islamic theology, law, political theory and the natural sciences of biology and chemistry. Ibn Khaldun wrote the work in 1377 as the Preface or first book of his planned world history, but already in his lifetime it became regarded as an independent work. The course will provide a critical introduction of the work.” - Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

The seminar coming up on Sunday (as part of the Classical Islamic Texts Diploma) is the first ever seminar of its kind looking at the works and ideas of Ibn Khaldun. Please have a look at the following 2-minute video to get a taste of what is to come on the full-day seminar in London and Online Worldwide. You can either enrol for individual seminars or sign up for the whole programme with over 50% discount. Recordings of missed classes will be provided.

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Al-Muqaddimah – An Introduction to History
Ibn Khaldūn Al-Ḥaḍrami (732-808 AH)
Date: Sunday 7th September 2014  |  Time: 9:30AM – 6:30pm
Diploma in Introduction to Classical Islamic Texts
By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi
Historic One-Year Diploma Programme
16 Classical Islamic Texts Covered in 20 Classes from April 2014 to March 2015

24 Page Brochure: http://bit.ly/cicdicit_brochure

50% DISCOUNT FOR ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS
 
Primary Location: Queen Mary University of London
 
Satellite Locations: Cambridge, Manchester, Birmingham, and Dallas (Texas, USA)
Online Worldwide: Live & Recorded Access

 

Register Now @ www.CambridgeIslamicSciences.com

 

Learn The Essence of The Qur’an – The Last 11 Surahs

This Sunday is the concluding class of the 2-year long Magnificent Journey Seminar Series covering Juz’ Tabarak and Juz’ Amma of the Qur’an. The last seminar will feature the explanation of the last 11 surahs of the Qur’an from Surah Al-Humazah to Surah Al-Naas.

As it is the concluding class Cambridge Islamic Sciences is pleased to offer a 50% discount to celebrate the completion. Please book in advance for either attendance onsite in Cambridge or online Worldwide.

“The surahs revealed in Makkah are the roots, setting the foundations of the Religion and the surahs revealed in Madeenah are the branches, the explanation of the former.” - Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

These last 11 surahs are the shortest in the qur’an, yet they are the most powerful. Almost like a summary of the most important and essential teachings of the Qur’an, these surahs include Surah Al-Ikhlas – equal to 1/3 of the Qur’an. The depth and weight of these concise surahs is unimaginable. You will see this Sunday – insha allah – why the Qur’an can truly benefit only people who think and act, not lazy people.

Juz’ Amma – The Core of the Qur’an – Last 11 Surahs

Tafsir of Surah Al-Humazah to Surah Al-Nas

Magnificent Journey Series

Date: Sunday 31st August 2014   Time: 10AM – 6PM

Primary Venue: Lady Mitchell Hall, Cambridge University

Online: Worldwide Live and Recorded @ Home

Special Offer: 50% Discount    Tickets: From £10.00

Short Video Introduction: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTU7grs3R0w

Registration: www.cambridgeislamicsciences.com

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Other Seminars Coming Up

Sunday 7th September 2014 – London, Cambridge, Birmingham, Manchester, Dallas + Online

Al-Muqaddimah – An Introduction to History
Ibn Khaldūn Al-Ḥaḍrami (732-808 AH)

Introduction to Classical Islamic Texts Diploma

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Weekend 13th & 14th September 2014 – London, Cambridge, Birmingham, Manchester, Dallas + Online

Kitab al-Risāla fī Uṣūl al-Fiqh
Treatise on the Foundations of Islamic Jurisprudence
Muhammad ibn Idrīs al-Shāfi‘ī (150-204 AH)

Introduction to Classical Islamic Texts Diploma

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You can join the full diploma programme with recordings of missed classes by clicking on the image below. You will receive over 50% discount compared to booking individual classes.

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Al-Muqaddimah – An Introduction to History

Al-Muqaddimah – An Introduction to History | Ibn Khaldūn Al-Ḥaḍrami (732-808 AH) 
An Introduction to History

By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Dean of Cambridge Islamic College)

This work records an early view of universal history. Some modern scholars regard it as the first work on the philosophy of history and a pioneer in such disciplines as sociology, demography, historiography, cultural history, and economics. It also deals with Islamic theology, law, political theory and the natural sciences of biology and chemistry. Ibn Khaldun wrote the work in 1377 as the Preface or first book of his planned world history, but already in his lifetime it became regarded as an independent work. The course will provide a critical introduction of the work.


 
Date: Saturday 7th September 2014  |  Time: 9:30AM – 6:30pm

 
Primary Venue: Queen Mary University of London
 
Satellite Venues: Birmingham, Manchester, Dallas Texas
 
Online: Worldwide Live and Recorded @ Home
 
 
Classical Islamic Text Diploma Registration:
 
Please enrol now for this amazing course or the whole series at 50% discount.