Seeking knowledge is an obligatory part of our religion, and especially knowledge of Tawheed and Eeman, which is the foundation of our deen.
Our need is to learn the major aspects of Aqeedah in a simplistic and systematic way, for which this course is based on the exemplary book, “Aqeedah at-Tawheed” by Al-Allamah Ash-Shaykh Saalih bin Fawzaan al-Fawzaan (hafidhahullah).
This course covers all the essential principles of Aqeedah that a Muslim is required to know and practice - from the categories of Tawheed to what negates and defies it, like Shirk, Kufr, Nifaq, Fisq, Riddah and Bidah.
Salaah (Prayer) performed genuinely with humility and submission to Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) has unlimited virtues and benefits. It is the noblest expression of faith and the surest way of thanking Allah (subhanahuwa ta'ala) for His unlimited favors. It is the way to obtaining Allah's mercy, generosity, kindness, blessings and a sure way to paradise. Allah (subhanahuwa ta'ala) says in the Noble Qur'aan: “Prosperous indeed are the believers who are humble in their prayers” [Soorah Al-Mu'minun 23:1-2] Unfortunately, today many Muslims offer Salaah in a careless manner following their own whims and desires. This is why most of our Salaah offerings remain deprived of the gleams and blessings of Sunnah. The Fiqh of Salaah course is divided into three parts and its purpose is to teach the Fiqh of Salaah in the light of the Qur’aan and the authentic Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). This is the first part of the Fiqh of Salaah course teaching some very important matters related to the prayers.
Allaah has made Prayer compulsory on his slaves and ordered them to establish it and perform it well. The Prayer was one of the most important things which the Prophet (peace be upon him) explained to the people, verbally and practically, even praying on the pulpit once - standing, bowing and prostrating, and then saying to them, “I have done this so that you may follow me and learn my prayer.” [Bukhaaree & Muslim]
This is the second part of the Fiqh of Salaah course teaching the Description of the Prophet’s Prayer.
Commentaries on Soorahs al-Ikhlaas, al-Falaq and an-Naas were first prepared and presented to my students in the year 1991 in Riyadh and re-presented 15 years later in my Friday Tafseer class at the Qatar Guest Center, Doha, Qatar, in the three months between November 2006 and January 2007. However, like my commentaries on previously published chapters like Soorah al-Kahf, Yaaseen, al-Mulk, al-Burooj, and al-Hujuraat this commentary is a greatly expanded version of the original one which was based mainly on Tafseer Ibn Katheer. This Tafseer contains a far greater depth of understanding due to the number of other classical and contemporary commentaries used like al-Qurtubee’s al-Jaami‘ li Ahkaam al-Qur’aan, Ibn al-Qayyim’s Compilations, ash-Shawkaanee’s Fat’h al-Qadeer, ash-Shanqeetee’s Adwaa ul-Bayaan, as-Sa‘dee’s Tayseer al-Kareem ar-Rahmaan, and Al ‘Uthaymeen’s Tafseer al-Qur’aan al-Kareem. It also contains further reflection on the verses based on my personal experience and exposure to knowledge during the intervening years.
Usool at-Tafseer (lit. The Fundamental Principles of Qur’aanic Interpretation), essentiallyrefers to the branches of knowledge which are necessary to provide an accurate interpretation of the Qur’aanic texts. Usool at-Tafseer addresses the actual step-by-step methodology of interpreting the Qur’aan to ensure that interpretations are not merely the result of human whims and fancies.