Shaksiyya Islamia Level 1 to 5

Shaksiyya Islamia Level 1 to 5

The Islamic culture (thaqafa) is the secret of success of the Islamic Ummah. It is what distinguished the Ummah from other nations and showcased its advancement and progress. Sadly today the Islamic culture has lost its early vitality and is seen by some as incapable of addressing modern problems. Some have resorted to its study as a relic of the past while others have tried to modernise it by dispossessing it if its essence. How can we study the Islamic sciences from the perspective of Ihya (revival)?

Imam Ghazali has attempted it in the past and such a study is required once again as the Ummah faces many intractable challenges. It is with the aim of addressing this question that we have introduced this course. This course will address the most pressing intellectual, theological and jurisprudential issues and problems of Muslim thought from the perspective of the rejuvenation of the Islamic sciences in the modern context.


Taught by: Ustadh Kamal Abu Zahra


We have based our course on volume 1 of Shaykh Taqiuddin an-Nabhani’s magnum opus entitled ‘al-Shaksiyyah al-Islamiyyah’ which deals with the above question. The book ‘Islamic Personality’ takes its title from the second chapter of the book with the same name which embarks on the most important of the Islamic disciplines; the question of what constitutes the Islamic personality of the individual and the Ummah. This is one the most pressing intellectual problem of Muslim thought and the book presents a cogent answer. The rest of the volume I focuses on various Islamic declines (‘Uloom) from the perspective of rejuvenation of the Islamic sciences in the modern context.

Teaching Style

The approach will not be rote learning of classifications but seeks to stimulate thinking about the Islamic sciences and a lot of background reading will be required. Arabic terminology and learning of Islamic texts will be encouraged throughout the course so the student is not only familiar with the concept but also the texts from which the concept is derived. Once a framework for understanding is established it is expected that the student can use this as a spring board for further study and research.

The course is divided into five levels and each level consists of 10 weeks. Students will be expected to take an exam at the end of each level and can progress to the next level if they gain a satisfactory mark with minimum attendance rate of 80%. Each level will be charged separately.

Aims and Outcomes

  • To provide an in depth understanding  of the Islamic culture from the perspective of decline and renewal of Muslim thought
  • To provide a deep understanding of the key themes and issues relating to the Islamic culture from the classical and contemporary scholarship
  • To build intellectual confidence in the Islamic culture and inspire further study


The entry requirement is that the student has a general familiarity with the topics of study. This course presumes an intermediate knowledge of the Islamic sciences and is not suitable for those who wish to gain an introductory understanding.

Teaching Methods

  • Classes take place once a week for 10 weeks at each level.
  • Classes consist principally of lectures and discussion.
  • Students should allow time for private reading and study.

Level One:

Islamic Creed:  Fundamentals

Week 1: Tafseer of Opening Ayah: Sura Nisa verse 136

Week 2: Islamic Aqeedah I: Tafakkur & Tadabbur

Week 3: The Meaning of Yawm al-Qiyama (Day of Resurrection)

Week 4: Reviving the Core Aqidah: Rizq

Week 5: Reviving the Core Aqidah: Ajl

Week 6: Reviving the Core Aqidah:  Tawakkul

Week 7: I’jaz (miracle) of Qur’an

Week 8: Guidance, Misguidance and The Saved Sect

Week 9: The Islamic Personality

Week 10: Shortcomings in Personality (thugharaat)

Week 11: Revision

Week 12: Exam

Level Two:

Islamic Creed: Scholarly Controversy

Week 1: Islamic ‘Aqeedah II: Criteria of Certainty

Week 2: The Hujjiyah (proof) of Khabar Ahad (action & belief)

Week 3: Branches of ‘Aqeedah

Week 4: Islamic Aqeedah III: History & Controversies

Week 5: The Errors of Kalam Methodology

Week 6: Allah’s Attributes

Week 7: Qada wal Qadr

Week 8: Prophets, Messengers & Infallibility

Week 9: The Revelation: Did the Prophet (saw) exercise Ijtihad?

Week 10: Compilation of Qur’an & Modern Scholarship

Week 11: Revision

Week 12: Exam

Level Three:

Islamic Jurisprudence

Week 1: What is Ijtihad?

Week 2: Conditions of Ijtihad

Week 3: Types of Mujtahideen

Week 4: Modernist Ijtihad

Week 5: Taqleed I: Definition, Hukm & Permissibility

Week 6: Taqleed II: Limits and Criteria

Week 7: Learning the Hukm Shar’i

Week 8: Science of Khilaf

Week 9: Strength of the Evidence

Week 10: Shura and Hukm Shar’i

Week 11: Revision

Week 12: Exam

Level Four:

Islamic Disciplines I

Week 1: The Islamic Culture

Week 2: The Method of Study in Islam

Week 3: Non Muslim Culture & Madaniyyah

Week 4: Sunnah & the Science of Hadith

Week 5: Ruwwat (transmitters) of Hadith

Week 6: Categories of Hadith

Week 7: Mutawatir: Ma’na & Lafz

Week 8: Hadith Mursal & Qudsi

Week 9: The Value of Weak Hadith

Week 10: Sirah, Historiography and the Orientalists

Week 11: Revision

Week 12: Exam

Level Five:

Islamic Disciplines II

Week 1: Quranic Exegeses (tafseer) & Approaches

Week 2: Need for Mufasireen Today?

Week 3: A Reader in Contemporary Tafseer

Week 4: Usul al-Fiqh & its Origins

Week 5: Role of Imam Shafi’i

Week 6: Fiqh & its Decline

Week 7: Renewal of Fiqh

Week 8: Reformist Fiqh: Identity & Loyalty

Week 9: Examining the Claim of Foreign Influences in Islamic Law?

Week 10: Enrichment & Reflection

Week 11: Revision

Week 12: Exam

Method of Assessment

At the end of the course there will be a final exam and dissertation and students will be awarded certificates of completion with grades; distinction (70 plus), first (60-69) and second class (50-59) based on the overall mark of the three exams sat with the final exam representing greater share of the marks. Students who do not achieve at least 50% mark in any given exam will not be allowed to move to the next level. The dissertation will represent 20% of the available marks whilst examination is 80%.

Basic Reading List

  1. The Islamic Personality Vol 1 Taquiddin an-Nabhani
  2. Coulson, N. J., A History of Islamic Law. Edinburgh , 1964.
  3. Doi, Abdur Rahman. Shariah the Islamic Law. London: Ta Ha publishers, 1984.
  4. Hallaq, W. A History of Islamic Legal Theories. Cambridge, 1997.
  5. Kamali, I. T. S. Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence. Cambridge, 1991.

Detailed Reading List to Follow

This course is due to begin on Tuesday 17th June 2014 7pm to 9pm.

Note: This course is strictly by registration. To register please email in with your info.

The course price is £90 for 12 weeks (per level).