Hold Tightly to the Rope of God
Navigating the Qu'ran and Sunnah in Troubled Times
We will explore some of the most salient issues we confront today in navigating the foundational sources of our religion, the Qur’an and the Sunnah.While there are a great many questions to study related to our Sacred Scriptures, each one of our teachers will discuss an important topic united by this larger theme.
Each of these three topics will reconnect us with an important dimension of the Qur’anic message and the Prophetic legacy. We will, God willing, enhance our understanding to our Sacred Scriptures in ways that will benefit us on our path to God and in serving our communities and humanity.
Study the Prophetic guidance concerning Islamic eschatology and the signs of the end of time
How do these signs and portents pertain to us as individuals, to our communities and to humanity at large? We will address some of the excesses and misunderstandings prevalent today, such as the identification of specific events and phenomena in our times as the instantiation of particular signs of the last day. We will also learn broader methodological principles about how to engage with the Qur’an and the Sunnah on theological topics.
Gain a deeper understanding of the epistemology of our theology
Some of the questions we will examine include: How do we know what we believe about God, the Prophets, and matters of the Unseen? What scriptural evidence do we use to affirm our theological beliefs? What matters are open to conjecture and speculation and what matters are univocal and definitive? And, what is the utility of the distinction between definitively and preponderantly established (qaṭʿī wa dhannī) texts and beliefs?
Study controversial issues relating to the content of hadith
We frequently encounter individual hadith reports that are described as ‘problematic’; because they seem to contradict other reports, they conflict with our understanding of the Prophetic legacy, or they clash with our modern sensibilities. How did the hadith masters and commentators historically assess and contextualize these reports? How should these reports inform our personal practice, our ethical ideals, and most importantly, our relationship with our Prophet, God’s peace and blessings be upon him? This topic has important implications for a range of controversial topics, from theology, to contentious legal rulings, to questions about women and gender.
A Nurturing Environment
Program Dates: March 1 – March 5, 2018
Over the course of 4 days, we will attempt to acquire practical, life changing lessons from Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah and other scholars, and benefit from the company of Shaykh Sherif Muhammad Haydara al-Jilani. A typical day consists of roughly 6 hours of instruction, with ample time for relaxation and activities on board the Le Fayan cruise boat.
Registration includes land transportation to/from the airport or train station, 4 nights on the cruise boat, all meals, tuition for sessions, and 3-4 guided excursions.