with Ustadh Hafiz Abdullah Muhammad*

Part 1: Tuesday 25th May 2010
Part 2: Tuesday 29th June 2010

Time: 6pm - 9pm
Venue: Idea Store Canary Wharf, Churchill Place, Canary Wharf, London E14 5RB

Surah al-Baqarah (The Cow] is the second chapter of the Qur'an consisting
of 286 verses (Ayat).  Whilst Surah al-Fatihah is an ‘introduction’ to the
Qur’an, Surah al-Baqarah is a ‘summary’ of the entire Qur’an and regarded
as the ‘mini-Qur’an’ as it deals with all the essential contents of the
Qur’an such as faith, history, rituals (purity, prayer, charity, fasting
& Hajj) and laws (food, marriage, divorce, inheritance & Jihad).  Both
Surahs are also complementary; in the first Surah one asks for Guidance
whilst the second Surah begins by stating that “it is a Guide for the
God-conscious”.  Taqwa or God-consciousness is an underlying theme
throughout the Surah.

Surah al-Baqarah is a unique Surah as it is the longest chapter
in the Qur’an, it contains the ‘greatest verse in the Qur’an’ (v.255),
the very final Revelation (v.281) and the longest verse in the Qur’an
(v.282).  Like Surah al-Fatihah and Ayatul Kursi, the last two verses
of this Surah are also of special importance.  This Surah is an early
Medinan Surah which was almost completely revealed within the first
two years in Madinah.  Among the virtues of this Surah is that ‘Satan
flees from a house in which Surah al-Baqarah is read’.  In another
Hadith we are told:  “Read Surah al-Baqarah, because in having it
there is blessing, and in ignoring there is a sorrow”.

Surah al-Baqarah is spread over Juz 1, Juz 2 and the first half
of Juz 3.  We will study the Surah in two sessions.  The first session
will cover Juz 1 which predominantly deals with faith, righteousness
and lesson to be learnt from history and Juz 2 which predominantly
deals with laws which were laid down for the foundation of the
first Islamic State in Madinah.  The second session will cover
Juz 3 inc. Ayatul Kursi (Verse of the Throne) and the concluding
verses of the Surah.



Thematic exegesis of the entire Qur’an, this course will
provide an brief overview of the structure, themes and guidance
provided in each of the 114 chapters of the Qur’an each month.
This will be done by providing a short brief systematic study
of each of the surahs as follows:

• How surah names are related to each surah and the historical
context of its revelations (asbab al-nuzul)
• Inter-textual relationship and coherence (nazm) between the
verses of each surah and the relationship with the preceding/
following surah
• Cross-reference to other parts of the Qur’an to demonstrate
how ‘the Qur’an explains the Qur’an’
• Discussion on linguistic and stylistic devices (balagha),
problems with translation/interpretation and alternative
plausible interpretations
• Practical guidance and lessons that can be derived
from each surah

During this course, we will analyse various verses of each Surahs
and derive practical lessons by cross references to other parts of
the Qur’an and in the light of classical and modern Tafsir. Inshallah
we have started with Sura Al-Fatiha and will end with Surah an-Nas.

*Ustadh Abdullah Muhammad is a Hafiz of the Qur’an.
He has extensive experience in teaching and has been
studying the Qur’an for over two decades with many
scholars. He has written specialist articles
on the Qur’an and has a large collection of works
including over 50 different translations of the
Qur’an in English. He graduated in Law, Masters
in Islamic Studies (London) and PGCE at the Institute
of Education. Currently he is works as a solicitor and
Director of the British Academy of Qur'anic Studies (BACS).

All welcome - Notes included
Please bring a copy of the Quran with you.
Prayer facilities will be provided

Attendance of previous sessions not necessary
and no pre-requiste knowledge required.

Cost is £10 per session and to confirm your place
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