Hawza Studies

Babulilm UK has an online Hawza (Islamic Seminary) program in the English language mainly but we do have options of Arabic, Persian, and Urdu also. 
Babulilm UK utilizes modern technology to deliver Islamic Studies all around the world.

Islamic Studies in your own home
Babulilm UK has revolutionized how students can access and further themselves in Islamic Studies. Traditionally, a student wishing to pursue higher Islamic study would have to travel to somewhere in the Middle East and join an Islamic Seminary. In this age of technology, Babulilm UK delivers a comprehensive online Hawza study with the touch of a button at your fingertips.
As long as you have high-speed internet connection Babulilm UK is with you. Expand your horizons in Islamic Studies in the comfort zone of your choice at your own pace.

You are cordially invited to join the live online introductory pre-Hawza/Hawza Studies program first. The Sessions would be for 45 min and 15 min for questions and answers. Where students will have access to the Online Hawza lectures in real-time in English, Urdu, Arabic, and Persian, and they will be given the test online, and finally certified as religious researchers, qualified to do higher research in Islamic sciences and benefiting others with their knowledge. And they will be the most qualified to lead the religious activities and supervise them.

After pre-Hawza, the first year of the program will focus on introductory levels that cover the core Muslim scholarly disciplines including Tajweed Al-Quran, Quranic studies, Mantiq, ‘ilm al-kalam, Islamic History alongside an intensive study of the Arabic language and grammar. The Arabic training enables students to begin to engage directly with Arabic texts for the studies of the various other disciplines. This provides a strong foundation upon which students can advance successfully into advance Islamic studies.

An Inside of the Subject,


Arabic:
The Arabic language is focused to develop the advanced skills required to independently understand, analyse and critically engage with the Arabic of Qur’an. The course is constructed of syllabus dealing with:

  1. Grammar (Nahw)
  2. Syntax/Morphology (Sarf)
  3. Rhetoric (Balagha)
  4. Vocabulary Building Qura’nic morphology (Arabic Through the Quran).
    No prior knowledge of Arabic is required.

Mantiq (Logic):
Mantiq is usually one of the first subjects to be taught at an online Hawza because it is seen as a ‘tool’ (rather than an independent science studied for its own sake) that is necessary for correct thinking and deduction when studying all other Islamic sciences. In particular, it is vital in the study of Theology (kalam/aqaid) and is a necessary prerequisite to studying Islamic Philosophy (falsafa). Whilst a superficial knowledge of kalam or falsafa without logic may be beneficial, to truly be grounded in theology, the study of logic is vital.

The famous Muslim philosopher and logician, al-Farabi, defines logic (mantiq) as an instrumental, rule-based science aimed at directing the intellect towards the truth and safeguarding it from error in its acts of reasoning. Al-Farabi also compares logic to tools such as rulers and compasses, which are used to ensure exactness when we measure physical objects subject to the errors of sensation. Like these tools, logical measures can be employed by their users to verify both their own acts of reasoning and the arguments of others. Logic is especially useful and important to guide the intellect when it is faced with the need to adjudicate between conflicting opinions.

Books taught in online Hawza: Kulasatul Mantiq and Mantiqe Muzaffar.

ILm- Al-KALAM (theology):
Aqaid (theology): is also called ‘Ilm al-Kalam or Usul al-Din. The latter title is rarely used in Hawzas. Shi’ah theology usually discusses issues around five principles: Tawhid (Divine Unity), Adalah (Divine Justice), Nubuwwah (Prophethood), Imamah (Imamate) and Ma’ad (Day of Judgement, also called al-Qiyamah or the Resurrection).

This subject is as important as jurisprudence for the hawza student. It is also a crucial subject for one who is interested in comparative religious studies for it goes beyond discussing the five principles in themselves and discusses issues related to them. For example anthropomorphism (as related to Tawhid), Predestination and Freewill (as related to Adalah), Infallibility (as related to Nubuwwah and Imamah), and Intercession (as related to Qiyamah). Aqaid also discusses religion in general and topics such as the Need for Religion, Pluralism, etc.
Book taught is Bab Al-Hadi Ashar – By Allama Hilli

Tafsir al-Qur’an (Qur’an Exegesis):
‘Ilm al-Tafsir, or “the science of Qur’an exegesis” is usually a systematic (either sequential or thematic) exegetical study of the Qur’an’s verses. This subject is widely studied by all Hawza students and one who chooses to specialize in this field becomes a mufassir or commentator of the Qur’an. Both Shia and Sunni scholars have written literally hundreds of Tafsir works over the ages. Some Shia scholars limit the word tafsir to being the interpretation of the Qur’an by the Prophet [s] Himself and his special household members (the Ahl al-Bayt). They consider all other interpretations as being simply a personal reflection (tadabbur). It is also common for students to form small study groups to share and discuss their understanding of the Qur’an’s verses (i.e. to engage in tadabbur).

Book thought : Introduction To The Science Of Tafseer Of The Quran

History:
We emphasise the study of history. The central themes and periods covered include Pre-Islamic Arabia, The Life of the Prophet.
Book thought: The Message

Tajweed:
Reciting the Holy Quran with Tajweed means to pronounce every letter with all its articulation qualities such as the correct prolongation, merging, conversion, distinctness, and pauses Reciting the Quran with Tajweed allows the reciter to emphasise the accent, phonetics, rhythm, and temper of the Quranic recitation.

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