Marifa

ʿAbdullāh b. ʿAmr said, “We were gathered around the Messenger of Allah peace be upon him talking about the days of turmoil [fitna]. The Messenger of Allah peace be upon him said, “[That will be a time] when people will break their agreements, betray their trusts, and become like this” – interlacing his fingers, [indicating that it will become difficult to distinguish good from evil, right from wrong, and truth from falsehood]. At this ʿAmr stood up and said, “May Allah make me your ransom! What should I do when that happens?” The Messenger of Allah peace be upon him replied,

At a time when the teachings of Islam are constantly under attack, when we find a myriad of opinions about every religious matter, and people quoting the Quran and Sunna to promote their own interpretations of Islam, it has become more important than ever to take a serious, structured, and well-grounded approach to learning the sacred sciences. The Marifa Program provides a comprehensive 2-year curriculum of part time classes in Islamic studies for college students, young professionals, and adults.

ʿAbdullāh b. ʿAmr said, “We were gathered around the Messenger of Allah peace be upon him talking about the days of turmoil [fitna]. The Messenger of Allah peace be upon him said, “[That will be a time] when people will break their agreements, betray their trusts, and become like this” – interlacing his fingers, [indicating that it will become difficult to distinguish good from evil, right from wrong, and truth from falsehood]. At this ʿAmr stood up and said, “May Allah make me your ransom! What should I do when that happens?” The Messenger of Allah peace be upon him replied,  
At a time when the teachings of Islam are constantly under attack, when we find a myriad of opinions about every religious matter, and people quoting the Quran and Sunna to promote their own interpretations of Islam, it has become more important than ever to take a serious, structured, and well-grounded approach to learning the sacred sciences. The Marifa Program provides a comprehensive 2-year curriculum of part time classes in Islamic studies for college students, young professionals, and adults.

Textbooks:
- Ibn Rajab, Heirs of the Prophets; Ibn Jamāʿa, Etiquette of the Learner.

This is the introductory course for the Marifa Program. In this course students will learn about the virtues, etiquette, and pitfalls of learning the sacred sciences. They will also receive an overview of the major Islamic sciences and what they entail.

This is the introductory course for the Marifa Program. In this course students will learn about the virtues, etiquette, and pitfalls of learning the sacred sciences. They will also receive an overview of the major Islamic sciences and what they entail.

Textbooks:
- Ibn Rajab, Heirs of the Prophets; Ibn Jamāʿa, Etiquette of the Learner.

This course will cover the life of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم from his migration to Medina until his departure from this world.

Textbooks:
- Mohiuddin, Meraj, Revelation: The Story of Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him.

Textbooks:
- Mohiuddin, Meraj, Revelation: The Story of Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him.

This course will cover the life of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم from his migration to Medina until his departure from this world.

Textbooks:
- Ial-Maqdisi, Ibn Qudamah, Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth.

This course will introduce the students to the wonders of the spiritual heart, the relationship between the rūḥ, nafs, ʿaql and qalb, and provide an overview of the major diseases that plague the heart – their significance, causes, symptoms, and cures.

In this course students will explore the Islamic laws that govern the formation, care, and dissolution of the family. Students will learn the rules pertaining to spouse selection, courting, the marriage contract, the wedding, the rights and duties of husbands and wives, divorce, child custody and maintenance.

This course will introduce the students to the wonders of the spiritual heart, the relationship between the rūḥ, nafs, ʿaql and qalb, and provide an overview of the major diseases that plague the heart –their significance, causes, symptoms, and cures.

Textbooks:
- al-Maqdisi, Ibn Qudamah, Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth.

In this course students will explore the Islamic laws that govern the formation, care, and dissolution of the family. Students will learn the rules pertaining to spouse selection, courting, the marriage contract, the wedding, the rights and duties of husbands and wives, divorce, child custody and maintenance.

Textbooks:
- Zubairi, Furhan, An Introduction to the Sciences of the Qurʾaan.
- al-Nawawī, Yaḥya b. Sharaf, Etiquette with the Quran.

In this course students will learn about etiquette with the Quran, the history of the Quran, the multiple readings of the Quran, abrogation in the Quran, and approaches in Quranic exegesis.

Textbooks:
- Philips, Abu Ameenah Bilal, Evolution of Fiqh.

In this course students will learn some basic terminology used by Muslim jurists, explore the evolution of the various schools of jurisprudence, develop an appreciation for the causes of disagreement among Muslim jurists, and learn about ijtihād and taqlīd in Islamic Law.

Textbooks:
- al-Azami, Muhammad Mustafa, Studies in Hadith Methodology and Literature.

This course is an introduction to the science of hadith criticism. Students will also learn about the unique features of each of the Six Books of hadith.

In this course students will learn about etiquette with the Quran, the history of the Quran, the multiple readings of the Quran, abrogation in the Quran, and approaches in Quranic exegesis.

Textbooks:
- Zubairi, Furhan, An Introduction to the Sciences of the Qurʾaan.
- al-Nawawī, Yaḥya b. Sharaf, Etiquette with the Quran.

In this course students will learn some basic terminology used by Muslim jurists, explore the evolution of the various schools of jurisprudence, develop an appreciation for the causes of disagreement among Muslim jurists, and learn about ijtihād and taqlīd in Islamic Law.

Textbooks:
- Philips, Abu Ameenah Bilal, Evolution of Fiqh.

This course is an introduction to the science of hadith criticism. Students will also learn about the unique features of each of the Six Books of hadith.

Textbooks:
- al-Azami, Muhammad Mustafa, Studies in Hadith Methodology and Literature.

Marifa Courses Flow Chart

FAQ

Q: What is the goal/vision of the Marifa program?

A: At a time when the teachings of Islam are constantly under attack with a myriad of opinions about every religious matter, and people quoting the Quran and Sunnah to promote their own interpretations of Islam, it has become more important than ever to take a serious, structured, and well-grounded approach to learning the sacred sciences.

The Marifa program goals are:

  • To realize how little we know
  • To appreciate the richness of the Islamic scholarly tradition
  • To distinguish normative Islam from its aberrant interpretations
  • To develop the ability to answer questions about Islam with clarity and accuracy
  • To become inspired to practice Islam with conviction, sincerity, and excellence

 

Q: What is the age group for the Marifa program?
A: Adults aged 18 and above (college and post-college age).

 

Q: Is this a full-time program?
A: No, the Marifa program is thoughtfully structured as a part-time option to accommodate individuals with busy schedules, such as working professionals.

 

Q: How long does it take to complete the program?
A: The Marifa program spans a 2-year curriculum of Islamic Sciences classes, designed to be taken on a part-time basis.

 

Q: After graduation are you considered a Scholar/Aalim?
A: No. While completing the program provides a comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals of Islamic Sciences, it does not confer the title of a scholar.

 

Q: Do we have to complete the entire program?
A: No, you have the flexibility to enroll in specific classes as they are offered. Completion of all classes is necessary only for the certificate of completion for graduation.

 

Q: Do we have to take classes every semester?
A: No, classes are offered on a rotating basis, allowing students to choose classes that align with their schedules.

 

Q: Do I have to take the classes in order?
A: While not required, it is highly encouraged to take the classes in order, as they progressively build upon one another.

 

Q: Are classes offered online or in-person only?
A: The Marifa program offers a hybrid format, with both online and in-person options. While in-person attendance is encouraged, it’s not obligatory. Classes are offered at the Islamic Association of Collin County (IACC) and Islamic Association of Allen (IAA).

 

Q: Do the courses have an attendance requirement?

A: There are five courses in the Marifa program that require a minimum of 70% attendance either in-person or online (with camera on) for receiving credit. Those classes are:

  • AQD 101 – The Creed of Ahl al-Sunnah
  • FQH 101 – The Fiqh & Heart of Worship
  • FQH 203 – Criminal Law
  • FQH 301 – Contemporary Legal Issues & Fiqh of Minorities
  • TZK 201 – Stations of the Seeker

 

Q: Are there recordings available in case class is ever missed?
A: Yes, every class is recorded and uploaded to the student portal (OneDrive). Students have access to the recording until the end of the semester or class period.

 

Q: What is the difference in doing a course on-demand vs online?
A: On-demand courses are pre-recorded, while online classes are conducted live.

 

Q: Are there any exams and/or assignments?
A: Yes, most classes have assignments such as homework, quizzes, exams, and/ or projects which are required to receive credit for the class.

 

Q: What if I am not able to commit to completing all the assignments and exams?
A: You may attend the class as an auditor, which allows you to attend and benefit from the class without having to do any assignment or receive a grade. Note that for the class to count for a grade, assignments need to be completed.

 

Q: Can I take a class which has prerequisites?
A: Yes, most classes are open to all students, but grades are held until prerequisites are fulfilled.

 

Q: Are discounts, scholarships, or financial aid available?
A. Yes, we always offer an early bird special for our classes. We also offer a family discount: two or more members of the same immediate family enroll into the Marifa course, a student discount, and Taqwa volunteer discount. Scholarships and financial aid are offered on case-to-case basis. Please email TaqwaAdmin@planomasjid.org for more information.

 

Q: Do I need to have a background in Islamic studies to join the program?
A: No.

 

Q: Where is Taqwa Seminary located?
A: At the Islamic Association of Collin County (IACC), in Plano, Texas and the Islamic Association of Allen (IAA), in Allen, Texas.

 

Q: Who should I contact if I have additional questions?
A: For more information, email marifa@planomasjid.org. We look forward to welcoming you to our next class!