As salamu alaikum, peace be upon you. My name is Qays Arthur. Welcome to my personal website where I teach and publish content about Islam. If you know exactly why you are here go right ahead and hit the login, apply, or honorarium button to the right, otherwise feel right at home and scroll down to continue reading.
"Indeed this matter is Religion. So see well concerning whom you take it from." Ibn Sirin
After becoming Muslim in the early nineties I then found it necessary to seek out the correct understanding of the details of the Religion. That search took me to Saudi Arabia and then Jordan where, later in the nineties, I learned Arabic and familiarized myself with sound Sunni creed and practice before returning to Guyana where I would serve in the education department at Guyana's premier Islamic organization. In 2007 I left my native land again to return to Jordan.
Since that time I have been in Amman with my wife and children learning the Religion, and seeking out a spritual path with upright and learned men of the Religion. I have read texts in Fiqh (Jurisprudence), Aqida (Doctrine), and other related areas and teach with the blessing of and according to the direction of my teachers. See my LinkedIn profile.
Basic Doctrine covers the fundamental beliefs of Muslims with a view to strengthening conviction and dealing with misgivings. Monotheism, Prophecy, and the Unseen are among the topics covered.
Ritual Worship concerns the jurisprudence of the five pillars of the Religion: from ritual prayer to the pilgrimage. Both the practical legal details and the associated ethical lessons are addressed.
Everyday Worship cover legal and ethical rulings of matters like food, entertainment, and family life. The objective is to help develop a moral sensibility that is grounded in the Sacred Law or Sharia.
Decorum addresses, with examples from life and hadith, the social graces and proprieties that are mandated and encouraged in the teachings of the Quran and the luminous example of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.
Classes are conducted from my home in a traditional informal manner where the text is read in its entirity and questions are taken. The goal is completion of the text with a sound, practical understanding of areas of particular importance in the sacred law given the individual student's situation (in the case of private classes). The focus on is on learning the fundamentals of the Religion and exhortation to improve the faith and practice of the student as well as the teacher.
All matters of Jurisprudence are taught in accordance with the Hanafi school. It should be noted that advanced subjects for students of knowledge (books like Maidani's Al-Lubab, and Mausili's Al-Ikhtiyar and above - to say nothing of subjects like Usul -) are not offered. There are individuals and specialized institutions both online and offline offering advanced studies after thorough Arabic training but that is not what is offered here.
The following texts are offered. This list is subject to change over time. Prospective students are asked to limit their enquiries to these texts only.
By Imam Abu Ja'far al-Tahawi, translated by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf. Approximate hours to complete: 25. Covers: Faith only. This text is available online. See the topics covered here.
By Imam Abul Ikhlas al-Shurunbulali, translated by Shaykh Faraz Khan. Approximate hours to complete: 100. Covers: Basic Doctrine and all sections of Ritual Worship. This text is available online. See the topics covered here.
Qays Arthur's translation of Shaykh Abdul Fattah Abu Ghudda's Min Adab al-Islam. Approximate hours to complete: 30. Covers: Basic Decorum. See the topics covered here.
Qays Arthur's translation of Imam Ala al-Din Ibn Abidin's chapter on Everyday Worship from his texts Al Hadiya al-Alaiya. Estimated hours to complete: 75. Covers: Everyday Worship and Decorum only. See the topics covered here.
No fees are charged for the current subjects and texts.
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