Classes and Teaching
I teach private and public classes via this website. This is a live, interactive, informal educational offering. There are no semesters and no exams, rather the text is read and explained and questions are taken. There are no set fees or charges for classes. Please see details below.
The focus on is on learning and exhortation to increase the practice of the student as well as the teacher. This is as opposed to a focus on training to read Arabic texts in order to teach others for example. The goal is completion of the text with sound, practical understanding of areas of particular use to the individual student, with ample opportunity to benefit from the company of the text and what it contains of benefit from the state of those who gather around it for Allah's sake. And Allah is All-aware, Kind, and the Source of Success.
I teach four subjects at the moment, Ritual Worship (Ibadat), Basic Doctrine (Tawhid), The Proscribed and the Permitted (Al-Hadhr wa al-Ibaha), and Etiquette (Adab).
Ritual Worship (Ibadat)
The subject Ritual Worship concerns the fiqh or jurisprudence of ritual worship, namely: ritual purification and prayer, fasting, alms, and pilgrimage. So it essentially covers the five pillars of the practice of the Religion.
Basic Doctrine (Tawhid)
Basic Doctrine covers the fundamental beliefs of Muslims without going into complex derived theological arguments and history. It focuses on the essentials needed to have sound faith and identify problems and misgivings related to faith.
The Proscribed and the Permitted (Al-Hadhr wa al-Ibaha)
Al-Hadhr wa al-Ibaha (the Proscribed and the Permitted) is taken from the thus named sections of Hanafi books of Jurisprudence. It looks at the rulings of everyday matters and the ethical application of jurisprudence in life. Rulings on matters like food and drink and the proprieties of entertainment as well as a host of other topics are addressed.
Refined comportment and propriety are just as integral to the teachings of Islam as is ritual worship. This subject addresses, with examples from life and hadith, the social graces and proprieties that are found in the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and grant him peace).
In teaching the subjects mentioned above, several texts are used here at QaysArthur.net. The most suitable depends on the individual student's circumstance. At the moment two of the texts are available online. The texts are:
The book, Al-'Aqida al-Tahawiya of Imam Abu Ja'far al-Tahawi, translated by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf Hanson. Approximate hours to complete: 25. Covers: Basic Doctrine only. This text is available online: Islamic Belief (Al Aqidah At Tahawiah)
Ascent to Felicity
The book, Ascent to Felicity of 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: Ascent to Felicity Maraqi 'l-Sa'adat: A Manual on Islamic Creed and Hanafi Jurisprudence.
Decorum in Islam
The book, Decorum in Islam of Shaykh Abdul Fattah Abu Ghudda, translated in class. Approximate hours to complete: 30. Covers: Basic Decorum.
The Beginner's Gift
The book, The Beginner's Gift of Imam Ibrahim bin Hasan Al-Mulla, translated by Karima Al-Marwaziyya Foundation. Approximate hours to complete: 50. Covers: The essentials of purification and prayer. This text is available online.
The King's Preserve
The Chapter on the Proscribed and the Permitted from Al-Hadiya al-Alaiya of Imam Ala al-Din Ibn Abidin, translated in class. Estimated hours to complete: 75. Covers: the Proscribed and the Permitted and Etiquette only.
Once a suitable subject and text are agreed upon, after the student explains his circumstance, the text is read to completion with Allah's permission.
Classes are all "straight" readings (I only rarely use slides and the like) of the text with explanation and as many questions as you like (if I can't answer I'll ask one of my teachers insha Allah) until completion of the entire text.
Note that I do not offer 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). There are specialized institutions both online and offline that offer advanced studies after thorough Arabic training but that is not what is offered here.
Prospective students are kindly requested to limit their inquiries to the mentioned subjects and texts. As other subjects and texts become available they will be announced insha Allah.
Live classes are conducted via Microsoft's Skype for Business technology which allows for stable, easy to use interactivity and built in recording. Each session is recorded and available for download within 48 hours of the session end, and remains available for download for a month.
Though the live classes are taught free of charge, students may and often do provide an honorarium at an hourly rate (no more than $15.00 USD per hour) according to the student's ability. The honorarium is considered a gift or gesture of appreciation and is not necessary. Students agree to complete any text that is started whether they can provide the honorarium or not. Students are expected to acquire their own copies of the texts at their own expense. Honoraria are handled via the Honorarium page.
Due to the nature of private studies there isn't a mass registration process. Students check for the availability of a private class-room and book one when available. Those interested in taking a public class may visit the available courses page to sign up - the sessions are recorded, and there are forums so even if one cannot attend the live sessions participation is still possible. As regards private sessions please use the contact email to reach out to me. If spots are available you should receive a response within two days, otherwise please consider a public class or check again in a month or two from your first attempt. Kindly ask if spots are available first before voluteering other information and avoid asking Fiqh or other questions in an email about classes to ensure a timely response.
I do apologize to those who may have reached out and yet not received a response. If such seekers are still interested, they are advised to kindly try again in accordance with the above guidelines.
Sisters in particular should note that while classes are described as private, sessions with sisters are always conducted with my family present to avoid any kind of seclusion. Additionally any sister who would like to take a class is perfectly welcome to have her mahrem or other suitable family member join any or all sessions.
In general any student is welcome to include up to two other family members to their class as a visit or on a continuing basis without needing to seek permission though the teacher should be informed. No private session should be attended by more than three individuals without the teacher's permission being sought. For details on this aspect of things please make contact.
There are many reliable places online to seek knowledge of the Religion. Among them are:
We ask Allah, Most High, for success and acceptance.