The lives of ʿUthmān, ʿAlī & Ḥasan (raḍi Allāhu ʿanhum ajmaʿīn)
Instructor: Bilal Ismail
In the Best Of The Best course we covered the lives of the first two of the rightly guided caliphs, Abū Bakr & ʾUmar (raḍi Allāhu ʿanhumā). In this course we move on to the lives of ʿUthmān b. ʿAffān, ʿAlī b. Abī Ṭālib and Ḥasan b. ʾAlī (raḍi Allāhu ʿanhum ajmaʿīn). So much of their lives are intertwined with the most important events in Islamic history. Their virtues are numerous and amazing and this course will go though some of these inspiring merits.
This course is a detailed study of the lives of these giant personalities of Islam, as we continue the journey through the golden era of Islam.
During these two days you will get to spend time with them before Islam, you will witness them as aides to the Messenger of Allah (ṣalla'llāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam), as defenders of his honour and person, as his close relatives, as followers of the letter of the law he revealed to him, and as leaders who further propagated his message and legacy. You will journey through the highs and the lows, the triumphs and the tribulations and get to learn and study the unique traits that made each a leader par excellence.
The Messenger of Allah said “Hold onto my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly guided caliphs” (Abū Dāwūd)
Sheikh Bilal Ismail was born in Durban, South Africa. He is one of three siblings and comes from a religious deobandi tableeghi family.
He memorized the Qurʾan while studying at school and went on to complete high school in 1998. Sheikh Bilal then went on to do a diploma in Computer Science in 1999, as well as qualifying as a Microsoft certified systems engineer. He was accepted into the Islamic University of Madinah in 2001 where he completed his Diploma in Arabic followed by a BA in Islamic Law from the faculty of Sharīʿah.
Sheikh Tawfique Chowdhury says about him: "He was always one of the most studious people I have met and he never wasted time whilst in Madinah." Also: "Sheikh Bilal is a personal friend of mine and I would describe him to be a true student of knowledge - someone who speaks with knowledge and is of the highest adab and morals."
After graduating, he returned to South Africa where he had been teaching Fiqh and Tafsīr weekly classes in Durban since the summer of 2007 and says he is "still a student of knowledge - and will always be!"
Sheikh Bilal joins our academic team as an instructor and as the academic head of the Students Guild and has quickly become a favourite of AK students around the world.
Mary Seacole Building
Frederick Road Campus
University of Salford
Manchester International Airport (25 minutes by train from the University) offers many direct international and UK flights. The 43 and 105 bus services link the airport with Manchester City Centre (Piccadilly Gardens stop.) From here the University of Salford is linked with a regular bus service 12, 26, X34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39. There is a rail link between the airport, Manchester Piccadilly and Salford Crescent. Trains leave the airport for Manchester Piccadilly every 15 minutes. By road the route from the airport is via the M56, then either M60 and M602 or A5103 and A57. Please note that a taxi journey from the airport to Salford may be subject to a cross-boundary surcharge.
A6 (for Peel Park, Frederick Road, Adelphi and Irwell Valley sites). M6 (from North) — leave at Junction 30 on to M61 then follow directions from M61 below. M6 (from North/South) — leave at Junction 21a for M62 eastbound and follow directions for M62 below. M61 (from North) — just after Junction 3, the inside lane becomes the sliproad signposted A580 Manchester. Stay in this lane and join the A580 which then becomes the A6 signposted Salford/Manchester. Continue straight on. Ignore signs for Salford Shopping City and avoid inside lane. After underpass look out for local signs to University. M62 (from West) — at Junction 12 carry straight on following signs for M602. Follow M602 to Junction 3 signposted Salford/Trafford Park. Keep in inside lane and turn left on to A5063 (Albion Way). Follow signposts for Salford/Pendleton. At second lights, turn left on to A6 for Frederick Road and Irwell Valley sites or right for Peel Park and Adelphi sites. M56 (from South) — after Junction 4 stay in inside lane and come off following signs for M60 signposted Stretford, Bolton, Leeds. After passing over ship canal bridge, with Trafford Shopping Centre on right, leave M60 at Junction 12 and follow signs for M602 (see instructions for M602 above). M60 (from East) — leave at Junction 17 signposted Prestwich and Whitefield. Turn left on to the A56 (Prestwich/Salford/Manchester). Follow into Manchester. Turn right off A56 onto A576 (Great Cheetham Street West). Straight on to second roundabout. Turn left onto A6. Avoid inside lane. M1 (from South) — exit at Junction 42 and follow M62 westbound. From Manchester/Salford Inner Relief Road — leave at exit for A6 Salford (Chapel Street). The University is half a mile away. From Manchester City
Inter-City services normally operate to Manchester Piccadilly. Between there and Salford Crescent Station, which is situated on the edge of the Peel Park site, there are three local trains per hour calling at Oxford Road and Deansgate en route. There are also direct trains to Salford Crescent from Manchester Victoria and from Blackpool, Southport, Lancaster, Preston, Blackburn, Wigan, Bolton, Kirkby (for Merseyside), Stockport and Chester.
Centre — follow signs for Salford and then more locally signs for the University of Salford which will direct you to the A6 (Chapel Street/Crescent). From A580 (from East) — turn left off A580 on to A5185 (Lancaster Road) and then right on to A576 (Eccles Old Road). From A580 (from West) — turn right off A580 on to A5185 (Lancaster Road) and then right on to A576 (Eccles Old Road).
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