- Course Notes:
Free folder with course notes complete with Quran and Hadith references
- Course Audio:
Free MP3 audio of each tutor session available to download
- Breaks & Refreshments:
Free refreshments provided during frequently held breaks throughout the course.
- Q&A Session:
Courses include Question and Answer session. Sisters only Q&A also available
- Student Participation:
Students encouraged to enhance learning via case based studies.
If history was not important Allah would not have us enthralled by the Quran captivated by the stories of old. History is important because it nourishes the mind just as food nourishes the body, gaining knowledge about our past better equips us to deal with what the future holds. History is like a blueprint of a building. If we have knowledge of how it was built we learn what has worked and hasn’t worked and therefore are able to find better ways of building and offer solutions to the problems that have occurred in the previous blueprint. In much the same way, learning about the Umayyad era especially helps us pinpoint problems we are experiencing in this century among Muslims and work towards solutions.
Following the Khulafah Rashideen, after the first Fitna, Muawiyah (ra) ascended as Caliph of the Muslims and on his passing, was succeeded by his son, Yazid I, thus the house of the Umayyad family, started the hereditary rule with 14 rulers which lasted till their eventual overthrown by the Abbasids. It was a time of conquest, civil strife and tribulation, classical administration and wealth.
An empire so large , that it would take a traveller 200 days to move from east to west. From the corridors of Asia Minor to the shores of Spain the language and the laws of the Quran was studied in equal devotion whilst creating strong foothold for trade between 3 continents.
- Muawiya I ibn Abu Sufyan
- Yazid I ibn Muawiyah
- Muawiya II ibn Yazid
- Marwan I ibn al-Hakam
- Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan
- al-Walid I ibn Abd al-Malik
- Sulayman ibn Abd al-Malik
- Umar ibn Abd al-Aziz
- Yazid II ibn Abd al-Malik
- Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik
- al-Walid II ibn Yazid
- Yazid III ibn al-Walid
- Ibrahim ibn al-Walid
- Marwan II ibn Muhammad
In addition, the course aims to provide a deep insight to the life and times of the ummah under the Ummayad Caliphate and understand how our history was shaped under their rulership. The students attending this course will understand
- The rise of Umayyads and Islamic expansion
- Issues of Legitimacy
- State and society under Umayyad Rule
- Achievements of the Umayyads – Arts, Sciences and Islam
- The incident of Karbala and the Sunni-Shia divide
- Eventual decline and causes
- The rise of the Abbassids
- The rise of Islam in Spain
- Lessons to be learnt
Sheikh Bilal Ismail was born in Durban, South Africa. He is one of three siblings and comes from a religious traditional hanafi family.
He memorized the Quran 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 Shariah. He is currently completing his masters degree.
After graduating from Madinah, he returned to South Africa where he had been teaching Fiqh and Tafsir 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.