- 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.
This course is a study of the Qur’an through the major events in the life of the Prophet (saws). The aim is to appreciate how Allah – through the Qur’an – supported, strengthened, consoled, uplifted and reminded the Prophet (saws) as he went about the monumental task of conveying the message of Islam.
The Qur’an, by extension, serves the same role for all of us – if we take and accept its guidance. The first part of the course is an introduction to the Qur’an, its blessings and revelation.
The second part of the course covers the Meccan revelation. We discuss the moment where the Prophet (saws) receives the first revelation. Then we study the earliest revelation – and how this guidance is so desperately needed in our lives. Then we cover the rejection of Abu Lahab and its impact. We wrap up the Meccan era by touching each surah of the era briefly, organized under topics that run across the surahs.
The last part of the course covers the Medinan revelation. It starts with a discussion of the Ansaar, the Jewish community and the hypocrites. Then we briefly discuss the Qur’an’s commentary on the three major wars fought by the Prophet (saws). We then turn to the Qur’an commentary on peace: the treaty of Hudaibiyah. We conclude the course by discussing the major topics revealed in the Medinan era.
- Increase in love for Allah, the Messenger and the Sahaba
- Be convinced of the oneness of Allah by studying the proofs for it
- Appreciate the vastness of good deeds described in the Qur’an
- Be convinced of the Day of Judgement, paradise and hellfire
- Understand how history (stories of the Qur’an) impacts the present
- Understand the role and impact of the ansaar, the hypocrites and the Jews in Madinah
- Study the most important incidents in the life of the Prophet and their explanation in the Qur’an
- Appreciate the similarities and differences between Makkah era and Madina era revelation
- Realize the need for a prolonged and consistent study of the Qur’an
- What Is the Quran?
- The Meccan Era
- The Beginning of Revelation
- The Preparation
- Rejection of Abu Lahab
- Features of the Meccan Revelation
- The Madinan Era
- Three Unique Communities in Madinah
- Qur’an’s Commentary on War
- Qur’an’s Commentary on
- Peace Features of the Madinan Revelation
Imam Aarij Anwer was born in Karachi, Pakistan and moved to Toronto, Canada at the age of 13. He grew up like any other immigrant kid: aspiring to get into the best university and to have a good career. He enrolled in the University of Waterloo's Computer Science program, where he met people who changed his life. These folks introduced him to an academic study of Islam and the Qur'an unlike he'd ever experienced growing up. Naturally gravitating towards it, this began the journey of seeking religious knowledge: attending lectures, learning how to read the Qur'an properly, memorising the meanings and the words of the ayaat became the focus of life.
Upon graduation and a brief stint in tech, he decided to quit the industry and begin formal religious training. He travelled to Alexandria, Egypt to study Arabic in 2009 and memorised the Qur'an. Even though he was in Egypt for 6 months, he managed to secure the most vital part of a student's journey: finding the right teacher and mentor to guide your studies. He began studying under Sh Muhammad Helmi - starting with the basics all the way to advanced topics - and has not ceased doing so till today.
Under Sh Muhammad Helmi's guidance, he enrolled in and completed BA in Fiqh and Usool from Al-Madinah International University (online). Currently, he studies advanced Arabic and fiqh with Sh Muhammad. He also reads hadith to Sh Hamed Ahmed from Al-Azhar.
Imam Aarij currently serves the Rexdale community of Toronto by teaching, lecturing and counselling at two mosques in the area: Masjid Khalid Bin Walid and Masjid IMO. One of the most notable programs that he's conducted in the community is called "Ramadan With Qur'an", which is a cover to cover translation of the Qur'an daily in Ramadan.
He is married with three daughters. In his free time, he loves to read about, watch and play basketball (despite having multiple knee and ankle injuries!). AlKauthar Institute is proud to have Imam Aarij as an instructor.