The First Kingdom

Rise and Fall of the Umayyads

  • 20 April2018 - 31 December 2020
  • 12:00am to 12:00am
  • Online - Worldwide
  • 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.

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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
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