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Life and Living-IV: Introduction to the Hadith and Seerah of Muhammad (S.A.W): Course Outline

Hadith is considered as a second source of Islamic Shariah. Hadith is integral to the Qur’an, since they are inseparably linked to each other. It is impossible to understand the Qur’an without reference to Hadith.

Course Description

Hadith is considered as a second source of Islamic Shariah. Hadith is integral to the Qur’an, since they are inseparably linked to each other. It is impossible to understand the Qur’an without reference to Hadith. The Qur’an is the message, and the Hadith is the explanation of the message by the Messenger himself.It is used in a very wide sense as including not only the decisions and percepts of the Prophet SAW but also his conduct and practice. In Islamic sciences,Seerah is the study of the life of the Prophet Muhamad SAW; events and aspects surrounding his biography.

This course will introduce the Sunnah and the Seerah of Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and His Sayings, the status of the Hadith and Seerah in the Islamic faith and Shariah. It is divided into two parts. First part comprises the introduction of hadith, its authoritative position, compilation, terminologies, types and its sources while the second part consists of introduction to the Seerah and different aspects of Prophet’s life and status of Prophet in the DEEN.

This course will be university required course and partially fulfill the requirement of HEC Islamic studies undergraduate compulsory course.

Course Goals

1. To introduce the basic sources of Islamic Shariah.

2. To give the holistic view of the Holy Prophet’s (SAW) life.

3. To develop balanced, dynamic and wholesome personality.

Course Objectives

1. General:

  • To familiarize the students with the status and authoritative position of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
  • To buildup the information in Hadith and Seerah perspective.
  • To understand the preservation and transference of Hadith.
  • To learn the terminologies of Hadith.

2. Specific:

    a. Knowledge:

  • To understand the science of Hadith.
  • To describe the methods for preservation and transference adopted by Muslim scholars.
  • To have sufficient knowledge on the life of the Holy Prophet (SAW).
  • To inculcate the true spirit of Islam through selected textual study.

b. Skills:

  • To develop the reading skill for Arabic text of Hadith.
  • To create the positive and critical thinking.
  • To enable the students to seek and utilize the basic sources of Shariah.

   c. Attitude/Behaviour:

  • To develop a personality under the influence of moral teachings.
  • To follow the exemplary pattern of Holy Prophet’s (SAW) seerah in every aspect of life.

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Course Contents (Part-1)

     1. Introduction to Hadith & Sunnah.

  • Hadith
  • Sunnah
  • Relation between Hadith and Sunnah
  • Importance & Scope
  • Hujjiyyat-e-Hadith
  • Compilation of Hadith
  • Basic sources of Hadith

    2. Terminologies of Hadith and Classification

  • Hadith, Sunnah, Khabr, Asar
  • Khabr-e-Wahid
  • Khabr-e-Mutawater
  • Sahih(Authentic)
  • Zaeef (Weak)
  • Mozoo (Fabricated)

    3. Introduction to SihahSitta

  • Sahih Bukhari
  • Sahih Muslim
  • Sunan Ibn-e-Maja
  • SunanAbiDaud
  • JamehTirmzi
  • SunanNisai

   4. Thematic Study of Hadith:

  • Intentions
  • Ablution &Tyammum
  • Importance of Salaat
  • Importance of Dua
  • Rights of Muslims
  • Greetings
  • Save water secure the future
  • Importance of neighbors
  • Orphan care
  • Importance of gardening and planting
  • Control the tongue
  • Rights of parents
  • Modesty 
  • Teacher’s Respect
  • Etiquettes of slaughter
  • Five Questions on doomsday
  • Patience
  • Commitments 

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Teaching Methodology

  • Interactive Lecture
  • Translation
  • Discussion
  • Demonstration
  • Community Development/Social Welfare Projects
  •  In-House Seminars/Sessions and Workshops
  •  Study Visits
  • Impact Analyses through Community Surveys 

Course Contents (Part-2)

1.  Introduction to Seerah (Life of Muhamamd (S.A.W)

  • Importance & Significance of Seerah (S.A.W)
  •  Why the Study the Seerah?
  • Types of Seerah.
  • The World before the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W)

2.  A comprehensive view of Prophet Muhammad’s (S.A.W) Life

  • Makki Period of Seerah
  • Highlights & Lessons for Believers
  • Madni Period  of Seerah
  • Highlights & Lessons for Believers

3.  Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) as a Preacher

  • Preaching Methodology of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W)
  • Salient Feature  of  Preaching of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W)  
  • Highlights & Lessons for Believers

4.  Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) as a Moa’alim/ Teacher

  • Teaching Methodology of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W)
  • Salient Feature  of  Teaching of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W)
  • Highlights & Lessons for Believers

5.  Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) as a Head of Family

  • Importance of Family Life in Personality Development
  • The Role of Family in Society
  • Responsibilities of Head of Family

6.  Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) as a Trader

  • Business and Trade Ethics in Islamic Perspective
  • Qualities of a good Trader
  • Status of Muslim Trader in Akhirat

7.  Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) as a Head of State

  • Responsibilities of Head of State
  • Good Qualities of a Leader
  • Relationship between Leader and Nation

8.  Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) as a Commander-in-Chief

  • Good qualities of a good Commander
  • Strategic Vision of a Commander
  • Ethics and Rules Pre and Post War

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