The Immersion Shaykh al-Hind Program

 

Background

Darul Qasim founder and President, Shaykh Mohammed Amin Kholwadia, named this program in honor of Mawlānā Maḥmūd al-Ḥasan: the first and arguably the most preeminent student of Dār al-ʿUlūm Deoband.

Under his tutelage, many students became distinguished leaders and pioneers in a variety of Islamic disciplines. Mawlānā Maḥmūd al-Ḥasan was given the title of Shaykh al-Hind (Shaykh of India) by his peers, both Muslim and non-Muslim alike, in recognition of his leadership and impact on the political landscape.

Seeking knowledge that is necessary for salvation is farḍ ʿayn, an obligation for every Muslim, male and female. To facilitate the acquisition of Islamic knowledge in the West, Darul Qasim is offering the Shaykh al-Hind program that allows students to learn their farḍ ʿayn in the Arabic language.

The Shaykh al-Hind program is an immersion level program through which a student will become eligible to enroll in the Intermediate Islamic Studies Program at Darul Qasim.

Darul Qasim has had over 100 students learning their farḍ ʿayn through the Shaykh al-Hind program since 2011.

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Important Dates

Application Deadline Wednesday, AUGUST 15, 2018

New Students Orientation Friday, AUGUST 17, 2018

First day of class Monday, AUGUST 27, 2018

Value and Methodology of the Program


The overall goal of the Shaykh al-Hind Program is to teach students their farḍ ʿayn in Arabic. As such, they will learn the basics of Arabic grammar and morphology, Islamic law of worship (fiqh), and belief (ʿaqīdah). Through intensive study of these subjects with qualified teachers, students gain a deep understanding of the minimum required actions and beliefs of all Muslims.

But Shaykh al-Hind goes beyond only teaching a Muslim’s farḍ ʿayn. It uses it to expose students to the vast, rich intellectual tradition of Islam. Through a recognition that the written tradition is the most comprehensive and authentic way to access the oral tradition of the early generations of Islam, the program introduces students to key texts from the written tradition. Books such as al-ʿAqīdah al-Ṭaḥāwiyyah are studied in order to open a window into the intellectual thought and life of the early Muslims, as well as appreciate how that oral tradition was understood and consolidated by later Muslim thinkers. Through such a methodology, this program teaches students how to work backwards from the present-day within the intellectual tradition in order to have a complete understanding of the Qurʾān and the example of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him.

In addition to understanding the Islamic intellectual tradition, the program teaches students how to apply that tradition to the modern day. Instructors emphasize how the Islamic tradition shapes our understanding of the modern world and the thought movements that have shaped it.  In doing so, it imparts an understanding of Islam’s role in the world that is true to the example of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, and early generations while avoiding reactionary approaches that are a new development in Muslim thought. The result is an approach that is at once based in traditional Islamic thought and yet able to engage in the challenges of modern society.

Introduction to Western Civilization and Philosophy


This survey course, offered to the honors track students, is an introduction to the major intellectual trends that have shaped Western civilization. The course takes a chronological approach, beginning with the origins of Greek civilization and a look at its most notable philosophers: Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Through the first semester, we analyze how ancient Greek philosophical thought influenced early Christianity, and how Christian beliefs influenced European society and vice versa.

In the second semester, this course analyzes the evolution of medieval Europe into the modern world. The Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, and the Enlightenment are all studied as part of a trend leading towards modernism. Notable thinkers such as Thomas Aquinas, Niccolò Machiavelli, Martin Luther, Rene Descartes, and Karl Marx will be explored as part of this trend.

As intellectual history cannot be studied in isolation, the development of European thought will be studied in conjunction with geography, and political, economic, and social history. As such, this course aims to provide a wide overview of European history in general, with a focus on thought and literature. In addition, examples of Muslim influence on Western thought will be explored.

Course objectives:

  1. Understand the major movements that have shaped European civilization.
  2. Explore how European thought developed differently from Islamic thought.
  3. Learn about different theories regarding the progression of history (cyclical, progressive, regressive, etc.).
  4. Understand how the modern Western conception of religion evolved.
  5. Understand the ideological bases of modernism and post-modernism and how they relate to political, economic, and social history.

Introduction to Tajwīd


Students enrolled in the honors track will be taught an introduction to Tajwīd.  In this course, students will learn the development of the science, the codification of major and minor mistakes (al-Laḥn), articulation of the letters, permanent and temporary qualities of letters with examples and application of the theoretical rules learned in class.

Honors Full-time & Part-time Tracks


Honors, Full-time (1 Year)

The Shaykh al-Hind Honors one year track is designed for full-time students. Five instructional periods are assigned Mondays to Thursdays between 8:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. with one extra hour each week (to 3 p.m. for an Introduction to Humanities class) and three periods on Fridays.  Each week, students will receive 24 hours of instruction in Arabic and Islamic Studies.

Additionally, all Shaykh al-Hind Honors full-time students are eligible to attend weekend and evening Arabic and Islamic studies classes as electives.

Part-time (2 years)

The Shaykh al-Hind two year track is designed for working adults and college students who are enthusiastic and committed to gaining Islamic knowledge around their school/work schedule. Each week, students will receive up to six hours of Arabic and Islamic Studies instructions.  Humanities and Tajwīd classes are only offered for the honors full-time track.

Students will be able to enroll in both required Arabic sections (naḥw and ṣarf) on Monday & Tuesday respectively or Islamic Studies section (Wednesdays) or the combination of both.  Likewise for the weekend as well.

Weekly Schedule


Honors, Full-time
Part-time
Mornings Only
Weeknights OR Weekend Option
Monday
8:30am to 1:30pm
Five Periods2pm to 3pm Humanities class, day TBD
7pm to 9pm Weeknight Ṣarf
Tuesday
8:30am to 1:30pm
Five Periods
 7pm to 9pm Weeknight Naḥw
Wednesday
8:30am to 1:30pm
Five Periods
7pm to 9pm Weeknight Islamic Studies
Thursday
8:30am to 1:30pm
Five Periods
Day off
Friday
8:30am to 11:30pm
Three Periods
Day off
Saturday
Day off Weekend Program
9am – 10am
Islamic Studies10am – 11:30am
Ṣarf

11:30am – 1pm
Naḥw

Sunday
11am to 12pm Supplementary Sunday Tafsīr with Shaykh Amin 11am to 12pm Supplementary Sunday Tafsīr with Shaykh Amin

 

Program Guide


Year 1, Fall Semester

Honors
One Year Track
PCS101
Arabic Morphology I
PCS111
Beginners Arabic Syntax I
PCS121
Beginners Arabic Literature I
PCS131
Intro to Theology and Jurisprudence I
PCS141
Intro to Humanities I
PCS151
Arabic Lab
PCS161
Tajwid and Recitation Lab
Two Year Track PCS201
Arabic Morphology I
PCS211
Beginners Arabic Syntax I
PCS221
Introduction to Qurʾān

Year 1, Spring Semester

Honors
One Year Track
PCS102
Arabic Morphology II
PCS112
Beginners Arabic Syntax II
PCS122
Beginners Arabic Literature II
PCS132
Intro to Theology and Jurisprudence II
PCS142
Intro to Humanities II
PCS152
Arabic Lab
PCS162
Tajwid and Recitation Lab
Two Year Track PCS202
Arabic Morphology II
PCS212
Beginners Arabic Syntax II
PCS222
Introduction to Hadith & Islamic Law

Two Year Track

Year 2, Fall Semester

PCS203
Arabic Morphology III
PCS213
Beginners Arabic Literature I
PCS223
Introduction to Theology

Year 2, Spring Semester

PCS204
Arabic Morphology IV
PCS214
Beginners Arabic Literature II
PCS224
Introduction to Islamic Jurisprudence

Course Catalog


The Immersion Shaykh al-Hind Program

HONORS, FULL-TIME ONE YEAR PROGRAM COURSES

Course Code

Core or Elective

Course Name

Course Description

PCS101

Core

Arabic Morphology I

Students will learn all the categories of regular verb forms (mujarrad), derivative nounal forms (mushtaqāt) complex verb forms (mazīd fīhī) and verb forms with 'hamzah' (mahmūz).

PCS102

Core

Arabic Morphology II

Students will complete their study of all irregular verb forms (muʿtal and muḍāʿaf). Upon the completion of the foundational knowledge of Arabic morphology, a detailed discussion on the special meaings (khāṣiyāt) of the commonly used complex ((mazīd fīhī)) and irregular (taʿlīl) verb forms will be explained.
As a completion of the Ṣarf series, students will read Kitāb al-Maqṣūd (an Arabic pimer text of Ṣarf) to review and further their understanding of Arabic morphology.

PCS111

Core

Beginners Arabic Syntax I

This course introduces students to the essentials of Arabic syntax (naḥw) through the study of a primer grammar text. The course aids the students in understanding and applying all the core Arabic grammar rules through textual study and supplementary exercise questions. By the end of the course, students will be able identify/analyze the different nouns, verbs, and particles.

PCS112

Core

Beginners Arabic Syntax II

This course introduces students to the essentials of Arabic syntax (naḥw) through the study of a primer grammar text. The course aids the students in understanding and applying all the core Arabic grammar rules through textual study and supplementary exercise questions. By the end of the course, students will be expected to be able to read and grammatically analyze basic Arabic texts in any field of Arabic or Islamic studies.

PCS121

Core

Beginners Arabic Literature I

Written by Shaykh Sayyid Abu al-Ḥasan ʿAlī al-Nadwī (1377AH/1999CE) sectioned in five volumes/parts detailing the stories of various Prophets and concluding with the Sīrah (biography) of the Prophet Muḥammad (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) in the final book. The author methodically and systematically developed this series of books for students to apply the theories of Arabic grammar while continuously building on vocabulary pertaining to further studies within the Qurʾānic sciences. The goal for the students is to complete the first three volumes/parts of the series throughout the year. Through the reading and comprehension of the books, students will develop an adab (etiquette) towards Arabic reading and understanding.

PCS122

Core

Beginners Arabic Literature II

Written by Shaykh Sayyid Abu al-Ḥasan ʿAlī al-Nadwī (1377AH/1999CE) sectioned in five volumes/parts detailing the stories of various Prophets and concluding with the Sīrah (biography) of the Prophet Muḥammad (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) in the final book. The author methodically and systematically developed this series of books for students to apply the theories of Arabic grammar while continuously building on vocabulary pertaining to further studies within the Qurʾānic sciences. The goal for the students is to complete the first three volumes/parts of the series throughout the year. Through the reading and comprehension of the books, students will develop an adab (etiquette) towards Arabic reading and understanding.

PCS131

Core

Intro to Theology and Jurisprudence I

A study of a comprehensive primer in Islamic Theology and Islamic Jurisprudence detailing the articles and declarations of Faith and rulings of the Five Pillars of Islam.
Students will begin their studies in English then transition to Arabic as they progress in their Arabic studies within the program.

PCS132

Core

Intro to Theology and Jurisprudence II

A study of a comprehensive primer in Islamic Theology and Islamic Jurisprudence detailing the articles and declarations of Faith and rulings of the Five Pillars of Islam.
Students will begin their studies in English then transition to Arabic as they progress in their Arabic studies within the program.

PCS141

Core

Introduction to Humanities

An overview course surveying the history of Western civilization and philosophical trends. Notable civilizations and events will be studied, such as the ancient Greeks and Romans, the rise of Christianity, and the Renaissance, along with the major intellectual figures and movements of the time period, such as the philosophy of Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, and the impact of Muslim thought on Christian Europe.

PCS142

Core

Introduction to Humanities

A continuation of PCS141, studying the rise of modern European civilization and thought. Focus will be on the Protestant Reformation and the Enlightenment and their impact on the development of modern thought. Major philosophers and their movements will be studied, such as Descartes, Locke, and Rousseau.

PCS151

Core

Arabic Lab

This class will immerse the student in an Arabic speaking environment. Students will be required to implement the fundamental syntax and morphology they are learning to carry on a conversation. Conversation topics will vary from day to day occurrences to current events. Students will periodically be assigned projects such as preparing speeches in Arabic or group projects such as performing plays in Arabic. 

PCS152

Core

Arabic Lab

This class will immerse the student in an Arabic speaking environment. Students will be required to implement the fundamental syntax and morphology they are learning to carry on a conversation. Conversation topics will vary from day to day occurrences to current events. Students will periodically be assigned projects such as preparing speeches in Arabic or group projects such as performing plays in Arabic. 

PCS161

Core

Tajwid and Recitation Lab

In this course, students will learn the development of the science, the codification of major and minor mistakes (al-Laḥn), articulation of the letters, permanent and temporary qualities of letters with examples and application of the theoretical rules learned in class.

PCS162

Core

Tajwid and Recitation Lab

In this course, students will learn the development of the science, the codification of major and minor mistakes (al-Laḥn), articulation of the letters, permanent and temporary qualities of letters with examples and application of the theoretical rules learned in class.

 

PART-TIME TWO YEAR PROGRAM COURSES

Course Code

Core or Elective

Course Name

Course Description

PCS201

Core

Arabic Morphology I

Students will learn all the categories of regular verb forms (mujarrad).

PCS202

Core

Arabic Morphology II

Students will study all derivative nounal forms (mushtaqāt) and complex verb forms (mazīd fīhī).

PCS203

Core

Arabic Morphology III

Students will complete their study of verb forms with 'hamzah' (mahmūz) and begin their studies of irregular verb forms (muʿtal).

PCS204

Core

Arabic Morphology IV

Students will complete their study of all irregular verb forms (muʿtal and muḍāʿaf). Students will climax the Ṣarf series of courses with a detailed discussion on the special meaings (khāṣiyāt) of the commonly used complex (mazīd fīhī) and irregular (taʿlīl) verb forms.

PCS211

Core

Beginners Arabic Syntax I

This course introduces students to the essentials of Arabic syntax (naḥw) through the study of a primer grammar text. The course aids the students in understanding and applying all the core Arabic grammar rules through textual study and supplementary exercise questions. By the end of the course, students will have the introductory knowledge of the science of syntax and will be able to identify declinable (muʿrab) and indeclinable (mabnī) words in the Arabic language.

PCS212

Core

Beginners Arabic Syntax II

This course introduces students to the essentials of Arabic syntax (naḥw) through the study of a primer grammar text. The course aids the students in understanding and applying all the core Arabic grammar rules through textual study and supplementary exercise questions. By the end of the course, students will be expected to be able to read and grammatically analyze basic Arabic texts in any field of Arabic or Islamic studies.

PCS213

Core

Beginners Arabic Literature I

Written by Shaykh Sayyid Abu al-Ḥasan ʿAlī al-Nadwī (1377AH/1999CE) sectioned in five volumes/parts detailing the stories of various Prophets and concluding with the Sīrah (biography) of the Prophet Muḥammad (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) in the final book. The author methodically and systematically developed this series of books for students to apply the theories of Arabic grammar while continuously building on vocabulary pertaining to further studies within the Qurʾānic sciences. The goal for the students is to complete the first three volumes/parts of the series throughout the year. Through the reading and comprehension of the books, students will develop an adab (etiquette) towards Arabic reading and understanding.

PCS214

Core

Beginners Arabic Literature II

Written by Shaykh Sayyid Abu al-Ḥasan ʿAlī al-Nadwī (1377AH/1999CE) sectioned in five volumes/parts detailing the stories of various Prophets and concluding with the Sīrah (biography) of the Prophet Muḥammad (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) in the final book. The author methodically and systematically developed this series of books for students to apply the theories of Arabic grammar while continuously building on vocabulary pertaining to further studies within the Qurʾānic sciences. The goal for the students is to complete the first three volumes/parts of the series throughout the year. Through the reading and comprehension of the books, students will develop an adab (etiquette) towards Arabic reading and understanding.

PCS221

Core

Introduction to Qurʾān

This course is designed to present students with an overview of the Qurʾānic sciences which includes the preservation of the Qurʾān through generations, abrogations, Qurʾānic readings, and interpretations.

PCS222

Core

Introduction to Hadith & Islamic Law

This course is designed to present students with the preservation of Hadith literature and devolopment of Islamic Law from the time of the Prophet (S).

PCS223

Core

Introduction to Theology

A study of a comprehensive primer in Islamic Theology detailing the articles and declarations of Faith using 'Aqidah al-Tahawiyyah.

PCS224

Core

Introduction to Islamic Jurisprudence

A study of a comprehensive primer in Islamic Jurisprudence detailing the rulings of the Five Pillars of Islam in Arabic.

Testimonials


“Enrolling in the Shaykh al-Hind Plus program is undoubtedly one of the best decisions I have made in my life. Without exaggeration, I have learned something new every single day. The teachers are masters in their respective fields and have taught me truly how vast and deep the ocean of knowledge is. In just one year, I have been given a solid foundation in the Islamic sciences and the Arabic language which I hope to build upon for the rest of my life. I am truly thankful to Darul Qasim for facilitating my search for knowledge and I ask Allah to accept the services it is carrying out for His Deen.”

Mustafa Farooqi

Completed Shaykh al-Hind Honors, Pre-med student

“The facts can be obtained anywhere, but to understand the context and how it manifested provides the student insight on how they should inculcate the information in their lives. The classes are catalyst for change and a student cannot help but to be transformed with the level of education one receives.”

Syed Quadri

Completed Shaykh al-Hind 2 Year Track, MBA University of Chicago | Program Business Analyst

“The Shaykh al-Hind program and its teachers were challenging, yet understanding of the beginner’s level that I had when I began the coursework. While I understand that I have only scratched the surface of Arabic, I am amazed at the level of Arabic that can be reached through this program. Arabic grammar is complex, yet we were able to cover a large amount of material without it feeling overbearing. Small class sizes ensure personal attention, and the professors understand how to assign exercises that develop your skills and improve on your weaknesses. The Islamic studies section was a profound benefit to me and is sure to bring a deeper understanding of the five pillars to all students.”

Ahmed Minhaj

Completed Shaykh al-Hind Honors, Master’s in Biomedical Engineering, research in biomedical lasers and optics | Attorney graduate, Operations Manager, Burma Task Force, non-profit organization