Exegesis of the Qur’an (Tafsir): Abraham

Be inspired by the lessons found in ‘The Chapter of Abraham’ (Surat Ibrahim), the 14th chapter of the Qur’an.

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Time & Location

Sundays 10:30 am – 11:30 am

8 May – 10 July 2022

In-person: Ruskin College, Room G.03, Dunstan Road, Old Headington, OX3 9BZ

Online: Delivered via Zoom

Recordings of each lesson will be posted within a day. All recordings will remain accessible for the academic year.

Course Description

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Surah Ibrahim is a Meccan surah comprising 52 verses. It explains and describes situations that are constantly faced as part of the human condition and documents the responses that differentiate those recipients of guidance from those who are misguided. Generally, the Quran is deeply concerned for an individual's outcome by asking questions about the reasons for their choices in this world to know they have eternal consequences. The surah describes the role messengers undertake to convey the Divine message and the reactions of their audience upon hearing the message. Their captured responses represent the character choices that distinguish between those guided and those who are not. In this way, the surah provides insight and an explanation to what God declares about Himself in a few places in the Quran. Therefore, understanding our choices in response to those timeless situations mentioned in the surah comes with a Divine response that never changes.

Unlock the lessons within the chapter of Abraham this spring term, from verse 30, which explains why disbelievers found themselves in 'the abode of hopeless loss'. The subsequent verse instructs believers to righteous actions and reminds them of the oncoming Day of Standing. The remaining verses mention the creation, Abraham's leaving his family in Makkah and his supplication for their safety, and conclude by depicting different scenes from those previously mentioned in the chapter about the Day of Judgement.

About the Instructor

Thaqib Mahmood

Sheikh Thaqib Mahmood is a traditionally-trained Muslim scholar and instructor in Arabic. He has studied the traditional Islamic disciplines in Yemen, Syria, the UK, Mauritania, and Turkey. He currently teaches Arabic at the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford. He holds a PGDIP in Arabic teaching from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and is completing a Master's degree in linguistics at the same institution.

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