Exegesis of the Qur’an (Tafsir): Al-Saff

Be inspired by the lessons found in Surah Al-Saff (The Ranks), the 61st chapter of the Qur’an.

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Time & Location

Sundays 10:30 am – 11:30 am

30 April – 25 June 2023

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

This Spring term we explore surah 61, Al-Saff - The Ranks.

A Medinan chapter comprised of 14 verses, many consider it was revealed in the third year of the hijra after the battle of Uhud. The topics encountered in Surah Al-Saff: believers are cautioned against breaking their promises and falling away from their religious duties, and are encouraged to be sincere in faith and be firm footed in the way of the Deen. The chapter admonishes those who cause harm to the Prophet, may the peace and blessings of God be upon him, and concludes in promising the sincere of faith and those who struggle, Divine help, and victory over their persecutors.

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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