Time & Location
Sundays 10:30 am – 11:30 am
9 October – 11 December 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.
This term, we will be studying Surah Muhammad, a Medinan surah of 38 verses, the 96th surah to be revealed and the 47th surah in the mus-haf. The central theme of this surah is the opposition between believers and disbelievers, and the underlying motivations and beliefs that inform the actions of each. Throughout the Qur'an, believers are encouraged to be patient and overlook the oppression shown to them by disbelievers, knowing that all return to God for final judgement. However, in verse 20, believers are urged to stand up and fight against their oppressors. This is followed by a description of the hypocrites, the underlying reasons for their aversion to the truth, and the inevitable outcome they will face on the Day of Judgement. The surah concludes with an indication of a promise from God that believers will be granted rule and authority over their oppressors. However, it is not without caution that they, too, can be replaced if they become like those they had confronted.
About the Instructor
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.