Narrators and Narrations: A Beginner’s Guide to Rijal and Dirayah
The sciences of narrators and narrations (rijal and dirayah) are among the most fundamental fields of study that a mujtahid must master as part of his expertise of ijtihad. They are very detailed and technical subjects, each with its own rich history of development.
In this book, the author expertly presents an introduction to these subjects and discusses their main topics in the form of thirty-four lessons. Each lesson concludes with a series of questions in the form of exercises to test the comprehension of the reader.
The first half of this beginner’s guide acquaints the reader with the key questions of the study of the narrators of hadith, including the reliability of a narrator, the narrations by the companions of the Imams, and an explanation of rijali terms and phrases. This section addresses internal debates over the efficacy of biographical studies and explores whether certain narrators can be considered absolutely reliable from within the Shi‘i tradition.
The second half delves into the classification and evaluation of hadith, including authenticity, the traditional methodologies of transmitting hadith, and the approaches scholars take in the face of seemingly contradictory evidence regarding the reliability of a narrator or hadith.
All in all, this book is an excellent introduction to the traditional study of traditions, particularly in the Twelver Shi‘i heritage. It will leave the serious student well equipped to proceed in scholarly traditional studies of narrators and narrations.
About the author
Ayatollah Ja‘far Subhani was born in Tabriz, Iran in 1929. A prominent Twelver Shi‘i marja‘ and theologian, he has taken an active role as a leader and lecturer in the seminary (ḥawzah). He has emphasised the role of reason in addressing theological questions, as well as the importance of grappling with contemporary challenges. A prolific researcher, he has written on subjects such as jurisprudence, principles of jurisprudence, exegesis of the Qur’an, theology, philosophy, and history. Among his translated works include The Message and Doctrines of Shi‘i Islam: A Compendium of Imami Beliefs and Practices.
Author: Ayatollah Ja‘far Subhani
At the heart of our existence burns a question: ‘Why am I here?’ It is a question each of us must answer if we are to puzzle out our place in the Cosmos. But then why is the Cosmos here, or anything for that matter? Why is there something rather than nothing? Theists say that God is the best explanation of our existence, but is this just a comforting thought or can this claim be supported with evidence? Is there any proof that God exists?
This course aims to familiarize students with the main arguments for God’s existence, their relative strengths and weaknesses, and possible atheist counter-arguments to them. It will look at the contributions made by leading proponents of both theism and atheism and take into account the latest relevant scientific theories.
Date: 27th – 28th April 2019
Location: The Islamic College, London, UK
The Islamic College invites abstracts to be submitted for its fifth conference specialising in the flourishing field of Shi‘i studies. This conference will provide a broad platform for scholars in Shi‘i studies to share their latest research. Papers are welcome on any aspect of Shi‘i studies.
More information about the topics and abstract submission details can be found on the main conference page.
Video Highlights from The Third International Conference on Shi’i Studies
The Islamic College cordially invites you to join us for our annual Milad-un-Nabi celebration to mark the birth anniversary of Muhammad (s). This joyous occasion cherished by Muslims worldwide provides us with the opportunity to stop and reflect on the life and legacy of our blessed Prophet as a revered symbol of Islamic piety and devotion, and bask in the light of his graceful personality. This noble, fully realized human being, a teacher of mankind and a mercy to the whole world is an integral focus point of devotion, admiration and love but also a source of solace, inspiration and fountainhead of unity for the Muslims all over the world.
Every year the Islamic College selects a thematic focus for the celebration, be it one of the Prophets noble character traits, his unique place in the hearts of Muslims, exemplary life he led or the astonishing legacy he left us with. This year we have decided to focus on the concept of freedom and liberation of human kind this extraordinary human being brought about and left behind as one of his most enduring intellectual and spiritual legacies.
Students were invited to contemplate on the following verse of the Holy Qur’an “(Prophet)removes from them their burdens and the shackles that were upon them” (Al-Araf 157) and contextualise it in light of their own introspection on the subject. Islam is a religion of beauty that finds the highest expression of its inner realities in the arts and for that very reason our students were asked to express their contemplation in this format and touch the heart of others using the creative medium of their choice.
We hope that you will grant us the pleasure of your company and give us the opportunity to showcase some of their creative works during the evening replete with reflective scholarly sessions, Qur’anic recitations, Nasheeds and student-led contributions as we celebrate the life of Allah’s Beloved – Muhammad His Servant, His Prophet and His Messenger.
The event will be held at The Islamic College, 133 High Road, Willesden, London, NW10 2SW on Wednesday 28th November 2018 at 6 pm
Allhamdolilah great news for Luton, Bedford, Milton Keynes, Northampton and surrounding communities.
The Islamic college Hawza section is starting a Pre-Hawza program in Luton from January 2019.
Traditional Hawza texts will be taught by esteemed Ulema. Limited places available,
13th Jan 2019 to 28th April 2019
18th Aug 2019 to 22th Dec 2019
Time: 3:00 pm to 6 pm (Every Sunday)
Fee: £110/year (2 Semesters)
Venue: The Stockwood Park Academy Rotheram Avenue Luton LU1 5PP
Registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis so register early to avoid disappointment.
To Register, please complete this form: https://www.islamic-college.ac.uk/study/traditional-hawza/pre-hawza-application-luton/
For more information or any enquiries please email: email@example.com
The Islamic College is pleased to invite you to showcase your talent, imagination and creativity to create an original piece of artwork. The Students Creativity Competition is organized by the Milad-un Nabi Celebration committee to mark the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (s).
This year the competition thematically covers the verse 157 of the Surah Al-Araf of Holy Qur’an with particular emphasis on the following theme:
“…(Prophet) relieves them of their burdens and the shackles that were upon them…”
The main objective of the competition is for the students to evaluate how and in what way, has Prophet Muhammad freed the mankind, from the fetters and the burdens of this world. Students are encouraged to use historical, ideological, philosophical, aesthetic or intellectual premises to express their ideas in the their creative writing or their art.
Student Entries should be submitted in one of the following categories:
- Short essay no longer than 1000 words
- Artistic drawings and Paintings
- Graphics and Digital Illustrations
We hope that you find this year’s theme inspirational and are looking forward to receive your entries. For more information or to submit your entries please email: firstname.lastname@example.org