CPT : Lives of Abu Bakr and Umar
This course presents a detailed study of the lives of the giants of Islam. You will follow their lives from before they accepted Islam to their very last moments. You will learn about their relationship with the Messenger (ṣall’Allāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) and what made them his two foremost companions. Their manners and etiquettes are built upon the perfect example of the Messeger and their unique leadership resulted in the Golden Era of Islam.
Date: 16 – 17 November 2013
Venue: Islamia Auditorium, Lansdowne
Fee: R350 early bird special, valid until 20 October 2013.
Standard rates: R495
Instructor: Shaykh Bilal Ismail
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This course is unique in presenting history because it is based upon the works of some of the best and most authentic historians. You will learn about the controversial events that led to the Sunnī-Shiʿī divide. You will be able to understand the root cause of this divide and why it still exists today. The focus of the course is to engage in analysis of the major incidents and draw practical benefits from what we learn.
The Messenger (ṣall’Allāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) said “Hold onto my sunnah and the sunnah of the rightly guided caliphs” (Abū Dāwūd)
Ibn al-Jawzī said “The pious predecessors would teach their children the love of Abū Bakr and ʿUmar as they would teach them a surah from the Qurʾan.”
“And the foremost of the Muhājirīn and the Anṣār and those who followed them. Allāh is well-pleased with them as they are well-pleased with Him. He has prepared for them gardens under which rivers flow, to dwell therein forever. That is the supreme success.” (Sūrat al-Tawbah, 9:100)
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1. To understand who Abū Bakr & ʿUmar raḍi Allāh ʿanhumā were, their background and their relationship with the Prophet of Allah (ṣall’Allahu ʿalayhi wa-sallam).
2. To examine the reasons that made these men two of the giants of Islam. To love them: which can only be achieved by knowing them.
3. To examine their manners and methodology in the religious, social, family and political scenes.
4. To examine the various traits that stood out in their character. To study the major events that occurred during their rule as caliph.
5. To examine doubts cast by certain groups (e.g. Orientalists and the Shīʿah) upon Abū Bakr and their reality. To know them, love them, follow them, and defend them and the dīn.
6. To know and understand that the history of these men is the history of Islam.
Day One: Abū Bakr raḍi Allāhu ʿanh
- Who was Abū Bakr in jāhiliyah?
- Abū Bakr the Muslim
- Abū Bakr’s hijrah to Madinah
- Abū Bakr in Madinah
- Abū Bakr on the battlefield
- The death of the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم
- Abū Bakr: the rightful successor
- Abū Bakr: the Khalīfah
- The issue of inheritance
- Internal affairs of the state
- Judicial process
- The army of Usāmah & fighting the apostates
- The fitna of the false prophets
- Compilation of the Qurʾan
- Conquest of Iraq & Shām
- The illness of Abū Bakr & succession of ʿUmar
Day Two: ʿUmar raḍi Allāhu ʿanh
- ʿUmar: the rightly-guided caliph
- Who was ʿUmar in the days of jāhiliyyah?
- ʿUmar the Muslim
- ʿUmar’s companionship with the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم
- ʿUmar in Madinah
- ʿUmar on the battlefield
- The sickness of the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم
- ʿUmar: the Khalīfah
- The principles of ʿUmar’s rule
- Life in Madinah
- His relationship with his citizens
- Major differences between Ahl al-Sunnah & the Shīʿah
- Conquest of Persia
- Conquest of Shām
- Last days of ʿUmar
- Final moments
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