Dates: Starts Saturday, 5 September 2015 from 10:00 to 12:30 (6 monthly sessions)
Venue: London Muslim Centre, 46 Whitechapel Road, E1 1JX London
Contact Hours: 15 hrs
The impulse to pray is among the most universal and innate of human behaviours – asking God to relieve, pardon, give, soothe, protect, guide, forgive, support, save and bless.
Whether said in silence or uttered aloud, with others or alone, prayer has always been at the core of spiritual wellness – the lasting answer to an uncompromising condition of life.
This Course based on Shaykh Muhammad al Ghazali’s book Remembrance and Prayer presents an in-depth description of how Prophet Muhammad, may Allah bless them and grant them peace, used to remember Allah and pray to Him.
In this Course, the intimate relationship with Allah which was the hallmark of Prophetic life becomes clear and vivid. The duas are presented in the context of the Prophet’s mission and circumstances and bear extraordinary relevance to our world and lives today.
Dr Riza Mohammed is a practising Orthopaedic and spine surgeon. He has a keen interest in Islam and health perspectives. He has studied traditional Islamic Sciences under leading Islam scholars in UK, South East Asia and the Middle East. His edited works include In the Early Hours: A Guide to spiritual and self development (2000). He currently resides in Manchester, UK where he is involved with youth work and the teaching of Quranic Sciences. He is an Executive member of the European Academy of Quranic Studies (EAQS).
At the conclusion of this course , the participant should be able to:
- Define and explain key Quranic concepts of tazkiyah, ‘ibadah, salaah, khushu’, dua, dhikr, qadr, tawbah, istighfar and muhasabah.
- Recognize dua and dhikr as powerful instruments of tazkiyah (spiritual transformation) that should lead to moral and ethical transformation.
- Analyse the Prophetic duas and appreciate Prophet Muhammad’s close relationship with Allah.
- Integrate techniques of dua and dhikr to restructure his/her life into one of continuous awareness.
- Compare and contrast the usage of dua and dhikr in the Prophetic era with that of contemporary times.
- Utilise khushu’ to transform daily worship and behaviour.
- Explain the meaning of Arabic expressions and duas used in Prayer.
- Discuss the problem of absentmindedness in Prayer and develop concrete techniques for solving them.
- Analyse and write duas to bring clarity in personal goals and closeness to Allah.
- Utilise duas for anxiety, grief, worry, divine guidance and divine help to optimum benefit.
Knowledge and Understanding
- ‘Ibadah: definition, key characteristics and types.
- Exploring Prophet Muhammad’s own spiritual training.
- Dua and dhikr: Meaning, types, excellence, preconditions, etiquette and relationship with destiny.
- How to employ dhikr and dua: in the garden, in the early morning; while travelling; on social media; with family; at work; while studying; during social interaction.
- How to develop khushu’ in worship
- How to solve the problem of absent-mindedness in Prayer.
- How to reflect on the the meaning of Arabic expressions and duas used in Prayer.
- How to make a powerful dua.
- How to write your own duas for purposeful and meaningful life changes.
- How to analysis a Prophetic dua.
- Dua case studies: anxiety, grief, worry, divine guidance and divine help.
Monthly Timetable (6 monthly sessions)
10.00 to 10.45: Session 1: Dua and Dhikr: Core Principles (Lecture/discussion)
10.45 to 11.30: Session 2: Dua and Dhikr: The Prophetic Methodology (Lecture/discussion)
11.30 to 11.45: Break
11.45 to 12.30: Session 3: Dua and Dhikr analysis and home work assignments (workshop)
Dua and Dhikr Pre-course Questionnaire
- What do you hope to learn on this course?
- What is dua and why is it such an important form of worship?
- What part can dua play in your life?
- How often do you make dua?
- How often do you employ dhikr in your life outside of Prayer?
- What is your favourite dhikr dua?
- How often when in need, do you turn to Allah?
Each Month, participants are expected to:
- Memorise assigned dua and dhikr
- Write dua(s) on an assigned topic e.g. personal goals; grief; loss; success; failure; guidance etc
- Analyse selected Prophetic duas assigned.
- Read selected chapters of the course text and other related material.
- Employ written monitoring of dua and dhikr in personal worship.
Remembrance and Prayer: The way of Prophet Muhammad by Muhammad al Ghazali
- In the Early Hours: A guide to spiritual and self development by Khurram Murad
- Dua: The weapon for the believer by Yasir Qadhi
- A Day with the Prophet by Ahmad von Denffer
- Freedom and Responsibility by Hasan al ‘Anani
- Lasting Prayers by Ahmad Zaki Hammad