Class Recordings & Notes


Thematic Study of the Qurʾān Class
Recordings and Notes

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TSQ-1: Introduction (Video)
(November 6, 2022; first 2 minutes were missed in recording)

  • What is meant by Thematic Study of the Qur’an?
  • What are the benefits of such a study?
  • Why is it necessary?
  • How would it be done?
  • Has it been done before?
  • What are the resources for such a study?

TSQ-2: Primary Theme: Allah Most High (video)
(November 13, 2022, first 90 seconds were missed in recording)
TSQ-2: Thematic Outline: (pdf file)

TSQ-2 Q&A–Video

  • What has Allah Most High told us about Himself?
  • The Name and the Named
  • Etymology. Can we translate the name “Allah”?
  • How do we know Allah Most High exists?
  • The Most Beautiful Names of Allah

TSQ-3: Primary Theme: Allah Most High (Video)
(November 20, 2022)

Resuming the discussion on the Name of Majesty, Allah Most High.

  • Is it derived? If yes, from what?
  • Developments in early conceptions
  • Mihna
  • Various Formulations

TSQ-4 Primary Theme: Allah Most High (Video)
TSQ-4 Q&A–Video (November 27, 2022)
Video of the couplets by Labid b. Rabia, Allah be pleased with him

  1. Concluding remarks about the Name (ism)
  2. Creedal statement about Allah Most High (5 pages of al-ʿaqīda al-Ṭaḥāwiyya)
  3. Belief in Allah Most High is Obligatory (wājib): Hadith Jibraʾīl
  4. Difference between ʿilm (“Knowledge”) and maʿrifa (“Gnosis”)
  5. Gnosis of Allah Most High (maʿrifa Allāh taʿāla)

Hadith: “Indeed, the truest saying of any poet is the saying of Labīd, when he said: ‘Everything other than Allah is bāṭil.’”

TSQ-5 Primary Theme: Allah Most High: The Qur’an and “Does God Exist?” Question (Video)
TSQ-5 Q&A–Video (December 4, 2022)

TSQ-5: Class Notes

  • Subtopics:
    The Qur’an and “Does God Exist?” Question
  • In the Contemporary world
    The Question in our own lives: “Mom: I do not believe in God anymore”

TSQ-6 Primary Theme: Allah Most High: His Beautiful Names (Video)
TSQ-6 Q&A–Video (December 11, 2022)

TSQ-6: Class Notes: His Beautiful Names

TSQ-6: Subtopics:
Definitions, Usage, Etymology, Hadith of 99 Names,

TSQ-7: Primary Theme: Allah Most High: His Beautiful Names–II (video)
(December 18, 2022)

TSQ-7: Subtopics:

  • Are there only 99?: Proofs for and against
  • Are Names Ordained (tawqīfiyya) or Deducible/Conventional (qiyāsiyya/iṣṭilāḥiyya)
  • Relationship between Names and Attributes

TSQ-8: Primary Theme: Allah Most High: His Attributes (Video) (December 25, 2022)

TSQ-9: Primary Theme: Allah Most High: Subtheme: Creation (Video) (January 01, 2023)

TSQ-10: Primary Theme: Allah Most High; sub-theme: Creation (Video) (January 08, 2023)


TSQ-10: Class Notes

TSQ-10: Subtopics:

  • What is meant by “Creation”? Eleven words in the Qurʾān for creation; five meanings of ʿālamīn
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  • Reflections on Creation
  • Ghazali: al-hikma fi Makhluqat Allah
  • How to reflect? On what? For what purpose?

TSQ-11: Primary Theme Allah Most High; Sub-theme: Creation (Video) (January 15, 2023)

TSQ-11: Class Notes

TSQ-12: Primary Theme Allah Most High: Sub-theme: Creation (Video) (January 22, 2023)

TSQ-12: Q&A

Relationship between Creation and Guidance

Raghib’s reflections on kh-l-q

TSQ-12: Class Notes

TSQ-13: Primary Theme: Allah Most High: Sub-Theme: Creation (January 29, 2023):
fā ṭā rā (ف ط ر): { إِنِّي وَجَّهْتُ وَجْهِيَ لِلَّذِي فَطَرَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ حَنِيفًا وَمَا أَنَا مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ (79)} [الأنعام: 79]
Is Big Bang in the Qur’an?
Hierarchies of Creation

TSQ-14: Big Bang in the Qur’an–first 5 minutes of the class (Feb 05, 2023)

TSQ-14: Big Bang in the Qur’an and other Margenalia (Main Video for the class) (February 05, 2023)

TSQ-14 Classnotes

TSQ-15 Creation of the samawāt and the earth in Six Days (Class Video) (February 12, 2023)


TSQ-15 Class Notes (Feb 12, 2023)

TSQ-16: Creation Theme: The use of afa-la plus invitation to reflect, using 13 verbs
plus The First Principles (Class Video) (February 19, 2023)

TSQ-16 Class Notes (Feb 19, 2023)

TSQ-17 (March 5, 2023) class video

TSQ-17 class notes

TSQ-18 (March 12, 2023)

TSQ-19 (March 19, 2023)

Class notes for TSQ-19

TSQ-20 (April 2, 2023)

TSQ-21 (April 16, 2023): Finding the best translation of the Qur’an (video)

TSQ-21-(April 16, 2023): Class notes

TSQ-22 (April 23, 2023): Finding the Best Qur’an Translation–Part II (Video)

TSQ-22-Class notes (April 23, 2023)

TSQ-23 (April 30, 2023): Companions-1 (Class Video)

TSQ-23-Companions-1 (Class Notes)

TSQ-24-Companions 2 (May 7, 2023)–recording

TSQ-25-Companions 3 (May 14, 2023) Video


After 25 classes, the Qur’an class resumed the study of the Qur’an and the class title changed to Studying the Qur’an (STQ). On May 21, 2023, we started the Qur’an from the beginning with Basmala. A new page was made for STQ.

Studying the Qur’an STQ-1-basmala-May 21, 2023 (class recording)

Studying the Qur’an-STQ-2-basmala-2-May 28, 2023 (class recording)

STQ-3-June 4-2023-Fatiha-1-class recording

STQ-4-June 18, 2023 on Surah Fatiha-class recording

STQ-5-June 25-2023 Surah Fatiha-class recording

STQ-6-July 2-2023-Surah Fatiha-class-recording

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