Weekly Hadith Halaqas
Fridays 7pm – 8pm at ICCP
“The objective of these weekly sessions is to learn about the man, Prophet Muhammad (saw) – his beautiful speech, actions, manners, interactions, and comportment which led him to be loved by many, and respected and trusted even by his enemies.
Dr. Tarek Elgawhary began this halaqa series with a brief overview of the importance of hadith to Islamic thought, and with some basic commentary on the science and lexicon of hadith. He has presented authentic ahadith which have been instructional and enlightening. We began with Imam al-Nawawi’s “Forty Hadith”, translated by Ezzeddin Ibrahim & Denys Johnson-Davies. This is a compilation of 42 foundational ahadith which explain the basics of religion, faith, and morality. The ahadith selected in this book provide explanations to a number of questions that confront us in our everyday life, and provide timeless lessons which encapsulate the beauty of our faith and the beauty of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw).
Following the conclusion of the study of Imam al-Nawawi’s book, we began study of the work compiled by the noted Moroccan scholar, Abdullah ibn Siddiq al-Ghumari (d:1993) of 43 ahadith highlighting the exalted status of Prophet Muhammad (saw). This particular book was in Arabic and through the class, Dr. Elgawhary hopes to provide a translation of this important work for the community.
The class then turned to the points of belief of Sunni Islam. Dr. Elgawhary taught from the text, “The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi”. This is an entry level work which cover topics such as Belief in God, the Prophet, the Final Hour, etc.
The current hadith halaqa series centers around a book, ‘Reassurance for the Seeker’ translated by Samer Dajani and printed by Fons Vitae. This volume is a collection of forty Prophetic Traditions distinguished by their focus on the spiritual journey of drawing nearer to God, as explicated by Salih al-Jafari, one of the most celebrated teachers of al-Azhar, one of Islam’s leading institutions of religious knowledge (939CE -present)
It is one of many commentaries on and elaboration of ahadith with mystical orientation.
Dr. Elgawhary will also discuss points of differing beliefs with other thought currents, both Islamic and non, as we progress.