Course Description:

This course discusses the definition of the Quran and the different branches of its sciences.  Topics include the context of revelation, the method of collection and compilation, miracles, the distinction between the clear and the allegorical verses, guidelines for proper interpretation, different recitation styles, the Makkee and Madanee verses, the concept of abrogation, and other sciences pertaining to the Holy Quran.

Course Code: QUR101

Credit hours: 3

Pre-Requisites: None

Learning Objectives:

  • Verbally state the definition of the Quran and its Sciences, it’s importance and different methods of revelation (Wahy).
  • Students will be able to list the differences between Makkee and Madanee verses, how they were labeled and the significance of that labeling.
  • Write an essay highlighting how the Quran was compiled, the different recitations (Qira’aat), some of the reasons of revelations, the Clear and Unclear verses, and explain abrogation in the Quran with examples.
  • Verbally summarize the evolution of Tafseer, and its various schools.
  • Present a video or oral presentation, critically examining and refuting the objections raised by some outsiders in regard to the authority and authenticity of the Quran, using historical, scientific and miraculous proofs of the Quran.

Course Outlines:

  • Definition of the Quran and its Sciences.
  • Revelation (Wah’y) and its different methods.
  • Makkee and Madanee verses.
  • Causes of Revelation.
  • Compilation of the Quran.
  • Different Recitations’ styles (Qira’aat).
  • Clear and Unclear verses.
  • Abrogation in the Quran.
  • Miraculous nature and elements.
  • Interpretation (Tafseer).
  • Methodology on Translating
  • Quran and Orientalists.

Main Textbook

Ulum Al-Quran By Ahmad von Denffer

Introduction to the Sciences of the Quran by Sh.Yasir Qadhi

Additional on-line Readings:

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a) Scientific Miracles of the Quran

b) Quran Sciences (for those who have some Arabic background)

Grading and Evaluation:

  • Minimum passing grade 70%
  • Weekly Assignments: 30% (10 assignments, 3% each)
  • Attendance:  10%
  • Mid-Term exam:  10%
  • Final exam:  10%
  • Oral exam:  20%
  • Research paper:  20%

Guidelines for Research Paper:

 1- A part of the course requirements is to submit a research paper, except for certain courses.

 2- The chosen topic must be relevant to the course and approved by the Instructor.

 3- Joint project / research is allowed, up to 3 students, and upon the instructor’s approval.

 4- The paper must meet the following requirements:

  • Consider either MLA or APA guides for writing research papers
  • Follow the standard research paper structure with a Table of Contents, Abstract or Executive Summary, Introduction, Main Body, Conclusion, List of Reference
  • The Main Body should be organized into logical chapters and paragraphs
  • When quoting Hadeeth, a notation indicating its authenticity must be clearly

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Vision Statement:

Guidance College shall be one of the top well-recognized universities in the United States that offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in specialized Islamic fields aiming at preparing moral and well-knowledgeable leaders who provide research-based Islamic alternatives that enable the Muslims to contribute to the success of their country.

Mission Statement:

Guidance College is the place where students gain their undergraduate degrees in authentic and professional specialized Islamic knowledge that recognizes modern-time realities and allows them to examine different branches of knowledge from an authentic Islamic perspective which enables them to think ethically, logically, analytically, and critically while making responsible and moral decisions aiming at improving the quality of life for all inhabitants of the earth with a full understanding and appreciation of the cultural and human differences.