Uṣūl al-fiqh (Reflecting on the Qur’an Series)

“Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.” G.K. Chesterton On the 25th May 2018, citizens of the Republic of Ireland voted 66.4% to 33.6% in a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution, enshrining into legislation the right to terminate a pregnancy.  This event brought the question of the Islamic

My Journey: Aminah Mushtaq

As a recent graduate pursuing my career as an Accountant, I joined the Sacred Texts programme with a thirst for knowledge, being an individual who enjoyed studying and wanted to excel in the religious sciences. I had a keen interest in Arabic, as I had been informed by sincere friends that if I wanted to truly understand the religion our

Remembering Allah (Reflecting on the Qur’an Series)

  أَلَا بِذِكرِ اللَّهِ تَطمَئِنُّ القُلوبُ “Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest!” [Surah al-Ra’d 13:28] One of the beauties of the Arabic language and the Qur’anic usage is that one word or phrase can convey multiple valid meanings, some more subtle and that require more pondering on the meanings of the Qur’an. One example of this

The Particle of ila’/إلى (Reflecting on the Qur’an Series)

After embarking upon the study of the Arabic language, you will soon discover how fascinating and complex the language is, where one word can have numerous meanings. The knowledge and understanding of the language is of great importance, especially when studying the Qur’an.   One example of this is the particle ‘ila’ (إلى) which is a governing agent known as a

My Journey: Hafsa Hussain

I had initially enrolled in the Path to Salvation course and it was there that Sacred Texts was mentioned. I became interested in the course because it would be a great opportunity for me to study Arabic and the Islamic sciences seriously. It is something that I have only benefited from and will continue to gain from it, InshaAllah.  The

My Journey: Dr Anika Arshad

Five years ago, when I was approached by a friend to join Sacred Texts, the overwhelming feeling was ‘will I be able to do it?’. Working full time, running a business, being a mother and wife, it seemed a mammoth task to undertake, but within the first lesson, the knowledge and kindness of the teachers made me realise that this

The Power of Studying Arabic Morphology

For anyone beginning their studies in Arabic, it can be a very daunting prospect. So many rules, so many words, so many meanings! However, it doesn’t have to feel so impossible and overwhelming. What if I told you there was a way of learning approximately 43,560 words in ONLY one year of study, as well as acquiring the tools to

My Journey: Reefa Asim

I had many friends who had already started their Sacred Texts journey prior to my joining the programme and it was due to their praise and love for their teachers and course content that I decided to embark on the journey myself. Looking back now, alhamdulillah, I am very grateful that I have had this unique opportunity. Having studied the

Tadabbur (Reflecting upon the Qur’an Series)

It’s been just under a month since the blessed month of Ramadan arrived this year. As we reflect in this month, we should ask ourselves – how is our relationship with the Qur’an? We are constantly called on by our Creator to reflect on His Book, The Qur’an, such as in the verse, “Do they not reflect on the Qur’an