Shaykh ‘Ali Rajab al-Salihi’ al-Azhari’s Approach Towards Building a Student
Shaykh ‘Ali was from the great scholars of al-Azhar. He wrote that 11 sciences (‘Uloom) should be mastered by anyone who truly wanted to start on a path towards becoming from the people of knowledge and da’wah (the call to Islam). This curriculum is still taught in al-Azhar (though modified with some short comings and some improvements), forming the basis of my own approach towards learning and teaching.
The 11 Subjects that a Serious Student should Focus on
- Usul al-Fiqh
- ‘Ilm al-Ma’ani (rhetoric)
- ‘Ilm al-Bayan (rhetoric)
- ‘Ilm al-Bad’i (rhetoric)
- Sciences of Qur’an
- Sciences of Hadith
Dr. ‘Abdu al-Rahman Hijazi told me, “Many years ago, if a person wanted to enter al-Azhar, he would have to memorize the Qur’an. Then, while in secondary school, he would study one of the basic books in each subject (it was commendable for a young child to memorize one from each subject) in preparation for entering the high school system.
More to Come
I would encourage serious students to use this as a map to evaluate their studies and progress. Make sure that you master at least one text from each subject, following a path of progression set out for you by a trusted teacher. I plan to write, and record, about this more in the future, mentioning texts, some info about their authors, the authors reason for writing them and some tools that will help master the texts, insha’Allah (if Allah wills).
We ask Allah for tawfiq (good fortune),