HIS211 The Biography of The Prophet 1

Course Description:

This course has two parts.  The two courses will cover the biographical analysis of the life of the last Prophet (PBUH) based on authentic sources covering his life before prophethood, the Meccan stage of preaching, the migration, life in Medina, the Conquest of Mecca, and his death.

Course Code: HIS211

Credit hours: 3

Pre-Requisites: None

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will be able to write a short essay about the social and political situation in the Arabian Peninsula prior to the Prophet (peace be upon him), using this context to note the scholarly deductions of why Islam was revealed in the Arabian Peninsula
  • Students will be able to present to the class, a video or power point on one of the following choices:
    1. The Prophet’s life and characteristics before and after prophecy; noting the major events and miracles of the Prophet (until the time before the Hijra), how these events changed the course of history, highlighting the socio-political situation in Mecca and the Prophet’s relationship and behavior toward his family, tribe, companions and enemies
    2. The different stages of Da’wah while in Mecca, including challenges and military activities; noting how the Prophet dealt with matters while at home and while traveling, his way in times of peace and at war, his way of dealing with his Lord, with himself and with all creatures, his way with those who agreed with him, those who opposed him.
    3. Al-Isra and Al-Mir’aj, noting the reaction of the Prophet, his companions and enemies, the major lessons and points of benefit from this incident, and how it changed the course of history
    4. The factors that led up to the different migrations of the companions, and the Prophet’s migration to Madinah, highlighting his dawah techniques, challenges, his dealings with those who agreed with him, those who opposed him and those who were traitors, and how the migrations and subsequent events changed the course of history
  • Students will be able to verbally explain some of the tactical and strategic dawah strategies used by the Prophet (peace be upon him), and then imitate some of the techniques through “role play” in modern day conflict resolution scenarios (i.e. a conversation with an Atheist, teaching non-Muslim family about Islam and Islamic rituals, winning the hearts of Muslim youth who are battling identity crisis, advising their Muslim brother/sister who are engaged in drinking, drugs, dating, etc)
  • Students will be able to verbally explain with examples, how the Prophet showed tolerance and coexistence towards people of different faiths.

Course Outline: (Life in Mecca)

  • Social and political situation in Arabian Peninsula prior to the Prophet PBUH.
  • The Prophet’s life before prophet hood.
  • Different stages of Da’wah in Mecca, including challenges and military activities.
  • Al-Isra’ and Al-Mi’raj.
  • Different migrations of the companions.
  • The prophet’s migration to Madinah.

Main Textbook:

The Sealed Nectar by Safi- Arrahman Al- Mubarakfury

Additional On-line Readings:

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The Message of Islam

Grading and Evaluation:

  • Minimum passing grade 70%
  • Participation: 40% (10 assignments, 4% each)
  • Oral exam: 20%
  • Mid-Term exam: 10%
  • Research paper: 20%
  • Final exam: 10%

Guideline for Research Paper:

As part of the course, you are required to submit a research paper. The topic chosen must be relevant to the course and approved by the Instructor. The paper must meet the following requirements:

  • At least ten (10) double-spaced pages (not including the introduction and conclusion).
  • 1 inch margins.
  • 12 pt size (Times New Roman).
  • 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 Hadith, a notation indicating its authenticity must be clearly mentioned.

Please Watch:

   How to Write A Research Paper

Communication Etiquette:

  • Post all your questions related to the course to the (Online Test) forum.
  • If sending emails directly to the lecturer, please include appropriate label in the subject line (Action Required/Info/Admin) and allow up to 3 working days for reply.
  • Limit telephone communication with the Lecturer to within specified office hours only.
  • When leaving a voicemail, please clearly state your name, course code, and contact number.

Login Instructions:

To attend live – online lectures (on their scheduled time):

Virtual Class Room

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Al-Huda Online School

You will need a user name and password to:

  • View the recorded lectures if you missed the live online ones.
  • Interact with your teacher and classmates.
  • Upload and submit your assignments, research papers, and exams.
  • View your grades.
  • All attempt must be made to submit assignments by the agreed due dates. Late submissions will be penalized.
  • Weekly materials and graded assignments will be posted onto the site by Monday – in sha Allah.
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