study aid notes

بسم الله

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Regarding the study group.




Who runs the channel/page/group?

    • It is run under the supervision of Markaz al Athari, Bangalore.

    • Any doubts or questions regarding the audio must be directed to students of knowledge Inn sha Allah.

May Allah grant ease and facilitate the affairs upon the quest for knowledge and action. May Allah accept it from us and preserve this beneficial knowledge. Aameen.

What are the Objectives?

1. To seek knowledge for the sake of Allah primarily to remove ignorance from ourselves

2. To implement it in our lives.

3. To disseminate this knowledge to remove ignorance from others

4. To be consistent with seeking knowledge

Knowledge precedes action and speech and seeking knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslim.

How does it work?

This is basically a self study page.

1. Every Sunday a link to the pre recorded lecture will be posted in the group/channel, Inn sha Allah. So 1hour lecture per week must be studied.

2. It is highly recommended that you take down notes from the lecture that you listen to.

“Oh my sons, confine [preserve] knowledge through the book [i.e. in writing it down"

-Anas bin maalik

Please read this article on how to prepare for events / conferences or to seek knowledge

3. You may or may not post the notes that you take down for your personal use.

You may also use your study-mates notes as well. All notes must be sent to the admin ( first for approval before sharing. Please make sure to listen to the audios and not just read the transcript as we are liable to make mistakes and moreover listening to the teacher is important which will help you to memorise and retain the knowledge better Inn sha Allah.

What about the tests and exams?

Inn sha Allah-

1. To make sure we be consistent with our studies, there will be a test system that will take place after every 5 lectures.

You will have ample time to prepare for it Inn sha Allah so please do your best.

2. The test will always be an MCQ(Multiple choice question) type.

3. You will have 1 week to submit your test paper online after which the link to the test will be closed. Only those who made it in time will get a confirmation email along with their result but those who submit later will have to suffice with the auto grading system.

4. The test will be for 100 marks and 35marks is needed to pass.

5. There will also be a quiz for each lesson for self assessment and the test is for evaluation.

How can I catch up if I'm new or have paused study?

    • Just open the class folder of the course:

    • Then open the notes of whichever lesson you need to begin with and listen to the audio posted in the starting of the document.

    • Once you have finished the lesson you may answer the quiz, quizzes are always open for submission

    • and if you wish to give the test after 5 lectures then open the test quiz form using the same class folder by scrolling down to the ‘Tests’ folder.

Can I only read the notes and not listen to audios?

As for using only the notes then that is not advised, the audio is our main source of information and knowledge. The notes is merely reference material. Audio is not to be replaced by the notes since the notes are made by laymen who are liable to make mistakes. The teacher's explanation is something that will give you a better understanding and also better memory tools to remember the information.

Do not suffice yourself with books as that would mean that we are dependant on our own intellects rather than following the understanding of the Salaf. The Aql has not been praised in any of the texts. (as mentioned by ustaadh Abu Hakeem in Tafsir ibn Kathir Lesson 19)

Audio is not to be abandoned. Notes can be used for example to find the ayah numbers or to check if something wasn't clear to you or for those who are finding it difficult to listen carefully and use it to make their own notes, may be due to responsibilities (children/work) or diseases(dyslexia) and this is true.

It would in fact be better if you make your own notes and this is how knowledge is preserved. Strive and lets not let laziness get in the way. Its 1hr lecture per week. Even if you listen only 10mins of it per day, you'll make it in time for the next one Inn sha Allah.

May Allah grant us ease in understanding His religion, grant ease to those who are striving despite their problems. May Allah heal the sick and grant them a cure that leaves behind no ailment. Aameen

بارك الله فيكم

About the notes and study materials of this course-

The study material whether notes,transcripts, quizes or audio is NOT TO BE SOLD without the permission of the teacher himself. You may print off for personal use and share.

The notes and transcripts are not checked or endorsed by the teacher himself and are to be used as reference only and not depend upon it solely.

No edits or changing of the text is to be done without prior permission from the Markaz

In case of mistakes or queries please email and we will look into it.

Is there a fee for this course?

No, there isn't.

Is there a certificate for this course?

No, there isn't.

Can I use the Tafsir ibn kathir abridged books?

In reference to the above question as advised, it's best to keep up with the lessons as they are and if you decide to get the books as well you must know that the teacher mentioned it is 'not so bad'. So do not get the books to abandon listening to lessons. Rather stick to the lessons to avoid any misunderstanding since the understanding of the Salaf us Salih is essential and most trustworthy.

And there is a free app available to read as well:

And again, get the books/app only as reference if you need to, but please don't abandon listening to the audios because understanding everything upon the understanding of the Salaf is the main goal here.

💡Before we begin -

📝I assure you, everything that will be taught will be from the Quran and Sunnah upon the understanding of the Salaf us Salih (righteous predecessors) Inn sha Allah.

🛣️This journey is long, it will require effort, patience and persistence upon sincerity as you already know, tafsir ibn kathir has 10 volumes and 185+ recorded audio lessons from the teacher Abu Hakeem Bilal Davis hifdhahullah.

The Prophet salalahu alaihi wasalam said, "Whoever goes down a path/road searching for knowledge, Allah will make it easy for him the road to Paradise." [Saheeh Muslim, Vol.3 Hadith No. 99]

Indeed as, Anas b. Malik reported: "The Paradise is surrounded by hardships and the Hell-Fire is surrounded by temptations." (Sahih Muslim no. 6778)

I also would share this picture. So as to remind you that when you bring someone else towards goodness, you are also rewarded with the same. It is your chance to increase your reward by inviting your friends or family.

May Allah grant us ikhlaas, ease, patience, persistence, good memory and preserve this beneficial knowledge so that we may act upon it and call others to it to the best of our ability. Aameen.