Arabic and Islamic Studies Department
The method of instruction, while comprising both theory and practice, prefers practicality above all other considerations. By way of example; in the Ḥadīth Department, focus is on the production of a true Muḥaddith and not the completion of any text of ḥadīth methodology and classification [Muṣṭalaḥ al-Ḥadīth] or any particular ḥadīth compilation. It is for this reason that, besides the usual study of Muṣṭalaḥ al-Ḥadīth and translation of a ḥadīth compilation, we also focus on teaching the theory and practice of other essential subjects as ʿIlm al-Rijāl [Narrator Biographies], Jarḥ wa Taʿdīl [Narrator Vindication and Disparagement], and Takhrīj al-Aḥādīth [Narration Location].
Of all the sub-departments of the Arabic and Islamic Studies Department, the Ḥadīth and the Fiqh Departments take precedence as they, along with culminating the other sciences, possess the greatest efficacy in solving the problems of Muslims and meeting the challenges of modern times. This does not in any way imply that we neglect or deem other subjects, such as Arabic Language and Qurʾānic Exegesis [Tafsīr al-Qurʾān], inferior for Islam is holistic and any serious student is expected to gain mastery in all its primary subjects. As such, all subjects are deemed as essential, with Fiqh and Ḥadīth as the primary areas of focus.
Class commences at 08:00 the morning and continues until 10:30. Students are then allowed to take a tea break and stretch their legs for 30 minutes. Classes then recommence at 11:00 until 12:40 when it breaks for lunch and Ẓuhr ṣalāh. It then resumes at 14:10 and continues until 16:00 when it ends for the day. Additionally, students are expected to attend compulsory evening study sessions during which they are to revise lessons learned during the day and prepare for the next day of studies. In total (excluding the evening study sessions), there are 6 hours of class split into seven 50 to 60-minute periods.
Although it is preferred that students in this department reside on the premises, it is not expected as they are generally adults and, at times, married. Those so exempted are, therefore, not required to attend the evening study sessions on condition that they are regular in their attendance of daily classes. Classes are conducted 5 days a week from Monday to Friday. The Monday to Thursday program is as indicated from 08:00 until 16:00. However, Friday classes end at 11:00, after which students may leave the premises and return to their families and/or relatives for rest, recuperation, and personal revision/preparation over the weekend.
Note: These descriptions are subject to change by the DUAI Administration team without prior notification.