• 5:00 PM
  • Madni Jamia Masjid, 101 Thornton Road, Bradford, BD3 8SA


SA’ADAH السعادة & Fons Vitae

In Collaboration with Ark Academy Present:




40 Week Study of Book One – Ilya Ulum Al-Din



VENUE: Madni Jamia Masjid, 101 Thornbury Road

Bradford, BD3 8SA

TIME: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM


(Includes Exclusive Translation of the Book by Fons Vitae – The Ghazali Children’s Project)








Program Synopsis


‘My Lord Increase Me in Knowledge’: Surah Taha 20: Verse 114

During his lifetime, Imam al-Ghazāli identified the principle cause of the crisis facing the Muslim world as the crisis of knowledge.  In his magnum opus, the Revivification of the Religious Sciences, Imam al Ghazāli opens with the Book of Knowledge (Kitāb al-‘Ilm).

He explains to the seeker the different types of knowledge, the priority of learning the sacred sciences, and the roles and responsibilities of the teacher and student.

This course will aim to cover the opening book of Imam al-Ghazali’s monumental Revival of the Religious Sciences entitled, The Book of Knowledge. In this text, Imam Al Ghazali lays out the centrality of knowledge as the focal point of religious development as a basis for the forthcoming books in his Magnus Corpus.

In this course, students will learn which types of knowledge are the essential duty of each person to learn, which are a duty for the community to preserve, and the important distinction between beneficial and blameworthy knowledge.

For students, this course will serve as a blueprint for the knowledge acquired in the other courses they may embark upon, as well as the knowledge to be attained throughout our lifetime to help strengthen their faith and connection to God Almighty.


Shaykh SA’AD Al-Attas will teach Book One ‘The Book of Knowledge’ from Imam al Ghazali’s Ilya Ulum Al-Din with the first class commencing on SUNDAY 18th DECEMBER 2016.


The course looks to provide the most basic reader with the following outcomes:

– 40 week textual study of ‘The Book of Knowledge’ by Imam al Ghazali
– Full course material provided (Fons Vitae Translation)
– What type of knowledge is the 
essential duty of each person?
– What type of knowledge should be preserved by the community?
– What is the distinction between beneficial and blameworthy k

Be a part of this unique endeavour, as we delve into the Magnum Opus of Imam al-Ghazali by studying ‘The Book of Knowledge’ as he answers these and other questions, presenting a compulsive vision of the human being and the nobility of knowledge, study and teaching.



Course Partner – Fons Vitae Publishing


This 40 Week Course on ‘The Book of Knowledge’, in partnership with Fons Vitae Publishing and The Ghazali Children’s Project, is the first of it’s kind to be launched and ‘Exclusively’ taught to benefit the UK Muslim community.


The Ghazali Children’s Project:




Biography – Sayyid Shaykh Sa’ad Al Attas



Abu Shu’ayb Sa’ad Peters al-’Attas, a South African with roots extending to Yemen. He is a grandson of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). He currently resides with his family in Keighley.

He graduated from the Shari’a institute run by the Tahdhib wa Ta’lim endowment. He was in the four year, accelerated program. His studies there included the following:

Arabic (nahu, sarf, balagha, adab, insha), Quran (memorization, tajwid, tafsir, ayat al-ahkam, ’ulum al-quran, usul al-tafsir), Hadith (memorization, commentary, mustalah al-hadith, takhrij, rijal, ahadith al-ahkam), ’Aqidah, Fiqh (Shafi’i and some comparitive), Usul al-Fiqh, Tarbiyyah, Sira (fiqh al-sira, sirat of the Khulifa al-Rashidin), Mantiq and Khitaba. Some of the more important books read during that time include:


Ibn Hisham’s Shudhur al-Dhahab and one year from Mughni al-Labib

– Shadhr al-’Arf
– al-Balagha al-Wadhiha
– Zakiriya al-Ansari’s commentary on the Jazariyya
– Half of the Jalalayn, al-Sabuni’s tafsir in Ay At al-Ahkam
– Dr. Nur al-Din ’Itr’s ’Ulum al-Qur’an
– al-Nawawi’s Irshad Tulab al-Haqa’id
– ’Umdat al-Ahkam with its commentary Ihkam al-Ahkam
– al-Sawi ’ala al-Jauhara, Dr. al-Buti’s book on contemporary paradigms
– ’Umdat al-Salik, Kifayat al-Akhiyar
– al-Mahalli ’Ala al-Waraqat, Dr. al-Zuhayli’s al-Wajiz, half of al-Luma’ and Muftah al-Usul
– Mukhtasar Minhaj al-Qasidin
– Nur al-Yaqin, Itmam al-Wafa, Fiqh al-Sira
– Dhawabit al-Ma’rifah


His graduation thesis involved an extensive commentary on the hadiths concerning al-amr bi-l-ma’ruf wa al-nahi ’an al-munkar. He defended his thesis and passed his oral examinations in ’aqidah and fiqh, conducted by Shaykh ’Abd al-’Aziz al-Khatib, the imam of Jami’ al-Darwishiya and director of the school.

Outside of this institute Shaykh Sa’ad concentrated on Shafi’i fiqh. He read with Shaykh Hussayn Darawish for three years. During that time he completed Zakariya al-Ansari’s Tuhfat al-Tulab with most of al-Sharqawi’s marginal notes.

He also complete nearly the first third of the same author’s Fath al-Wahhab with additional notes from al-Bujayrami’s marginal notes. While doing this he also read al-Shirazi’s al-Tanbih with al-Suyuti’s commentary, Sharh al-Yaqut al-Nafis, portions of al-Suyuti’s al-Ashbah wa al-Natha’ir, I’yanat al-Talibin, and others.

His concentration on the Shafi’i madhhab allowed him to dive below the surface of simply learning rulings [ahkam] and descend into the depths of understanding the madhhab itself [fiqh].

Shaykh Sa’ad moved with his family to Bradford in 2008 where he currently resides and teaches in many communities in the North of England.






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