The IslamicText Institute Portfolio
The institution was started in 2006 by Muhammad Allie Khalfe and is a product and inspiration of the ‘Al-Zawia’ institute in Walmer Estate, Cape Town. IslamicText is modeled on the Islamictext Society in Cambridge, United Kingdom, where its founder Prof. Shaykh Abdul-Hakim Murad, one of the world’s most influential Muslim leaders, resides. The foundation and methodology of each of the three above-mentioned institutes is the “Ihya ‘Ulum ul-Din” – A Revitalization of the Religious Sciences by Hujjat al-Islam, Abu Hamid al-Ghazzali. The approach is a traditional one, where the Shaykh reads from a classical text and elaborating on it, so as to provide the student with a firm understanding, context and certainty regarding the text.
IslamicText looks at education in a holistic context focusing on Tarbiya (nourishment) and Ta’lim (educating). This is the essential relationship between the teacher and student. Education is understood as the nourishment of the mind, body and soul.
According to Sayyid Naquib al-‘Attas, inherent in the concept of nourishment and education, is the refinement of character. What each of these terms convey is that man, his society and environment, and his relationship to God are interlinked and together they represent the scope of education in Islam.
Our approach is a holistic one and seeks unearth the purposes behind the forms and rituals so as to produce students and scholars who can think independently with confidence.
The pursuit of knowledge is a spiritual journey, directed at the heart, with the purpose of transformation. One of the objectives of seeking sacred knowledge is the refinement of the seeker’s moral character (Akhlaq).
Scholars are in agreement that one of the treasures of revelation [wahi], is that it has the potential to purify mankind completely. Thus, the legal rulings concerning Islamic jurisprudence [fiqh] is aimed at the purification of the body, the spiritual teachings [tasawwuf] at the purification of the heart, and the laws concerning beliefs [tawhid] at the purification of the intellect.
IslamicText launched its website ‘www.Islamictext.wordpress.com’ approximately 4 years ago, which has today seen +- 160 000 viewers. It continues to grow with visitors from around the world, including South Africa, Saudi Arabia, USA, Malaysia and India.
Additional traditional text covered and taught at the institute includes the Riyad as-Sālihīn of Imām Nawawi, Itqān fi ‘Ulūm al-Qurān of Imām Jalāl ad-Dīn as-Suyūtī and the ‘Alāqāt ad-Dauliya of Imām Muhammad Abū Zahrā.
Biography– Shaykh Allie Khalfe spent 12 years in the company of both Shaykh Seraj Hendricks and Shaykh Ahmad Hendricks and received from them authority (Ijāzah) to transmit various branches of knowledge including Fiqh, Aqīda and Tasawwuf. He is the founder and one of the lecturers at the Islamic Text Cape Town institute where he reads various traditional texts. He is also a lecturer at the Madina Institute South Africa where he lectures on Tasawwuf and Ahlāq.
Shaykh Muhammad Allie spent time at the feet of some of the foremost scholars alive today including Shaykh Mamud Sa’id Mamduh (May Allah be pleased with him), with whom he read hadith privately, and received Ijāzah to transmit from the Shaykh.
At the Azhar Mosque in Cairo, he spent two years at the feet of the great Shaykh Hasan Ash-Shāfi’ī, then 84 years of age, who is of the most senior scholars of the Grand Al-Azhar. Shaykh Hasan was the first to endorse Shaykh Allie’s forthcoming publication, a first detailed English commentary on the classic text, Jawhara at-Tawhīd.
Shaykh Allie also spent a year in the gatherings of Shaykh ‘Ali Gomaa, Shaykh Muhammad Fathi Hijāzī, and Shaykh Hishām Kāmil, all senior scholars and all of whom gave their blessings permitting Shaykh Allie to transmit knowledge from them.
IslamicText Institute courses: The IslamicText Institute launches the opening of its new premises at 90a Jupiter Road, Surrey Estate near the end of October 2016.
Fiqh: A specialized course covering aspects of worship including prayer (salāh), charity (zakāh), fasting (siyām) and pilgrimage (hajj).Learners will receive a certificate (ijāzah) permitting one to further teach the content covered in the course.
Tasawwuf: A specialized course covering aspects of spirituality. Texts covered include the “Beginning of guidance” of Imam Ghazali and “The foundations of knowledge and wisdom” of Imam Abdullah bin ‘Alawi al-Haddad. Learners will receive a certificate (ijāzah) permitting one to further teach the content covered in the course.
Tawhid: A specialized course covering aspects of belief. The primary text used is the “Jawhara at-Tawhid201D of Imam Laqqani al-Maliki. Learners will receive a certificate (ijāzah) permitting one to further teach the content covered in the course.
To enroll for one of the above courses email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0724428227