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Exploring The Qur’an 
By Hussein Abdul - Raof
ISBN: 1-904436-01-3 
Paperback  456 Pages  2003 

Published by Al-Maktoum Institute Academic Press, UK 


Exploring the Qur’an is a journey into the unfathomable depths of the Qur’an. It investigates the multifaceted Qur’anic discourse and provides an in-depth account of multifarious Qur’anic topics some of which have never been tackled by traditional or modern scholars. Exploring the Qur’an opens new horizons for both Muslim and non- Muslim readers. It attempts to provide an insight into the intricate nature of the Qur’an’s theological and linguistic facets through an interesting contrastive analysis of both Muslim and non-Muslim views.

The book provides rigorous academic analysis of the intriguing linguistic, phonetic and rhetorical features of Qur’anic discourse. It also investigates the text linguistic feature of consonance which is the logical sequence and discoursal harmony of Qur’anic statements and chapters.

Hussein Abdul-Raof is a senior lecturer in Arabic and Qur’anic studies at the University of Leeds. The book benefits from his specialisation in theoretical linguistics and text analysis. He is the author of other books on Qur’anic studies and thematic exegesis.

'Will they not, then, try to understand this Qur’an? Had it issued from any but Allah, they would surely have found in it many an inner contradiction! '
{TM Qur'an 4:82}



Introducing Islamicjerusalem. By Abd al-Fattah El-Awaisi
ISBN: 1-904436-05-6 (pb) 
191 Pages  2005 

Published by Al-Maktoum Institute Academic Press, UK 


This book has been prepared for readers, academic and non-academic, who are interested in understanding Islamicjerusalem and its new field of inquiry. It aims to identify the nature, identity, characters, and key features of Islamicjerusalem; and to provide a theoretical and conceptual framework for discussion of the role of Islamicjerusalem in historical and contemporary contexts. It aims also to lay the intellectual foundations, set the scene for advanced research in Islamicjerusalem Studies, and to provide an essential tool to develop the learning, teaching and research in this new field of inquiry.


Within an introduction and a conclusion, the book has been divided into seven chapters: definitions, the Barakah Circle Theory of Islamicjerusalem, the land of Amal (Hope), Umar's Assurance of Safety (Aman) to the People of Aelia (Islamicjerusalem), Islamicjerusalem as a models for conflict resolution and multiculturalism. In short, it is a major significant contribution to and an essential reference source of Islamicjerusalem studies.


Professor Abd al-Fattah El-Awaisi is the founder of the new field of inquiry of IslamicJerusalem Studies with interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary approaches.
He is also the first Chair in Islamicjerusalem Studies and the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Al-Maktoum Institute.

 'LIMITLESS in His glory is He who transported His servant by night from the Inviolable House of Worship [at Mecca] to the Remote House of Worship [,at Jerusalem] - the environs of which We had blessed   -so that We might show him some of Our symbols: for, verily, He alone is all-hearing, all-seeing.'
 {TM Qur'an Al-Isra 17:1}






Umar's Assurance of Safety (Aman) to the People of Aelia (Islamicjerusalem): 
A critical Analytical Study of the Historical Sources
By Abd al-Fattah El-Awaisi
ISBN: 1-904436-04-8 (pb) * 73 Pages 2005
Published by Al-Maktoum Institute Academic Press, UK 

 The arrival of Umar Ibn al-Khattab during the early summer of year 16 AH/ 637 CE in Aelia marked the beginning of a new and distinguished era in the relations between followers of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The foundations for future relations between the three faiths were laid down during that historical visit in the form of what is known in history as AI-Uhda al-Umariyya or Umar's Assurance Aman of Safety to the people of Aelia.

This book is a critical, analytical study of the assurance Aman that Umar Ibn al-Khattab gave to the people of Aelia. It aims to examine and compare most of the available versions of Umar's Assurance, hoping to identify the version which could be argued to be the most authentic as Umar’s original text. It focuses on the longest and most famous ones, namely the text given by al-Tabari and that published by the Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem in 1953.

Professor Abd al-Fattah El-Awaisi is the founder of the new field of inquiry of Islamic Jerusalem Studies with interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary approaches.
He is also the first Chair in Islamic Jerusalem Studies and the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Al-Maktoum Institute.

'To thee We sent the Scripture in truth, confirming the scripture that came before it, and guarding it in SAFETY: so judge between them by what Allah has  revealed, and follow not their vain desires, diverging from the Truth that has  come to thee. To each among you have we prescribed a law and an open way. If Allah had so willed, He would have made you a single people, but (His plan is) to test you in what He hath given you: so strive as in a race in all virtues. The goal of you all is to Allah. it is He that will show you the truth of the matters in which ye dispute;'

{TMQur'an Al-Ma'idah 5:48} 


The First Islamic Conquest of Aelia (Islamic Jerusalem) 
A Critical Analytical Study of the Early Islamic Historical Narratives and Sources
By Othman Ismael Al-Tel
ISBN: 1-904436-02-1 Paperback  321 Pages 

Published by Al-Maktoum Institute Academic Press, UK 


This book is an attempt to find concrete explanations for the inaccuracies and contradictions in the early Islamic narratives and sources with regard to the first conquest of Aelia (Islamic Jerusalem). It examines the historical evidence of the first Islamic conquest of Aelia by critically analysing the early historical narratives and sources as well as examining the historical background of some important narrators who related these accounts.

It critically examines the topography and geographical boundaries of the Aelia region in order to define its true historical boundaries.

The study also examines the early Muslim’s organisation and administration of Aelia. The book is certainly an invaluable resource for those interested in the study of Islamic Jerusalem and the history of the region.

Othman Al-Tel was awarded the 2002 Islamic Jerusalem prize for Young Scholars as a result of his outstanding contribution to the development of Islamic Jerusalem Studies by producing this study.

'and that, verily, Our hosts - they indeed - would [in the end] be victorious!'
{TM Qur'an As-Saffat 37:173}



"O Children of Adam ! wear your beautiful apparel at every time and place of prayer: eat and drink: but waste not by excess, for Allah loveth not the wasters. {TMQ 7:31}


"It is not their meat Nor their blood, that reaches Allah: it is your piety That reaches Him: He Has thus made them subject To you, that ye may glorify Allah for His guidance to you: And proclaim the good news to all who do right." {TMQ 22:37)


Rejoice and remember the Takbeer:

Shaykh ul-lslaam Ibn Taymiyyah (RA) said: “All praise be to Allah.  The most correct saying concerning the takbeer - that which the majority of the Salaf (Pious Predecessors), and the Scholars from the Companions and Imaams were upon - is to begin making the takbeer from Fajr (dawn) on the day of ‘Arafah, up until the last day of at-Tashreeq (the thirteenth of Dhul-Hijjah), after every Prayer.” (Majmoo‘ Fataawaa, 24/220). 

However according to some scholars one should not restrict the takbeers to being just after every Prayer, as al-Haafidh Ibn Hajr pointed out in Fathul-Baaree (21/587).

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