The Short Courses project is Hawza Online’s most recent initiative. Offered to the community at large, these courses address pertinent topics that are not covered comprehensively on the Hawza Studies programme. The courses are live and interactive and are delivered by recognised specialists.

This summer, we are delighted to offer 2 new short courses. Each course costs £12. Enrol for both courses for £20.

Summer 2024 Short Courses

Spiritual Pathways: Insights from Imam Ali (a) and Imam al-Sajjad (a)

Pathway to Enlightenment: Imam Ali’s (a) Eternal Wisdom to Imam al-Hasan (a)

Course Description
Letter #31 stands as the second most extensive correspondence from Imam Ali (a) within the revered Nahj al-Balaghah. Authored for his son, Imam al-Hasan (a), in the aftermath of the Battle of Siffin, it is imbued with profound counsel on achieving inner peace and eternal success in the hereafter. This epistle is a heartfelt reflection of Imam Ali’s (a) wisdom, addressing the essence of faith and the believer’s conduct in the world.

In this interactive course, we shall investigate four pivotal themes articulated by Imam Ali (a) in this letter, aspiring to embody the objectives he envisaged through his guidance.

Session Themes
1. Taqwa and the Heart: Fostering a profound bond with Allah by enlivening one’s spiritual heart.
2. Dua: Highlighting the vital role of supplication in connecting with Allah, accompanied by specific manners and etiquettes that enrich this divine communication.
3. Divine Responsibilities Towards Self and Others: A comprehensive exploration of our duties spanning all stages of life.
4. Death: Acknowledging the inevitability of death and the importance of preparing oneself for this ultimate truth.

Pathway to Virtue: Ethical Illuminations from Dua Makarim al-Akhlaq

Course Description
In this course, we shall delve into the rich world of Dua Makarim al-Akhlaq, also known as the Supplication for Noble Moral Traits, attributed to Imam Zayn al-Abidin (a). This dua encapsulates the essence of Islamic ethics, offering timeless guidance on cultivating noble character traits and moral values.

Through a series of interactive lectures and discussions, we shall explore the ethical teachings contained in Dua Makarm al-Akhlaq, drawing insights from Imam al-Sajjad’s (a) elegant words. Emphasis will be placed on virtues such as faith, sincerity, humility, forbearance, and compassion, which form the foundation of a life characterised by spiritual and moral integrity.

Session Themes
1. Dua and Spiritual Growth
2. What is Makarim al-Akhlaq?
3. Reflections on Self-Purification
4. Spirituality and Social Conduct

Summer 2023 Short Course

Prophetic Medicine

Our first Short course was on Prophetic Medicine.

Course content

  • The role of spirituality in medicine
  • Food and its effects on physical and spiritual health
  • Foundations, authenticity, and methodology of Prophetic Medicine
  • Modern Medicine vs Prophetic Medicine
  • The human temperaments and their significance
  • Inner dimensions of selected sports
  • Cupping therapy (hijamah)
  • Sleep management
  • Remedies to some common ailments