Posted by: Dawud Israel | June 22, 2008

Project Taqwa Map

This is a new project that is going to be very new and very different from much of what is traditional and native to Islam. Essentially, this project is a new and insha Allah easier method to understand the hadith and ayat that illustrate the Islamic principles and values that make a pious Muslim.

The project is to collect the hadith and ayat that are essential and pivotal to Islam and arrange them into a mind map format.

This idea came from reading Riyadhus-Saliheen. Some questions I had while reading it were:
What is a good way to learn these ahadith?
How can I implement this hadith?
How is one virtue related to other virtues?
What benefits and wisdom can be derived by making the connections between Islamic principles/virtues?

So for this I think the following resources will be needed:
Riyadhus Saliheen
40 Hadith Nawawi
Hadith commentary books (need to research this more because these are not related to fiqh or aqida but the Islamic personality, tazkiyah and all the things associated with Taqwa)
Quranic Tafsirs (these are online I believe)

Like the structure of Islam each point is an Islamic value that is related to other values and when looked at whole become even more beautiful than just its parts!

The need and benefits of Taqwa Map:

1) People forget that the deen is holistic. It’s one big picture and people have a tendency to focus in on certain aspects and dismiss others. By showing the big picture–we’ll bring a more balanced approach to the way Islam is practiced. There are certain brothers who are all about making sure you grow a beard or pray properly but often putting these issues under a microscope leads to forgetting the BIG PICTURE! Insha Allah with this we get both a microscopic and macroscopic view of the deen.

2) Islam is complete and affects everything. Often times its difficult to grasp it all. So with the Taqwa Map you have a visual experience that once implemented harks back to the trueness and completeness of Islam in it’s early days.

3) Most of the controversial issues in Islam–ones that are misunderstood–share a common feature. People look at them in isolation. The religion is not supposed to be looked at only in parts–but completely. The Taqwa Map will show how these controversial topics fit into a larger framework and how they are less controversial and indeed necessary. In other words, this will put everything into it’s full context and eliminate the areas of misconception or confusion.

4) A faster, more comprehendable and less intimidating way of understanding the deen for those who are looking for something quick yet complete.

5) One of the issues with Fiqh is that sometimes the ijtihad (reasoning) for one issue is similar to another issue (because of an established principle) and so you need to at times relate them to each other, or else it gets confusing. Although this isn’t one of the aims of this project it could easily be another use for this project–Fiqh hadith and ayat.

I think there will be other benefits and challenges that will come about and this is a new concept so who knows what will happen?

How you can help?

Point out any ahadith you are especially fond of or are forgotten amongst Muslims today, or any ebooks or information on the commentary of hadith (i.e. explanations or what benefits are derived from hadiths). Or if you have any notes from halaqas or Islamic classes regarding hadith that you could contribute.

If you have any of the above please email me at muslimology@gmail.com

Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdika ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk, Ameen.


Responses

  1. InshAllah this will really catch on. I think people will be appreciate what a good learning resource this could be when we have one implemented.

    Good post, mashallah!

  2. […] and where it is recorded (Bukhari etc). Insha Allah I will be incorporating this into the Project Taqwa Map. For hadith its good to focus on hadiths related to specific Islamic […]


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