Abdullah ibn Mas’ud reported: The Prophet ﷺ said, “The best people are those of my generation, then those who come after them, then those who come after them. ” [agreed upon]. 

In this module we will study volume one of the prodigious works in Islamic history by the great Imam ‘Ibn Al-I’mad’, entitled ‘Shadharaat ad-dhahab fi akhbar man dhahab’ (Flecks of gold regarding those that have passed).

This is considered from amongst the most important works in Islamic history. The author compiled the most important events of the first 10 centuries of the Islamic calendar; like the wars, births, deaths of the most important individual of each time.

From the distinctive characteristics of this book are: the comprehensive nature of the work as it covers a millennium of events: nearly 300 years more than other history books like ‘The history of Islam’ by Imam Adh-Dhahabi, and ‘The beginning and the End’ by Imam Ibn Kathir and others.

During this course we will work through the first century of the Hijra calendar: from year 1-100 Hijra calendar. There will be a real emphasis on the biographies of Companions and Scholars of the first three generation mention therein.The course will enable the student to map out the main events of that epoch, also familiarise themselves with the names and important facts about most influential scholars of each of those early years of Islam.