About the instructor
Shaikh Ahmad Kutty was educated in the traditional Islamic Sciences at Islamiyya College, Kerala, and at the Islamic University of Madina Munawwarah. He received his ijazahs (licences/designations) as an ‘a’lim and faqih from both India and Saudi Arabia. He earned his M.A from the University of Toronto and pursued doctoral studies at McGill University, Montreal.
Over the past 30 years, he has been Director of the Islamic Center of Toronto, Director of the Islamic Foundation, Toronto, Canada, and has served on the Fiqh Council of North America.
Currently, Ahmad Kutty is resident scholar and senior lecturer at the Islamic Institute of Toronto. His courses include Quran & Hadith Sciences, Islamic Theology & Jurisprudence and Islamic Ethics & Spirituality among others. His fatwas (Islamic rulings) have been translated into several languages and appear on various international sites including www.askthescholar.com www.onislam.net, islamicity.com, islamophile.org, infad.usim.edu.my, and islam.ca. He actively participates in interfaith seminars, symposia and serves as an expert/resource in cases involving Islamic Law and Theology.
Ahmad Kutty has been listed among The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World (ed. by Professor John Esposito & Professor Ibrahim Kalin of Georgetown University); it can be accessed at: http://www.rissc.jo/muslim500ve1L.pdf)
The Qur’an is the enduring miracle of Islam. Through its verses and narratives, it seeks to inculcate in the faithful consciousness of Oneness of God, submission to His will, and implant a sense of moral rectitude and building of character.
Surah Yusuf tells the story of a single prophet in such a way that it presents before us the perennial issues facing humanity in all times and places: the struggle between good and evil and ultimate triumph of good. The entire narrative revolves around a central theme of a dream and its fulfillment. The Surah parallels the events in the mission and struggle of the Prophet Muhammad and ends in the triumph of good over evil; forgiveness and expiation; union and reconciliation.
In this course, we hope to study the Surah while reflecting on its lessons which are the sole purpose of the divine revelation.