Sira: An Academic Study of the Life of Prophet Muhammad (s) | Part 1

Course Category: Sira | Level 3 Course

Course Code: SIR 301

Instructor: Anse Raghad Bushnaq

Course Dates: September 12 - December 17, 2023

Day: Tuesdays

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm CST

Daylight savings time will end in the United States on Sunday, November 5, 2023. Depending on where you live, this may or may not affect your class timing. In countries where DST is not applied at all, class will be one hour later starting November 5.

Course Description: 

An in-depth study of the life of Prophet Muhammad (s). Part 1 provides a detailed study of the political and social layout of the Arabian Peninsula before Islam. It concludes with Prophet Muhammad’s birth and the events of his life up until the revelation. Throughout Part 2, students examine in detail the major events and incidents that took place up until the hijra to Medina, extrapolating the wisdom and lessons one can gain from them. 


  1. Students should be women above the age of 17.
  2. Successful completion of all Ribaat Level 1 and Level 2 Core Courses.
  3. Successful completion of at least one Ribaat elective.

Course Requirements: 

Students are expected to attend the online lectures, complete one or more weekly assignments, and submit exams as assigned.

This is an online course so students will need:

  • Access to internet with an internet speed of at least 2 Mbps recommended for best performance. 
  • Headphones, camera and microphone may be required for in-class participation. 
  • To access the live class and recordings, students will need a computer, smartphone, or tablet/iPad with the Zoom app.

Text: A Compendium of the sources on The Prophetic Narrative, Abridged by Shaykha Samira al-Zayid.

Students are responsible for ordering their textbooks before the start of class. Ribaat textbooks are available to enrolled students at a discounted rate through Rabata Bookshop. Once enrolled, students will have access to the discount code through the course forum.


Registration Fee: Non-refundable, non-transferable

  • $225.00 (not including the cost of the course materials)
  • $20.00 late registration fee on September 8th (if seats are available)
  • Auditing is not available for this course

Registration Options: 

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