Starting Thursday, 17th May 2018

Thursdays & Fridays 

5:45 pm to 6:45 pm (WITH IFTAR)

at Hastoneest, 3, Iftikhar Ahmed Malik Road, Shariff Colony, Canal Park,

Gulberg II, Lahore (Queries: 0300 8493170)

Presentation Schedule

Date Presentation                               Name of Student & TOPIC

17th May, Thursday                    Adnan Bajwa on Religion vs Modernity

                                                 (15 minutes) (Adnan Bajwa, a                                                                 literature student, Lahore)


18th May, Friday                         Khadija Arshad on Sabab-e-Nuzul                                                         (Reason or Context of Descent)                                                               of Quranic Verses

                                                 (Khadija Arshad, a NCA graduate)


                                                 Leena Nasir on Calligraphy & Quranic                                                   Aesthetics

                                                 (Leenah Nasir, a writer, blogs on                                                             leenahnasir.blogspot.com)


24th May, Thursday                     

                                                  M Usman Salim on Quran & Modernity

                                                  (M Usman Salim is a graduate of FAST-                                                    NUCES, Lahore)

                                                  Syed Atif Ehsan on Calligraphy &                                                            Islamic Architecture (Syed Atif Ehsan is                                                    an IT professional based in Lahore)

25th May, Friday                         Rizwan Sohail on Quran & Philosophy

                                                 (Rizwan Sohail is a book publisher                                                          based in Lahore)

                                                  Mehr Tanvir on Arabs & the Literary                                                        History of Pre-Islamic Arabia &                                                                Introduction to the Language of the                                                          Quran (Mehr Tanvir, a teacher based                                                      in Islamabad)


31’st May, Thursday                     Tayyab Sohail on Islamic Architecture

                                                  (Tayyab Sohail is a graduate                                                                  of BNU, Lahore)

                                                 Ahmed Siddique on Islam & Modernity

                                                 (15 minutes) (Ahmed Siddique, a                                                             historian, and writer (fiction).

 دوماہ پروگرام برأے تعارفی اسباق قرآن مجید
Quran Majeed - A Two Month Preparatory Programme

Course is scheduled to begin Friday, 12 Jan 2018; 
Application Deadline is Monday, 1st Jan 2018



Responding to the aspirations of urban Pakistanis, educational institutions today largely focus on financial career goals. Pursuit of knowledge, critical thinking and values become secondary. ‘Religious practice’ is retained only as ritual, which in turn leaves very little space for the study and absorption of the Quran as a living and ever-relevant text. However the Quran holds a centrality in every house as a sacred text and as an intrinsic part of faith.

The two-month Quran Preparatory Program is designed to take the ritualistic relationship with the Quran to a more holistic and intellectual level.  The program aims to achieve this by opening doors for the participant towards the following aspects:

(1) Appreciating the language and socio-historical context of the Quranic revelation.

(2) Experiencing the Quran in its visual, auditory & aesthetic dimensions.

(3) Familiarization with the mainstream theological schools and the classical methodologies of interpretation to bring out the contrast with contemporary trends.

(4) Taking cognizance of the layers of meaning and themes of the Quran.

(5) Introducing other aspects of the Quran such as its connection with hadith; methods of transmission; the impact of the Quran on Islamic Culture and Civilization; and its usage as talismanic power, and more.

The program will be conducted in English/Urdu, and is suitable for beginners to the subject. There is limited online provision for applicants living outside Lahore. Certificates of participation will be provided.

Programme Outline:

Module 1:  History & Introduction to Quranic Revelation - Descent, Preservation & Dissemination  نزول,حفظ,ترویجِ قران 


  1. Introduction – The Arabs and the Literary History of pre-Islamic  Arabia.

  2. Introduction to the Language of the Quran: Arabic.

  3. Introduction to Tajweed (Rules of Pronunciation).

  4. The Quran & the Seerah.

  5. The Descent – Asbab-e-Nuzul.

  6. The Ahl-al Bayt & The Preservation of the Quran.

  7. The Sahaba & Preservation of the Quran


Module 2:  The Visual, Auditory & Aesthetic Dimensions   قرأت,خطاطی,تذھیبِ قرآن


  1. Calligraphy – History & Practice.

  2. Qira’at/Maqamat – History & Practice.

  3. Illumination - History & Practice.

  4. Calligraphy & Architecture.

  5. The Quran & Islamic Art.

  6. Symbolism of the Letters of the Quran.

Module 3:  Centrality of the Quran in Islamic Culture & Civilization 

قرآن اور اسلامی تہذیب و تمدن

  1. Quran & Islamic Philosophy.

  2. Cosmology of the Quran.

  3. Quran & Metaphysics.

  4. Quran & Spiritual Life.

  5. The Quran & Talismanic power.

  6. The Quran & Modernity.

  7. Quran aur Hidayat – Aam wa Khas


Module 4: Structure & Meaning in the Quran قرآنی معنی تفسير ترتیب 

  1. The Relationship of Quran, Hadith & Sunnah

  2. Lived Quran: Bir wal Taqwah.

  3. Thematic Structure of the Quran.

  4. Tafseer (Interpretation) - The Sunni Tradition

  5. Tafseer (Interpretation) – The Shia’ Tradition

  6. Ta’wil  (Inner meaning)

  7. The Curriculum of the Traditional Scholar-Teacher of  the Quran & the Madressa

  8. Adaab-e Ikhtilaf – Quran & Islamic Schools of Thought.

Course teachers include Dr. Amjad Waheed, Taimoor Khan Mumtaz (NCA), Allama Shehzad Mujaddidi, Syed Uzair Abdullah, Dr. Rizwan Zamir,  Dr. Fuad Naeem, Hamid Reza Fazil & Maulvi Jehangir Mehmud.


(1) To develop a deeper relationship with the Quran, holistically and experientially.

(2) To broaden the perspective on the role and function of the Quran in Islamic Culture.  

(3) To reintroduce classical Quran study in modern, urban Pakistan.


Format: Lectures/Seminars conducted in the classroom/online with a select panel of qualified and experienced teachers.


The program duration is two months. The class timings are morning and afternoon (10:00 am to 11:30 am/4:00 to 5:30 pm) on Weekends: Saturdays and Sundays. Course material will be provided and class activity/assessment may comprise of readings, written assignments, presentations, and class discussions. Visit to sites may also be included.


Academic Qualification: Intermediate (Minimum)

Age: 18 Years +

Language: Urdu, English.

Selection Interview of Interested Applicants

Program Fee/Hadya per Month:  PKR. 4500/- (Pak Rupees Four thousand, five hundred per month).

Listen to the Nine Student Presentations on Hastoneest YouTube Quran Majeed Playlist

How to Apply:


Interested applicants should send in their names, cell number and email address to hast.o.neest@gmail.com with a short paragraph sharing their personal experience with the study of the Quran and the reason for joining this program.

An interview will thereafter be held of the applicant for final selection to the two month programme.

Queries can be forwarded on hast.o.neest@gmail.com/0300 8493170

Teachers Profile:

Taimoor Khan Mumtaz: MA PRASADA, Leicester, UK; BArch NCA Lahore. View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cdCwvrK5ng.

Syed Uzair Abdullah Qadri: A traditional scholar of Arabic, Quranic Exegesis, Philosophy and Mysticism, Uzair Abdullah teaches at various madaris of Punjab. View: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2ulzc3_the-meaning-of-fasting-ibn-arabi-syed-uzair-abdullah_school

Maulana Hamid Reza Fazil: A traditional religious scholar of Arabic, Quranic Exegesis and Islamic Law with special interest in philosophy & metaphysics. View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gzn4CK83IwI

Dr. Rizwan Zamir: Ph.D. University of Virginia. Ph.D. B.A . James Madison University. Area of Islamic studies, specializing in Islamic thought and spirituality.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4ydJ7ErWf0

Dr. Amjad Waheed: Ph.D.Comparative Civilizations University of Punjab. Ex-Dean School of Advanced Studies, UMT, Lahore. View: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1fwmb8_man-universe-meaning-urdu-short-clip_school

Dr. Fuad Naeem: Ph. D. in Theological & Religious Studies, MA History of Religions, George Washington University. View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzVkBH5xsQQ

Shaykh Jehangir Mehmud:  Founder/ Executive Director

The Society for Educational Research, Lahore

Dr. Allama Shehzad Mujaddidi is a PhD scholar in Islamic Thought & Civilization. He has a Masters in Education and a traditional Dars-e-Nizami degree with specialization in Hadith Science. He is also the founder and Nazim-e-Ala of Dar ul Ikhlas, Lahore (A non-political body to promote Islamic knowledge, Ideology and Spirituality).

Irfan Qureshi: A student of Ustad Syed Nafees Raqam, Irfan sahib teaches calligraphy at various educational institutions of Lahore.View:http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2hmk07

Fyza Noon: BFA Miniature NCA, Lahore. A student of Ustad Bashir Ahmed, she teaches and lectures on miniatures & the Art of the Book at various educational institutions of Lahore. She is also a founder of Hastoneest and teaches the miniature programme at the institute.

Azma Salman. Inspired by Shadilli Shuyukh &Turkish art, Azma Salman studied the Art of Illumination-Tezhib from the Princes School of Traditional Arts, London. She now teaches tezhib at various institutions in Lahore. 

Qari Khalid Uthman Alvi Al-Azhari is one of the leading qurra of Pakistan and has taught Arabic and qira'at at Hastoneest.