Transmitting the Teachings of Islam in Contemporary Times: Glimpses from Prophetic Approach

Total Views: 264 | Total Downloads: 179


  • AbdulGafar Olawale Fahm University of Ilorin



Islam, Islamic Studies, contemporary issues, prophetic heritage, Islamic teachings


There is a growing body of literature that recognizes the importance of proper approach to transmission of learning. This is because an effective method teaching always goes a long way in helping to understanding what is being taught. Contemporary discourse on teaching style often stresses either a teacher-centered or student-centered approaches. This paper takes a critical look at the Prophet Muhammad’s methods of teaching Islam to the Companions (Sahaba). This study attempts to understand the intent of these methods used by the Prophet Muhammad and investigates their possible implications. Through historical and descriptive methods examines the primary sources in Islam – the Qur’ān and the life case of the Prophet Muḥammad as presented in his sayings and teachings (Ḥadīth). The study reveals that the prophetic approach, apart from being very effective, is also a very practical method that can be used in our contemporary times and provides a better understanding of the message of Islam and prophetic heritage.


Abu Ghuddah, A. (2003). Prophet Muhammad–the teacher and his teaching methodologies. Karachi: Zam Zam Publishers.

Ahmad, I. (2001). "Teaching Islamic Studies in the Non-Arab World: With or Without Arabic?" Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs., M. (2007). "Humanity’s Teacher: 21 Teaching Techniques of the Prophet". Retrieved August 31, 2017, from

Aqsha, M., Melor, Mohammed, Tajul, Mustapha, & Mohd, N. (2011). "The Perception and Method in Teaching and Learning Islamic Education". International Journal of Education andInformation Technologies, 5(1).

Ashaari, M. F., Ismail, Z., Puteh, A., Samsudin, M. A., Ismail, M., Kawangit, R., Ramzi, M. I. (2012). "An Assessment of Teaching and Learning Methodology in Islamic Studies". Procedia -Social and Behavioral Sciences, 59.

Assegaf, A. R., Zakaria, A. R., & Sulaiman, A. M. (2012). "The Closer Bridge towards Islamic Studies in Higher Education in Malaysia and Indonesia". Creative Education.

Asyafah, A. (2014). "Research based instruction in the teaching of islamic education". SpringerPlus, 3(1).

Don, A. G., Muhamat Kawangit, R., Hamjah, S. H., Md.Sham, F., Mohd.Nasir, B., Asha’ari, M. F., Abd Ghani, M. Z. (2012). "Teaching Da’wah as Islamic studies (Teds) in higher learning institutions: Malaysian experience". Advances in Natural and Applied Sciences, 6. Retrieved from 84876710611&partnerID=40&md5=5505f41683251e6b765bec1531003443Fears of radicalism constrains scholars. (2007, February 9). Times Higher Education Supplement.

Göl, A. (2011). "Constructing Knowledge: An Effective Use of Educational Technology for Teaching Islamic Studies in the UK". Education and Information Technologies, 17(4).

Hermansen, M. K. (1991). "The State of the Art of Islamic Studies in the United States and Canada". Islamic Culture, 65(1).

Institute of African Studies. (n.d.). Islamic Studies. Retrieved February 20, 2016, from

Juhnke, G. A, Watts, R. E., Guerra, N. S., & Hsieh, P. (2009). "Using Prayer as an Intervention with Clients who are Substance Abusing and Addicted who Self-Identify Personal Faith in God and Prayer as Recovery Resources". Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling, 30(1).

Khir, B. M. S. (2007). "Islamic Studies within Islam: Definition Approaches and Challenges of Modernity". Journal of Beliefs & Values, 28(3).

Lubis, M. A., Yunus, M. M., Lampoh, A. A., & Ishak, N. M. (2011). "The Use of ICT in Teaching Islamic Subjects in Brunei Darussalam". International Journal of Education and Information Technologies, 1(5).

Manuty, M. N. (2011). "Islamic Studies Programs in Malaysia’s Higher Learning Institutions: Responses to Contemporary Challenges of Modernity, Globalization and Post 9/11". In K. Bustamam-Ahmad & P. Jory (Eds.), Islamic Studies and Islamic Education in Contemporary Southeast Asia. Kuala Lumpur: Yayasan Ilmuwan.

Martin, R. C., Empey, H. J., Arkoun, M., & Rippin, A. (2016). “Islamic Studies.” In The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World. Oxford Islamic Studies Online. Retrieved from

Nanji, A. (1997). Mapping Islamic studies: Genealogy, Continuity, and Change(Vol. 38). Walter de Gruyter.

Sulaiman, K. O. (2013). "The Use of Instructional Materials for Effective Learning of Islamic Studies". Jihāt Al-Islām, 6(2).Oloyede, I. O. (2004). "The Place of Arabic and Islamic Studies in a Globalized Nation". NATAIS Journal of the Nigeria Association of Teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies, 7.

Royster, J. E. (1978). "Muhammad as Teacher and Exemplar". The Muslim World, 68(4).

Sardar, Z. (1983). "The Future of Islamic Studies". Islamic Culture, 57(3).

Siddiqi, M. Z. (1961). "Islamic Studies: Their Significance and Importance". Islamic Culture, 35.

Wan Noor Hazlina Wan Jusoh, & Kamaruzaman Jusoff. (2009). "Using Multimedia in Teaching Islamic Studies". Journal Media and Communication Studies, 1.

Zedan, A. M., Yusoff, M. Y. Z. B. M., & Mohamed, M. R. Bin. (2015). "An Innovative Teaching Method in Islamic Studies: The Use of PowerPoint in University of Malaya as Case Study". Procedia -Social and Behavioral Sciences, 182.


DOI: 10.33102/jqss.vol3no1.29
Published: 2019-06-01

How to Cite

Fahm, A. O. (2019). Transmitting the Teachings of Islam in Contemporary Times: Glimpses from Prophetic Approach. Journal of Quran Sunnah Education & Special Needs, 3(1), 15-24.