Hearts of Stone

hears of stone






Skill Level

4 h





Their hearts are compared in this set of verses as hard rocks, but even more difficult to subdue. The similes given were not altogether unfamiliar to the Israelites, for when they needed water they had seen it gushes forth from one solid rock, in twelve springs. They had witnessed how a Mountain crashed down when Allah revealed His glory there, as told in surah 7, verse 143. Their hearts, however, remained rigid and inflexible, totally devoid of faith of God, harsh, barren and unbending. But they are warned that;

“God is not unaware of what you do.” 2:74

This concludes an episode of the Israelites’ rich and chequered history, a history fraught with denials, deviousness, scheming, stubbornness, corruption and flagrant rebellion.


The following topics will be covered within this course:

  • The story in which an innocent is blamed for the death of another.
  • The response of Mosa (as) when the Israelites asked him for help.
  • Gratitude and it being a source of further blessings.
  • The role of questions in learning and questions that reflect ones dislike for the questioner.
  • The people ask questions about the cow.
  • Mosa’s people find the right cow eventually.
  • The command of Mosa to his people to obey Allah and slaughter the cow.
  • The three types of Hearts.


Farhan Mahmood is one of the lecturers at Islamic Courses Online. He completed his LLB in Law in 2009 and attained a distinction in an MSc in Management Consultancy in 2011. After gaining experience in Law, he took the route to becoming a student of knowledge in 2012. He graduated in 2018, and since then he has been teaching Arabic Language, Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, and Tafsir.

Who is the course for?

This programme is suitable for those who would like to learn about Hearts of Stone, in a lively and interactive course, engaging all levels of students, at the convenience of their timetable.

  • For those wanting to understand the historical significance of the Israelites.
  • The importance of the story of the Cow.
  • For students who want to visualise the numerous blessings Allah favoured this nation with.
  • The Islamic perspective on the story of the cow.
  • Want a modern approach to learning classical subjects.
  • For those who want to pace their learning according to their needs.
  • It is a course for those who want to engage in contemporary discussions based on traditional teachings of the Qur’an. These verses teach us the rebellious nature of the Israelites, rebelling against every authority, the authority of Mosa and even Allah.

Programme Overview:

Learning outcomes:

On completion of this module, the successful student will:

  1. Recognise different stories in the Qur’an.
  2. Know who the stories were revealed upon.
  3. Be able to extract universal lessons from every story in the Qur’an.
  4. Be able to self-reflect and recognise he state of his/her heart.
  5. Appreciate their responsibilities towards Islam.
  6. Be able to link passages, and appreciate their connections.
  7. Reflect upon their purpose in life.
  8. Be able to correct their understanding of Tawhed.
  9. Understand the history of the Israelites and how they earned the anger of Allah.
  10. The generosity and forgiving nature of Allah towards all people, especially the Israelites.

Learning Path

Ustadh Farhan Mahmood discusses the constituents of sentences with examples of nouns, verbs and prepositions.

Video 57 Min  

Ustadh Farhan Mahmood instructs how to create basic nominal sentences, and discusses definite & in-definite nouns.

Video 82 Min  

Ustadh Farhan Mahmood teaches the concept of gendered nouns, and the relationship between a subject and predicate based on gender.

Video 89 Min  

Ustadh Farhan Mahmood introduces dual and plural nouns, and the relationship between a subject and predicate based on number then
 continues the lesson on plural nouns with examples of dual endings, and
 concludes the lesson on singular, dual & plural nouns with detailed examples.

Total of 3 Videos 180 Min

Ustadh Farhan Mahmood discusses the types of verbs and patterns that emerge then continues the lesson on verbal sentences, also looking at the effect of gender on the verb, and summaries the lesson and discusses the components of basic verbal sentences.

Video 48 Min  + 2 Min read to complete

Ustadh Farhan Mahmood introduces different perspectives of verbs – positive & negative, transitive & intransitive, and active & passive, focuses on transitive & intransitive verbs and moves onto active & passive verb patterns.

Ustadh Farhan Mahmood ties the previous lessons together by looking at singular, dual and plural subjects & objects, discussing the imperfect verb, the imperative verb and discusses the object as a pronoun, with worked examples.
Ustadh Farhan Mahmood recaps and summarises the previous lessons, teaches the grammatical cases associated with nouns as well as verbs and
completes the first module in Arabic language with a discussion on verbal cases for the imperfect verb.

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