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Program Overview:

The goal of this program is to begin the journey of gaining mastery of the Fiqh details of the Hanafi school.

We define “Mastery” as a thorough understanding of the text itself, its legal reasoning, and key details.

"Fiqh" is deep knowledge, with an understanding of nuances and implications.

The purpose of this mastery is to seek the pleasure of Allah, through benefiting oneself and others by preserving, acting upon, and transmitting this noble Prophetic inheritance in ways that assist others in seeking the pleasure of Allah by following Divine Guidance with conviction and clarity.

The means to mastery would be through an understanding of eight matters related to the text:

1 - Tawdih (clarification of the text, in expression and indication)

2 - Taqyid (conditioning the text, where essential conditions are needed)

3 - Tafsil (detailing the text, where essential details are needed)

4 - Taswir (describing the text’s issues, through practical examples)

5 - Taq`id (clarifying the legal principles the text’s issues are based on or entail)

6 - Tafri` (important derived rulings, classical and contemporary, that serious seekers must know)

7 - Ta`lil (understanding legal reasoning and wisdom underlying text’s rulings)

8 - Tadlil (understanding the legal proofs for the rulings of the text)

About the Texts:

We will study the meta-matn (Tanwir al-Absar) that is the basis of the central commentary for legal details (al-Durr al-Mukhtar) in the later Hanafi school–and for the central work for the fatwa positions of the Hanafi school (Radd al-Muhtar).

1 - Imam Tumurtashi’s Tanwir, with extensive readings in Haskafi’s Durr al-Mukhtar and Ibn Abidin’s Radd al-Muhtar;

2 - Imam Haskafi’s Ifadat al-Anwar Sharh al-Manar, in intermediate Hanafi usul, with extensive readings from Ibn Abidin’s Nasamat al-Ashar.

3 - Later, we will cover Ibn Abidin’s Sharh Uqud Rasm al-Mufti, and Select readings from Ibn Nujaym’s al-Ashbah wa’l Nadha’ir.

Study Effort:

• Two live classes per week, 2.5 hours each.

Students are expected to attend live or to follow the recordings.

• Preparation, participation, questions, and doing recommended readings are expected.

• There will be an online forum for questions, discussion, and for related texts, and resources. The pdf of the commentary and other important works will be provided.

Prerequisites to enroll in the program:

This is an upper-intermediate to advanced class in Hanafi Fiqh. Students need to have completed at least two complete works in all chapters of Hanafi fiqh, including at least one intermediate-level commentary (such as Sharh al-Wiqaya, or the Ikhtiyar, or Hidaya, or similar), with understanding.

Student Expectations:

The expectations from the students would be to:

1 - Prepare for the class, by [a] thorough reading of the matn; [b] careful reading of the commentary–with focus on the legal details and reasoning mentioned in the commentary; [c] preparing properly thought-out questions related to the text and its implications. It is encouraged, especially for more advanced students, to research key issues in the reference works and commentaries. (This is not an expectation. Students are welcome to email the instructor for advice on this.)

2 - Attend the class, with [a] attentiveness, through cutting out distractions (no surfing, messaging, texting, etc); [b] participation when the instructor asks questions; [c] asking questions, from their preparation or from things unclear in the text or the instructor’s explanations.

3 - Review of the class notes and text. Research of issues that arise is encouraged, and asking questions regarding things that remain unclear is essential. The more you can keep reviewing the text (especially the matn), the better. Test yourself, by checking whether you remember the key details. Diagramming the text helps.

4 -Take notes. It is best to write out the matn itself, and essentials from the commentary (such as the key details and reasoning). This is also good Arabic writing practice.

5 - Participate in the Class Forum by asking questions, sharing issues of benefit, and getting involved in the relevant discussions, with the proper manners of a keen seeker of knowledge (talib `ilm).

6 - Seek Allah’s assistance, make this a means of seeking His pleasure, have high secondary intentions of acting upon what you learn with excellence, preserving and transmitting Prophetic guidance, to benefit yourself and to benefit others, and to gain all the benefits mentioned by Allah and the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) for those who seek and transmit sacred knowledge for the sake of Allah.

About The Instructor

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spent ten years studying with some of the leading scholars of recent times, first in Damascus, and then in Amman, Jordan. His teachers include the foremost theologian of recent times in Damascus, the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas (may Allah have mercy on him), as well as his student Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi, one of the leading Hanafi fuqaha of the present age. He returned to Canada in 2007, where he founded SeekersGuidance in order to meet the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge–both online and on the ground–in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He is the author of: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and the Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School (White Thread Press, 2004.) Since 2011, Shaykh Faraz has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.

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What You Will Learn:

  • Distinguish between true religious knowledge that is beneficial and ostensibly religious knowledge that is not
  • Identify instances of the sins of the limbs (particularly those of the tongue)
  • Identify instances of the sins of the heart
  • Complete a regimen of protecting your tongue from sin
  • Improve your character with your teachers, relatives, friends, and strangers
  • Appreciate the spiritual value of good company

Skill Level: Beginner
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