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Level: Two

Instructors: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani & Shaykh Yusuf Weltch


Course Overview

This is a Level Two course in the Islamic Studies Curriculum. This course is based on the Mukhtasar of Imam Quduri, which is one of the most celebrated and influential treatises in any Muslim school of methodology and is considered the foundation for the Hanafi school.


This course serves to provide a proper understanding of the Islamic rulings of family law. Shaykh Faraz Rabbani covers the chapters on Marriage and Divorce, relying on the great classical commentaries—including Maydani’s Lubab—and major reference works of the Hanafi School.


Topics covered include when it is required, sunna, or even prohibited to marry; the integrals and conditions of the marriage, and whom it is valid to marry. In addition, the rulings of divorce are outlined, detailing the cases of when it occurs, and the scenarios of its being binding or revocable. Finally, the course covers related issues such as the waiting period (`idda) providing for needy relatives, and the rulings of child custody.


This course is ideal for students of Islamic knowledge. A previous study of Fiqh is recommended, but not a requirement.


About the Course Text

Imam Quduri’s full primer (matn) in Islamic law is so famous that it is simply referred to as “The Book” (al-Kitab).


Quduri’s Mukhtasar is one of the four core primers (mutun) of the Hanafi school. For over a thousand years, it has been the starting point of a full study of Hanafi fiqh. This is because of the text’s reliability in transmitting the Hanafi school; its clarity; its comprehensiveness in dealing with the core issues of each chapter, and its proven blessedness (baraka).


About the Author

Imam Abu al-Husayn Ahmad ibn Muhammad al-Quduri (362-428 AH) was born in Baghdad. He was of the foremost scholars of the Hanafi school and played a pivotal role in the transmission of Hanafi fiqh.


His work Mukhtasar al-Quduri is the first of the four main primers (mutun) of the school. Another of his important works was al-Tajrid, a comprehensive, 10-volume work in legal reasoning and comparative fiqh.


He was also a noted scholar of hadith, and the great hadith master, Khatib al-Baghdadi took hadith from him.


Imam Quduri was also noted for his deep piety and devotion, his renunciation (zuhd), and his good character. These are keys for Allah blessing one’s efforts, as the lasting impact of Imam Quduri’s scholarship shows.


Who is this course for?

 • This course is for teenagers and adults.

 • It is particularly beneficial for students of Islamic law.

 • It is a Level Two course. Students are encouraged to have completed Level One of the Islamic Studies Curriculum first—or at least the Level One fiqh courses.

 • This course can also be taken by anyone interested in learning more about the Islamic rulings of marriage and divorce.


Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

 • Understand the core rulings related to marriage.

 • Appreciate the wisdom and purpose of these legal rulings.

 • Explain the legal reasoning and methodology used in the Hanafi school.

 • Contextualize the practical implementation of Divine Guidance.


Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Text and Subject

Lesson 2: The Marriage Contract, Marrying Non-Muslims, and the Guardian (Wakil)

Lesson 3: Worldly Suitability (Kafa'a), Conditions of Marriage and Defects

Lesson 4: Religious Conversion Within Marriage

Lesson 5: Completion of Marriage | Nursing

Lesson 6: Divorce

Lesson 7: Completion of Divorce

Lesson 8: Taking Back One's Wife | Foreswearing One's Wife (Ila')

Lesson 9: Zihar and Mutual Imprecation (Li`an)

Lesson 10: The Waiting Period

Lesson 11: The Waiting Period and Providing for Family

Lesson 12: Providing for Family and Child Custody


About the instructors:

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.

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a teacher of Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he then completed four years at the Darul Uloom seminary in New York where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences. He then travelled to Tarim, Yemen, where he stayed for three years studying in Dar Al-Mustafa under some of the greatest scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib. In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Qur’an and studied inheritance law, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Qur’anic exegesis, Islamic history, and a number of texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.


Number of Lessons: 12 Lessons
Total Duration: 30 hrs 48 mins
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Short Intro: This is the third of four courses based on the famous primer, Mukhtasar of Imam Quduri. It serves to provide a proper understanding of the Islamic rulings of marriage and divorce according to the Hanafi school.
Total Lesson: 12
Number of hours: 30
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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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