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This course covers a comprehensive commentary on the five acts of worship written by one of the authorities of the Hanafi school of law.

Allah Most High says, “I have not created jinn-kind nor mankind for any purpose other than to worship Me.” (Qur’an, 51:56) Take this course to increase your knowledge of the detailed rulings of prayer, fasting, zakat, and hajj.

In this course, we read an extensive commentary on the fiqh of worship, Imam Shurunbulali's Maraqi al-Falah. This course is intended for students of knowledge with solid previous study of the subject and ability to understand classical texts in Arabic. It discusses key legal details not found in shorter works, in addition to legal differences and reasoning, serving to improve the student's understanding of the subject and how to improve their worship of the Divine.

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Short Intro: This course covers a comprehensive commentary on the five acts of worship written by one of the authorities of the Hanafi school. It discusses key legal details, legal differences, and reasoning not found in shorter works.
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Total Lesson: 81
Number of hours: 218
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Skill Level: Beginner
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About the text:

Maraqi al-Falah is Imam Shurunbulali’s shorter commentary on his own comprehensive primer on worship, Nur al-Idah. Maraqi al-Falah supplies key legal details and reasoning for the rulings of both prayer and fasting. In addition, it provides a summarized discussion on zakat and hajj. Its author, Imam Abu'l-Ikhlas al-Shurunbulali, was one of the foremost jurists of the Hanafi school as well as a scholar of deep spirituality, making this text an invaluable resource for anyone who wishes to deepen their knowledge of the Five Pillars of Islam.

About the Author:

Abu al-Ikhlas Hasan bin Ammar al-Shurunbulali was born in Upper Egypt in the year 994 AH and he passed away in 1069 AH. When he was six, his father took him to Cairo where he memorized the Quran as well as studied the Islamic sciences. He then studied at the Azhar University where he flourished, surpassed his peers, and then later became a professor there.

Imam Shurunbulali became widely known as one of the foremost scholars of Fiqh in the Hanafi school of his time and his work, al-Shurunbulaliyya became a crucial reference work in the Hanafi school, quoted and used right from his time until today. He also wrote several works in the fiqh of worship; he wrote two commentaries on his primer Nur al-Idah, Imdad al-Fattah, and an abridgment of the Imdad, Maraqi al-Falah.

Learning outcomes:
  • Master the detailed rulings of purification, prayer, and fasting
  • Appreciate the rigor of the science of Sacred Law (fiqh)
  • Gain an introduction to the legal reasoning underlying the legal rulings
  • Gain a grounding in the method and application of the Hanafi school
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