This is a Level Three course based on the text Reliance of the Traveller and Tools of the Worshipper. This course covers the chapters on Worship taught by Shaykh Irshaad Sedick. The entire text is co-taught with Shaykh Muhammad Carr who covers the chapters on Contract Law and Commercial Law in the course:
‘Reliance’ means ‘that which is depended upon,’ since the author meant that this text should be a reliable resource work for whoever goes by it because it aims to present the most dependable (rajih) positions of the Shafi`i School and omit the weak ones.
This course, therefore, aims to comprehensively explain the corpus of dependable views that make up the “Official Shafi`i School” before venturing into the detailed elaboration thereof and alternative views in the School, in the Minhaj of Imam Nawawi. Students who complete this level will, if Allah wills, be thoroughly prepared for the higher levels of Sacred Law from the Shafi`i School.
By covering this text (and the earlier introductory texts) thoroughly, students should have a solid understanding of the Shafi`i School’s Fiqh framework. Having an internalized framework to refer to facilitates a contextual understanding of more advanced and atomistic matters of Sacred Law.
‘Umda Al-Salik wa ‘Uddat Al-Nasik (Reliance of the Traveller and Tools of the Worshipper) is an indispensable text, especially for Shafi`i students of Sacred Law because it comprehensively summarizes the main views in the Shafi`i School. The author (may Allah have mercy on him) thoroughly covers the entire spectrum of Fiqh in systematic order. He provides a balance of detail so that the text, though not elementary enough to be called beginner-level, is neither too loaded nor too challenging to be categorized as advanced.
Al-Misri based his work on the earlier Shafi`i works of Imam Nawawi and Imam Abu Ishaq Al-Shirazi, following the format of Shirazi’s Muhadhdhab (The Rarefaction) and the conclusions of Nawawi’s Minhaj at-Talibin (The Seeker’s Road).
In the words of the author, this text “is a summary of the School of Imam Shafi`i (may Allah have mercy on him) in which I have confined myself to the most reliable positions (rajih) of the School, according to Imam Rafi’i and Imam Nawawi, or according to just one of them. I may mention a difference of opinion herein, this being when their recensions contend, giving Nawawi’s position first and then, as opposed to it, that of Rafi’i.” Based on the above, this text is ideal for the intermediate student of the Seekers Islamic Studies Curriculum.
The commentaries on this text are:
1. Fayd Al-Ilah Al-Malik fi Hall Alfaz ‘Umda Al-Salik wa ‘Uddat Al-Nasik by ‘Umar Barakat (d. after 1307/1890)
2. Anwar Al-Masalik Sharh ‘‘Umda Al-Salik wa ‘Uddat Al-Nasik by Muhammad Al-Zuhri Al-Ghamrawi
The most reliable and comprehensive Sharh of the course text is:
3. Fath Al-Wahhab Al-Malik fi Hall Alfaz ‘Umda Al-Salik wa ‘Uddat Al-Nasik by Taha Ibn ‘Abd Al-Hamid Ibn Muhammad Hamadi
The author of the text is 14th-century Egyptian scholar, Shihabuddin Abu Al-'Abbas Ahmad Ibn Al-Naqib (Ibn Lu’Lu) Al-Misri. He was a Sunni Shafi'i scholar who excelled in the subject of Sacred Law (Fiqh) and was a student of the renowned Shaykh Al-Islam Taqiyy Al-Din Ibn Subki and several erudite scholars.
Ibn Al-Naqib was born in Cairo, Egypt (Misr), in the year 702 AH (1302 C.E.), and died there in 769AH (1367 C.E.). He was known for his humility, piety, asceticism, and profound relationship with Allah. He authored many books and most of his works were on Shafi`i Sacred Law. Among them were Tatimma ‘ala Sharh Al-Muhadhdhab (incomplete) and Tarshih Al-Madhhab fi Tashih Al-Muhadhdhab.
• This course is for intermediate students (approximately eighteen years and older).
• Students of Sacred Knowledge who desire to dive deeper into Sacred Law and Muslims who are serious about knowing the details of Sacred Law to practice it thoroughly and correctly are ideally suited for this course.
• This is a level Three course in Shafi`i fiqh which adequately prepares a student to study the Minhaj al-Talibin of Imam Nawawi. It is therefore essential for students to have completed the study of the following courses or equivalent: Al-Risala Al-Jami’a (Habashi’s Encompassing Epistle Explained), Al-Mukhtasar (Ba Fadl’s The Short Abridgement), Matn Abi Shuja’ with experience reading from Ibn Qasim’s commentary with its Hashiya by Imam Bajuri. Recommended Text: Safina al-Naja, Al-Muqaddima Al-Hadramiyya with experience reading from one of its commentaries such as Bushra Al-Karim.
• It is particularly beneficial for teachers, parents, and young adults.
• It can also be taken by anyone with a keen interest in the details and precision of Law, especially Sacred Law (Fiqh), and how it works.
• Understand and be aware of the full spectrum A-Z of chapters, subjects, topics, and basic details of the most reliable views of the Shafi`i School.
• Understand the rational framework of Sacred Law according to the Shafi`i School.
• Analyze whether one’s practice is valid according to the specifications of the Shafi`i School.
• Understand and Apply some of the basic underlying principles (Qawa’id) of Shafi`i Fiqh.
• Memorize the basic historical typography of the Shafi`i School and understand where the most authoritative scholars and books fit therein.
• Memorize the basic framework and order of chapters, sub-chapters, and topics of Fiqh.
• Understand and memorize the most important views of the Shafi`i School.
Pre-requisites: Read the text before class, be present (view and engage) at least 85% of the course videos, complete quizzes on all the lessons, and revise the lessons.
Weekly hours recommended: 2 - 4 hours per week is the recommended time requirement for this course. The above includes preparation and revision time.
Recommended reading/ Supplementary texts:
Al-Muqaddima Al-Hadramiyya with experience
reading from one of its commentaries such as Bushra Al-Karim
Fayd Al-Ilahi Al-Malik (Sharh)
Fath Al-Wahhab Al-Malik (Sharh)
Evaluation method: Quizzes and examinations where applicable.
Lesson 1: An Overview
Lesson 2: History of Shafi`i Fiqh
Lesson 3: Shafi`i School Literature
Lesson 4: Book of Purification: Water
Lesson 5: Personal Hygiene
Lesson 6: Integrals to the Process of Ablution
Lesson 7: Process to Recommendations of Ablution
Lesson 8: Offensive Actions to Wiping the Socks, & Other Provisions
Lesson 9: Wiping the Socks to the Causes of Hadath
Lesson 10: Acts of Worship Requiring Ablution
Lesson 11: Relieving Oneself & the Lavatory
Lesson 12: Major Ritual Impurity (Janaba)
Lesson 13: Ritual Bath (Ghusl)
Lesson 14: Conditions of Dry Ablution
Lesson 15: Inability to Use Water
Lesson 16: Sunna and Integrals of Dry Ablution
Lesson 17: Nullifiers of Dry Ablution
Lesson 18: The Menstrual Period
Lesson 19: Filth (Najasa) Explained
Lesson 19: What is Not Filth (Najasa)
Lesson 20: What is Not Filth (Najasa)
Lesson 21: Removing Filth (Najasa)
Lesson 22: Book of Prayer (Salah)
Lesson 23: Prayer Times
Lesson 24: Making Up Missed Prayers
Shaykh Irshaad Sedick was raised in South Africa in a traditional Muslim family. He graduated from Dar al-Ulum al-Arabiyyah al-Islamiyyah in Strand, Western Cape, under the guidance of the late world-renowned scholar, Shaykh Taha Karaan.
Shaykh Irshaad received Ijaza from many luminaries of the Islamic world, including Mufti Taha Karaan, Mufti Yusuf Karaan, and Mawlana Abdul Hafeez Makki, among others.
He is the author of the academic article “The Musnad of Ahmad ibn Hanbal: A Hujjah or not?” He has served as the Director of the Discover Islam Centre and Al Jeem Foundation. For the last five years till present, he has served as the Khatib of Masjid Ar-Rashideen, Mowbray, Cape Town.
Shaykh Irshaad has thirteen years of teaching experience at some of the leading Islamic institutes (in Cape Town, South Africa). He is currently building an Islamic online learning and media platform called ‘Isnad Academy’ and pursuing his Master’s degree in the study of Islam at the University of Johannesburg. He has a keen interest in healthy living and fitness.
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