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This is a Level Two course in the Islamic Studies Curriculum. This course is based on the renowned text Matn Abu Shuja.

This course serves to provide a proper understanding of the Islamic rulings of family law according to the Shafi‘i 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 such as Ba Fadl’s The Short Abridgement is recommended.

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Short Intro: This course serves to provide a proper understanding of the Islamic rulings of marriage and divorce according to the Shafi‘i school. It is based on the renowned text, Matn Abu Shuja.
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About the text:

This course is an explanation of Matn Abi Shuja’, written by the learned and pious Shafi‘i scholar from Basra, Ahmad ibn al Hussein al-Asfahani (d. 500’s AH / 1100’s CE), more famously known as Abu Shuja‘. His Matn Abi Shuja‘, a short introduction to the Shafi‘i school of sacred law, is one of the most blessed textbooks of the school–although it was written almost a millennium ago, it remains an integral part of Shafi‘i fiqh curricula all over the world and has been the subject of dozens of commentaries and super-commentaries ever since it was written all the way down to the present age.

About the Author:

Imam Ahmad ibn al Hussein al-Asfahani (d. 500’s AH / 1100’s CE) was a famous Shafi‘i scholar from Basra. Abu Shuja‘ taught the Shafi‘i school for 40 years in Basra, working as a scholar and judge, before retiring at the end of his life to Medina, where he worked as a servant at the mosque of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace).

Who is this course for:
  • This course is for adults.
  • It is particularly beneficial for students of sacred law .
  • It is a Level Two course. In order to successfully complete this course, students should take On Worship (Purification, Prayer, Fasting, Zakat, and Hajj): Ba Fadl's The Short Abridgement.
  • This course can also be taken by anyone who is interested in learning more about the rulings of marriage and divorce in the Shafi‘i school.
Learning outcomes:
  • Understand key topics, including charitable engagements, who should get married, and how it should be done from beginning to end.
  • Learn The details of the shares inherited from family members, those one inherits from and, those one does not, and how the shares can vary based on the combinations of living heirs.
  • Understand how an Islamic marriage is terminated.
  • Learn what the financial obligations are towards one’s family members.
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