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Instructor: Shaykh Muhammad Carr

Level: Two


Course Overview

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.


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.


About The Instructor

Shaykh Muhammad Carr has dedicated his life to studying and transmitting our beautiful faith. His studies have taken him around the globe, where he has benefitted from many luminaries.

Under the guidance of his teachers - Shaykh Taha Karan, Shaykh Yaseen Abbas, Shaykh Muadh Ali, and many others - Shaykh Muhammad has grown to appreciate the beauty and benefits of diverse scholarship.

He completed his memorization of the Quran at Dar al-Ulum Zakariyyah in September 1997 and received an Alimiyya Degree in 2006. He is also affiliated with Masjid Auwal in Bo Kaap, Cape Town.


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