This curriculum provides a clear, systematic five-level program for students of Islamic Knowledge. It is taught by qualified scholars, and presents traditional Islamic knowledge in a deep, practical, inspiring manner--with an emphasis on living knowledge as guidance.
The Prophet said that, “Whoever travels a path to seek knowledge, Allah facilitates for them a path to Paradise.” (Muslim) This course is the first step in your pursuit of religious knowledge. It explains what your religion is; what you must know about it; and how you should learn it.
This course covers what every Muslim must know about the basic guidance of Islam in its three dimensions: (1) beliefs (iman)—and how to have sound belief in Allah, His Prophets, and the Hereafter; (2) submission (Islam)—how to make your purification and prayer valid, sound, and proper; and (3) spiritual excellence (ihsan)—by looking at key sins and vices to avoid, and key virtuous actions and traits to uphold, in seeking closeness to Allah.
This course is taught according to the Hanafi school. If you would like to learn it according to the Shafi‘i school, take this course instead.
This course is based on The Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and The Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School, by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani (White Thread Press).
This book covers what every Muslim must know about the basic guidance of Islam in its three dimensions: (1) beliefs (iman)—and how to have sound belief in Allah, His Prophets, and in transmitted beliefs; (2) submission (Islam)—by looking at the daily devotional obligation of ritual prayer; and (3) spiritual excellence (Ihsan)—by looking at key sins and vices to avoid, and key virtuous actions and traits to uphold in seeking closeness to Allah.
“I know of no other manual of Islam that presents the essentials of the Hanafi school and basic Islamic belief so reliably, concisely, and elegantly as The Absolute Essentials of Islam. Faraz Rabbani is to be commended for producing a work from which the new Muslim can learn, the practicing Muslim check his fiqh, or the student merely curious about the practice of Islam see how it all fits together. It is likely to serve the Ummah, Allah willing, as long as there are English-speaking Muslims in it who want to know their din. This book works.” – Shaykh Nuh Keller, Jordan
• This is the first course in Level One.
• This course has no prerequisites.
• Any student who wants to learn about the basics of belief and worship and wants to start their journey of gaining sacred knowledge should start with this course.
• Understand how to seek religious knowledge
• Learn the basics of Islamic beliefs: so you know what we believe about Allah, His Messengers, and the Hereafter—and why
• Learn how to make your daily worship—purification and prayer—valid, sound, and proper
• Learn how to worship Allah Most High with sincerity
• Learn essential guidelines for living a faithful, upright life
Lesson 1: Introduction
Lesson 2: Belief (Part 1)
Lesson 3: Belief (Part 2)
Lesson 4: Rulings of the Shariah
Lesson 5: Purification (Part 1)
Lesson 6: Purification (Part 2)
Lesson 7: The Prayer (Part 1)
Lesson 8: The Prayer (Part 2)
Lesson 9: The Prayer (Part 3)
Lesson 10: The Prayer (Part 4)
Lesson 11: Zakat & Fasting
Lesson 12: The Path to Salvation
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.
The Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) warned that those who learn sacred knowledge to gain the admiration of other people would be among the first to be thrown into the Hellfire. (Muslim) Take this course to learn how to be sincere in your quest for sacred knowledge by: (1) avoiding the sins of the outward limbs, (2) avoiding the sins of the heart, and (3) having good character with other people.
Course Prerequisites: The Absolute Essentials of Islam (Hanafi) or The Absolute Essentials of Islam (Shafi‘i)
LESSON 1: Introduction to the Text and Author
LESSON 2: Importance of Routines and Courtesy to the Divine
LESSON 3: On Purification
LESSON 4: On Visiting the Mosque and the Time Before Sunrise
LESSON 5: The Value of Time
LESSON 6: One’s Daily Afternoon Routine
LESSON 7: The Etiquette of Sleep
LESSON 8: The Method and Etiquette of the Ritual Prayer
LESSON 9: On Facing Allah Most High With Awe and Reverence in the Prayer
LESSON 10: The Etiquette of Leading and Following in the Prayer
LESSON 11: The Etiquette of Friday
LESSON 12: The Etiquette of Fasting
LESSON 13: Introduction to the Sins Committed By the Limbs
LESSON 14: Sins of the Tongue
LESSON 15: Sins of the Tongue (Continued)
LESSON 16: Sins of the Stomach, Private Parts, Hands, and Feet
LESSON 17: Envy and Ostentation
LESSON 18: Conceit, Arrogance, and Pride
LESSON 19: Etiquette of Companionship With the Creator and Creation
LESSON 20: Etiquette With the Book of Allah
LESSON 21: Etiquette of the Teacher
LESSON 22: Etiquette of the Student
LESSON 23: Etiquette of Dealing With People You Don’t Know
LESSON 24: Duties With Brothers and Friends
Course Format: 24 downloadable lessons, plus live sessions.
This course is an exposition of Bidayat al-Hidaya (“Beginning of Guidance”), the greatest scholar of his time and arguably the most famous scholar of Islam who ever lived, Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (d. 505 A.H. / 1111 C.E.). Imam al-Ghazali is unanimously regarded as the renewer (mujaddid) of Islam of his century, first for his intellectual defense of traditional Islamic beliefs against Avicennan philosophy, and then for his powerful spiritual reinvigoration of the Islamic sciences through his magnum opus, the 40-part Ihya ‘Ulum al-Din (“Revival of the Religious Sciences”). The textbook for this course, Bidayat al-Hidaya, one of his last works, is written for students who are beginning their religious studies to warn them against the dangers of ostentation, and to teach them how to use their religious knowledge towards their own benefit for eternity.
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 get comprehensive and knowledge-based answers to all of the questions that you are likely to face in your worship Allah Most High, all in light of a formal textbook of in Hanafi law that students like you have used for centuries. This course covers on the detailed rules of Purification, Prayer, Fasting, Zakat, and Hajj. This course is taught according to the Hanafi school. If you would like to learn it according to the Shafi’i school, take this course instead.
Course Requirements: Absolute Essentials of Islam (Hanafi)
1A: Introduction to Sacred Law (fiqh) and Imam Abu Hanifa
1B: Introduction to the Author & Text
1C: Water (miya)
1D: The Ritual Ablution (wudu)
1E: The Ritual Bath (ghusl)
1F: The Dry Ablution (tayammum)
2A: Wiping over Footgear (khuffayn)
2B: Wiping over Bandages (jaba’ir)
2C: Menstruation (hayd), Post-Natal Bleeding (nifas) & Irregular Bleeding (istihada)
3A: Filth (najasa)
3B: Wells (abar)
3C: Leftover Water (as’ar)
3D: Cleaning after Relieving Oneself (istinja’)
4A: Prayer Times (awqat al-salat)
4B: The Call to Prayer (adhan)
5A: The Conditions (shara’it) of the Prayer
5B: The Integrals (arkan) of the Prayer
5C: The Necessary Actions (wajibat) of the Prayer
5D: The Sunna Actions of the Prayer
5E: The Proper Manners (adab) of the Prayer
5F: The Supplications (ad‘iya) of the Prayer
6A: The Invalidators (mufsidat) of the Prayer
6B: The Disliked (makruhat) Actions of the Prayer
6C: The Permitted (mubah) Actions of the Prayer
6D: Breaking (qat‘) & Abandoning (tark) the Prayer
7A: Praying on a Riding Mount (dabba)
7B: The Traveller’s Prayer (salat al-musafir)
7C: The Sick Person’s Prayer (salat al-marid)
7D: Being Absolved of the Obligation of Prayer & Lifting One’s Dues (isqat)
8A: The Witr Prayer
8B: The Sunna Prayers
8C: The Night Prayers of Ramadan (salat al-tarawih)
8D: Prayer inside the Ka‘ba
9A: The Makeup Prayer (qada’ al-fawa’it)
9B: The Congregational Prayer (salat al-jama‘a)
9C: The Prostration of Forgetfulness (sujud al-sahw)
10A: The Prostration of Recitation (sajda al-tilawa)
10B: The Prostration of Gratitude (sajda al-shukr)
10C: The Friday Prayer (salat al-jumu‘a)
11A: The ‘Eid Prayer
11B: The Eclipse Prayer (salat al-kusuf/al-khusuf)
11C: The Rain Prayer (salat al-istisqa’)
11D: The Prayer of Fear (salat al-khawf)
12A: The Funeral Prayer (salat al-janaza)
12B: The Burial (al-dafan)
12C: The Rulings of Martyrs (shuhada’)
13A: Fasting: Definition, Types & Intentions
13B: Sighting the Crescent (ru’yat al-hilal)
13C: Things that Invalidate the Fast (mufsidat al-sawm)
14A: The Permitted & The Disliked (mubahat/makruhat)
14B: Exemptions (‘awarid) from Fasting
14C: The Spiritual Retreat (i‘tikaf)
15: Zakat: Definition, Nisab & Calculation
16A: Eligible Recipients of Zakat (masarif al-zakat)
16B: Charity at the End of Ramadan (sadaqat al-fitr)
17A: Hajj: Definition, Integrals & Necessary Acts
17B: The Conditions (shurut) which Obligate Hajj
18: The State of Pilgrim Sanctity (ihram)
19A: The Hajj Described: Arrival in Makka
19B: The Hajj Described: Days 8, 9 & 10 of Dhu’l Hijja
19C: The Hajj Described: Days 11, 12 & 13 of Dhu’l Hijja
20: The Lesser Pilgrimage (‘umra)
21A: Expiations for Ihram & Rite Violations (jinayat)
21B: Expiations for Hunting Violations (jinayat)
22: The Ritual Sacrifice of ‘Eid al-Adha (udhiya/qurbani)
23A: Ritually Slaughtered Animals (dhaba’ih)
23B: Animals unlawful for Consumption
24: Hunting (sayd)
What You Will Learn:
Course Format: 24
downloadable classes and 3 live sessions
This course is an explanation of Ascent to Felicity (Maraqi al-Sa‘adat) a concise primer on the rules of worship, slaughtering, sacrifice, and hunting according by a leading authority of the Hanafi school, Abul Ikhlas Hasan al-Shurunbulali (d. 1069 / ). The author is best known for his more detailed introduction to the rules of worship, Nur al-Idah, and its detailed commentary, Maraqi al-Falah, which are both an essential part of every traditional syllabus in Hanafi jurisprudence. Ustadh Tabaraze Azam comments on the back cover of the book’s translation that it is “an excellent primer in Islamic beliefs and worship. . . more useful as a first complete text for those seeking understanding of the fiqh of worship than the more commonly-studied Nur al-Idah.”
Course Format: 12 downloadable lessons, 3 live sessions.
LESSON 1 – Introduction to Class and Biography of Author
LESSON 2 – Introduction to Categories of Rational or Logical Rulings and What is Necessary for Allah Most High
LESSON 3 – What is Impossible and Possible for Allah Most High and Islamic Atomic Theory
LESSON 4 – Introduction to Theology and Attributes of Negation
LESSON 5 – Logical Absurdities: Infinite Regress (tasalsul) and Circularity (dawr)
LESSON 6 – Attributes of Affirmation
LESSON 7 – Relationship Between Attributes of Affirmation
LESSON 8 – Logically Impossible for Allah Most High
LESSON 9 – Introduction and What is Necessary for the Prophets
LESSON 10 – What is Impossible and Possible for the Prophets
LESSON 11 – Angels, Jinn, and the Afterlife
LESSON 12 – Sufism and Ending Comments
An introduction to the formal study of Islamic beliefs through a traditional manual of Islamic theology. Take this course to understand the basic methods of Islamic logic and how to use them to gain evidence-based conviction in Allah Most High, His attributes, His messengers, and the afterlife. This knowledge that you will learn in this course is the context that will give your life its purpose. The course is an explanation of al-Kharida al-Bahiyya (“The Lustrous Pearl”), an introduction to the science of Islamic theology by the great theologian, spiritual master, and foremost Maliki jurist of al-Azhar, Shaykh Ahmad al-Dardir (d. 1201 A.H. / 1786 C.E.). The Kharida is a 71-line didactic poem that, in its own words, is “slight and small in size, but great in knowledge.” For hundreds of years, it has been studied and memorized by beginners of Islamic theology, and is frequently quoted by students and teachers alike because of its pithy expressions. A downloadable copy of the course text in both English and Arabic is provided as part of the course materials.
In this course, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani covers the chapters on financial transactions, relying on the great classical commentaries—including Maydani’s Lubab—and major reference works of the Hanafi School.
This course serves to provide a proper understanding of Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh) of commercial law. Featuring live Q&A session with the instructor before each class.
Course Format: 12 downloadable lessons and monthly live session.
About the Course Text
This course is a contemporary explanation of
The Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace, greatly emphasized the recital of sura al Kahf and sura al Waqi’a, due to their significance. The former is a guide to staying safe from the various tribulations we are faced with in this life. It looks at the matters which shake people’s faith, and how they should be dealt with.
Sura al Kahf also discusses the matters which delude people and turn them away from God - guiding us to the way of safety. Blessings, wealth, knowledge, and power are all temptations which can turn people away from the Afterlife.
Consequently, Sura al Waqi’a provides a powerful message to every one of humanity about the Afterlife. The Elite learn of their great rewards, as do the rank and file of the believers. The sura also discusses those to succumbed to the temptations and chose not to believe.
Surat Yasin and Surat al Mulk: A Linguistic and Thematic Analysis of the chapters which focus on proving Allah's oneness, the prophethood of Muhammad, the Resurrection, Allah's omnipotence, and all-encompassing generosity.
Before taking this course, take Ulum al-Qur’an: On Revelation, How It Was Preserved and Understood, and Why It Is True
Take this course before all courses in Level Three
|Lesson 1||Abridged Biography of Imam al-Haddad|
|Lesson 2||Introduction (Part 1)|
|Lesson 3||Introduction (Part 2)|
|Lesson 4||On Certainty – Chapter 1|
|Lesson 5||On Intention – Chapter 2|
|Lesson 6||On Vigilance – Chapter 3|
|Lesson 7||On the Inner and Outer Self – Chapter 4|
|Lesson 8||On Regular Devotions (Part 1) – Chapter 5|
|Lesson 9||On Regular Devotions (Part 2) – Chapter 5|
|Lesson 10||On Reciting the Qur’an – Chapter 6|
|Lesson 11||On Acquiring Knowledge – Chapter 7|
|Lesson 12||On Remembrance – Chapter 8|
|Lesson 13||On Reflection (Part 1) – Chapter 9|
|Lesson 14||On Reflection (Part 2) – Chapter 9|
|Lesson 15||On Following the Book and the Sunna – Chapter 10|
|Lesson 16||On Doctrine – Chapter 11|
|Lesson 17||On Religious Obligations – Chapter 12|
|Lesson 18||On Cleanliness – Chapter 13|
|Lesson 19||On Following the Sunna (Part 1) – Chapter 14|
|Lesson 20||On Following the Sunna (Part 2) – Chapter 14|
|Lesson 21||On Conduct in Mosques and the Ritual Prayer – Chapters 15 & 16|
|Lesson 22||On Prayer in Congregation – Chapter 17|
|Lesson 23||On Zakat – Chapter 18|
|Lesson 24||On Fasting – Chapter 19|
|Lesson 25||On Pilgrimage (Chapter 20)|
|Lesson 26||On Scrupulousness (Chapter 21)|
|Lesson 27||On Enjoining Good and Forbidding Evil (Chapter 22)|
|Lesson 28||On Social Duties (Chapter 23)|
|Lesson 29||On Kindness and Charity (Chapter 24)|
|Lesson 30||On Counsel (Chapter 25)|
|Lesson 31||On Salutations and a Salutary Opinion (Chapter 26)|
|Lesson 32||On Repentance, Hope and Fear (Chapter 27)|
|Lesson 33||On Patience and Gratitude (Chapters 28 & 29)|
|Lesson 34||On Renunciation (Chapter 30)|
|Lesson 35||On Reliance on God (Chapter 31)|
|Lesson 36||On Divine Love and Contentment (Chapter 32)|
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 questions that worshippers face in their purity, prayer, and fasting, all in light of a comprehensive textbook of Hanafi law that students have used for centuries. This is the first of three parts. This part focuses on the detailed rules of purification (tahara), discussing issues of both ritual and physical purity.
Lesson 1: Introduction the Hanafi school and the text
Lesson 2: Author's Opening & Types of Water
Lesson 3: Exercising One’s Judgement, Wells, and Cleaning the Private Parts of Filth (Istinja’)
Lesson 4: Integrals of Wudu and Opening Sunnas
Lesson 5: Remaining Sunnas, Disliked Actions, and Legal categories of Wudu
Lesson 6: Nullifiers of Wudu
Lesson 7: The Major Ablution (Ghusl)
Lesson 8: Dry Ablution (Tayammum)
Lesson 9: Wiping Footgear and Casts; Basics of Menstruation
Lesson 10: Menstruation, Chronic Excuses, and Physical Impurity
Lesson 11: The Basis and Categories of Filth
Lesson 12: Filth and Its Removal
Lesson 13: Introduction to Prayer and Its Times
Lesson 14: Disliked Times and the Adhan
Lesson 15: Obligations of the Prayer (1)
Lesson 16: Obligations of Prayer (2)
Lesson 17: Necessary Elements of the Prayer and Opening Sunnas
Lesson 18: Sunnas, Adab, and Description of Standing
Lesson 19: Completion of the Prayer and Conditions of Congregation
Lesson 20: Congregational Prayer
Lesson 21: Invocations after Prayer and Invalidators
Lesson 22: Additional Invalidators and Introduction to Disliked Acts
Lesson 23: Disliked Acts (1)
Lesson 24: Disliked Acts (2) and Breaking the Prayer
Lesson 25: Witr and Sunna Prayers
Lesson 26: Voluntary Prayers and Praying on Modes of Transport
Lesson 27: Prayers in Exceptional Situations, Tarawih, and the Traveller
Lesson 28: Prayer of the Sick Person, Expiation, and Make-ups
Lesson 29: Catching the Congregation | The Forgetfulness Prostration
Lesson 30: Prostration of Recital and the Friday Prayer
Lesson 31: Sunnas of Friday; Eid and Eclipse Prayers
Lesson 32: Prayers for Rain, Fear, and Funerals
Lesson 33: Details on the Funeral Prayer, Carrying the Body, and Burial
Lesson 34: Visiting Graves, Martyrs, and Fasting
Lesson 35: Intention, Moon Sighting and Invalidators of the Fast
Lesson 36: Completion of Fasting and the Devotional Retreat (two segments; 3 h 30)
What You Will Learn:
This course is an explanation of Nur al-Idah (Light of Clarity), a detailed introduction to the rules of purity, prayer, and fasting authored by a leading authority of the Hanafi school, Abu’l-Ikhlas Hasan al-Shurunbulali (d. 1069 AH/ 1659 CE ). This text covers nearly every issue that arises in the course of these three acts of worship in a clear and comprehensive manner. It is for this reason that Nur al-Idah, along with its commentary Maraqi al-Falah, forms an essential part of nearly every traditional syllabus in Hanafi jurisprudence.
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"Whoever guides someone to goodness will have a similar reward"-- The Prophet (Peace and Blessings Be Upon Him)
The course material has been drawn from a variety of classical and contemporary Arabic sources. Scholarly works in English on this subject are rare, and Shaykh Abdurrahim intends to turn this course material into his own original work in the English language.
Study Imam Ghazali’s Qawa‘id al-Aqa’id (Foundations of Islamic Belief).What You Will Learn:
This course covers one of the greatest intermediate-level summaries of mainstream Islamic beliefs: Book Two of Imam Ghazali’s Ihya, on the Foundations of Islamic Belief (Qawa‘id al-Aqa’id), in full. In Foundations of Islamic Belief, Imam Ghazali begins in Part One with a brief statement of Islamic beliefs. Many scholars considered this summary one of the greatest summaries of the key principles of Islamic belief ever written. In Part Two, Imam Ghazali explains how one learns and inculcates sound beliefs—and how faith is nurtured in the heart. He discusses a number of sensitive issues, including the relationship between the study of faith and the means of being spiritually-realized in the fruits of faith. He clarifies both the importance of the study of the science of theology, but also its limitations: its role, he argues, is to clarify, support, and defend sound beliefs; but faith itself is truly nurtured not through mere study but through the acts of turning to Allah in worship, devotion, remembrance, reflection, and acting on the guidance of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). In Part Three, Imam Ghazali covers an explanation of the Islamic belief covered in Part One. This serves as a commentary on Part One, and many central principles and key issues of Islamic beliefs are detailed and clarified. In Part Four, Imam Ghazali explains core proofs for the beliefs that have been presented in the Foundations of Islamic beliefs. He avoids getting into detailed debates, but presents what he considers the cleared, strongest, and most convincing arguments for sound, mainstream Islamic theology. The text is explained in English, but the full Arabic of Imam Ghazali’s work is read.
Gain a deeper understanding of worship according to the Hanafi school of jurisprudence.
Lesson 1 (Introduction to the Course and Purification)
Lesson 2 (A Look at Water, Wells & Tayammum)
Lesson 3 (The Ruling on Khuffs and an Introduction to Hayd)
Lesson 4 (Continuation on Istihada, Nifas and the Definition of Najasa)
Lesson 5 (Review Session)
Lesson 6 (Introduction to Prayer)
Lesson 7 (The Conditions & Integrals of the Prayer)
Lesson 8 (The Description of the Prayer)
Lesson 9 (Congregating for Prayer)
Lesson 10 (Actions to Avoid in Prayer & Supererogatory Prayers)
Lesson 11 (Forgetfulness in Prayer and the Tarawih Prayer)
Lesson 12 (Prayer of the Sick, the Traveller, & the Prostration for Recital)
Lesson 13 (The Friday Prayer & the Eid Prayer)
Lesson 14 (The Fear Prayer and Prayer at the Kaaba)
Lesson 15 (Regarding the Funeral Prayer and Burial Practices)
Lesson 16 (Introduction to Zakat)
Lesson 17 (The Rulings on Mining)
Lesson 18 On Giving Zakat
Lesson 19 Introduction to Fasting
Lesson 20 Invalidating One's Fast & Excuses for not Fasting; A Brief Look at I`tikaf
Lesson 21 Journey of a Lifetime: Hajj (Part 1)
Lesson 22 Journey of a Lifetime: Hajj (Part 2)
Lesson 23 Journey of a Lifetime: Hajj (Part 3)
Lesson 24 Journey of a Lifetime: Hajj (Part 4)
What You Will Learn:
Course Format: 24 downloadable lessons, a monthly live session.
This is the first course in the Islamic Law (Hanafi) for Seekers series. The students will gain a necessary and detailed understanding of Islamic Jurisprudence (fiqh) related to the acts of worship, i.e. prayer, zakat, fasting, and the pilgrimage. The course is based on Imam al-Mawsuli’s great primer on Hanafi fiqh, al-Mukhtar, and its commentary, al-Ikhtiyar li-Ta’lil Masa’il al-Mukhtar. This expansive course will cover all the chapters on worship in al-Mukhtar. This intensive course serves to provide a proper understanding of Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh) of worship within the Hanafī school based on Imam Mawsuli’s al-Mukhtar. Imam Mawsuli’s influential book is one of the four relied upon primers of the Hanafi school of law, which summarize the original positions of the founder of the school: Imam Abu Hanifa, may Allah have mercy on him, and the transmitted position of the madhhab. This course is intended for seekers of knowledge and is an excellent preparation for the study of more advanced texts in jurisprudence such as Imam al-Marghiyani’s al-Hidaya. An English translation of al-Mukhtar will be provided, along with the full Arabic text of Imam Mawsuli’s own commentary: al-Ikhtiyar li-Ta’lil Masa’il al-Mukhtar. Imam Mawsuli’s commentary focuses on the differences of opinion within the Hanafi School and the legal discussion between Imam Abu Hanifa and his two students. The English lessons are based on al-Ikhtiyar and other leading Hanafi works. Imam Abdullah bin Mahmud bin Mawdud al-Mawsuli al-Hanafi (599-683AH) was born in Mosul in Northern Iraq and studied Hanafi fiqh — among others — with Imam al-Hasidi in Damascus. He was known as the most distinguished Hanafi scholar of his age. He was a judge (qadi) in Kufa and later taught at the mosque of Imam Abu Hanifa in Baghdad, where he is also buried.
The Sanusiyya has arguably been the most popular introduction to mainstream Islamic theology ever since it was written five hundred years ago by the learned and pious West African theologian, Shaykh Muhammad b. Yusuf al-Sanusi (d. 895 AH / 1489 CE). Shaykh Muhammad b. Yusuf al-Sanusi (may Allah have mercy on him) wrote many textbooks in the science of Islamic theology of varying lengths--a long work called al-Sanusiyya al-Kubra (“The Long Sanusiyya”), a middle-sized work called al-Sanusiyya al-Wusta (“The Medium Sanusiyya”), a short work called al-Sanusiyya al-Sughra (“The Short Sanusiyya”), and an even shorter work called Sughra al-Sughra (“The Tiny Sanusiyya”). The most popular of these works, however, has been al-Sanusiyya al-Sughra (“The Short Sanusiyya”), which is the textbook for this course. This book is also called Umm al-Baraheen (“The Summary of Theological Proofs”), which is a description of its contents: the book begins with an introduction to the methods of reasoning, then lists the attributes of Allah Most High, then summarizes the rational arguments for those attributes, then lists the attributes of Allah Most High’s messengers, then summarizes the rational arguments for those attributes, and finally concludes by showing how the testification of faith (la ilaha illa allah muhammadur rasul allah) summarizes everything that has been mentioned in the book. A translation of the text is provided to all registered students of the course.
Imam Quduri’s full primer (matn) in Islamic law is so famous, that it is simply referred to as “The Book” (al-Kitab). For 1,000 years, it has served as the starting point for a full study of the science of Fiqh.
In this course, 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.
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
Course Format: 23 downloadable lessons, plus live sessions.
Gain an in-depth understanding of commercial transactions and Personal Law according to the Hanafi school of jurisprudence.
The students will gain a necessary and detailed understanding of Islamic Jurisprudence (fiqh) related to the personal law (i.e. marriage, divorce, and related matters) and commercial transactions, including sales, leasing, or hire. The course is based on Imam al-Mawsuli’s great primer on Hanafi fiqh, al-Mukhtar, and its commentary, al-Ikhtiyar li-Ta’lil Masa’il al-Mukhtar. This expansive course will cover all the chapters on personal law and commercial transactions in al-Mukhtar. [Below fold] This course serves to provide a proper understanding of Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh) of personal law and commercial transactions.
What You Will Learn:
This course is based upon Imam Mawsuli’s al-Mukhtar. Imam Mawsuli’s influential book is one of the four relied upon primers of the Hanafi school of law, which summarizes the original positions of the founder of the school: Imam Abu Hanifa, may Allah have mercy on him, and the transmitted position of the madhhab. This course is intended for seekers of knowledge and is excellent preparation for the study of more advanced texts in jurisprudence such as Imam al-Marghiyani’s al-Hidaya. An English translation of al-Mukhtar will be provided, along with the full Arabic text of Imam Mawsuli’s own commentary: al-Ikhtiyar li-Ta’lil Masa’il al-Mukhtar. This commentary explains the legal reasoning underlying the issues and rulings in al-Mukhtar. Imam Mawsuli’s commentary focuses on the differences of opinion within the Hanafi School and the legal discussion between Imam Abu Hanifa and his two students. Imam Abdullah bin Mahmud bin Mawdud al-Mawsuli al-Hanafi (599-683 AH) was born in Mousul in Northern Iraq and studied Hanafi fiqh — among others — with Imam al-Hasidi in Damascus. He was known as the most distinguished Hanafi scholar of his age. He was a judge (qadi) in Kufa and later taught at the mosque of Imam Abu Hanifa in Baghdad, where he is also buried.
In this course, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani covers the legal rulings related to trade and transactions according to the Hanafi school. This course serves to provide a proper understanding of Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh) of commercial law.
|SESSION 1||Author’s Introduction and the Basmala (6 lessons)|
|SESSION 2||The Hamdala (3 lessons)|
|SESSION 3||The Blessings on the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) (6 lessons)|
|SESSION 4||An Introduction to the Science of Tawhid (3 lessons)|
|SESSION 5||The Three Kinds of Hukm (6 lessons)|
|SESSION 6||The Hukm ‘Aqli (9 lessons)|
|SESSION 7||The First Obligation of Morally Responsible Agents (6 lessons)|
|SESSION 8||Divine Existence, Divine Beginninglessness, Divine Endlessness, and Divine Dissimilarity to Created Things (6 lessons)|
|SESSION 9||Divine Independence, Divine Oneness, Entity-Attributes, and Privative Attributes (8 lessons)|
|SESSION 10||Existent Attributes, Divine Power, and Divine Will (8 lessons)|
|SESSION 11||Divine Knowledge, Divine Life, Divine Hearing, and Divine Sight (5 lessons)|
|SESSION 12||Divine Speech and Implied Attributes (3 lessons)|
|SESSION 13||Matters that are Impossible for Allah Most High (1) – Nonexistence, Beginning to Exist, Ceasing to Exist, and Resembling Created Things (8 lessons)|
|SESSION 14||Matters that are Impossible for Allah Most High (2) – Neediness, Not Being One, and Not Being Powerful (7 lessons)|
|SESSION 15||Matters that are Impossible for Allah Most High (3) – Not Having Will, Ignorance, Death, Deafness, Blindness, and Muteness (7 lessons)|
|SESSION 16||Matters that are Possible for Allah Most High and the Proof of Allah Most High’s Existence (9 lessons)|
|SESSION 17||The Proof of Allah Most High’s Existence (5 lessons)|
|SESSION 18||The Proofs of Allah Most High’s Beginninglessness, Endlessness, Transcendence, Independence, and Oneness (5 lessons)|
|SESSION 19||Proofs of Allah Most High’s Agency, Hearing, Sight, and Speech + Matters that are Necessary, Impossible, and Possible for His Messengers (7 lessons)|
|SESSION 20||Proofs of Messengers’ Attributes (6 lessons)|
|SESSION 21||The Meaning of La Ilaha Illa Allah (1) (5 lessons)|
|SESSION 22||The Meaning of La Ilaha Illa Allah (2) (7 lessons)|
|SESSION 23||The Meaning of Muhammad Rasul Allah (1)|
|SESSION 24||The Meaning of Muhammad Rasul Allah (2) + Author’s Conclusion|
This course is a traditional word-by-word exposition of one of the most popular Azhari manuals in Islamic theology, Shaykh Ibrahim al-Bajuri’s (d. 1276 A.H. / 1860 C.E.) Hashiya on the Umm al-Barahin of Muhammad b. Yusuf al-Sanusi. Shaykh al-Bajuri was a prolific scholar, authoring commentaries and glosses in many different Islamic disciplines, including theology, logic, hadith, Sacred Law, estate division, Arabic morphology, Arabic grammar, and Arabic literature. His works have been highly regarded by generations of teachers and students for their precision, comprehensiveness, and depth of scholarship. He studied and taught at al-Azhar, becoming its foremost scholar and rector (Shaykh al-Azhar) in 1263 A.H. / 1847 C.E., a position that he retained until his death. His Hashiya on the Umm al-Barahin is one of his most widely studied works.
Widely considered to be Imam al-Ghazali's last book, Minhaj al-Abidin summarizes his teachings in an accessible manner, charting the pitfalls and obstacles to be overcome in order to draw closer to Allah Most High.
Widely considered to be Imam al-Ghazali's last book, Minhaj al-Abidin summarizes his teachings in an accessible manner, charting the pitfalls and obstacles to be overcome in order to draw closer to Allah Most High. He dictated these words to a group of elect students and carefully advised them to resist hindrances such as fear and impairments such as conceit, in order to find salvation by sincerely turning to Allah Most High. This book is one of the important works that help the spiritual development of the believer.
This course teaches the student how “unpack” the words of the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him) as narrated in the most authentic source of his teachings, Sahih al-Bukhari, and from one of the refined abridgements of the work, that of al-Zabidi. The practical application and employment of legal theory, theology and Arabic language are applied to the first chapter of the book to open the door of the Sunna to the student whose horizons in the Sacred Sciences are growing.
An introduction to Sahih al-Bukhari and its author, and its abridger, al-Zabidi An overview of hadith chains in general, and the chains for Sahih al-Bukhari specifically The Chapter of Faith from the Zabidi’s Mukhtasar of Sahih al-Bukhari.
Course Requirements: An Introduction to Hadith: Nawawi’s 40 Hadith Explained.
The text is a key abridgement of one of the most celebrated texts in the Islamic tradition: Sahih al Bukhari. By removing the lengthy chains of transmission and complex repetition of hadiths, the abridgement is a very useful gateway into the vast stratosphere of hadith literature.
This is the first of an eight-part series of courses that unpack the questions (masa’il) of Taftazani’s pithy Sharh al-’Aqa’id al-Nasafiyya, arguably the most important textbook ever written in the science of Islamic theology. These courses explain the intellectual context in which the book’s questions are set, and then apply those questions to contemporary theological problems, with a special focus on modern science and occasional digressions into Western philosophy. Take this course to to understand what the science of kalam is; the historical circumstances that led to its development; who the Mu’tazilites were and why they are important; who the falasifa were and why they are important; what philosophical skepticism is, what motivates it, its relevance to kalam, and how it should be tackled; what human knowledge is and how to distinguish truth from falsehood; the epistemological value of sensation, rational inference, historical transmission, and revelation; and the relation of all of these topics to non-religious historical accounts of Islamic theology, cognitive psychology, and evolutionary accounts of human development.
This is a Level Four Course
Before taking this course, take all courses in Level Three, especially Beliefs: Bajuri’s Commentary on the Sanusiyya Explained - Deeper Understanding of the Proofs and Key Issues of Theology
Take this course before all courses in Step Five.
|Session 1||Introduction to ‘Ilm al-Kalam, al-Nasafi, and al-Taftazani — pp. 3-8 (1hr 3min)
Kinds of Hukm + Why the Sahaba Didn’t Need Kalam — pp. 9-11 (40 min)
Why the Sahaba Didn’t Need Fiqh + Why Kalam and Fiqh Were Documented — pp. 11-12
Fiqh, Usul, and Kalam — p. 12 (35 min)
Names of Kalam and the Mu’tazili Mihna — pp. 12-14 (1 hr 23 min)
LESSON RESOURCE: Mas’ala khalq al-qur’an by Shaykh Abdul Fattah Abu Ghodda
History of Early Kalam (audio only) — (1 hr 23 min)
LESSON RESOURCE: al-Madhahib al-tawhidiyya by Shaykh Muhammad Said Ramadan al
Early Kalam — pp. 16-17 (22 min)
Late Kalam — p. 17(42 min)
LESSON RESOURCE: al-Mawaqif fi ‘ilm al-kalam
by ‘Adud al-Din al-Iji (pdf present in the same folder as the recordings)
The Dangers of Kalam — pp. 23-25 (1)
We Have Objective Knowledge of Real Things (haqa’iq al-ashya’ thabita) — pp. 25-29 (1 hr 32 min)
Philosophical Skepticism (safsata) — pp. 29-30 (1 hr 30 min)
Knowledge (‘ilm) — pp. 30-32 (1 hr 12 min)
The Conventional Causes (asbab) of Human Knowledge — pp. 32-35 (1 hr 10 min)
Knowledge — pp. 32-35 (1 hr 10 min)
Sensation (al-hawass) — pp. 35-39 (44 min)
Mass-Transmission (tawatur) — pp. 39-40 (1 hr 19 min)
The Mind (‘aql)— pp. 43-45 (1 hr 28 min)
Experiential Knowledge (ilham) — pp. 45-46 (36 min)
|Session 13||Natural Philosophy and Modern Science|
The Natural Philosophy of Falsafa
The Universe According to Falsafa, Kalam, and Science
|Session 15||Arguments For And Against Medieval Atomism|
|Session 16||Properties in Falsafa, Kalam, and Science|
|Session 17||The Kalam Perspective on Arguments For the Existence of God in Modern Philosophy|
|Session 18||The Kalam Argument (1): Properties Began to Exist
The Kalam Argument (2): Physical Objects Began to Exist
|Session 19||Responses to the Falasifa’s Objections to the Kalam Argument|
|Session 20||Scientific Evidence for the Beginning of the Universe
The Kalam Cosmological Argument in Modern Philosophy
Contemporary Objections to the Kalam Cosmological Argument
|Session 22||The Impossibility of Infinite Regress and its Relation to the Kalam Argument|
|Session 23||Allah Most High’s Oneness (1)|
|Session 24||Allah Most High’s Oneness (2)
Allah Most High’s Beginninglessness
What You Will Learn:
Use the epistemology from Part 1 of this course to prove the existence of God
Respond to medieval and modern objections against the existence of God
Describe the cosmology and metaphysics of the falasifa and their role in the development of kalam
Learn when to update theological issues in light of modern science and when to use theological issues to correct modern science
Navigate contemporary debates over the existence of God using traditional Islamic theology
For centuries, Taftazani’s Sharh al-’Aqa’id has been a standard and indispensable part of curricula in traditional institutions of learning all over the Muslim world. No other textbook in any of the Islamic sciences has as many scholarly glosses (hawashi) as it does. The importance of a textbook can be judged by the number of glosses that have been written on it. The innumerable glosses on Sharh al-’Aqa’id by scholars in the Ottoman Empire, in al-Azhar, in the Indian Subcontinent, and elsewhere make it the most important textbook of Islamic theology ever written.
The author, Sa‘d al-Din al-Taftazani (d. 792/1390), is famous for his sharp mind, pithy expressions, and his unwavering commitment to an evidence-based approach to knowledge, never hesitating to discuss questions that were never discussed before, nor to correct mistakes that were made by authors who came before him. A couple of decades after his death, Ibn Hajar al-’Asqalani (d. 852/1449) reported that Taftazani’s books were sought everywhere and scholars all over the world competed to write commentaries on them. He was a prolific scholar--his Sharh al-’Aqa’id is a mainstay of every curriculum in Islamic theology, his Mukhtasar al-Ma‘ani a mainstay of every curriculum in Arabic eloquence, his Tahdhib al-Mantiq a mainstay of every curriculum in Islamic logic, and his Hashiya on al-Iji’s commentary on Ibn al-Hajib’s Mukhtasar a mainstay of curricula in Islamic legal theory.
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 get comprehensive and knowledge-based answers to all of the questions that you are likely to face in your worship Allah Most High, all in light of a formal textbook of in Shafi‘i law that students like you have used for centuries. This course focuses on the detailed Rules of Purification, Prayer, Rules of Funeral rites, Zakat, Fasting, Spiritual retreat (‘itikaf), Pilgrimage (Hajj), Trade, and Marriage. This course is taught according to the Shafi‘i school. If you would like to learn it according to the Hanafi school, take this course instead.
• This is a second-level course in Step One
• Before taking this course, take The Absolute Essentials of Islam (Shafi‘i)
• Take this course (or its Hanafi equivalent) before all courses in Step Two
Course Requirements: Absolute Essentials (Shafi'i)
• Biography of Imam Shafi’i
Lesson 1 - Introduction
• Biography of Imam Abdullah Ba Fadl
• The Text: Al Mukhtasar al Saghir
• Author’s Introduction
• Wudu – Integrals
• Wudu – Sunnas
• Wudu – Nullifiers
• Wiping over the Khuffs
• What is prohibited in ritual impurity
Lesson 2 - Purification
• Etiquettes of relieving oneself
• Cleaning oneself – al Istinja’
• Ghusl – Reasons
• Ghusl – Integrals
• Ghusl – Sunan
• Conditions of purification from ritual impurity
Lesson 3 - Impurities
• Water and Impurities
• That which can be purified and that which cannot be purified
Lesson 4 - Tayammum
• Tayammum – Integrals
• Tayammum – Conditions
• Tayammum – Wounds and bandages
Lesson 5 - Women's Purification
• Prohibitions during Menstruation and Lochia
Lesson 6 - Prayer Times
• Prayer – Times of prayer
• Prayer – Prohibited times
Lesson 7 - Prayers, Rules and Conditions
• Prayer – Obligation to pray
• Prayer – Conditions
• Prayer – Excused Impurities
Lesson 8 - Prayers Sunnan
• Prayer – Integrals
• Prayer – Sunan
Lesson 9 - Prayer Nullifiers
• Prayer – Nullifiers
Lesson 10 - The Prostration of Forgetfulness & Recitation
• The Prostration of Forgetfulness
• The Prostration of Recitation
Lesson 11 - Prayers
• Those whom it is invalid to pray behind (The Imam)
• Conditions of the congregational prayer
• The Traveller’s prayer
Lesson 12 - Jumuah prayer
• The Friday Prayer – The Obligation to Attend
• The Friday Prayer – Conditions
• The Friday Prayer – Integrals of the Sermons
• The Friday Prayer – Conditions of the Sermons
Lesson 13 - Funeral Rites:
• The Funeral Prayer
Lesson 14 - Zakat:
• Types of Wealth that Zakat is due upon
• Zakat on Livestock, Agriculture, Gold and Silver, Mines, Buried Treasure, Trade Goods
Lesson 15 - Zakat al Fitr:
• Deserving Recipients
Lesson 16 - Fasting:
• Sighting the Moon
• Prohibited Days
• Conditions for fasting to be obligatory
Lesson 17 - Fasting:
Lesson 18 - I’tikaf
Lesson 19 - Hajj and Umrah:
• Those whom it is obligatory upon
• Integrals of Hajj
• Necessary acts of Hajj
• Departing from Mina
• Integrals of Umrah
• Conditions and Integrals of the Tawaf
• Conditions and Integrals of the Sa’i
• Exiting from Ihram
Lesson 20 - Hajj and Umrah:
• Prohibitions during Ihram
Lesson 21 - Buying and Selling:
• Conditions and Integrals
Lesson 22 - Riba (interest):
• Interest factors and Conditions
Lesson 23 - Cancellation of sales transactions:
• Types of Cancellations
• Defective Goods
• Prohibited Sales
Lesson 24 - Marriage and Divorce:
• Marriage: Conditions, Integrals, Sunnas
• Divorce: Integrals and Types
• Waiting Periods (‘Idda): Types, Duration, Prohibitions
• Understand slavehood to Allah Most High and why it is important
• Learn the rules of purification and prayer that you are likely to encounter in your daily life
• Memorize the most important rules of wudu and ghusl
• Memorize the most important rules of prayer
• Memorize the most important rules of zakat
• Memorize the most important rules of fasting
• Memorize the most important rules of Hajj
• Memorize the most important rules of contracts
• Appreciate the rigor of the science of Sacred Law (fiqh)
The course is a detailed explanation of al-Mukhtasar al-Saghir (“Short Abridgment”), a summary of the rules of purification, prayer, fasting, zakat, and hajj, according to the Shafi‘i school, along with a brief introduction to the rules of trade, marriage, and divorce. The book was authored by the great Yemeni Shaykh Abdullah Ba Fadl (d. 918 A.H. / 1512 C.E.), whose works have been taught for centuries in traditional institutions of learning all over the world. A downloadable translation of the text is provided as part of the course materials.
“Whoever travels a path to seek knowledge, Allah thereby facilitates for him a path to Paradise.” (Muslim) This course is the first step in your pursuit of religious knowledge. It explains what your religion is, what you must know about it, and how you should learn it. This course is taught according to the Shafi‘i school. If you would like to learn it according to the Hanafi school, take this course instead.
What You Will Learn:
Course Format: 12 downloadable lessons, 3 live sessions.
The course is a detailed explanation of al-Risala al-Jami ‘ah wa al-Tadhkira al-Nafi‘ah (“The Comprehensive Epistle and Beneficial Reminder”), a concise manual of basic religious knowledge by the great religious scholar and spiritual guide of Hadhramaut, al-Habib Ahmad ibn Zayn al-Habshi (d. 1132 A.H. / 1720 C.E.). For hundreds of years, this book has been taught in traditional institutions of learning all over the world as the first step in students’ religious education. The author was a descendant of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) and a close students of the great sage of Arabia, al-Habib ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Alawi al-Haddad. A downloadable translation of the text is provided as part of the course materials.
This course will cover the details of financial transactions, inheritance, marriage, divorce, child custody, injurious crimes, fixed Sharia punishments, hunting and halal slaughtering of animals, oaths and vows, and court proceedings according to the Shafi’i School of Islamic jurisprudence. It will cover the who can undertake a financial contract, what can be sold, and various details of a wide number of contracts like hiring, agency, companies, and investments. The course also goes over the various shares in inheritance, its conditions and execution, and other related matters. There will also be some detail on polygamy, the Islamic juristic and political structure, and jus ad bellum and jus in bello.
Before taking this course, take the Essentials of Worship (Shafi'i): Ba Fadl's The Short Abridgement Explained
Take this course before all courses in Level Three.
|Session 1||Al Bai’ – Sales Transactions Al Riba – Interest Sales Cancellations|
|Session 2||Al Salam – Paying in Advance Al Rahn – Putting up Collateral Al Hajr – Suspension|
|Session 3||Al Sulh – Reconciliation Al Hawala – Transferring a Debt Al Dhaman – Guaranteeing Payment Al Kafalah - Guaranteeing a Person’s Appearance|
|Session 4||Al Sharika – Cooperative Partnerships Al Wakala – Authorisation Al Iqrar – Admissions|
|Session 5||Al ‘Ariyyah – Lending Items Al Ghasb – Wrongfully Taken Property Al Shufa’ – Preemption|
|Session 6||Al Qirad – Profit Sharing Venture Al Musaqah – Watering Crops for a Stipulated Portion Al Ijarah – Renting Goods and Hiring Services|
|Session 7||Al Ja’alah – Job Wages Al Mukhabara – Sharecropping Ihya al Mawat – Regenerating Uninhibited Lands Water Rights and Access|
|Session 8||Al Waqf – Endowments Al Hiba – Gifts Al Luqata – Lost and Found|
|Session 9||Al Laqit – The Foundling Al Wadi’ – Deposits for Safekeeping Al Wasiyah – Bequests|
|Session 10||Al Fara’id (Inheritance) – Introduction Male Inheritors Female Inheritors Those Who Always Inherit Those Who Never Inherit Al ‘Asabat – Universal Inheritors Al Furud – Fixed Shares Al Hajb – Elimination Shares of Brothers and Sisters|
|Session 11||Al Nikah (Marriage) – Introduction Looking at the Opposite Sex The Integrals of the Marriage Contract Al Khitba – Marriage Proposals Al Ijbar – Compelling Women to Marry Unmarriageable Women|
|Session 12||Spousal Defects Permitting Annulment Al Sadaq – The Wife’s Marriage Payment Al Walimah – The Wedding Feast|
|Session 13||Conjugal rights; divorce and related issues;|
|Session 14||Child custody and financial support.|
|Session 15||Blood money|
|Session 16||Fixed Sharia punishments|
|Session 17||Jihad: Jus ad bellum and jus in bello|
|Session 18||Jihad: Jus post bellum|
|Session 19||Hunting and halal slaughter|
|Session 20||Competitions and Entertainment|
|Session 21||Oaths and Vows|
|Session 23||Court proceedings|
How an Islamic marriage is terminated, and what the financial obligations are towards one’s family members.
How Islam joins between the spirit and the letter of the Sacred Law
How Islam promotes law and order
How flexible Sharia law can be
What valid oaths and vows are
How Islamic law fits into the current political climate
|Session 1||Biography of Author; Author’s Introduction; The Five Rulings; Personal vs.Communal Obligatory Knowledge|
|Session 2||Purification; Integrals & Nullifiers of Ablution; Etiquettes of the Washroom|
|Session 3||Major Ritual Impurity|
|Session 4||Wiping Over Socks; Dry Ablution; Types of Filth|
|Session 5||Rulings Related to the Different Types of Bleeding for Women|
|Session 6||The Prayer – Times; Sunnah Prayer; Conditions & Integrals|
|Session 7||Sunnahs & Nullifiers of the Prayer|
|Session 8||Prostration of Forgetfulness; Forbidden Times to Pray; The Congregational Prayer|
|Session 9||Joining Prayers & the Friday Prayer|
|Session 10||Special Prayers for Particular Circumstances|
|Session 12||Rites of the Deceased & the Funeral Prayer|
|Session 13||Zakat on Wealth Zakatable wealth Conditions for obligation of Zakat|
|Session 14||Zakat on livestock|
|Session 15||Zakat on gold and silver Zakat on agriculture|
|Session 16||Zakat on trade Zakat on mines Zakat on buried treasure|
|Session 17||Zakat al Fitr Deserving Recipients Distributing Zakat|
|Session 18||Fasting Obligation Integrals Nullifiers|
|Session 19||Sunnan of fasting Disliked acts during Fasting Sunna Fasts|
|Session 20||Unlawful Days of Fasting Expiations Excuses for not Fasting|
|Session 21||Itikaf (spiritual retreat) Integrals Nullifiers|
|Session 22||Hajj Conditions for obligation Integrals Necessary acts|
|Session 23||Sunnas of Hajj and Umrah Prohibitions in Ihram|
|Session 24||Omission of Pilgrim rites Expiations|
This is a first-level course in Step Two
Complete Step One before taking this course
|Lesson 1 -Imam al-Juwayni and the Waraqat
Lesson 2 - Usul, Fiqh, and Usul al-Fiqh
Lesson 3 - What is Fiqh?
|Lesson 4 - The Rulings of Sacred Law
Lesson 5 - Probabilistic Inference
Lesson 6 - What is Usul al-Fiqh?
|Lesson 7 - What is Speech and Why is it Important?
Lesson 8 - Kinds of Speech in Legal Inference
Lesson 9 - Literal and Figurative Speech
|Lesson 10 - How to Discern Figurative Speech
Lesson 11 - Four Examples of Figurative Speech
|Lesson 12 - Commands, Prohibitions, and Moral Responsibility
Lesson 13 - How to Fulfill One’s Moral Responsibility
| Lesson 14 - Who is Morally Responsible?
Lesson 15- Is a Prohibited Action Also Invalid?
|Lesson 16 - What are Inclusive Expressions?
Lesson 17 - Excluding from Inclusive Expressions
|Lesson 18 - Excluding by the Sunna
Lesson 19 - Excluding by Analogy
Lesson 20 - Excluding by Revelatory Context
|Lesson 21 - The Different Strengths of Linguistic Signification|
|Lesson 22 - The Figurative Interpretation of Probabilistic Expressions
Lesson 23 - Why Anthropomorphists are Mistaken
| Lesson 24 - Prophets are Divinely Protected from Sin
Lesson 25 - What can be inferred from the fact that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) did something?
|Lesson 26 - Prophetic Approval
Lesson 27 - What can be inferred from the fact that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) did not do something?
Lesson 27 – What can be inferred from the fact that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) did not do something?
Lesson 28 – Abrogation is Possible and it Actually Happened
Lesson 30 – Kinds of New Rulings After Abrogation
Lesson 32 – Evidentiary Conflict and Reconciliation
Lesson 33 – Scholarly Consensus of the Muslim Umma is Never Wrong
Lesson 35 – Explicit and Implicit Scholarly Consensus
Lesson 37 – Isnad is the Distinction of the Muslim Umma
Lesson 39 – Mursal Hadiths
Lesson 41 – Human Reason and the Sacred Law
Lesson 43 – The Initially Presumed Ruling of Sacred Law
Lesson 45 – The Precedence-Order of Legal Evidence
Lesson 46 – The Conditions of Ijtihad
This course is a contemporary explanation of al-Waraqat, a primer on Islamic legal theory (usul al-fiqh) by Imam al-Haramayn al-Juwayni (d. 478 A.H. / 1085 C.E.). Imam al-Juwayni was an imam (i.e., someone who is taken as an exemplar) of the Islamic sciences in the fullest sense of the word: he authored multi-volume seminal works in Shafi‘i jurisprudence, Islamic theology, and Islamic legal theory, that became the basis for all future work in each science. His al-Waraqat is a short work that brings his vast scholarship in the science of Islamic legal theory down to the level of an absolute beginner. Ever since it was written almost a thousand years ago, students of the Shafi‘i, Maliki, and Hanbali schools have successfully used it to begin their study of Islamic legal theory. A translation of the course text is provided as part of the course materials.
This thought-provoking and insightful intermediate (Level Two) course in Islamic Legal Theory is for anyone seeking to gain an appreciation of how Islamic Law works.
Imam Juwayni, author of the Waarqat was an imam (i.e., someone who is taken as an exemplar) of the Islamic sciences in the fullest sense of the word: he authored multi-volume seminal works in Shafi‘i jurisprudence, Islamic theology, and Islamic legal theory.
The main benefit of this course is to illustrate how Islamic law is derived from its sources and equip you with the tools required to extrapolate law from the Qur’an and sunna.
The course sets a foundation and framework for further studies in Usul (Islamic legal Theory) .
By taking this course, students will be able to locate traditional fiqh within the Qur’an and sunna and also deal with differences in society in a more cohesive manner.
The Waraqat, a primer on Islamic legal theory (Usul al-fiqh) by Imam Juwayni (d. 478 A.H. / 1085 C.E.), is an important text that covers the integrals of Islamic legal theory namely: sources of Islamic Law, types of speech, modes of extrapolation, and the condition of the extrapolator in terms of being an original thinker or otherwise.
The text is significant due to the author and the prominence that Allah has afforded it. Imam Juwayni was an imam (i.e., someone who is taken as an exemplar) of the Islamic sciences in the fullest sense of the word. His Waraqat is a short work that brings his vast scholarship in the science of Islamic legal theory down to the level of an absolute beginner. Ever since it was written almost a thousand years ago, students of the Shafi‘i, Maliki, and Hanbali schools have successfully used it to begin their study of Islamic legal theory.
The Waraqat is taught in light of the renowned sharh (explanatory notes) provided by Jalal al-din al-Mahalli. The more extensive sharh by Ibn al-Firkah was also consulted as part of the preparation for this course.
This book is authored by Imam Haramayn Abd al Malik b. Abd Allah b. Yusuf al Juwayni (419 A.H. - 478 A.H.). Imam Juwayni authored a great many works. In fiqh, he penned the Nihayat al-matlab regarding which Imam Subki said: The like of it has not been authored in Islam for the madhab. The Nihaya became the source for all consequent literature in the shafi’i school of thought. He also authored the Ghiyathi which is one of his major contributions.
Imam Subki described him as an ocean of knowledge, meticulous and erudite scholar, legal theorist, and theologian of repute. It is really his grace to distill from his vast scholarship, this beginner treatise for us to benefit from and access this noble science.
Imam Juwayni was well known for his contribution to Islamic theology, jurisprudence, and politics. Ibn Salah quotes a person that has seen Imam Juwayni as saying: The eyes of a person have not seen the likes of Imam al-Haramayn .
• This course is for students of the Islamic sciences. It is particularly beneficial for students wanting to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Islamic Law
• It is a level 2 course and a student must have finished all the level one courses.
• This course can also be taken by anyone who is interested in learning more about how Islamic Law works and those wishing to pave a career in fiqh.
• 3 hours weekly which includes preparation and consolidation of lessons.
• 30 Minutes for quizzes.
• Explain what Islamic legal theory is and why it needs to be studied
• Learn how to interpret the Qur’an and Sunna
• Memorize the definitions of key terms in the science of Islamic legal theory
• Appreciate the depth of scholarship of Islamic jurisprudence
• Apply the techniques of Islamic legal theory to gain clarity on contemporary religious debates about literalism, ijtihad and taqlid.
Lesson 1 - Introduction
Lesson 02 - Types of Rulings
Lesson 3 - Terminology
Lesson 4 - Literal and Metaphorical Speech
Lesson 5 - The Command
Lesson 6 - The Command-Related Issues
Lesson 7 - Who Falls under the Ambit of the Command and Prohibition
Lesson 8 - The Prohibition
Lesson 9 - Aam Generality
Lesson 10 - Khas Specification and the specified
Lesson 11 - Takhsis Remotely
Lesson 12 - Mujmal
Lesson 13 - Af-al Actions
Lesson 14 - Naskh Abrogation
Lesson 15 - Reconciling between Apparent Differences
Lesson 16 - Ijma
Lesson 17 - Akhbar Sunna
Lesson 18 -Qiyas
Lesson 19 - Default Ruling
Lesson 20- Apparently Contradictory Proofs
Lesson 21 - Mufti and Mustafti
Lesson 22 - Ijtihad and Taqlid
Shaykh Muhammad Carr has dedicated his life to studying and transmitting our beautiful deen. 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 Qur’an at Dar al-Ulum Zakariyyah in September 1997 and received an Alimiyya Degree in 2006 from DUAI (Darul Ulum al-Arabiyyah al-Islamiyyah). He is also affiliated with Masjid Auwal in Bo Kaap, Cape Town (the oldest mosque in South Africa), where he serves as a co-imam, and Dar Al-Safa, where he has taught since 2018. As a teacher, he imparts the wisdom of our heritage and tradition by opening the door for students. As an imam, he has the unique opportunity to serve his community in daily life. He continues to pursue traditional Islamic Sciences, possessing a keen interest in Islamic Contract Law and Finance.
|SESSION 2||Purification and Water
|SESSION 3||Animal Hides, Gold and Silver Containers, and the Toothstick
|SESSION 4|| Integrals of Wudu
|SESSION 5||Sunnas of Wudu
|SESSION 6||Cleaning Oneself After Using the Bathroom
|SESSION 7||Invalidators of Wudu and Ghusl
|SESSION 8||Ghusl and Wiping Over Khuffs
|SESSION 9||Wiping over Khuffs and Tayammum
|SESSION 10||Tayammum and Najasa
Matn Abi Shuja‘ is the most popular primer for students of the Shafi‘i school. Its importance can be measured by the dozens of commentaries and glosses that have been written on it over the centuries since it was written. This course is a contemporary explanation of its most commonly-studied commentary, Fath al-Qarib al-Mujib by Shaykh Muhammad b. Qasim al-Ghazzi (d. 918 AH / 1512 CE). Shaykh Muhammad b. Qasim al-Ghazzi was a late scholar of the Shafi‘i school who lived and taught in Egypt. His teachers included the great Shaykh al-Islam Zakariyya al-Ansari, who was the teacher the major authorities of the Shafi‘i school. Fath al-Qarib (or Sharh Ibn Qasim, as it is popularly known) is an integral part of Shafi‘i curricula worldwide. It is particularly important because it was the subject of a hashiya (gloss) by the rector of al-Azhar in his time, Shaykh Ibrahim al-Bajuri (1276 AH / 1860 CE), may Allah Most High have mercy on him, which is one of the most important books in the Shafi‘i school.