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Islamic Studies Curriculum


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.

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Islamic Studies Curriculum - Hanafi Lessons 7    Hours 1


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Absolute Essentials of Islam (Hanafi): Getting Started With Your Belief and Practice

Level: One Instructor: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Course Overview 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 k...


Level: One

Instructor: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani


Course Overview

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.


About the Text

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


Who is This Course For?

• 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.


Learning Outcomes

• 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


Course Outline

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


About the Instructor

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.


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On Spirituality: Living the Sunna, Leaving Sin, and Acquiring Good Character: Ghazali’s Beginning of Guidance

IntroductionThe 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 si...

Introduction

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. 

Curricular Context

  • This is a second-level course in Step One
  • Before taking this course, take The Absolute Essentials of Islam (Hanafi) or The Absolute Essentials of Islam (Shafi‘i)
  • Take this course before all courses in Step Two

Course Prerequisites: The Absolute Essentials of Islam (Hanafi) or The Absolute Essentials of Islam (Shafi‘i)

Course Outline

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

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

Course Format: 24 downloadable lessons, plus live sessions.

About the Course Text

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.



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On Worship (Purification, Prayer, Fasting, Zakat, and Hajj): Shurunbulali’s Ascent to Felicity

Introduction 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 ...

Introduction

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.

Curricular Context

 Course Requirements: Absolute Essentials of Islam (Hanafi)

Course Outline

Lesson 1

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)

Lesson 2

2A: Wiping over Footgear (khuffayn)

2B: Wiping over Bandages (jaba’ir)

2C: Menstruation (hayd), Post-Natal Bleeding (nifas) & Irregular Bleeding (istihada)

Lesson 3

3A: Filth (najasa)

3B: Wells (abar)

3C: Leftover Water (as’ar)

3D: Cleaning after Relieving Oneself (istinja’)

Lesson 4

4A: Prayer Times (awqat al-salat)

4B: The Call to Prayer (adhan)

Lesson 5

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

Lesson 6

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

Lesson 7

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)

Lesson 8

8A: The Witr Prayer

8B: The Sunna Prayers

8C: The Night Prayers of Ramadan (salat al-tarawih)

8D: Prayer inside the Ka‘ba

Lesson 9

9A: The Makeup Prayer (qada’ al-fawa’it)

9B: The Congregational Prayer (salat al-jama‘a)

9C: The Prostration of Forgetfulness (sujud al-sahw)

Lesson 10

10A: The Prostration of Recitation (sajda al-tilawa)

10B: The Prostration of Gratitude (sajda al-shukr)

10C: The Friday Prayer (salat al-jumu‘a)

Lesson 11

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)

Lesson 12

12A: The Funeral Prayer (salat al-janaza)

12B: The Burial (al-dafan)

12C: The Rulings of Martyrs (shuhada’)

Lesson 13

13A: Fasting: Definition, Types & Intentions

13B: Sighting the Crescent (ru’yat al-hilal)

13C: Things that Invalidate the Fast (mufsidat al-sawm)

Lesson 14

14A: The Permitted & The Disliked (mubahat/makruhat)

14B: Exemptions (‘awarid) from Fasting

14C: The Spiritual Retreat (i‘tikaf)

Lesson 15

15: Zakat: Definition, Nisab & Calculation

Lesson 16

16A: Eligible Recipients of Zakat (masarif al-zakat)

16B:  Charity at the End of Ramadan (sadaqat al-fitr)

Lesson 17

17A: Hajj: Definition, Integrals & Necessary Acts

17B: The Conditions (shurut) which Obligate Hajj

Lesson 18

18: The State of Pilgrim Sanctity (ihram)

Lesson 19

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

Lesson 20

20: The Lesser Pilgrimage (‘umra)

Lesson 21

21A: Expiations for Ihram & Rite Violations (jinayat)

21B: Expiations for Hunting Violations (jinayat)

Lesson 22

22: The Ritual Sacrifice of ‘Eid al-Adha (udhiya/qurbani)

Lesson 23

23A: Ritually Slaughtered Animals (dhaba’ih)

23B: Animals unlawful for Consumption

Lesson 24

24: Hunting (sayd)

What You Will Learn:

  • 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 of fasting
  • Memorize the most important of Zakat
  • Memorize the most important of  Hajj
  • Appreciate the rigor of the science of Sacred Law (fiqh)

Course Format: 24 downloadable classes and 3 live sessions

About the Course Text

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.”



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Islamic Studies Curriculum - Hanafi Lessons 22    Hours 6


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Living Right: Halal and Haram and Living Prophetic Excellence (Hanafi)

Introduction Having godfearingness (taqwa) is a prerequisite for being able to benefit from the great guidance of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). Take this course to learn how to have godfearingness in most of the everyday situations that you are likely to encounter in your life, such as...

Introduction

Having godfearingness (taqwa) is a prerequisite for being able to benefit from the great guidance of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). Take this course to learn how to have godfearingness in most of the everyday situations that you are likely to encounter in your life, such as eating  halal food, proper dress, interacting with the opposite gender, guarding your gaze, and guarding your tongue.

Curricular Context

  • This is a second-level course in Step One
  • Before taking this course, take The Absolute Essentials of Islam (Hanafi) or The Absolute Essentials of Islam (Shafi‘i)
  • Take this course before all courses in Step Two

Course Outline

LESSON 1: Introduction to the Halal and Haram
LESSON 2: The Importance of One’s Food and Drink
LESSON 3: The Etiquette of Dress and Adornment
LESSON 4: Gender Interaction
LESSON 5: Social Duties
LESSON 6: Social Relationships
LESSON 7: The Tongue
LESSON 8: The Sins of the Tongue
LESSON 9: Sins of the Limbs
LESSON 10: How to Avoid General Sins
LESSON 11: Blameworthy Traits
LESSON 12: Conclusion of the Course

What You Will Learn:
  • Appreciate the importance of the quality of godfearingness
  • Memorize how to have godfearingness in dozens of everyday situations
  • Improve your religious practice by keeping good company and making frequent repentance
Course Requirements:
  •  The Absolute Essentials of Islam (Hanafi) or The Absolute Essentials of Islam (Shafi‘i)

Course Format: 12 downloadable lessons, 3 live sessions.



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What Muslims Believe and Why: Dardir's Kharida al-Bahiyya

Introduction 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 afterl...

Introduction

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.

Curricular Context

  • This is a second-level course in Step One.
  • Before taking this course, take The Absolute Essentials of Islam (Hanafi) or The Absolute Essentials of Islam (Shafi‘i)
  • Take this course before all courses in Step Two.

    Course Requirements: The Absolute Essentials of Islam (Hanafi) or The Absolute Essentials of Islam (Shafi‘i)

Course Outline

Introduction:
LESSON 1 – Introduction to Class and Biography of Author
Logical Rulings:
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
Theology (Ilahiyyat):
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
Prophetology (Nubuwwat)
LESSON 9 – Introduction and What is Necessary for the Prophets
LESSON 10 – What is Impossible and Possible for the Prophets
Eschatology (Sam’iyyat)
LESSON 11 – Angels, Jinn, and the Afterlife
Sufism
LESSON 12 – Sufism and Ending Comments

What You Will Learn:
  • Learn and use the basic logical methods of traditional Islamic theology
  • Memorize the attributes of Allah Most High, His messengers, His angels, and other unseen beings
  • Memorize the key events that will take place after death
  • Develop evidence-based conviction in all of the above
  • Understand how to turn mental conviction into spiritual certainty
  • Appreciate the logical rigor of Islamic theology

Course Format: 
12 downloadable lessons, 3 live sessions.

About the Course Text

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.


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How Islam Works: What is Religion, and How It Is Preserved, Transmitted, and Interpreted



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Law: Quduri's Mukhtasar Explained Understanding Financial Transactions (Hanafi)

Level: 2Course Overview :In this course, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani covers the chapters on financi...

Level: 2

Course Overview :

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.







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Islamic Logic: Definitions, Arguments, and Sound Thinking: Abhari’s Isaghuji

Introduction Traditional Islamic logic studies the rules of correct mental inference. Muslim scholars received Aristotelian logic as early as the second Islamic century, improved it, and tailored it to the needs of the Islamic sciences, turning it into a thoroughly Islamic discipline. An introductory stud...

Introduction

Traditional Islamic logic studies the rules of correct mental inference. Muslim scholars received Aristotelian logic as early as the second Islamic century, improved it, and tailored it to the needs of the Islamic sciences, turning it into a thoroughly Islamic discipline. An introductory study of logic is now indispensable for any serious study of the Islamic sciences. Take this course to understand what the science of logic is, where it came from, how Muslim scholars use it in the Islamic sciences, and how it relates to the methods of reasoning in modern science and modern formal logic.

Curricular Context

  • Complete Level One  before taking this course

Course Outline

    SESSION 1
    • (1) Is Logic Permissible? (in 3 parts)
    • (2) Why Do We Need Logic?
    • (3) Why Should We Do Inference?
    SESSION 2
    • (4) Introduction to Abhari's Isagoge
    • (5) Does Logic Need Language?
    • (6) How Exactly Does Logic Use Language? (in 2 parts)
    SESSION 3
    • (7) What are Universals?
    • (8) Why are Universal Concepts Important?
    • (9) The Five Universals
    SESSION 4
    • (10) Essences
    • (11) Definition
    SESSION 5
    • (12) Propositions
    • (13) What Does it Mean for a Proposition to be True?
    SESSION 6
    • (14) Kinds of Categorical Propositions
    • (15) Kinds of Conditional Propositions
    SESSION 7
    • (16) Contradiction
    • (17) Conversion
    SESSION 8
    • (18) What is an Argument?
    SESSION 9
    • (19) Deductive Inference with Categorical Syllogisms
    SESSION 10
    • (20) Deductive Inference with Conditional Syllogisms
    SESSION 11
    • (21) The Matter of Conclusive Arguments
    • (22) The Matter Probabilistic Arguments
    SESSION  12
    • (23) Has Modern Science Replaced Ancient Logic?
    • (24) Has Modern Logic Replaced Ancient Logic?
    • (25) Where Do I Go From Here?
What You Will Learn:

  • Explain what Islamic logic is, how it developed, and why it needs to be studied
  • Memorize the definitions of key terms in the science of Islamic logic
  • Apply the techniques of Islamic logic to a variety of problems in the Islamic sciences
  • Explain the relevance of Islamic logic today

Course Requirements:
Complete Step One before taking this course


Course Format: 12 downloadable lessons and monthly live session.

About the Course Text

This course is a contemporary explanation of

  • al-Isaghuji, a primer on Islamic logic by Athir al-Din al-Abhari (d. 663 A.H. / 1265 C.E.). al-Abhari is famous as an astronomer, scientist, and philosopher, but he was also a scholar of Islamic theology (kalam), sacred law (fiqh), and sacred legal theory (usul al-fiqh). His primer on logic is his most famous work, studied in religious seminaries all over the Islamic world ever since it was written all the way down to the present day. Although it has the same name as the
  • Isagoge of the Neoplatonist pagan philosopher Porphyry (d. 269 C.E.) (a work that was studied widely in medieval Christian circles), Abhari’s work is distinctly Islamic with distinctly Islamic concerns. This course unpacks Abhari’s
  • al-Isaghuji in light of how it has been used for centuries by scholars of the traditional Islamic sciences, and also in light of contemporary scientific and philosophical debates, leaving students with a clear understanding of what it meant to be a thinking and well-educated Muslim in the past, and what it means to be a thinking and well-educated Muslim today. A translation of the course text is provided as part of the course materials.


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    Islamic Studies Curriculum - Hanafi Lessons 70    Hours 6


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    Nawawi’s 40 Hadith: The Essential Guidance of Islam

    Introduction Learn to live the essence of the Prophet’s wisdom, blessings and peace be upon him. Curricular Context Complete Step One before taking this course What You Will Learn: Precious definitions and explanations of core Islam...

    Introduction

    Learn to live the essence of the Prophet’s wisdom, blessings and peace be upon him.

    Curricular Context

    • Complete Step One before taking this course
    What You Will Learn:
    • Precious definitions and explanations of core Islamic concepts
    • Central principles of faith, law, worship, life, and spirituality
    • Contextualize this Prophetic guidance to our contemporary lives
    • The spiritual dimensions of these “comprehensive words”
    • How to turn to Allah and seek His closeness through guidance
    • The essence and reality of Prophetic guidance

    About the Course Text

    Do you want to understand the most foundational hadiths of the Prophet, blessings and peace be upon him? This course explains the essence of Prophetic wisdom and guidance gathered in Imam Nawawi’s 40 Hadiths. This course will help nurture your faith, deepen religious understanding, increase in love of the Beloved Prophet (peace be upon him), and gain clarity on how to live the essence of his wisdom. In this in-depth course, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains Imam Nawawi’s 40 Hadith, using classical commentaries and a wide range of reference works in Islamic scholarship. This course brings out the meanings, beauty, and guidance in these central Prophetic sayings, which Imam Nawawi selected as being hadiths which “the message of Islam revolves around.”

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    Islamic Studies Curriculum - Hanafi Lessons 41    Hours 4


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    Tafsir of Great Suras: Yasin, Mulk, Waq'ia and Kahf: Linguistic and Thematic Analysis

    Introduction 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 ...

    Introduction

    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.

    Curricular Context

    About the Course Text

    This course is based on a number of classical and contemporary Qurʾanic commentaries, dictionaries, and related works.

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    Islamic Studies Curriculum - Hanafi Lessons 22    Hours 12


    Course

    Haddad's Book of Assistance: Complete Guidance for Turning to Allah

    Introduction The goal of all sacred knowledge is to aid you on your journey of self-improvement as you make your way through this life into the afterlife. This series of three courses succinctly summarizes the stages of this spiritual journey and its most important milestones, such as certainty in the afterlife, the stages of spir...

    Introduction

    The goal of all sacred knowledge is to aid you on your journey of self-improvement as you make your way through this life into the afterlife. This series of three courses succinctly summarizes the stages of this spiritual journey and its most important milestones, such as certainty in the afterlife, the stages of spiritual development, presence of heart in acts of worship, good character with other people, and sincerity, gratitude, and love of God, all in the 32 short chapters of a masterpiece of Islamic spirituality, The Book of Assistance. This first part focusses on how to use sacred knowledge to nurture your soul. 

    Curricular Context

    • Complete Level One before taking this course

    Course Outline

    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)

    What You Will Learn:
    • Learn how to turn this world into a journey to your afterlife
    • Learn the key terms of the science of Islamic spirituality
    • Learn what it means to have good character with people
    • Learn how to turn away from this world and focus on Allah Most High
    • Appreciate the depth of the Muslim spiritual tradition

    About the Course Text

    The course is an exposition of The Book of Assistance by the great scholar, saint, and renewer of the twelfth Islamic century, Imam ‘Abdullah b. ‘Alawi al-Haddad [link to: https://www.amazon.com/Sufi-Sage-Arabia-al-Haddad-Spiritual/dp/188775265X](d. 1132 AH / 1720 CE). Imam al-Haddad’s profound mastery of the sacred sciences was condensed into this masterpiece, in which he maps out various acts of devotion and the spiritual path in 32 succinct chapters. Long considered a summary of Ghazali’s seminal Ihya’ ‘Ulum al-Din, and translated from its original Arabic into Malay, Swahili, and English, this short treatise has been used as a manual of practical spirituality by Muslims all over the world ever since it was written. For a summary of the book and this course, watch Shaykh Yahya Rhodus’ introduction [ link to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0W7Neu4TirE ]
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    Islamic Studies Curriculum - Hanafi    Hours 16


    Course

    On Worship: Shurunbulali’s Nur al-Idah - In-Depth Study of Purification, Prayer, and Fasting

    IntroductionAllah 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 hav...

    Introduction

    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.

    Curricular Context

    • This is a Level Two elective course.
    • Before taking this course, take The Absolute Essentials of Islam (Hanafi) and/or the Essentials of Worship courses

    Course Outline

    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:

    • Understand slavehood to Allah Most High and why it is important
    • Learn the rules of purification that are generally encountered
    • Memorize the detailed rules of wudu and ghusl, tayammum, removing filth, and the basic rulings of menstruation.
    • Learn the rules of prayer that are generally encountered
    • Memorize the obligatory, necessary, and sunna  elements of prayer at a higher level of detail
    • Learn the conditions, sunnas, and rulings of congregational prayer
    • Memorize a list of nearly twelve dozen invalidating or disliked actions in the prayer.
    • Appreciate the rigor of the science of Sacred Law (fiqh)
    • Learn the details of prayer and fasting that are generally encountered
    • Learn the rulings of witr and the sunna prayers
    • Learn the rulings related to prayer when travelling or sick
    • Learn the rulings related to the prostration of forgetfulness and the prostration of recital
    • Memorize the conditions for the validity and obligation of the Friday, Eid prayers, as well as the conditions for the khutba.
    • Learn the nullifiers of the fast and their practical consequences
    • Learn about the rulings related to vows and devotional retreat
    • Gain a grounding in the method and application of the Hanafi school

     

    About the Course Text

    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)



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    Islamic Studies Curriculum - Hanafi Lessons 21    Hours 3


    Course

    Ulum al-Qur'an: On Revelation, How It Was Preserved and Understood, and Why It Is True

    Introduction “This,” Allah Most High says about the Qur’an, “is the Scripture whereof there is no doubt.” (Qur’an, 2:2). There is no doubt that the Qur’an is from Allah Most High. This is an introduction to the science of ‘Ulum al-Qur’an

    Introduction

    “This,” Allah Most High says about the Qur’an, “is the Scripture whereof there is no doubt.” (Qur’an, 2:2). There is no doubt that the Qur’an is from Allah Most High. This is an introduction to the science of ‘Ulum al-Qur’an (“The Qur’anic Sciences”), whose goal is to defend the Qurʾan and to perfectly understand the tools needed for Qurʾanic commentary Take this course to understand what the Qur’an is, how it was revealed to the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), how it has been impeccably preserved down to our times, why we are certain that it could not have been invented by the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), why we are certain that it could only have been inspired to him by Allah Most High himself, and how to interpret the Qur’an.

    Curricular Context

    • This is a first-level course in Step Two
    • Complete Step One before taking this course

    Course Outline

    LESSON 1: Introduction to the Qur’anic Sciences (‘ulum al-Qur’an)
    • 1. about the science of ‘ulum al-Qur’an
    • 2. the meanings of “Qur’an” and “Kitab”
    • 3. what revelation is and why the Qur’anic revelation can only be from Allah
    LESSON 2: The Qur’anic Miracle
    • 1. what a miracle is
    • 2. the many ways in which the Qur’an is miraculous
    • 3. why the Qur’an could only have come from Allah Most High
    LESSON 3: The Compilation of the Qur’an (1)
    • 1. the preservation of the Qur’an is miraculously meticulous
    • 2. the oral and textual preservation of the Qur’an in the prophetic era
    • 3. the oral and textual preservation of the Qur’an in the era of Abu Bakr
    • 4. responses to common objections
    LESSON 4: The Compilation of the Qur’an (2)
    • 1. the differences between the compilations of Abu Bakr and ʿUthman
    • 2. the impetus behind the compilation of ‘Uthman
    • 3. responses to common objections
    • 4. the role of mass-transmission (tawatur) in the preservation of the Qur’an
    LESSON 5: How the Qur’an was Revealed
    • 1. the first and last verses to be revealed
    • 2. reasons for revelation (asbab al-nuzul)
    • 3. Meccan and Medinan suras
    LESSON 6: How the Qur’an is Arranged
    • 1. the division of the Qur’an into chapters (sura) and verses (ayat)
    • 2. the names of chapters
    • 3. the arrangement of chapters
    • 4. the arrangement of verses
    LESSON 7: Ambiguous Verses in the Qur’an + Abrogation in the Qur’an
    • 1. clear (muhkam) and ambiguous (mutashabih) verses
    • 2. the Arabic letters at the beginning of suras
    • 3. abrogation of Qur’anic verses
    • 4. responses common objections about abrogation in the Qur’an
    LESSON 8: The Seven Modes of Reciting the Qur’an (al-Ahruf al-Sab‘a)
    • 1. the different hadiths about the seven modes
    • 2. different scholarly positions on the seven modes
    • 3. the relation of the seven modes to the Uthmanic mushafs
    LESSON 9: The Ten Canonical Ways of Reciting the Qur’an (al-Qira’at al-‘Ashr)
    • 1. what the ten canonical recitations are
    • 2. the causes of the ten variations
    • 3. the imams who the ten variations are ascribed to
    • 4. why the ten variations are mutawatir (mass-transmitted)
    LESSON 10: The Text of the Qu’ran and its Main Topics
    • 1. features of the Uthmanic script (al-rasm al-’Uthmani)
    • 2. the historical advent of diacritical marks, vowels, and divisions of the Qurʾan
    • 3. the main topics of the Qur’an
    LESSON 11: Interpreting the Qur’an (1)
    • 1. the development of tafsir in the time of the Companions and the generations after them
    • 2. the use of Isra’iliyyat in tafsir
    • 3. different schools of tafsir and their major scholars
    • 4. translating the Qur’an
    LESSON 12: Interpreting the Qur’an (2)
    • 1. how verses and suras are connected to each other
    • 2. the tools and principles of tafsir
    • 3. practical examples of the application of the principles of tafsir

    What You Will Learn:
    • Describe how the Qur’an is arranged
    • Explain how the Qur’an has been preserved
    • Explain how the Qur’an is miraculous
    • Confidently answer most questions people have regarding the text, transmission, miraculous nature, and historicity of the Qurʾan
    • Become familiar with the different approaches to understanding the Qur’an
    • Appreciate the depth of traditional Qur’anic scholarship
    Course Requirements:
    • Complete Step One before taking this course

    About the Course Text

    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.


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    Islamic Studies Curriculum - Hanafi    Hours 13


    Course

    Beliefs: Ghazali's Qawa'id al-Aqa'id - Understanding Beliefs, Proofs, and the Spiritual Cultivation of Faith

    IntroductionStudy Imam Ghazali’s Qawa‘id al-Aqa’id (Foundations of Islamic Belief).What You Will Learn: The key principles and statements of Islamic BeliefThe relation between scholarly study and spiritual realizationThe importance of theology and its limitations...

    Introduction

    Study Imam Ghazali’s Qawa‘id al-Aqa’id (Foundations of Islamic Belief).

    What You Will Learn:
    •  The key principles and statements of Islamic Belief
    • The relation between scholarly study and spiritual realization
    • The importance of theology and its limitations
    • The role of theology in the religious life
    • Islamic beliefs and the core proofs
    • The strongest arguments for mainstream Islamic theology
    Course Requirements:

    About the Course Text

    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.



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    Islamic Studies Curriculum - Hanafi    Hours 14


    Course

    Mawsili's Mukhtar: On Worship: Understanding Purification, Prayer, Fasting, Zakat, and Hajj [Elective]

    IntroductionGain a deeper understanding of worship according to the Hanafi school of jurisprudence.Course Outline Lesson 1 (Introduction to the Course and Purification)Lesson 1a - Introduction to Book and AuthorLesson 1b - Author's IntroductionLes...

    Introduction

    Gain a deeper understanding of worship according to the Hanafi school of jurisprudence.

    Course Outline 

    Lesson 1 (Introduction to the Course and Purification)

    • Lesson 1a - Introduction to Book and Author
    • Lesson 1b - Author's Introduction
    • Lesson 1c - Introduction to Purification & Wudu
    • Lesson 1d - Sunnas of Wudu
    • Lesson 1e - Nullifiers of Wudu

    Lesson 2 (A Look at Water, Wells & Tayammum)

    • Lesson 2a - Introduction to Water
    • Lesson 2b - The Rulings on Well Water
    • Lesson 2b - The Rulings on Well Water

    Lesson 3 (The Ruling on Khuffs and an Introduction to Hayd)

    • Lesson 3a - The Ruling on Khuffs
    • Lesson 3b - Introduction to Hayd
    • Lesson 3c - Continuation on Hayd

    Lesson 4 (Continuation on Istihada, Nifas and the Definition of Najasa)

    • Lesson 4a - Istihada
    • Lesson 4b - Purification from Filth (Part 1)
    • Lesson 4c - Purification from Filth (Part 2)

    Lesson 5 (Review Session)

    • Lesson 5a - Review of Purification
    • Lesson 5b - Recommendations
    • Lesson 5c - The Etiquette of Seekers

    Lesson 6 (Introduction to Prayer)

    • Lesson 6a - Introduction to the Prayer
    • Lesson 6b - Prayer Times
    • Lesson 6c - The Disliked Times for Prayer
    • Lesson 6d - The Adhan for Prayer

    Lesson 7 (The Conditions & Integrals of the Prayer)

    • Lesson 7a - The Conditions of Prayer (Part 1)
    • Lesson 7b - The Conditions of Prayer (Part 2)
    • Lesson 7c - The Integrals of the Prayer

    Lesson 8 (The Description of the Prayer)

    • Lesson 8a - Description of the Prayer (Part 1)
    • Lesson 8b - Description of the Prayer (Part 2)
    • Lesson 8c - The Witr Prayer

    Lesson 9 (Congregating for Prayer)

    • Lesson 9a - On Prayer Recitation
    • Lesson 9b - Congregation for Prayer (Part 1)
    • Lesson 9c - Congregation for Prayer (Part 2)

    Lesson 10 (Actions to Avoid in Prayer & Supererogatory Prayers)

    • Lesson 10a - Disliked Actions in Prayer
    • Lesson 10b - Actions Which Invalidate the Prayer
    • Lesson 10c - Missed Prayers
    • Lesson 10d - Sunna & Nafl Prayers

    Lesson 11 (Forgetfulness in Prayer and the Tarawih Prayer)

    • Lesson 11a - The Tarawih Prayer
    • Lesson 11b - The Forgetfulness Prostration
    • Lesson 11c - Forgetting in Prayer

    Lesson 12 (Prayer of the Sick, the Traveller, & the Prostration for Recital)

    • Lesson 12a - Prostration for Recital
    • Lesson 12b - Prayer of the Sick
    • Lesson 12c - Prayer of the Traveller

    Lesson 13 (The Friday Prayer & the Eid Prayer)

    • Lesson 13a - The Friday Prayer
    • Lesson 13b - The Eid Prayer

    Lesson 14 (The Fear Prayer and Prayer at the Kaaba)

    • Lesson 14a - The Fear Prayer
    • Lesson 14b - Prayer at the Kaaba

    Lesson 15 (Regarding the Funeral Prayer and Burial Practices)

    • Lesson 15a - Funerary Practices
    • Lesson 15b - The Funeral Prayer
    • Lesson 15c - The Burial

    Lesson 16 (Introduction to Zakat)

    • Lesson 16 - Introduction to Zakat

    Lesson 17 (The Rulings on Mining)

    • Lesson 17a - Gold & Produce
    • Lesson 17b - Mining & Treasures

    Lesson 18 On Giving Zakat

    • Lesson 18a - Outlets for Zakat
    • Lesson 18b - Zakat al-Fitr

    Lesson 19 Introduction to Fasting

    • Lesson 19a - Introduction to Fasting
    • Lesson 19b - Moonsighting

    Lesson 20 Invalidating One's Fast & Excuses for not Fasting; A Brief Look at I`tikaf

    • Lesson 20a - Invalidating the Fast
    • Lesson 20b - Excuses for not Fasting
    • Lesson 20c - I`tikaf

    Lesson 21 Journey of a Lifetime: Hajj (Part 1)

    • Lesson 21a - The Duty of Hajj
    • Lesson 21b - Entering Ihram
    • Lesson 21c - Entering Mecca

    Lesson 22 Journey of a Lifetime: Hajj (Part 2)

    • Lesson 22a - Safa and Marwa
    • Lesson 22b - Obligatory Tawaf
    • Lesson 22c - A Brief Look at Umra

    Lesson 23 Journey of a Lifetime: Hajj (Part 3)

    • Lesson 23a - Tamattu
    • Lesson 23b - Qiran
    • Lesson 23c - Contraventions (Principles)

    Lesson 24 Journey of a Lifetime: Hajj (Part 4)

    • Lesson 24a - Contraventions (Rulings)
    • Lesson 24b - Hunting Contraventions
    • Lesson 24c - Preventatives from Hajj

    What You Will Learn:

    • Water, wells, and dry ablution
    • Menstruation, bleeding, their types and rulings
    • Prayer, its integrals and conditions
    • Prayer in congregation and supererogatory prayer
    • Actions to avoid in prayer, forgetfulness, tarawih
    • The prayer of the sick and the traveller
    • The Friday and Eid prayers, the prayer of fear, and prayer at the Ka’ba
    • The funeral prayer and burial practices
    • Zakat and its rulings
    • Fasting and its rulings
    • The Hajj and its rulings

    Course Format: 24  downloadable lessons, a monthly live session.

    About the Course Text

    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.


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    Islamic Studies Curriculum - Hanafi Lessons 19    Hours 2


    Course

    Beliefs: Sanusi's Umm al-Barahin - Foundational Proofs for Why Islam is True

    Introduction Allah Most High sent His messengers with “clear signs” (Qur’an, 57:25). They called people to abandon the blind imitation of the false religions and customs of their ancestors and to use their minds to discern what was true and then follow it wholeheartedly. The science of Islamic theology ...

    Introduction

    Allah Most High sent His messengers with “clear signs” (Qur’an, 57:25). They called people to abandon the blind imitation of the false religions and customs of their ancestors and to use their minds to discern what was true and then follow it wholeheartedly. The science of Islamic theology (kalam) formalized the arguments of Allah’s messengers and then used them to respond to the questions posed by Greek philosophy. Take this course to learn Islamic theology, how it developed, and how to apply it to contemporary questions related to science, atheism, cosmological arguments, human freewill, infinity, classical conditioning, natural causation, anthropomorphism, miracles, modal logic, and the problem of evil.

    Curricular Context

    • This is a second-level course in Step Two
    • Take Introduction to Islamic Logic before taking this course (or simultaneously with it) 
    • Complete Step One before taking this course

    Course Outline

    LESSON 1: What is Islamic Theology (kalam)?
    • 1(a). History of Kalam from the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) to Abul Hasan al-Ash’ari (27 min 45 sec)
    • 1(b). History of Kalam from Abul Hasan al-Ash’ari to Muhammad b. Yusuf al-Sanusi (21 min 11 sec)
    • 2. Perceiving the Truth of Propositions (ahkam) (32 min 15 sec)
    LESSON 2: The Sanusiyya + The Attributes of God (1)
    • 1. Moral Responsibility and the First Obligation (35 min 10 sec)
    • 2. The Organization of the Sanusiyya (9 min 58 sec)
    • 3. The 20 Attributes That Are Necessary For Allah Most High (17 min 36 sec)
    • 4. Existence (28 min 7 sec)
    • 5. Privative Attributes (37 min)
    LESSON 3: The Attributes of God (2)
    • 1. Power, Will, and Knowledge (55 min 51 sec)
    • 2. Life and Divine Agency (14 min 38 sec)
    • 3. Hearing and Sight (18 min 33 sec)
    • 4. Speech (16 min 58 sec)
    • 5. The Relation Between the Written Qur’an and the Attribute of Speech (5 min 12 sec)
    LESSON 4: Transcendence and Anthropomorphism
    • 1. Entailed Attributes (10 min 53 sec)
    • 2. Matters that Are Impossible for Allah Most High -- Focus on Transcendence (57 min 36 sec)
    • 3. The Hadith of “Descent” and the Verse of the Throne (28 min 27 sec)
    LESSON 5: Transcendence, Divine Wisdom, and Human Freewill
    • 1. Matters that Are Impossible for Allah Most High -- Focus on Divine Oneness (25 min 56 sec)
    • 2. Understanding Verses That Seem to Imply Motives (16 min 5 sec)
    • 3. Divine Destiny and Human Freewill (28 min 30 sec)
    • 4. What is Possible for Allah Most High (31 min 35 sec)
    LESSON 6: The Argument for the Existence of God
    • 1. A History of the Cosmological Argument (48 min 14 sec)
    • 2. The Argument for the Existence of God (1 hr 12 min 30 sec)
    LESSON 7: The Kalam Cosmological Argument and Big Bang Cosmology LESSON 8: The Arguments for Allah Most High’s Necessary Existence and Agency
    • 1. The Argument for Allah Most High’s Beginninglessness and Endlessness (34 min 30 sec)
    • 2. The Argument for Allah Most High’s Transcendence and indpendence (28 min 53 sec)
    • 3. The Argument for Allah Most High’s Oneness (25 min 40 sec)
    • 4. The Argument for Allah Most High’s Agency (31 min 40 sec)
    LESSON 9: Revelatory Arguments and Allah Most High’s Messengers
    • 1. The Argument for Allah Most High’s Hearing, Sight, and Speech (14 mins)
    • 2. The Argument for What is Possible for Allah Most High (12 min 35 sec)
    • 3. What is a Messenger (21 min 50 sec)
    • 4. The Attributes of Messengers (33 min 33 sec)
    LESSON 10: Arguments for Genuineness of Allah Most High’s Messengers
    • 1. Kinds of Miracles (41 min 10 sec)
    • 2. Prophetic Miracles as Evidence for the Genuineness of Messengers (33 min 50 sec)
    • 3. Other Proofs for the Genuineness of the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) (29 min 40 sec)
    LESSON 11: The Sinlessness of Messengers and the Wisdom of Difficulties
    • 1. The Argument for the Sinlessness of Messengers (42 mins)
    • 2. The Wisdom of Difficulties and the Problem of Evil (30 mins 50 sec)
    LESSON 12: La ilaha illa Allah Muhammadur Rasul Allah as a Summary of Islamic Theology
    • 1. La Ilaha Illa Allah (45 min)
    • 2. Muhammad Rasul Allah (45 min)
    • 3. Conclusion (10 min)
    What You Will Learn:
    • Describe the historical development of mainstream Islamic theology
    • Explain what Muslims believe about Allah Most High and His messengers
    • Prove why these beliefs are true
    • Respond to common objections to belief in Allah Most High and His messengers
    • Appreciate the scholarly depth of the Islamic theological tradition
    Course Requirements: Complete Step One before taking this course

    About the Course Text

    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.


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    Quduri's Mukhtasar: On Marriage and Divorce

    IntroductionImam 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 chapter...

    Introduction

    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.

    Curricular Context

    • This is a level two  course 
    • Before taking this course, take The Absolute Essentials of Islam (Hanafi) and On Worship (Purification, Prayer, Fasting, Zakat, and Hajj): Shurunbulali’s Ascent to Felicity
    • Take this course before all courses in Level Three

    Course Outline

    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

    What You Will Learn:

  • The core rulings related to marriage;
    • The wisdom and purpose of these legal rulings;
    • The practical implementation, with excellence, of Divine Guidance;
    • How legal reasoning works, to give a better understanding of “how Fiqh works;” and
    • The method of the Hanafi School.

    Course Format: 23 downloadable lessons, plus live sessions.

    About the Course Text

    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.


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    Mawsili's Mukhtar: On Transcations, Marriage, and Public Law [Elective]

    IntroductionGain 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. m...

    Introduction

    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:

    • Sales, recession, contracts, and rulings
    • Interdicted, trust, and forward sales
    • Interest rulings and monetary exchange
    • The corrupt hire, collateral, division, and judgeship
    • Coercion, claims and acknowledgments
    • Witnessing, agency, and guarantees
    • Marriage: Its rulings, pillars, and conditions
    • The contract, the guardian, suitability, and the dowry
    • Marriage to non-Muslims
    • The types of divorce and their rulings
    • The waiting period after divorce and establishing lineage
    • Expenses/provision and custody

    Course Requirements:

    • Knowledge of Arabic would help but is not required. Previous study of fiqh is highly recommended but again not a requirement.

    About the Course Text

    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.






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    Introduction to Hadith Terminology: How Hadith Is Transmitted, Preserved, and Verified


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      Quduri's Mukhtasar: On Public Law

      Executive SummaryIn 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 understan...

      Executive Summary

      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.


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        Abu Shuja's Matn: On Worship (Purification, Prayer, Fasting, Zakat and Hajj)


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          Beliefs: Bajuri’s Commentary on the Sanusiyya Explained - Deeper Understanding of the Proofs and Key Issues of Theology

          IntroductionThis is a traditional word-by-word explanation of a hashiya (gloss) on Shaykh al-Sanusi’s popular matn in Islamic theology, Umm al-Barahin. Hamza Karamali carefully works through the first half of the Hashiya in 68 recorded lessons, unpacking its meanings, and relating ...

          Introduction

          This is a traditional word-by-word explanation of a hashiya (gloss) on Shaykh al-Sanusi’s popular matn in Islamic theology, Umm al-Barahin. Hamza Karamali carefully works through the first half of the Hashiya in 68 recorded lessons, unpacking its meanings, and relating them to contemporary theological problems related to modern science, Western philosophy, and Wahhabi theology. These include the distinction between tawhid al-rububiyya and tawhid al-uluhiyya; the nature of causation in the universe; propositional modalities; modal metaphysics; the nature of moral responsibility; the relationship between morality and God; the relationship between the mind and reality; the nature of the physical universe; and the relationship between divine foreknowledge and human freewill. This is a course for experienced students of knowledge who have studied the Islamic sciences for many years.

          Curricular Context

          • Fluency in Arabic reading is a prerequisite for taking this course
          • Prior knowledge of the foundational Islamic sciences
          • Proficiency in traditional Arabic grammar is a prerequisite for taking this course
          • Previous experience reading traditional mutun is a prerequisite for taking this course
          • Beliefs: Sanusi's Umm al-Barahin - Foundational Proofs for Why Islam is True is a prerequisite for taking this course

          Course Outline

          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

          What You Will Learn:
          • Develop the skill of reading the mutunshuruh, and hawashi of the Muslim scholarly tradition
          • Deepen your understanding of traditional Islamic theology (both Ash‘ari and Maturidi)
          • Distinguish between those parts of traditional Islamic theology that are “pure theology” and those that are “theology in light of pre-modern science”
          • Learn how to update traditional Islamic theology in light of modern scientific discoveries

          About the Course Text

          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.




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          Ghazali's Minhaj al-Abidin - Understanding the Hurdles on the Path to Allah and How to Overcome Them

          Introduction 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. Course Outline LESSON 1: Introduction to the Course (pp. 5-9)

          Introduction

          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.

          Course Outline

          • LESSON 1: Introduction to the Course (pp. 5-9)
          • LESSON 2: Continuation on the Author’s Introduction (pp. 9-17)
          • LESSON 3: The First Hurdle: The Hurdle of Knowledge (pp. 18-26)
          • LESSON 4: The First Hurdle: The Hurdle of Knowledge (pp. 26-32)
          • LESSON 5: The Second Hurdle: The Hurdle of Repentance (pp. 32-38)
          • LESSON 6: The Second Hurdle: The Hurdle of Repentance (pp. 38-43)
          • LESSON 7: The Third Hurdle: The Hurdle of the Impediments (pp. 44-51)
            • A) This World and all that it Contains
          • LESSON 8: The Third Hurdle: The Hurdle of the Impediments (pp. 51-59)
            • B) Your Fellow Creatures (khalq)
          • LESSON 9: The Third Hurdle: The Hurdle of the Impediments (pp. 59-68)
            • B) Your Fellow Creatures (khalq) Continued
          • LESSON 10: The Third Hurdle: The Hurdle of the Impediments (pp.68-79)
            • C) The Devil Shaytan
          • LESSON 11: The Third Hurdle: The Hurdle of the Impediments (pp.79-88)
            • D) The Lower Self (Nafs)
          • LESSON 12: The Third Hurdle: The Hurdle of the Impediments (pp.89-94)
            • D) The Lower Self (Nafs) Continued
          Course Requirements:Students should take Beginning of Guidance (ISBGG10A/B) and Book of Assistance (ISKMG15A/B/C) before taking this course.

          Course Format: 12 prerecorded lessons and three live classes

          About the Course Text

          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.


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          Intermediate Hadith Studies: Zabidi’s Mukhtasar of Sahih al-Bukhari Explained [Elective]

          Introduction

          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.

          Curricular Context

          • This is a first-level course in Step Three. Before taking this course, take all courses in Step Two, especially An Introduction to Hadith: Nawawi’s 40 Hadith Explained. Take this course before all courses in Step Four.

          Course Outline

          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.

          About the Course Text

          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.


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          Intermediate Islamic Logic: Zakariyya al-Ansari’s Commentary on the Isaghuji Explained


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            Critical Issues in Ulum al-Qur'an: Suyuti's Itqan and Contemporary Issues


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              Tafsir of the First Juz’ of the Qur’an: Imam Baydawi’s Tafsir


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                Hadith Study: Malik's Muwatta' - Reading and Understanding a Key Text of Hadith


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                  Nasafi, Kanz al-Daqa’iq: On Worship - Deeper Understanding of Legal Rulings


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                    Nasafi, Kanz al-Daqa’iq: On Financial Transactions - Deeper Understanding of Legal Rulings


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                      Nasafi, Kanz al-Daqa’iq: On Marriage and Divorce - Deeper Understanding of Legal Rulings


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                        Nasafi, Kanz al-Daqa’iq: On Public Law - Deeper Understanding of Legal Rulings


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                          Usul al-Fiqh: Jiwan's Nur al-Anwar Sharh al-Manar - Deeper Understanding of How Islamic Law Works


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                            Theology: Taftazani's Sharh Al-Aqa'id Al-Nasafiyya Explained - Critical Investigations in Theology, First Principles, and the Nuances of Theology

                            Introduction 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 textboo...

                            Introduction

                            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.

                            Curricular Context

                            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.


                            Course Outline

                            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 

                            Session 2

                            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

                            Session 3

                            History of Early Kalam (audio only) — (1 hr 23 min)

                            LESSON RESOURCE: al-Madhahib al-tawhidiyya by Shaykh Muhammad Said Ramadan al

                            Session 4

                            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)

                            Session 5

                            The Dangers of Kalam — pp. 23-25 (1)

                            Session 6

                            We Have Objective Knowledge of Real Things (haqa’iq al-ashya’ thabita) — pp. 25-29 (1 hr 32 min)

                            Session 7

                            Philosophical Skepticism (safsata) — pp. 29-30 (1 hr 30 min)

                            Session 8

                            Knowledge (‘ilm) — pp. 30-32 (1 hr 12 min)

                            Session 10

                            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)

                            Session 11

                            Mass-Transmission (tawatur) — pp. 39-40 (1 hr 19 min)

                            Session 12

                            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 
                            Session 14

                            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
                            Session 21

                            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

                            About the Course Text

                            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.




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                            The Shatbiyyah & Durrah in the Ten Qur'anic Recitations (Qira`at)

                            This course will cover the texts of Hirz al-Amani and Durrah to learn the ten Qira’at along with their twenty riwayat.
                            This course will cover the texts of Hirz al-Amani and Durrah to learn the ten Qira’at along with their twenty riwayat.

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                            Islamic Studies Curriculum - Hanafi


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                            Logic: Taftazani's Tahdhib al-Mantiq - Sharpening Reasoning, and Navigating Nunances


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                              Islamic Studies Curriculum - Hanafi


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                              Legal Tafsir - Itr's Tafsir Ayat al-Ahkam - Understanding Legal Interpretation of the Qur'an


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                                Islamic Studies Curriculum - Hanafi


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                                Baydawi’s Tafsir - Second and Third Juz’ - Deepening Understanding and Studying the Method of the Great Tafsirs


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                                  Islamic Studies Curriculum - Hanafi


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                                  Hadith Method: Ibn al-Salah’s Muqaddima and Introduction to Hadith Research (Takhrij al-Hadith)


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                                    Islamic Studies Curriculum - Hanafi


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                                    Hadith Study: Ibn Hajar's Bulugh al-Maram - Reading and Studying the Key Legal Hadiths


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                                      Islamic Studies Curriculum - Hanafi


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                                      Ibn Ajiba’s Iqadh al-Himam Sharh al-Hikam


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                                        Islamic Studies Curriculum - Hanafi


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                                        Usul (Hanafi): Khusro’s Mir’at - with Readings in Legal Principles (Qawa'id Fiqhiyya)


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                                          Islamic Studies Curriculum - Hanafi


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                                          Fiqh (Hanafi): Mahbubi’s Sharh al-Wiqaya - Legal Details, Reasoning, and Applications


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                                            Islamic Studies Curriculum - shafi'i Lessons 9    Hours 4


                                            Course

                                            On Worship (Purification, Prayer, Fasting, Zakat, and Hajj): Ba Fadl's The Short Abridgement

                                            IntroductionAllah 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 l...

                                            Introduction

                                            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.

                                            Curricular Context

                                            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) 

                                            Course Outline

                                            INTRODUCTORY LESSON

                                            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

                                            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 

                                            Menstruation

                                            Lochia

                                            Istihada

                                            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:

                                            Washing

                                            Shrouding

                                            The Funeral Prayer

                                            Burial

                                            Lesson 14 - Zakat:

                                            Conditions

                                            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:

                                            Conditions

                                            Times

                                            Amount

                                            Deserving Recipients

                                            Lesson 16 - Fasting:

                                            Sighting the Moon

                                            Integrals

                                            Prohibited Days

                                            Conditions for fasting to be obligatory

                                            Lesson 17 - Fasting:

                                            Nullifiers

                                            Exemptions

                                            Lesson 18 - I’tikaf

                                            Conditions

                                            Integrals

                                            Nullifiers

                                            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

                                            What You'll Learn

                                            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)

                                            About the Course Text

                                            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.



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                                            Islamic Studies Curriculum - shafi'i Lessons 7    Hours 1


                                            Course

                                            Absolute Essentials of Islam (Shafi‘i): Habshi’s Encompassing Epistle Explained: Getting Started With Your Belief and Practice

                                            Introduction“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...

                                            Introduction

                                            “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.

                                            Curricular Context

                                            • Start here to complete STEP 1.
                                            • This course has no prerequisites.

                                            Course Outline

                                            • LESSON 1: Introduction to the Text
                                            • LESSON 2: Explanation of Faith & Beliefs
                                            • LESSON 3: Explanation of Submission & Islamic Jurisprudence
                                            • LESSON 4: The Different Types of Bleeding for Women
                                            • LESSON 5: Conditions, Integrals & Sunnah of the Prayer
                                            • LESSON 6: Inner Dimensions & Nullifiers of the Prayer
                                            • LESSON 7: The Friday Prayer & Supererogatory Prayers
                                            • LESSON 8: Fasting
                                            • LESSON 9: Zakat
                                            • LESSON 10: Hajj & Umrah
                                            • LESSON 11: Purification of the Heart (Part 1)
                                            • LESSON 12: Purification of the Heart (Part 2)

                                            What You Will Learn:

                                            • Memorize the Hadith of Jibreel (upon him be peace)
                                            • Understand how to seek religious knowledge
                                            • Learn the basics of Islamic belief
                                            • Learn the basic rules of wudu, ghusl, and prayer
                                            • Learn the basic rules of fasting and zakat
                                            • Learn how worship Allah Most High with sincerity

                                            Course Requirements:

                                            • Students are encouraged to get a copy of The Essential of Islam by Ahmad bin Zayn al Habashi, Trans. Abdul Aziz Ahmed, published by Islamic Village (al-Risalat al-Jamiah)

                                            Course Format: 12 downloadable lessons, 3 live sessions.

                                            About the Course Text

                                            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.


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                                            Islamic Studies Curriculum - shafi'i Lessons 10    Hours 6


                                            Course

                                            Living Right: Halal and Haram and Living Prophetic Excellence (Shafi'i)

                                            Introduction Having godfearingness (taqwa) is a prerequisite for being able to benefit from the great guidance of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). Take this course to learn how to have godfearingness in most of the everyday situations that you are likely to encounter in your life, such ...

                                            Introduction

                                            Having godfearingness (taqwa) is a prerequisite for being able to benefit from the great guidance of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). Take this course to learn how to have godfearingness in most of the everyday situations that you are likely to encounter in your life, such as eating  halal food, proper dress, interacting with the opposite gender, guarding your gaze, investing and saving your money, and guarding your tongue.

                                            Curricular Context

                                            • This is a second-level course in Step One.
                                            • Before taking this course, take The Absolute Essentials of Islam (Hanafi) or The Absolute Essentials of Islam (Shafi‘i)
                                            • Take this course before all courses in Step Two. 

                                            Course Outline

                                            • LESSON 1
                                              • 1. The Fruits and Meanings of Taqwa
                                              • 2. The Hadith of Jibril and Introduction to Halal and Haram
                                            • LESSON 2
                                              • 1. History of the Shafi‘i School
                                              • 2. Using the Lavatory
                                              • 3. Halal and Haram Foods
                                            • LESSON 3
                                              • 1. Etiquette of Eating
                                            • LESSON 4
                                              • 1. Guests and Hosting Part 1
                                              • 2. Guests and Hosting Part 2
                                            • LESSON 5
                                              • 1. Interacting with the Opposite Gender
                                              • 2. Clothing
                                            • LESSON 6
                                              • 1. Commanding the Right and Forbidding the Wrong
                                            • LESSON 7
                                              • 1. Family Relations
                                            • LESSON 8
                                              • 1. Backbiting
                                            • LESSON 9
                                              • 1. Talebearing, Lying,
                                              • 2. Breaking Promises, Excessive Joking, and Mocking Others
                                            • LESSON 10
                                              • 1. Conditions of a Valid Business Transaction
                                            • LESSON 11
                                              • 1. Investing, Borrowing, and Insurance
                                            • LESSON 12
                                              • 1. Marriage and Divorce

                                              What You Will Learn:
                                              • Appreciate the importance of the quality of godfearingness
                                              • Memorize how to have godfearingness in dozens of everyday situations
                                              • Improve your religious practice by keeping good company and making frequent repentance

                                              Course Requirements:
                                              • The Absolute Essentials of Islam (Hanafi) or The Absolute Essentials of Islam (Shafi‘i)



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                                            Islamic Studies Curriculum - shafi'i Lessons 15    Hours 9


                                            Course

                                            Abu Shuja's Matn: On Marriage, Transactions, and Public Law

                                            Introduction 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...

                                            Introduction

                                            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.

                                            Curricular Context

                                            • 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.

                                            Course Outline

                                            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 22 Caliphate
                                            Session 23 Court proceedings
                                            Session 24 Manumission
                                            What You Will Learn:
                                            • The technical side of the vast majority of financial and familial relations that a Muslim will get involved in his/her life.
                                            • the various types of sale, how “interest” can be avoided in sales and currency exchange, the various forms of cancelling a sales contract, forward sales, and debt transfers.
                                            •  The concept of financial liability and legal liability it discussed along with various forms of investing money in a halal way.
                                            • Other key topics include charitable engagements, and who should get married, and how it should be done from beginning to end.
                                            •  The details of the shares inherited from one family members are explained, those one inherits from and those one does not, and how the shares can vary based on the combinations of living heirs.
                                            • 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

                                            About the Course 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‘. 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). 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.

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                                            Islamic Studies Curriculum - shafi'i Lessons 15    Hours 8


                                            Course

                                            Abu Shuja's Matn: On Worship (Purification, Prayer, Fasting, Zakat and Hajj)

                                            Introduction Every human action has a divine command associated with it, making it obligatory, recommended, permissible, offensive, or unlawful. We cannot infer these commands with our minds–the only way to learn about them is by learning them from the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). The goal of the science of sacred law ...

                                            Introduction

                                            Every human action has a divine command associated with it, making it obligatory, recommended, permissible, offensive, or unlawful. We cannot infer these commands with our minds–the only way to learn about them is by learning them from the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). The goal of the science of sacred law (fiqh) is to summarize what the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) taught us about all human actions, whether related to worship, trade, investment, food, hunting, oaths, entertainment, marriage, divorce, inheritance, legal procedures, or public policy.  This four-part series of courses will introduce you to the science of sacred law as it relates to all aspects of life, focussing in this first part on the rules of purification and prayer.
                                            Curricular Context
                                              • Complete level One before taking this course
                                              • Take this course before taking the second part of this course.

                                            Course Outline

                                            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 11 Clothing
                                            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


                                            What You Will Learn:
                                            • Describe the historical development of the Shafi‘i school
                                            • Learn the rules of purification, prayer, clothing, funeral rites, fasting, zakat, and Hajj
                                            • Memorize the definitions of key terms related to the rules of purification, prayer, clothing, funeral rites, fasting, zakat, and Hajj
                                            • Appreciate the depth of the Muslim scholarly tradition

                                            About the Course 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‘. 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). 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.
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                                            Islamic Studies Curriculum - shafi'i Lessons 21    Hours 7


                                            Course

                                            Usul al-Fiqh: How Islamic Law is Derived and Interpreted: Juwayni's Waraqat

                                            IntroductionThe science of legal theory (usul al-fiqh) studies how to infer the rulings of Sacred Law directly from the Qur’an and sunna. This course ...

                                            Introduction

                                            The science of legal theory (usul al-fiqh) studies how to infer the rulings of Sacred Law directly from the Qur’an and sunna. This course will clear your confusions over (1) the role of scholarly consensus (ijma’) in preserving Islam; (2) how the Sunna of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) was preserved; (3) and the role of human reason in interpreting the Qur’an and Sunna. Since the Qur’an and Sunna are both in Arabic, some knowledge of Arabic, however, is a highly recommended prerequisite to this course. But the instructor makes every effort to explain things in a way that can be understood by English speakers without any knowledge of Arabic

                                            Curricular Context

                                            • This is a first-level course in Step Two

                                            • Complete Step One before taking this course


                                             Session 1

                                            Lesson 1 -Imam al-Juwayni and the Waraqat
                                            Lesson 2 - Usul, Fiqh, and Usul al-Fiqh
                                            Lesson 3 - What is Fiqh?

                                             Session 2

                                            Lesson 4 - The Rulings of Sacred Law
                                            Lesson 5 - Probabilistic Inference
                                            Lesson 6 - What is Usul al-Fiqh?

                                             Session 3

                                            Lesson 7 - What is Speech and Why is it Important?
                                            Lesson 8 - Kinds of Speech in Legal Inference
                                            Lesson 9 - Literal and Figurative Speech

                                             Session 4

                                            Lesson 10 - How to Discern Figurative Speech
                                            Lesson 11 - Four Examples of Figurative Speech

                                             Session 5

                                            Lesson 12 - Commands, Prohibitions, and Moral Responsibility
                                            Lesson 13 - How to Fulfill One’s Moral Responsibility

                                             Session 6

                                             Lesson 14 - Who is Morally Responsible?
                                            Lesson 15-  Is a Prohibited Action Also Invalid?

                                             Session 7

                                            Lesson 16 - What are Inclusive Expressions?
                                            Lesson 17 - Excluding from Inclusive Expressions

                                             Session 8

                                            Lesson 18 - Excluding by the Sunna
                                            Lesson 19 - Excluding by Analogy
                                            Lesson 20 - Excluding by Revelatory Context

                                             Session 9

                                            Lesson 21 - The Different Strengths of Linguistic Signification

                                             Session 10

                                            Lesson 22 - The Figurative Interpretation of Probabilistic Expressions
                                            Lesson 23 - Why Anthropomorphists are Mistaken

                                             Session 11

                                             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?

                                             Session 12

                                            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?

                                            Session 13

                                             

                                            Lesson 27 – What can be inferred from the fact that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) did not do something? 

                                            Session 14

                                             

                                            Lesson 28 – Abrogation is Possible and it Actually Happened
                                            Lesson 29 – Abrogation of Qur’anic Commands and Prohibitions 

                                            Session 15

                                             

                                             

                                            Lesson 30 – Kinds of New Rulings After Abrogation 
                                            Lesson 31 – Abrogation by the Qur’an and Abrogation by the Sunna 

                                            Session 16

                                             

                                            Lesson 32 – Evidentiary Conflict and Reconciliation 

                                            Session 17

                                             

                                            Lesson 33 – Scholarly Consensus of the Muslim Umma is Never Wrong 
                                            Lesson 34 – Scholarly Consensus is the Impenetrable Fortress of Islam 

                                            Session 18

                                             

                                            Lesson 35 – Explicit and Implicit Scholarly Consensus 
                                            Lesson 36 – Ijtihad of a Companion  

                                            Session 19

                                             

                                            Lesson 37 – Isnad is the Distinction of the Muslim Umma 
                                            Lesson 38 – Kinds of Transmitted Reports  

                                            Session 20

                                             

                                            Lesson 39 – Mursal Hadiths 
                                            Lesson 40 – How Hadiths Were Transmitted 

                                            Session 21

                                             

                                            Lesson 41 – Human Reason and the Sacred Law
                                            Lesson 42 – Kinds of Legal Analogy 

                                            Session 22

                                            Lesson 43 – The Initially Presumed Ruling of Sacred Law
                                            Lesson 44 – The Presumption of Continuity 

                                            Session 23

                                             

                                            Lesson 45 – The Precedence-Order of Legal Evidence

                                            Session 24

                                             

                                             Lesson 46 – The Conditions of Ijtihad
                                            Lesson 47 – Following Qualified Scholarship
                                            Lesson 48 – Is Every Mujtahid Correct?


                                            What You Will Learn:
                                            • 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 all four Sunni schools of Islamic jurisprudence
                                            • Apply the techniques of Islamic legal theory to gain clarity on contemporary religious debates about literalism, ijtahad and taqlid, and bid‘a

                                            About the Course Text

                                            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.



                                            • Picture of Muhammad CarrMuhammad Carr

                                            Islamic Studies Curriculum - shafi'i


                                            Course

                                            Usul al-Fiqh: How Islamic Law is Derived and Interpreted: Juwayni's Waraqat

                                            Level: Two Instructor: Shaykh Muhammad Carr Course Overview 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.


                                            Level: Two

                                            Instructor: Shaykh Muhammad Carr


                                            Course Overview

                                            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.


                                            About the Author

                                            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.


                                            About the Text

                                            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 .


                                            Who is This Course For?

                                            • 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.


                                            Study Effort

                                            • 3 hours weekly which includes preparation and consolidation of lessons.

                                            • 30 Minutes for quizzes.


                                            Learning Outcomes

                                            • 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.


                                            Course Outline 

                                            Lesson 1 -   Introduction

                                            • Definition and analysis of the term usul al- fiqh and its various applications

                                            Lesson 02 - Types of Rulings

                                            • Definition of the term hukm, The types of ahkam and their relevant legal weight. 

                                            Lesson 3 - Terminology

                                            • This lesson covers the concept fiqh juxtapositioned to ilm as well as terminology relating to Islamic epistemology. 

                                            Lesson 4 -  Literal and Metaphorical Speech

                                            • This lesson covers the types of speech in terms of haqiqa and majaz: literal and metaphorical. 

                                            Lesson 5 - The Command 

                                            • This lesson covers the command verb and its legal implications 

                                            Lesson 6 - The Command-Related Issues

                                            • This lesson covers whether a command verb necessitates immediacy and repetition or not

                                            Lesson 7 - Who Falls under the Ambit of the Command and Prohibition  

                                            • This lesson covers the conditions that make a person morally responsible  

                                            Lesson 8 - The Prohibition

                                            • This lesson covers the prohibition verb and its legal implications

                                            Lesson 9 - Aam Generality

                                            • This lesson covers the definition of the concept aam and its instruments

                                            Lesson 10 - Khas Specification and the specified 

                                            • This lesson covers the definition of khas and its application  

                                            Lesson 11 - Takhsis Remotely

                                            • This lesson covers how a  general concept is particularised.

                                            Lesson 12 - Mujmal 

                                            • This lesson covers types of words like mujmal and mubayyan as well as nass and zahir

                                            Lesson 13 - Af-al Actions

                                            • This lesson covers the actions of the prophet (May Allah grant him peace) and their legal weight 

                                            Lesson 14 -  Naskh Abrogation 

                                            • This lesson covers the concept of abrogation: its definition and application

                                            Lesson 15 - Reconciling between Apparent Differences

                                            • This lesson covers case studies of apparently contradictory texts and how they should be reconciled

                                            Lesson 16 -  Ijma 

                                            • This lesson covers the concept of ijma: definition, types, and legal weight 

                                            Lesson 17 - Akhbar Sunna

                                            • This lesson covers the definition of khabar and the types of akhbar

                                            Lesson 18 -Qiyas

                                            •  This lesson covers qiyas and with all of their integrals

                                            Lesson 19 - Default Ruling

                                            • This lesson covers the default ruling in terms of permissibility or otherwise

                                            Lesson 20- Apparently Contradictory Proofs

                                            • This lesson covers how to deal with apparently contradictory proofs and how to navigate these texts. 

                                            Lesson 21  - Mufti and Mustafti

                                            • This lesson covers the default ruling in terms of permissibility or otherwise

                                            Lesson 22  - Ijtihad and Taqlid

                                            • This lesson covers the definition of ijtihad and taqlid respectively and the rules and regulations relating to both. 

                                            About the Instructor

                                            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.


                                              Islamic Studies Curriculum - shafi'i Lessons 47


                                              Course

                                              Ghazzi’s Sharh Matn Abi Shuja: On Worship - Deeper Understanding of Legal Rulings

                                              IntroductionThis is the first of an eight-part traditional word-by-word explanation of a sharh (interlineal commentary) on the post popular primer in Shafi‘i law, Matn Abi Shuja‘. Hamza Karamali carefully works through the chapter of purification, the prayer, Rules of Zakat, Fasting and Hajj. relating the rulings to contempo...

                                              Introduction

                                              This is the first of an eight-part traditional word-by-word explanation of a sharh (interlineal commentary) on the post popular primer in Shafi‘i law, Matn Abi Shuja‘. Hamza Karamali carefully works through the chapter of purification, the prayer, Rules of Zakat, Fasting and Hajj. relating the rulings to contemporary situations and explaining the hadith evidence and wisdom behind them. This is a course for experienced students of knowledge who have studied the Islamic sciences for many years

                                              Curricular Context

                                              • This is a level three course
                                              • Complete all four parts of Introduction to Sacred Law (Shafi‘i) before taking this course
                                              • Reading fluency in Arabic is a prerequisite for taking this course

                                              Course Outline

                                              SESSION 1 Introduction
                                                • Ibn Qasim al-Ghazzi’s Introduction 
                                                • Commentary on the Basmala and Hamdala 
                                                • Commentary on Abu Shuja’s Introduction 
                                              SESSION 2 Purification and Water
                                                • The Meanings of “Kitab” and “Tahara” 
                                                • Purifying Water 
                                                • Pure and Impure Water 
                                              SESSION 3 Animal Hides, Gold and Silver Containers, and the Toothstick
                                                • Tanning Animal Hides 
                                                • Permissible and Impermissible Containers 
                                                • Using the Toothstick 
                                              SESSION 4  Integrals of Wudu
                                                • Integrals of Wudu: Intention and Washing the Face 
                                                • Integrals of Wudu: Remaining Integrals Using the Toothstick 
                                              SESSION 5 Sunnas of Wudu
                                                • Sunnas of Wudu Part 1 
                                                • Sunnas of Wudu Part 2 
                                              SESSION 6 Cleaning Oneself After Using the Bathroom
                                                • Cleaning Oneself After Using the Bathroom (istinja) 
                                                • Adab of Using the Bathroom  
                                              SESSION 7 Invalidators of Wudu and Ghusl
                                                • Invalidators of Wudu 
                                                • Invalidators of Ghusl   
                                              SESSION 8 Ghusl and Wiping Over Khuffs
                                                • Integrals of Ghusl 
                                                • Sunnas of Ghusl 
                                                • Sunna Ghusls
                                                • Wiping Over Khuffs: Ruling and Conditions
                                              SESSION 9 Wiping over Khuffs and Tayammum
                                                • Wiping Over Khuffs: Period of Wiping 
                                                • Wiping Over Khuffs: How to Wipe and Invalidators of Wiping
                                                • Wiping Over Khuffs: How to Wipe and Invalidators of Wiping
                                              SESSION 10 Tayammum and Najasa
                                              SESSION 11 Najasa
                                                • Kinds of Najasa: Digested Material
                                                • Najasa `Ayniyya and Najasa Hukmiyya
                                                • Minor, Regular, and Major Najasa
                                                • Najasa that is Excused
                                                • Overview of Kinds of Najasa
                                                • Water that Runs Off While Washing Najasa (ghusala)
                                                •   Wine Turning Into Vinegar
                                              SESSION 12 Menstruation
                                                • Menstruation
                                                • Things Unlawful in Ritual Impurity
                                              SESSION 13
                                                • Prayer Times 
                                              SESSION 14
                                                • Conditions for the Obligation of Prayer  
                                                • Sunna Prayers 
                                              SESSION 15
                                                • Conditions for the Validity of Prayer
                                              SESSION 16
                                                • Integrals -- Intention, Standing, Takbir 
                                                • Integrals -- Fatiha 
                                                • Integrals -- Ruku and Sujud 
                                                • Integrals -- Sitting, Salam, Order 
                                              SESSION 17
                                                • Major Sunnas Before and During the Prayer
                                                • Regular Sunnas 
                                                • Difference Between Men’s and Women’s Prayer 
                                              SESSION 18
                                                • Invalidators of the Prayer 
                                                • Number of Rak‘as, Integrals, and Sunnas in the Obligatory Prayers 
                                                • Prostration of Forgetfulness 

                                              SESSION 19
                                                • Forbidden Times to Pray
                                                • Congregational Prayer 
                                              SESSION 20
                                                • Joining and Shortening Prayers 
                                              SESSION 21
                                                • Friday Prayer
                                              SESSION 22
                                                • Eclipse Prayer 
                                                • Drought Prayer 
                                              SESSION 23
                                                • Prayer of Peril 
                                                • Dress 
                                              SESSION 24
                                                • Washing and Shrouding the Deceased 
                                                • Funeral Prayer 
                                                • Burial and Condolences 
                                              SESSION 25
                                                • Kinds of Zakatable Wealth
                                                • Conditions of Zakat On Livestock
                                              SESSION 26
                                                • Conditions of Other Kinds of Zakat  
                                                • Camels 
                                                • Cattle and Sheep 
                                              SESSION 27
                                                • Paying Zakat Jointly
                                                • Zakat on Money
                                                • Zakat on Crops
                                              SESSION 28
                                                • Zakat on Trade Goods, Mines, and Treasure
                                                • Zakat al-Fitr
                                              SESSION 29
                                                • Zakat Recipients
                                              SESSION 30
                                                • Integrals of Fasting
                                                • Matters That Invalidate the Fast
                                                • Sunna Matters While Fasting 
                                              SESSION 31
                                                • Unlawful Days to Fast
                                                • Major Expiation
                                                • Fidya
                                              SESSION 32
                                                • Itikaf 
                                              SESSION 33
                                                • Conditions For Obligation of Hajj
                                                • Integrals of Hajj and Umra
                                              SESSION 34
                                                • Wajibat of Hajj and Umra
                                                • Sunnas of Hajj and Umra
                                              SESSION 35
                                                • Matters Unlawful in Pilgrim Sanctity
                                              SESSION 36
                                                • Kinds of Hajj Expiations

                                              What You Will Learn

                                              • Develop the skill of reading the mutunshuruh, and hawashi of the Muslim scholarly tradition
                                              • Deepen your understanding of traditional sacred law according to the Shafi‘i school
                                              • Learn the detailed rulings of water, tanning, containers, wudu, using the bathroom, ghusl, wiping over khuffs, tayammum, wudu with bandages and casts, najasa, and menstruation
                                              • The rules, conditions, integrals, invalidators of the prayer, along with many other types of prayer
                                              • The rules, conditions, integrals, invalidators of the zakat, fasting and Hajj.
                                              • Learn how to apply traditional sacred law to modern situations

                                              About the Course Text

                                              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.




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