# 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.

Level One
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Level Five
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Level Five

## 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
• Appreciate the spiritual value of good company

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.

• Shireen Ahmed
• Shaykh Yusuf Weltch

## 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)

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)

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.”

## 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)

• Shaykh Yusuf Weltch

## 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:

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.

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

• Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat
• Shaykh Yusuf Weltch
• Faraz Rabbani

## Law: Quduri's Mukhtasar Explained

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

### 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.

## 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
• (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

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.

## 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

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.”

• Shaykh Yusuf Weltch

## 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

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

• Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

## Course

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

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 ]

• Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan
• Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary

## 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

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.

"Whoever guides someone to goodness will have a similar reward"-- The Prophet (Peace and Blessings Be Upon Him)

• Shaykh Yusuf Weltch

## 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)
• 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

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.

• Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat
• Imam Yama Niazi

## 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:

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.

• Faraz Rabbani

## 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 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 Itikaf

• Lesson 20a - Invalidating the Fast
• Lesson 20b - Excuses for not Fasting
• Lesson 20c - Itikaf

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

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.

## 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

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.

• Faraz Rabbani

## 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 (Lian)

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.

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.

## 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.

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.

• Faraz Rabbani

## 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.

## 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

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.

## 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

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.

• Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary

## 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.

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.

• Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan

## 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 ExistThe 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 UniverseThe 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

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.

• Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary

## The Shatbiyyah & Durrah in the Ten Qur'anic Recitations (Qiraat)

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.

• Mufti Muhamed Umer Esmail

## 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

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)

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.

• Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan

## 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)

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.

## 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)

• Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan

## 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

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.

## 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

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.

• Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan

## 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 WaraqatLesson 2 - Usul, Fiqh, and Usul al-FiqhLesson 3 - What is Fiqh? Session 2 Lesson 4 - The Rulings of Sacred LawLesson 5 - Probabilistic InferenceLesson 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 InferenceLesson 9 - Literal and Figurative Speech Session 4 Lesson 10 - How to Discern Figurative SpeechLesson 11 - Four Examples of Figurative Speech Session 5 Lesson 12 - Commands, Prohibitions, and Moral ResponsibilityLesson 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 SunnaLesson 19 - Excluding by AnalogyLesson 20 - Excluding by Revelatory Context Session 9 Lesson 21 - The Different Strengths of Linguistic Signification Session 10 Lesson 22 - The Figurative Interpretation of Probabilistic ExpressionsLesson 23 - Why Anthropomorphists are Mistaken Session 11 Lesson 24 - Prophets are Divinely Protected from SinLesson 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 ApprovalLesson 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 HappenedLesson 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 LawLesson 42 – Kinds of Legal Analogy Session 22 Lesson 43 – The Initially Presumed Ruling of Sacred LawLesson 44 – The Presumption of Continuity Session 23 Lesson 45 – The Precedence-Order of Legal Evidence Session 24 Lesson 46 – The Conditions of IjtihadLesson 47 – Following Qualified ScholarshipLesson 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

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.

## 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 IntroductionIbn 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 GhuslInvalidators of Wudu Invalidators of Ghusl SESSION 8 Ghusl and Wiping Over KhuffsIntegrals of Ghusl Sunnas of Ghusl Sunna GhuslsWiping Over Khuffs: Ruling and Conditions SESSION 9 Wiping over Khuffs and TayammumWiping Over Khuffs: Period of Wiping Wiping Over Khuffs: How to Wipe and Invalidators of WipingWiping Over Khuffs: How to Wipe and Invalidators of Wiping SESSION 10 Tayammum and NajasaIntegrals and Sunnas of Tayammum Invalidators of TayammumCasts and BandagesDefinition of NajasaSESSION10.4 Resource: Shaykh Nuh Ali Salman’s Fatwa on Narcotics: https://www.aliftaa.jo/Article.aspx?ArticleId=161#.W3RtM-gzbIV SESSION 11 NajasaKinds of Najasa: Digested MaterialNajasa `Ayniyya and Najasa HukmiyyaMinor, Regular, and Major NajasaNajasa that is ExcusedOverview of Kinds of NajasaWater that Runs Off While Washing Najasa (ghusala)  Wine Turning Into Vinegar SESSION 12 MenstruationMenstruationThings 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 PrayerRegular 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 PrayCongregational 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 WealthConditions of Zakat On Livestock SESSION 26 Conditions of Other Kinds of Zakat  Camels Cattle and Sheep SESSION 27 Paying Zakat JointlyZakat on MoneyZakat on Crops SESSION 28 Zakat on Trade Goods, Mines, and TreasureZakat al-Fitr SESSION 29 Zakat Recipients SESSION 30 Integrals of FastingMatters That Invalidate the FastSunna Matters While Fasting SESSION 31 Unlawful Days to FastMajor ExpiationFidya SESSION 32 Itikaf SESSION 33 Conditions For Obligation of HajjIntegrals of Hajj and Umra SESSION 34 Wajibat of Hajj and UmraSunnas 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

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.

• Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan