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Module Two; Unit 3:

Islamic Law (Fiqh)

Overview

 

This unit covers the necessary aspects of the Islamic law of personal worship from the five pillars of Islam. Students will study ritual purification (taharah) and the daily prescribed prayers (salat), fasting during the month of Ramadan (sawm) and purifying alms (zakat), together with the textual evidences for the rulings. The Hanafi school of Islamic law will be the primary school studied, however, views and evidences from the Shafi’i, Maliki and Hanbali schools of law will also be discussed.

Primary Text

Primary Text:

  • Mukhtasar al-Quduri by Abu'l-Husayn al-Quduri

About the Text:

The Mukhtasar al-Quduri is one of the most celebrated and influential treatises in any Islamic legal school and is the foundation for the Hanafî school. It is both the first source for scholars and a manual for the general reader.

About the Author

The author of Mukhta?ar al-Quduri, the Hanafi jurist Abu’l-Husayn al-Quduri, was born in Baghdad in 362 AH/973 CE and died on Sunday 5th Rajab 428 AH/1037 CE aged 66. He is considered an utterly truthful (saduq) hadith narrator by Ibn Khallikan, Ibn Kathir, Ibn al-Jawzi and others, and was one of the verifiers of the most authentic position (ashab al-tarjih) in the hanafi madhhab, which is one of the highest grades in knowledge of fiqh.  

Teaching Method

Teaching Method

The teacher will deliver a 55 minutes lecture. He will read the primary text in Arabic along with its translation, commenting and introducing relevant discussions in the field. There will be an encouragement for the teaching to be interactive, with questions both posed of the students and welcomed from them. The teacher may also use PowerPoint presentations and post recorded webinars as study aids.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  •  Explain the fiqh related to tahara, salah, sawm, and zakah.
  • Cite textual evidences for ritual practices of Islam

  •  Demonstrate a good understanding of  Hanafi Madhab

  • Appreciate the differences of opinion existing in other Madhab 

Syllabus

The unit will cover the following topics:
  • The relationship between inner and outer practice
  • Cleanliness and water in Islamic practice
  • Rites of purification (wudu, ghusl and tayammum)
  • The practice and Fiqh of the prescribed prayers (salah)
  • Fiqh of purifying alms (zakah) and optional charity (sadaqah)
  • Fiqh of fasting (sawm) Ramadan and Eid
 Recommended Reading list 

It would be useful for students to have read:

  • Al-Fiqh al-Islami by Dr Akram Nadwi, (2 Volume ) Angel Wing Media
 Further study
  • The Distinguished Jurist's Primer: Bidayat al-Mujtahid Wa Nihayat al-Muqtasid (2 Volume Full Set) by Ibn Rushd,  Garnet Publishing UK

Assessment

This course will involve one short in-course essay and end-of-course written examination.

Teacher Profile

Shaykh Shafiur Rahman

Shaykh Shafiur Rahman began his Arabic and Islamic studies under notable scholars in the UK. He later studied Shariah at Ma'had al-Fath in Damascus (2006) and then travelled to Cairo to study Shariah at the prestigious Al-Azhar University. He has spent a number of years studying the classical Islamic disciplines under a variety of traditionally-trained ulama and has received ijazah in hadith from scholars including Shaykh Akram Nadwi and Shaykh Ahmad al-Surti. He has also completed the ‘alimiyyah degree at the ASI under the supervision of Shaykh Akram Nadwi and was awarded a First Class degree.

In 2005 he completed a Masters in Addictive Behaviour at St Georges Medical School, University of London, and in 1990 he obtained a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance.

Shaykh Shafiur Rahman is qualified Management Consultant and an Islamic Studies teacher. He recently completed a comparative research project for The Cordoba Foundation, examining Islamic governance, Islamic Law and conflict resolution.

 

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