Ustadha Hedaya Hartford is known for her Sharia expertise on women’s issues regarding the fiqh of menstruation, lochia, marriage, divorce, and modern social issues. Born and raised in California, she holds a Bachelors of Arts in Arabic and Islamic History & Culture from the University of California, Berkeley. She converted to Islam in 1981.
In Egypt, Ustadha Hedaya studied for many years with Azhari scholars. She completed the second year of Shariah at al-Azhar; studied Hanafi fiqh with Dr. Abdul Aziz Izzat and Sheikh Fahmi Abdullah; and studied Aqida with Sheikh Abdul Aziz Batishti. In Damascus, Syria, she studied several books in Usul & Hanafi fiqh including the Risala al-Birgivi (Imam Birgivi’s manual on menstruation) with Sheikh Hassan al-Hindi; Hanafi fiqh, hadith and hadith sciences with Sheikh Adnan Darwish; Hanafi fiqh including Risala al-Birgivi with Sheikh Abdul Rahman Arjan; and menstruation and related issues according to the Shafi’i madhab with Sheikh Hussein Darwish, Anisa Hanan Da’doosh and Dr. Mustafa Khin. In Amman, Jordan, she studied menstruation and related issues according to the Maliki madhab with Ustadh Abdus Shakur Brooks; she studies Hanafi fiqh with Sheikh Ahmad al-Jammal and tafsir with Sheikh Ali Hani.
A teacher and translator, Ustadha Hedaya currently lives with her husband Sheikh Ashraf Muneeb in Amman, Jordan. She has written Initiating and Upholding an Islamic Marriage; Your Islamic Marriage Contract; a critical edition and commentary of Risala al-Birgivi in Arabic; Birgivi’s Manual Interpreted: Complete Fiqh of Menstruation & Related Issues in English; and Coming of Age – A Muslim Girl’s Guide. Her major areas of interest are fiqh concerning womens’ issues, marriage and divorce; inheritance law; and personal counseling.
- Initiating and Upholding an Islamic Marriage
- Your Islamic Marriage Contract
- A critical edition and commentary of Risala al-Birgivi in Arabic
- Birgivi’s Manual Interpreted: Complete Fiqh of Menstruation & Related Issues
- Coming of Age – A Muslim Girl’s Guide (on puberty)