- A course taught entirely in Arabic for those with the required proficiency
- Learn the fundamentals of Islamic Governance: establishing the caliphate, viziership, and emirate
- Learn the proper context within which these rulings are applied
- Learn to look at current events in light of the Sacred Law
About the Course
Understanding Islamic Government and Law shall cover the foundational legal rulings of an Islamic government
Who can be a caliph? How are a caliph and his deputies chosen? What are their duties? What traits would disqualify one from the post? How are disputes regarding the caliphate settled?
Given the rise of extremism in the name of religion, the course shall the different types of rulings, and ground them in the overall maqasid of the sharia: protecting life, lineage, property and honor.
Students shall be taught the proper religious context with which to approach these rulings, what their preconditions are, and they shall come away with a clearer sharia understanding of how to interpret current events according to the laws of Islamic governance.
Along with Dr. Ashraf’s other Arabic-based Hanafi , usul al-fiqh, and fatwa methodology courses, this course will give students a solid grounding upon which to continue their advanced studies.
The course shall be taught over 10 weeks, with live classes meeting once a week.
في بيان حكم الخلافة
الحكمة من نصب الخليفة
مهام الخليفة ومسؤولياته
طرق انعقاد الإمامة
انعقاد الإمامة القهرية
حقوق الخليفة وواجباته
فسق الإمام أو السلطان
الخروج على الإمام
تقليد الوزراء وما يتحملونه من أعباء
أنواع الوزارة: تفويض، وتنفيذ
الشروط اللازمة لكل منهما
في حفظ الأوضاع الشرعية
تعريف دار الإسلام ودار الحرب
عقد الذمة وأحكامه
الفرق بين الذمي والمستأمن
الهدنة والأمان وأحكام الاستئمان
The text used in this course shall be: كتاب المبسوط للسرخسي
Students are highly recommended, but not required, to have the text. All the material shall be presented in the slides.
Being conducted entirely in Arabic, the course assumes the level of proficiency required to attend a class, take notes, ask questions, and read a text in Arabic.
This is crucial knowledge for Muslims in our times. However this knowledge is nothing new…
What is needed to safeguard our religion, and the strength of our own faith, is traditional knowledge—Sacred Knowledge of the Divine Commands that has been lived and applied successfully by Islamic empires of the past.
Just Islamic rulers, and their agents, were steeped in knowledge of the religion. They upheld the maqasid of the sharia to protect and promote the human interests of life, lineage, property and honor. This is how Islam spread amongst people—through just rule.
In the words of a pre-Islamic poet:
There is no benefit to a leaderless people when disorder reigns,
And they will never have a leader if the ignorant among them leads.
Correct knowledge has always been, and shall always be, the basis for correct action.
This course is based upon just that—classical works of commentary from the Hanafi school of jurisprudence. This shall give you a solid grounding in the correct way to interpret many of the contemporary crises and challenges facing our religion.