- A key first-step in your religious learning according to the Shafi’i school of law
- Bring clarity to your faith, worship, and practice
- Learn both the key beliefs a Muslim must have and the implications of that belief on your life
- Understand the absolute essentials of making your worship valid, sound, and proper in accordance with the Prophetic Sunna
- Reflect on the purpose, goal, and inward dimensions of worship
- Gain an understanding of the path of salvation as it relates to your life and conduct
About the Course
Al-Habib Ahmed bin Zayn al-Habshi Ba `Alawi’s al-Risalah al-Jami`a is a brief text that covers the absolute essentials that every Muslim must know about faith and practice according to the Shafi’i school. This short but vital course will use this book to cover what is personally obligatory for a Muslim to know immediately regarding matters of faith, purification, prayer, and some central points related to your everyday life. As this course is meant as an introduction or a review of the basics, it will not delve into a great deal of detail except in cases where detail will further understanding.
- Week 1
Introduction to the Course: The science of Fiqh; Al-Shafi’i; Al-Habashi; Author’s Prefac; Pillars of Islam (1.1); Belief in God (1.2)
- Week 2
Belief & an Introduction to Purification: Belief in Prophets and Other Beliefs (1.3 to 1.5); Ablution (2.1 and 2.3); The Purificatory Bath (2.2)
- Week 3
Purification Explained: Supplementary Lesson: Rulings on Menstruation; Inner Dimensions of Purification; Conditions of Prayer (2.4)
- Week 4
The Prayer (Part One): Essentials of Prayer (2.5 to 2.7); Sunnas of Prayer (2.8); Supplementary Lesson: Praying According to the Sunna; Actions which Invalidate the Prayer (2.9)
- Week 5
The Prayer (Part Two): The Friday Prayer (2.10 to 2.13); Other Prayers (2.14); Inner Dimensions of Prayer
- Week 6
Fasting: Integrals of Fasting (3.1); Sunnas of Fasting and Recommended Fasts (3.2 and 3.3); Inner Dimensions of Fasting
- Week 7
Zakat: Zakat of Wealth (4.1 to 4.5); Zakat of Eid al-Fitr (4.6 to 4.7); Paying Zakat (4.8 to 4.10); Inner Dimensions of Zakat
- Week 8
Hajj (Part 1): Supplementary lesson: overview of Hajj & Umra; Conditions of obligation (5.1); Integrals of Hajj & Umra (5.2 to 5.6); Obligation of Hajj (5.7)
- Week 9
Hajj (Part 2): Sunnas of Hajj (5.8); Omitting parts of Hajj (5.9 to 5.11); Things forbidden in Ihram (5.12); Inner dimensions of Hajj
- Week 10
Virtues and Vices: Vices of the heart (6.1 and 6.2); Virtues of the heart (6.3); Vices of the stomach (6.4); Vices of the tongue (6.5); Vices of the eye (6.6); Vices of the ear, hand, and foot (6.7 to 6.9); Vices of the genitals (6.10); Vices of the whole body (6.11); Conclusion (6.12)
The course consists of weekly Live Sessions, pre-recorded audio lessons, review questions and Mid-Term and Final Examinations. Ustadh Mohamed shall hold office hours by request, where students can consult with him one-on-one. Students are highly encouraged to post their questions in the Forum over the course of the week, which are answered during the Live Sessions
Weekly Time Commitment
The course requires an estimated 1.5 hours per week outside the live session to listen to pre-recorded lectures, review the material and take notes.
The Arabic and the English translation of the text of the course, al-Risalah al-Jami`a, shall be provided to students as part of the course material. Imam Ghazali’s moving Inner Dimensions of Islamic Worship, translated by Muhtar Holland is not part of the course material, but is a recommended read, related to the inner dimensions of the various acts of worship covered in the course.
No background required: all are welcome!
How shall I benefit from this course?
The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and give him peace, said “Whoever Allah wishes well for, He gives understanding of religion” [Bukhari and Muslim]. The most beneficial knowledge a person can obtain is knowledge related to how one should properly worship one’s Lord, for worship is not possible without knowledge.
Who is Al-Habib Ahmed bin Zayn al-Habshi Ba`Alawi?
Al-Habib Ahmed bin Zayn al-Habshi Ba `Alawi is a descendant of the Prophet, blessings and peace be upon him. He was a spiritual guide of the Ba `Alawi path and a great scholar of the sacred sciences who studied with the greatest teachers of his time in Hadramawt, Yemen.
Why is his Risalah al Jami’a so widely studied? (and why you should study it too!)
His book has spread far and wide since it was written and is now studied around the world including in Yemen, Egypt, Kenya, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Hijaz. The scholars of Hadramawt place special emphasis on this text, making it the first text studied by students of knowledge. An abridgement of Imam Ghazali’s famous primer Bidayat al-Hidaya, the text begins with the blessed prayer, “These are issues summarized mainly from some of the books of the Proof of Islam, Ghazali. Whoever knows them and acts upon them, we hope from Allah that he be of the people of knowledge, outwardly and inwardly.”
As al-Habib Ahmed is known for his prayers being answered, this opening supplication itself is an important reason for this text being so widely studied.