Learn this Fard Kifaya science that the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, advised us to learn out of fear of it being forgotten
Understand the basic principles of inheritance law
Through self-paced and in-class exercises, apply principles learned to practical examples
Be an asset to your community in helping them solve basic inheritance cases and saving them from falling into disagreements
About the Course
Due to the gravity of its impact, inheritance is one of the few topics where Allah described its legal rulings in detail in the Quran, resulting in little difference of opinion between the legal schools. In Introduction to Inheritance Law: Basic Principles and Case Studies, you will gain an understanding of the basics of inheritance law through learning about the pillars, conditions, reasons, and prohibitions of inheritance, state rights, principles of distribution, and wills. You will then apply these rules to case studies, ensuring your understanding of their basic application.
- State rights
- Inheritance pillars, conditions, reasons ,and prohibitions
- Islamic laws of inheritance
- Principle of distribution
- Shares, rights, and conditions
- Examples of possible cases
- Wills pillars, conditions, prohibitions
The course will consist of weekly live sessions lead by Sheikh Ashraf Muneeb, assignments, in-class exercises and practical examples from real-life scenarios, as well as a Final Examination. Dr. Ashraf shall hold weekly office hours 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 to 1.5 hours per week outside the live session to review the material and take notes.
There is no required text for the course. Students are recommended to have Kitabul Meerath (The Book of Inheritance) by Mujlisul Ulama of South Africa, as a reference.
No background is required: all are welcome!
How can you serve the umma with this knowledge?
The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “Learn inheritance and teach it for it is half the knowledge and it will be forgotten, and it is the first thing to be ripped from my Ummah” (Ibn Majah 2710). He also said: “Learn inheritance and teach it to people for I am a mortal being and knowledge will decrease until two people would differ amongst themselves over inheritance, but wouldn’t find an arbitrator” (al Nisa’i 6305).
Look around and you will see the truth of the Prophet’s statement—families divided over property, children hurt over parental preference in wills, siblings no longer on speaking terms with each other—especially when the deceased has a large estate. It is crucial that inheritance law be learned and applied, otherwise some may be denied their rights while others eat of haram wealth.
This knowledge is a Fard Kifaya, meaning it is communally-obligatory for it to be learned and applied. Through taking this course, you will be able to assist your community in solving basic inheritance cases and advising them on the need to consult an expert when needed.
What shall I know coming out of the course?
By the end of the course, you will gain an understanding of the importance of implementing the laws of inheritance and learn the basics of inheritance law. There will insha’Allah be a follow-up advanced inheritance course offered in the future.