Al-Maqasid: Introduction to Worship (Shafi’i) – Part 1

Using Imam Nawawi’s al-Maqasid, which is filled with hundreds of rulings on the most commonly asked questions, attain a solid grounding in the basics of Islamic belief and a thorough understanding of rulings of purification and prayer.

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At-A-Glance

  • Benefit from Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller’s critically appraised translation of Imam Nawawi’s most accessible work, al-Maqasid
  • Gain a solid grounding in the basics of Islamic belief and a thorough understanding of purification and prayer
  • Develop an appreciation for the intricacy of the science of Islamic law (fiqh) as recorded by the imams of the Shafi’i school

About the Course

This course on intermediate Shafi’i fiqh will use Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller’s  translation of Imam Nawawi’s Al-Maqasid to give you a solid grounding in the basics of Islamic belief and a thorough understanding of the rulings of purification and prayer. The course will unpack the words of Imam Nawawi, explaining his intent and adding important details from classical works such as Bushra al-Karim and the Hashiya of Imam Bajuri. By the end of the course, you will develop an appreciation for the intricacy of the science of Islamic law (fiqh) as recorded by the imams of the Shafi’i school.

Course Syllabus

  • Week 1: The Fundamentals of Faith & Sacred Law (Part 1)
  • Week 2: The Fundamentals of Faith & Sacred Law (Part 2)
  • Week 3: Purification: On Water & Purifying Articles from Filth
  • Week 4: On Minor Ritual Impurity & the Fiqh Related to the Lavatory
  • Week 5: On Major Ritual Impurity & Lifting this State
  • Week 6: The Time of Prayer
  • Week 7: The Sunnas Related to the Prayer
  • Week 8: The Forgetfulness Prostration, Group Prayer, & Shortening or Joining Prayers
  • Week 9: The Prayer of Peril, the Friday Prayer, & the Eid Prayer
  • Week 10: Other Sunna Prayers

Course Format

The course consists of weekly Live Sessions, pre-recorded audio lessons, self-study drills, and Mid-Term and Final Examinations. Each week students shall have to take small quizzes on the pre-recorded lessons to ensure they have understood the concepts correctly. Ustadh Mohamed will hold office hours by request from students, where they 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 listen to pre-recorded lectures, review the material and take notes.

Suggested Readings

The required text for the course is Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller’s  translation of Imam Nawawi’s Al-Maqasid

Recommended Background

It is recommended students have taken Essentials of Islam (LAS101: Al-Risala al Jami’ah), however this is not a required precondition to enrolling in this course. 

FAQ:

Who is Imam Nawawi?

The great scholar, hadith master, biographer, lexicologist, and saintly mystic Imam Nawawi is perhaps best known for his hadith books Riyadh al-Saliheen (The Gardens of the Righteous), Kitab al-Adhkar (Book of Remembrance), and his eighteen-volume Sharh Sahih Muslim (Commentary on the Sahih Muslim). But Imam Nawawi was also one of the foremost students and intellectual heirs of Imam al-Shafi’i, and his texts are referenced more often than the early works of Imam al-Shafi’i himself.

Why is Al-Maqasid a unique opportunity for beginning students of knowledge to read Imam Nawawi?

One of Imam Nawawi’s most accessible texts is Al-Maqasid: ma yajibu ma’rifatuhu min al-din (The Objectives, what is necessary to know of the religion). Filled with hundreds of rulings on some of the most commonly asked questions, this book has stood the test of time because of its utter usefulness. And the lucid translation into English by Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller has been critically appraised for its clarity, brevity, practicality, and precision. For the beginning seeker of knowledge who cannot yet access Arabic texts directly, this is a unique opportunity to study a translation of a scholar of Imam Nawawi’s status.

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About the Instructor

Mohamed Elcott

Departments

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Course Code

LAS111

Level

Level: 1

Starting From

12 April, 2015

Duration

10 weeks

Tuition Fee

225 USD   Instant Financial Aid