- An introductory-level series that gives students a comprehensive look at the Hanafi school
- Learn the entire breadth of practical legal rulings you need everyday: from purification and worship, to marriage & divorce, sales & trade, and inheritance
- Mufti Sarfraz guides students through fiqh flashpoints based on his extensive advisory experience
- Part 2 covers the fiqh of transactions and money matters, marriage and divorce, and permitted and prohibited items
- Learn the most commonly met-with marriage and money-related fiqh issues
- Learn the basic fiqh of transactions that is personally obligatory for you to know before you transact
About the Course
This course shall give students a comprehensive introduction to the practical Hanafi fiqh they need to live their everyday lives in an informed manner, conforming to the sharia.
Mufti Sarfraz shall teach the chapters on purification, worship, marriage & divorce, financial transactions, and inheritance from Imam al-Mawsili’s classic text al-Mukhtar lil-Fatwa (The Choice for Fatwa), in a concise and easy manner. Part 2 shall cover the chapters on dealings with others: Marriage, Divorce, Trade, Inheritance, as well as the Permitted & Prohibited.
The rulings of the text will be further explained through discussion of practical real-life scenarios that commonly occur, and the students’ own questions.
The text is widely known as one of the four foundational books of the Hanafi school, and having chapters on the fiqh of marriage, transactions, and other practical matters, it is used worldwide as the first book students read to gain an appreciation for Islam as a comprehensive way of life.
The course shall be taught over 10 weeks with Live Classes meeting once a week:
- Book on Marriage:
- Week 1: Introduction; Integrals of contracting a valid Nikah; Those one is not permitted to marry.
- Week 2: Rulings related to the Wali (Guardian), Kuf’(equality in status), Mahr (Dowry) & Rada’a.
- Book on Divorce:
- Week 3: When Talaq should or should not be given; The correct procedure for issuing a Talaq; Explicit and Implicit words of Talaq; Rulings of Raja’and Khula’.
- Week 4: Iddah (waiting period) for different scenarios; Nafaqah (Maintenance) and Hidhana (child custody) rulings.
- Book on Transactions:
- Week 5: Integrals of how to contract a valid sale and purchase; How to correctly cancel a contract; Different sale options used in agreements; Impermissible sale contracts.
- Week 6: Definition and rulings regarding Riba (Interest); Money exchange contracts; Hiring goods and Services according to Islamic principles. Partnership agreements and how they should be structured correctly.
- Book on the Permitted & Prohibited:
- Week 7: Rulings on foods and drinks which are impermissible to consume; How a valid religious slaughter is done; The correct procedure for fulfilling the obligation of Udhiyah.
- Week 8: Use of gold and silver in utensils; which clothing is permitted to be worn including artificial silk; Rulings regarding one’s awrah; Adaab of behavior and speech including when the dispensation of lying may apply.
- Book on Inheritance:
- Week 9: The integrals of writing a valid will; who can and cannot be a recipient of a will; practical guidance and advice in writing a will; Sample will explained.
- Week 10: Rules of inheritance explained; who is eligible to qualify as an heir including whether one can inherit from non-Muslim relatives; which shares are allocated to which heirs; Sample inheritance calculations explained for common scenarios.
Why is al-Mukhtar li ‘l-Fatwa such an important fiqh text for students?
The text is ranked as one of the four primary texts which are considered as the foundational texts (matun) of the Hanafi school of law. The author wrote this text intending it to be authoritative, clear, concise, and as comprehensive as possible.
Its uniqueness is derived from its ease of use and clear structure compared to other fiqh texts, and most importantly, its succinctness in conveying the rulings of the Hanafi school. This greatly facilitates the traditional mode of education, where texts are memorized by students, so they can carry it within themselves for the rest of their lives.
The text also has a key feature in that it covers the area of fiqh beyond the five pillars, to include chapters such as Marriage, Divorce, Sales, and Inheritance, enabling the student to gain a broader introduction to Islamic law than afforded by other fiqh texts which focus solely on the five pillars.
Who is this course essential for?
In short, all Hanafi Muslims. This knowledge pertaining to acts of worship is personally obligatory.
The vast majority of questions people face in the beginning stages of learning fiqh revolve around details pertaining to the validity of acts of worship, and different scenarios that may invalidate the act. This course is therefore perfect for the person who wants to gain this knowledge and put their ibada on solid ground, firmly securing the validity of their worship of Allah, Mighty and Exalted.