- 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 1 shall cover purification and the basic fiqh of worship that is personally obligatory for everyone to know
- Part 2 shall cover transactions and money matters, marriage and divorce: the most commonly met-with marriage and money-related fiqh issues.
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 Mukhtar lil-Fatwa (The Choice for Fatwa), in a concise and easy manner. Part 1 shall cover purification and worship: prayer, zakat, fasting, and hajj.
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 Sessions meeting once a week:
- Book of Purification:
- Week 1: Introduction; Water; Ghusl; Tayammum.
- Week 2: Menstruation & lochia; Filth and its purification; Wiping on khuffs, casts, and wounds.
- Book of Prayer:
- Week 3: Times of prayer; The adhan; Conditions, integrals, Wajib and Sunnas of prayer.
- Week 4: Traveller’s prayer including what one should do whilst on planes, trains etc. Voluntary and Sunna Prayers; Prostration of recitation
- Book of Zakat:
- Week 5: Zakat principles and application on gold and silver; cash and cash equivalents such as shares.
- Week 6: Recipients of Zakat; Sadaqtul Fitr; Sample calculation of Zakat
- Book of Fasting:
- Week 6: Types of fasting; Integrals of fasting, Invalidators of fasting; Use of medications, injections & inhalers.
- Week 7: Exemptions from fasting; Travelling and fasting; Ailments such as diabetes and fasting guidelines. Rules on Fidya and Qadha fasts. Itikaf
- Book of Hajj:
- Week 8: Integrals of Hajj and Umra; Tamattu, Qiran and Ifrad; Miqat locations and rulings.
- Week 9: Ihram integrals; Rulings for infringements of the Ihram such as use of scented products. Sacrifice of the animals on Haj; Invalidators of Hajj and Umra.
- Week 10: Practical issues, advice and guidelines for performing a Hajj. Performing Haj on behalf of others who are alive or who have deceased.
- Final Examination
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.