- Study one of the relied-upon works of the Hanafi madhab cover-to-cover in Arabic
- Gain first-hand exposure to the sharia principles of the Hanafi maddhab
- Cover commentary and some proofs for rulings from Imam Zaila’i’s famous commentary Tabyin al Haqa’iq
- See how a classical text is explained by a teacher trained in the maddhab
- Part 1 of the course covers purification and its associated chapters, and begins the book on prayer
About the Course
This course shall cover the famous Hanafi work of fiqh Kanz al-Daqa’iq by Imam Nasafi. The book is well known and widely studied, being accepted as one of the four relied-upon works in the Hanafi school. Students shall read the entirety of the Kanz with Dr. Ashraf Muneeb over a series of courses.
Dr. Ashraf Muneeb shall read the text and explain the rulings using commentary from the Tabyin al-Haqa’iq Sharh Kanz al-Daqa’iq by Imam Zaila’i. The course shall focus on exposing students to broad sharia principles of the Hanafi maddhab and will also explore some of the proofs for the rulings from the Tabyin.
The course shall be taught entirely in Arabic. Being directly based on the Arabic text itself, the course is an ideal opportunity for students to develop the fiqh-specific vocabulary, knowledge and skills necessary to directly access old legal texts.
Following the previous fiqh and usul al-fiqh courses taught by Dr. Ashraf Muneeb in Arabic: Maraqi al-Falah, Usul ash-Shashi, Qawa’id al-Fiqhiyya and ‘Uqud Rasm al-Mufti, this course serves as the next step for students who have been prepared to read an entire book of fiqh cover-to-cover directly in Arabic. This course shall prepare students to eventually read the Hedaya with Dr. Ashraf Muneeb.
بَابُ الْمَسْحِ عَلَى الْخُفَّيْنِ
بَابُ شُرُوطِ الصَّلَاةِ
بَابُ صِفَةِ الصَّلَاةِ
بَابُ الْإِمَامَةِ وَالْحَدَثِ فِي الصَّلَاةِ
الِاسْتِخْلَاف فِي الصَّلَاة
The course will consist of weekly Live Sessions. Students are highly encouraged to attend the Live Sessions in order to benefit from the course. Dr. Ashraf shall hold weekly office hours where students can consult with him one-on-one.
The course is conducted entirely in Arabic and assumes students can read and understand the language with the level of proficiency required to attend a class, take notes, ask questions, and read a text in Arabic.
There are no other prerequisites.
Why is this course so special?
This course is being taught directly in Arabic. No translations, no secondary sources – here students shall read from the actual Arabic commentary of a classical work of fiqh with a qualified teacher. This presents a level of exposure to the science of fiqh, and the Hanafi school of law, that is simply beyond the reach of a course being taught in English.
Why? Simply because working with the actual Arabic words themselves, and not with a translator’s explanatory rendition, is the only way students can get a feel for what it means for the vocabulary of a text to be specific to that science (the science of fiqh in this case); and how even within the science of fiqh the same vocabulary can mean entirely different things across the different schools and across different times. Reading the text directly in Arabic therefore offers a window of insight into this crucial dimension of understanding, and correctly interpreting, the legacy of scholarship we have been left with.
Studying directly in Arabic to get a direct feel for the scholarly tradition of Islam. This is the real thing.
Why is Traditional Learning key to understanding such classical texts?
Studying under a qualified teacher who can explain the text and its technical vocabulary to the students, and give students the correct context for the different positions that exist in a maddhab, is the only way to access the classical texts of the various sciences without falling into misinterpretation.
This technical knowledge – the specific details and the greater context of all the different positions that exist in a maddhab – is not found in the texts themselves. The texts of the tradition are written by specialists, who assume that the reader shall already be familiar with the technicalities. This knowledge can only be taken from people who have directly sat with teachers of the tradition and thereby learnt how the tradition works and is applied.
This knowledge is the key to correctly understanding the scholarly tradition of our deen. This is traditional knowledge. And it is not found by reading on one’s own. One must therefore learn from the scholars of the tradition.