- Learn the basic fiqh of worship that is personally obligatory for everyone to know
- Study one of the most concise, widely taught Hanafi manuals on worship
- Cover an additional chapter on Zakat from the commentary Maraqi al Falah.
- Learn the answers to the most commonly faced questions relating to the validity of worship and put your worship of Allah, Mighty and Exalted on solid ground
- The course consists of pre-recorded audio lessons and Weekly Live Sessions
About the Course
The course is a continuation of our reading of Nur al-Idah, which is a very concise book dedicated only to what the author deemed the most vital aspects of basic worship. In this second part of course we cover prayer, fasting, and Zakat.
The primary focus of the course is to read and explain the text, as intended by its author: that is in a concise and clear manner. The detailed rulings of the text will be further explained through discussion of practical real-life scenarios that commonly happen in these acts of worship, and through the students’ own questions. Although the text and the course are not intended for exposition of the evidence of the rulings or fine juridical distinction, the course will put the rulings in context and will explain important fiqhprinciples that help the student appreciate the eco-system within which Islamic jurisprudence functions.
Book of Prayer Cont'd:
- Week 1: Introduction; Supererogatory Prayers. Prayers of the Traveler.
- Week 2: Prayer of the Sick, Making up Missed Prayers, Prostration of Recitation.
- Week 3: Jumu'ah, Eid Prayer, and Event Related Prayers.
- Week 4: Rulings of Funerals "Janazah". Rulings pertaining to Martyrs. End of Book of Prayers.
Book of Fasting:
- Week 5: Beginning of Book of Fasting. Its Categories. Sighting the Moon.
- Week 6:What Annuls or Does not Annul Fasting.
- Week 7: Actions Disliked During Fasting. Fasting in certain Circumstances. Retreat I'tikaf. End of Book of Fasting.
Book of Zakat
- Week 8: Zakat and its rulings
- Week 9: End of Book of Zakat, and General Revision.
- Week 10: Final Examination
The course consists of pre-recorded audio lessons where the text is read and explained and weekly Live Sessions where general governing principles or fine distinctions are explained. Students are required to have listened to the pre-recorded audio for the week before attending the Live Session. Students are assessed through a Final Examination and 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
Outside the Live Session, the course requires an estimated 1.5 hours per week to listen to the pre-recorded audio lessons, and an additional 1-1.5 hours review the material and take notes.
We are reading the book Nur al Idah. Students are not required to have a copy of the text of Nur al Idah. The Arabic text, along with its translation shall be included in the course slides, which will be made available for download. Although students are not provided with a separate soft copy of the book, they are recommended to acquire one. An able translation into English is published, and soft copies of it are also available from different sources on the internet on a Creative Commons License.
Students must have successfully finished part one of the course, LAH 151.
Why is Nur al Idah such a great fiqh text for students?
The author wrote this text intending it to be clear, concise and as comprehensive as possible. Its uniqueness is derived from its ease of use and practically sensible chapter organization compared to other fiqh texts. For example, a practical chapter heading such as “That which nullifies a prayer” is followed by a chapter on “that which does not nullify a prayer”, making the book a pleasure to teach and read. Imam Shurunbulali, may Allah be well pleased with him, also exerted considerable effort to make the rulings easy to memorize by enumerating the relevant matters at the beginning of every chapter, for example, the chapter on prayer begins with “The Sunan of prayer are fifty one”. 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.
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.
Who is Imam Shurunbulali?
Imam Shurunbulali is Abul Ikhlas Hasan ibn `Ammar ibn `Ali al Shurunbulali al Wafa’i (964-1069), a major Hanafi imam and verifier (muhaqiq) whose works form an integral part of the school. Shaykh Muhammad I`zaz `Ali states in his commentary on the Nur al Idah, quoting Shaykh Muhammad Amin (d: 1111): “He was from the elite and distinguished scholars of jurisprudence (fuqaha) and the most preferred of his time. He was the greatest of the latter day scholars in possession of fiqh, the most knowledgeable of them in the texts and its principles, and the most bountiful in his writings and authorship.” (Nur al Idah bil Isbah, Pg: 7 Qadim Kutub Khana Ed.)