Nur al Idah: Introduction to Worship (Hanafi) – Part 1

The first of two courses on Imam Shurunbulali’s Nur al Idah wa Najat al Arwah, ‘The Bright Light of Elucidation and the Deliverance of Souls’, a widely taught, detailed Hanafi manual on the rulings of worship. Part 1 covers the Book on Purification and part of the Book on Prayers.


  • Learn the basic fiqh of worship that is personally obligatory for everyone to know
  • Study one of the most precise, widely taught Hanafi manuals on worship
  • Cover additional chapters on Zakat and Hajj from the commentary Maraqi al Falah in Part 2
  • 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 shall consists of a very precise book, and it is dedicated only to what the author deemed the most vital aspects of basic worship. The entire text, which shall be covered in 2 parts, includes ritual purity, prayer, and fasting. Additional chapters on Zakat shall be taken from the author’s own explanation of the text, ‘Maraqi al Falah’. In Part 1 we cover the book on ritual purity and part of the book on prayer.

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 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 fiqh principles that help the student appreciate the eco-system within which Islamic jurisprudence functions.

Course Syllabus

    • Book of Purification: 
      • Week 1: Introduction; Types and rulings of water; Using the lavatory
      • Week 2: Wudu’ : Integrals of wudu’, sunnan of wudu’, etiquette of wudu’
      • Week 3: Purificatory bath (ghusl); Dry ablution (tayammum)
      • Week 4: Menstruation & lochia; Filth and its purification; Wiping on the footgear, casts, and wounds.
    • Mid-Term Examination
    • Book of Prayer:
      • Week 5: Times of prayer; The call to prayer (adhan); Conditions and integrals of prayer (1)
      • Week 6: Conditions and integrals of prayer (2); Wajib and sunnas of prayer
      • Week 7: Composition of a complete prayer; The group prayer; Post prayer adhkar
      • Week 8: Invalidators & non-invalidators of prayer & disliked actions in prayer (1)
      • Week 9: Invalidators & non-invalidators of prayer & disliked actions in prayer (2); Prostration of Forgetfulness
      • Week 10: Final Examination

Course Format

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.

Suggested Readings

Students are 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, however students are not provided with a separate soft copy.

Recommended Background

No background is required: all are welcome!


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.)

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    The second of two courses on Imam Shurunbulali’s Nur al Idah wa Najat al Arwah, ‘The Bright Light of Elucidation and the Deliverance of Souls’, a widely taught, detailed Hanafi manual on the rulings of worship. Part 2 covers the remainder of the Book Prayer, the Book of Fasting, and the Book of Zakat.

    Teachers: Moatasem el-Gheriani
    Start Date: 2 August, 2015

About the Instructor

Moatasem el-Gheriani



Course Code



Level: 1

Starting From

1 November, 2015


10 weeks

Tuition Fee

225 USD   Instant Financial Aid