- The first in a series of courses that will cover all chapters of Islamic law, not just worship
- Builds on your previous study of Islamic Law
- Become enabled to understand complex scenarios related to purification and prayer according to the Shafi'i school
- Focus on high level principles that subsume a large number of low level details underneath them
- Learn what kinds of questions you need to ask before undertaking a particular action
About the Course
Few students of knowledge ever get the opportunity to read a classical manual of Islamic Law that covers all of the chapters of Islamic Law (not just worship or ‘ibadat) from cover-to-cover under a teacher, and thereby they miss out on the comprehensive understanding of exactly what it means for our religion to be a “way of life”. The Reliance Explained seeks to fill this void in a series of four courses that cover a complete classical manual of Islamic Law.
Week 1: Author’s Introduction;
Week 2: Water; Containers and Utensils; Using a Toothstick
Week 3: The Body
Week 4: Ablution; Wiping Footgear
Week 5: The Four Causes of Minor Ritual Impurity
Week 6: Actions Unlawful During Minor Ritual Impurity
Week 7: Going to the Lavatory; Major Ritual Impurity
Week 8: Major Ritual Impurity; How to Perform the Purificatory Bath
Week 9: Dry Ablution; The Menstrual Period
Week 10: Filth
The course will consist of weekly Live Sessions in Arabic and quizzes in Arabic.
Weekly Time Commitment
The course shall require an estimated 1-3 hours per week outside Live Sessions to listen to the recorded live sessions, review the information, and take notes.
The text of this series, the Reliance of the Traveler, is an in-depth manual of Islamic law based on ‘Umdat al-Salik by the great scholar Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri. Shaykh Nuh Keller’s translation is the first Islamic legal work in a European language to receive the certification of al-Azhar.
Students are required to have a copy of the text for this course.
Must be able to read Arabic and follow spoken Classical Arabic.
LMT102: The Sources of Islamic Law and LMT201: Derivation of Islamic Law: The Waraqat Explained are recommended complementary courses.
How is this course going to benefit me?
The “crowning achievement” of Muslim scholarship, Islamic law is extremely practical because it deals with real-world issues that Muslims face in their day-to-day lives, making the learning of every single student of knowledge incomplete until they have studied a classical manual of Islamic Law from cover-to-cover. You will be able to sense the religious significance of actions and decisions you make in you life and what kinds of questions you need to ask before undertaking a particular action. Knowledge is essential to build this sense. Until someone has studied a manual of Islamic Law, they often do things not realizing that they may be falling into something unlawful. By gaining a comprehensive understanding of Islamic Law, you will be able to attain godfearingness (taqwa) in your lives because you will know how Allah’s command relates to everything you do.
Who is this course essential for?
This course is a key component of the Seekers curriculum. It is for serious students of knowledge who want to go beyond merely understanding what they need to implement in their own lives to being able to answer other people’s religious questions related to Islamic Law. Anyone who is planning on being in a position where they will answer people’s religious questions must have a solid grounding in this area.
What shall I know coming out of the course?
By the end of these four courses, you will have read the Reliance of the Traveler word-for-word with the instructor, which is the classical way of acquiring knowledge. You will become familiarized with an increasing amount of fiqh terminology in Arabic, learn how to understand the terse expressions of classical manuals, and appreciate the value of writing manuals in such a manner.
About the Teacher
Dr Muhammad Said Almujahed is an experience lecturer in Islamic Law and specialist in Shafi’i Fiqh, Usul and legal maxims. He has years of experience teaching non-native speakers of Arabic. He is the student of Mulla Ramadan al-Bouti, Dr Ramadan al-Bouti and Shaykh Muhammad al-Shuqair.