- Read the entire Matn Abu Shuja in four courses, with material from two commentaries
- An introductory-level series that covers a comprehensive book of fiqh covering all facets of life
- Learn the entire breadth of legal topics: from worship, to marriage, trade, inheritance, crime, justice, government, and jihad
- Part 2 shall cover zakat, fasting, and Hajj
About the Course
This introductory-level course shall cover the classic primer in Shafi’i fiqh written by the Judge Abu Shuja al-Asfahani: Matn al-Ghayat wa al-Taqrib. This text, simply known as Matn Abu Shuja, is taught all over the Shafi’i world, from Egypt to Indonesia, as the first book that covers the full breadth of legal topics—from the fiqh of worship, to marriage, trade, inheritance, justice, government, etc.
Part-2 shall cover the sections on zakat, fasting, Hajj and Umra. The entire text, which shall be covered over four parts, is the perfect introduction for students to the fiqh of Islam as a comprehensive way of life, before proceeding on to more advanced works which delve into greater detail.
The lessons will be based on two commentaries, that of great Maliki and Shafi’i mujtahid, Ibn Daqiq al-Eid (d. 702 AH), and that of the great Javan Shafi’i polymath of the 19th century, Al-Nawawi al-Jawi (d. 1230 AH). The commentaries shall give students hadiths and verses of the Quran which give context to the rulings.
The course shall be taught over 10 weeks, with Live Sessions meeting once a week. Each lesson will be accompanied by a graded quiz, with a final quiz at the end of the course:
- Week 1: Zakat: zakatable wealth; conditions of obligation
- Week 2: Zakat on livestock; zakat on savings, gold and silver; mixed wealth and joint accounts
- Week 3: Zakat on agriculture and businesses; distributing zakat
- Week 4: Fasting: obligation, moon sighting/calculation
- Week 5: Things that break the fast; excuses from fasting
- Week 6: Sunna fasts and sunnas of the fast
- Week 7: Expiations and itikaf
- Week 8: Hajj: conditions of obligation; hajj time-line overview
- Week 9: Integrals, obligations and sunnas of Hajj and Umra
- Week 10: Things haram in pilgrim sanctity; expiations
The course has 2 required texts:
- Musa Furber’s translation of Matn al Ghayat wa al-Taqrib: The Ultimate Conspectus
- Sheikh Nuh Keller’s translation of Imam al-Nawawi’s Al-Maqasid,
It is highly recommended students have taken Al-Risala al Jami’a: The Absolute Essentials of Worship–Shafi’i (LAS101), however this is not a required prerequisite to enrolling in this course.
Who is this course essential for?
In short, all Shafi’i Muslims.
This knowledge pertaining to acts of worship is personally obligatory. However Matn Abu Shuja is so much more. It covers the fiqh of all the other practical areas like buying, selling, making loans, getting married, divorce, making wills and bequests…things we need to know to truly live Allah’s laws and see how Islam is a “comprehensive way of life”.
How shall I benefit from this course?
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.
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.