- Read the first Islamic legal work in a European language to receive the certification of al-Azhar from cover-to-cover
- The third in a series of courses that will cover all chapters of Islamic law, not just worship
- Understand complex scenarios related to Trade, Financial Transactions and Inheritance according to the Shafi’i school
- Focus on high level principles that subsume a large number of low level details underneath them
- Understand how the fiqh of financial transactions fits into a complete madhab
- Builds on your previous study of Islamic Law
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.
The course will enable you to understand complex scenarios related to buying and selling, renting, borrowing, liability, interest, collateral and many other financial transactions. In the second half of the course, inheritance will be covered with numerous worked examples to help students grasp the theory and calculations of inheritance. Given the breadth of topics, the course will focus on the keys issues while still covering every letter of the original text. In areas of controversy, the course will also digress to discuss some of the proofs from the Quran and Sunna for legal rulings, and you will also be exposed (in some issues) to other opinions within the Shafi`i school and others held by scholars of other schools (may Allah be pleased with all of them).
Beyond just learning the basics of financial transactions and inheritance (which could just be attained from Inheritance and Finance-specific courses) this course gives you the principles and structure of the understanding of the Shafi Madhab: the madhab of many of the greatest Hadith scholars, Tafsir specialists, jurists, Usulis, grammarians and Sufis of this Umma.
- Week 1: The Sale Contract and The Things Exchanged in a Transaction: what is permissible to buy and sell
- Week 2: Usurious Gain (Riba) and some Prohibited Kinds of Transactions
- Week 3: Returning Defected Goods; Selling Fruit and Crops; The Concept of Possession and Selling Merchandise before the buyer takes Possession
- Week 4: Dealing with Disputes over the Terms of the Transaction; Buying in Advance (Salam); Personal Loans (Qard); Putting up Collateral (Rahn)
- Week 5: Bankruptcy and Suspension from Dealings; Transferrin the Right to Collect a Debt
- Mid-Term Examination
- Week 6: Guaranteeing Payment and Partnerships
- Week 7: Guaranteeing Payment and Partnerships
- Week 8: Commissioning Another to do Something (Wakala); Deposits for Safekeeping and Lending
- Week 9: The Return of Wrongfully Taken Property; Preempting Sale of a Co-Owner’s Share to another
- Week 10: Financing a Profit-Sharing Venture; Sharecropping; Lease Contract and Job Wages; Lost and Found; Games, Contests and Prizes; Establishing an Endowment; Gift-giving; Bequests and Inheritance
- Final Examination
The course will consist of weekly Live Sessions, a Mid-Term and a Final Examination. Ustadh Farid shall hold weekly office hours where student can consult with him one-on-one. Students 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
The course shall require an estimated 5 hours per week outside Live Sessions to 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.
Parts 1 and 2 of the series are NOT a required prerequisite for students wishing to enroll in this course.
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?
The vast majority of questions people face everyday revolve around Islamic Law. This is why 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.