- Read the first Islamic legal work in a European language to receive the certification of al-Azhar from cover-to-cover
- The last in a series of courses that will cover all chapters of Islamic law, not just worship
- Builds on your previous study of Islamic Law
- Study the fiqh of Marriage and Justice governing our mu’amalat (dealings) with others in everyday life
- Focus on high level principles that subsume a large number of low level details underneath them
- Develop the bases for a comprehensive understanding of Islam as a way of life
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 marriage, divorce, crime and punishment, the Islamic magistrate and the Islamic court, and the Caliph and caliphate according to the Shafi`i school. 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).
The details of the two main topic of this course include:
- Fiqh of Marriage & Divorce
- Who should marry; Looking at the opposite sex; Proposing; the Integrals and Conditions of Marriage; Conditions of the Husband, the Wife and her Guardian; Types of Guardians; Polygamy and Concubines; Mahr, its relation to the contract, its being due; Duties and rights of both husband and wife; Private Disciplinary Action and Court Involvement; Types of Divorce and how they are enacted; Revoking Divorce; the Legal Repercussions of Divorce, the Waiting Period; the Rights of the Husband, Wife and Children, and Child Custody
- Fiqh of Justice
- Crimes and Retaliation; Indemnity; Theft; Fornication and Sodomy; Accusing another of Fornication; Highway Robbery; Drinking; Defending one’s Self; Apostasy, and the Apostasy of one’s Spouse; the Islamic Magistrate and the Islamic court; the Caliph and Caliphate; Jihad and its Types; and Non-Muslim Subjects of an Islamic State
The course will consist of weekly Live Sessions, a Mid-Term and a Final Examinations 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 weekly Live Sessions for this course are 2 hours long. Outside of Live Sessions the course requires 1-2 hours per week to review the material 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 1-3 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?
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.