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Diploma in Usul al-Fiqh and Fiqh Studies

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Overview

Diploma in Usul al-Fiqh and Fiqh Studies explores the principles and the complexities of Islamic Jurisprudence in a way that is relevant to the modern context. The main emphasis of this course is that for one to be competent in jurisprudence he or she has to be constantly researching, thinking and exploring, and that it is not enough to be just relying on certain set of books to formulate jurisprudential rulings. This is illustrated by the lives and works of the great jurists of Islam throughout the centuries. Many of these jurists are considered to be great thinkers who are independent and at the same time God-fearing.

Who is it for ?

This course is suitable for those who are looking for a holistic understanding of Usul al-Fiqh and Fiqh. It covers the principles using both modern and classical texts as well as exploring other classical texts of the fiqh and usul al-fiqh to understand the thinking of the authors in the context of their time. These works show how brilliant and advanced these imams were and how far we have lagged behind in our ways by just following the books without thinking. This course will help students to rekindle the spirit of intellectual rigour and scholarly integrity.

Modules

  • Introduction to Usul al-Fiqh (Mabadi book of Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi)
  • The Four Madhabs – Follow Them, Leave Them or Mix Them?
  • Kitab al-Risāla – Treatise on the Foundations of Islamic Jurisprudence (Imam Shafie) – Part 1
  • Kitab al-Risāla – Treatise on the Foundations of Islamic Jurisprudence (Imam Shafie) – Part 2
  • Kitab al-Muhallā bi’l Athār – The Adorned Treatise (Ibn Hazm)
  • al-Muwāfaqāt fī Uṣūl al-Sharī’a – The Reconciliation of the Fundamentals of Islamic Law (Shaatibi)


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Course Structure

Start Date : 13th of Jan 2018

[This Diploma is part of Term-3 : Diploma in Essential Islamic Sciences – Level 2]

  • Duration – 4 months
  • 12 Lessons – One lesson per week
  • Each lesson – 3 hours in duration
  • Prerecorded lectures
  • Lectures – Every Saturday 7:00pm
  • Live Tutorial – Once every 2 weeks
  • Exam- End of the Course
  • Certification provided upon the successful completion of exam
  • 120 hours of lectures + 20 hours of live tutorials

Course Timetable

(All Module lectures are delivered via our online Learning Management System)

 Module

Lesson 1 & 2]

Lesson 3 & 4]

 Live Tutorial

Introduction to Usul al-Fiqh (Mabadi book of Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi)  13th Jan 2018  20th Jan 2018  See LMS
The Four Madhabs – Follow Them, Leave Them or Mix Them?  27th Jan 2018  3rd Feb 2018  See LMS
Kitab al-Risāla – Treatise on the Foundations of Islamic Jurisprudence (Imam Shafie) – Part 1  10th Feb 2018  17th Feb 2018  See LMS
Kitab al-Risāla – Treatise on the Foundations of Islamic Jurisprudence (Imam Shafie) – Part 2  24th Feb 2018  3rd Mar 2018  See LMS
Kitab al-Muhallā bi’l Athār – The Adorned Treatise (Ibn Hazm)  10th Mar 2018  17th Mar 2018  See LMS
al-Muwāfaqāt fī Uṣūl al-Sharī’a – The Reconciliation of the Fundamentals of Islamic Law (Shaatibi) 24th Mar 2018  30th Mar 2018  See LMS

Course Outline

Module 1 – Introduction to Usul al-Fiqh – Mabadi book of Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

 

Module 2 – The Four Madhabs – Follow Them, Leave Them or Mix Them?

The Four Madhabs is a life-changing seminar by Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi that explores in detail the origins, principles, development, differences, application, spread and the influence of the four common schools of thought – Maliki, Hanafi, Shafie’ and Hanabali Madhabs – and some of the less known ones. It also looks at the “alternative Madhabs” such as the Salafi, Ahl al-Hadith and “Progressive” schools and concludes with the relevance of Madhabs in the modern world and our attitude towards them.

The topics covered include:

  • What is the difference between Islam, Shariah and Madhab?
  • What is the purpose of Madhabs?
  • Do we need Madhab when we have Qur’an and Sunnah?
  • How did the Madhabs come into existence?
  • How did the Madhabs evolve?
  • Why are there differences between the Madhabs?
  • Should one follow a Madhab or not?
  • Can one pick and choose between Madhabs?
  • How should people of different Madhab view each other?
  • Who are the founders of the Madhabs and how are they linked to each other?
  • What is Salafi and Ahlul Hadith Madhab?
  • Are Madhabs relevant today?
  • What should be our attitude towards Madhabs and “No-Madhabs”?

Module 3 – Kitab al-Risāla – Treatise on the Foundations of Islamic Jurisprudence (Imam Shafie) – Part 1

Shafi`icomposed this work in response to a request from the leading imam `Abd al-Rahman b. Mahdi to explain the significance of the Quran and the Sunnah, and their relationship, for deriving the law. The Risalah is a brilliant exposition of the basic principles of and argumentation in Islamic law. Itis the first explicit formulation of the terms and discipline ofusul al-fiqh.We will highlight how this discipline evolved, and then how it developed in later centuries.

Module 4 – Kitab al-Risāla – Treatise on the Foundations of Islamic Jurisprudence (Imam Shafie) – Part 2

Shafi`icomposed this work in response to a request from the leading imam `Abd al-Rahman b. Mahdi to explain the significance of the Quran and the Sunnah, and their relationship, for deriving the law. The Risalah is a brilliant exposition of the basic principles of and argumentation in Islamic law. Itis the first explicit formulation of the terms and discipline ofusul al-fiqh.We will highlight how this discipline evolved, and then how it developed in later centuries.

Module 5 – Kitab al-Muhallā bi’l Athār – The Adorned Treatise (Ibn Hazm)

Kitab al-Muhalla bi-l-athar is considered one of the primary sources of the Zahiri or literalist school, and a masterpiece of fiqh. In it Ibn Hazm discusses each question of fiqh, separately citing the views of scholars of other schools and their evidence for those views. He then discusses why he judges their arguments incorrect, and puts forward his own argumentation and the evidences for that.We will explain the importance of this work and its methodology, and the impact it had on later jurists.

Module 6 – al-Muwāfaqāt fī Uṣūl al-Sharī’a- The Reconciliation of the Fundamentals of Islamic Law (Shaatibi)

This is the first comprehensive and coherent exposition of the objectives of Shari`ah. We will give a detailed introduction to this work and explain its contemporary relevance, how it has been misread in some respects by many Muslims (and non-Muslims), with emphasis on recent misunderstanding and misapplication of the concept of maqasid.


Diploma in Usul al-Fiqh and Fiqh Studies

Diploma in Usul al-Fiqh and Fiqh Studies

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