Diploma in Essential Fiqh for Modern Times is a programme that deals with the most challenging questions of jurisprudence and practice in the modern world. The world is becoming ever more complex with many new forms of economic, political, social and technological phenomena imposed on the lives of people. The sad reality is that some of the scholars and preachers are still set in their old and traditional way of thinking. They find it very hard to provide convincing and practical answers to these modern challenges. This programme looks at the modern challenges with a fresh eye to find answers from the Qur’an, Seerah and the research of scholars both past and present.
Who is it for ?
This is suitable for every Muslim living in both the East and the West either as a minority or as a majority. The world has now become a global village because of advances in technology and transportation so there is very little difference between living in the East and the West. The problems and challenges in family, marriage, children, socialization, entertainment, business, finance, employment, mental health, politics and governance seem to be the same everywhere.
Module 1 – Shariah Law, Islamic State & Jihad – Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
Opposition to Islam is as old as Islam itself. Whenever a Prophet or Messenger came to a nation inviting to the worship of Allah and His obedience, there was always a group of people (generally the elite of the society) who would oppose them. This opposition to the Prophets and Messengers was rooted in pride, arrogance, racism, tradition and a lack of thinking. It was rarely the case that the cause of this opposition was ignorance or misunderstanding of the message. The Prophets and Messengers of Allah made the utmost effort to convey the message of Islam plainly and clearly to the people.
Today too Islam continues to be attacked and Muslims the world over are experiencing opposition in various forms. In Europe we have seen the banning of niqab as well as headscarves in public institutions; the activities of the English Defence League in the UK; the media’s disrespect of the Prophet Muhammad, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam and more. In Asia, there has been the targeting of “halal” products and Muslim businesses by Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist Force Legion) in Sri Lanka and the anti-Muslim campaigns of Shiv Sena (Shiva God’s Legion) in India. Vilification of Islam carries on through the internet by Evangelical Christians in the USA. The list continues with the onslaught against Islam by “militant” atheists such as Richards Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens, not to forget the popular pro-Zionist “islamophobes” such as Daniel Pipes and Douglas Murray.
We would like to think that the current opposition shares the same roots as the opposition faced by the blessed Prophets and Messengers. But is that really the case? Today it is most often the case that people oppose Islam and Muslims out of ignorance and misunderstanding of the message of Islam, an ignorance which is only furthered by the bad character and unworthy example of the Muslims themselves. It is not necessarily due to pride, arrogance, racism, tradition or a lack of thinking. Who is then responsible for this opposition? Is the main cause of Islamophobia the Muslims themselves?
Of the many misunderstood aspects of Islam that have contributed towards Islamophobia, the greatest confusion appears to lie in the subject of Shariah Law, Islamic State and Jihad. This is as true for Muslims as it is for non-Muslims. This seminar explains the whole issue of Shariah Law, Islamic State & Jihad in a way that has never been explained before in the English language. Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi will address these issues head-on in the light of Qur’anic paradigms, prophetic thinking, historical lessons and current context.
Module 2 – Fiqh of Love – Marriage and Family in Islam
Unravel your confusions and dispel your myths with this amazing course on Fiqh of Love – Marriage and Family Life in Islam. Topics covered in this course include: •
- Understanding the aims and benefits of marriage
- How to find a suitable partner?
- Romance & intimacy, what is Prophetic guidance?
- How to get married?
- The marriage contract
- The marriage ceremony
- What is love and how to develop it?
- Rights and responsibilities of spouses
- Resolving differences and disputes
- Managing expectations
- Relations with extended family
- Caring for each other
- Caring for children
- The best examples to follow
- What if things don’t work out?
Module 3 – Islamic Banking & Finance – A Myth or A Reality?
Generally, many of us assume that anything which complies with the Shariah also complies with Islam. But this is not necessarily the case. There is a huge difference between the Shariah (law, rules and regulations) and Islam (submission to Allah). Someone may follow the rules of the Shariah to the letter but not actually be fulfilling the requirements of Islam. This is borne out in the story of the Children of Israel who used the rules of their Shariah inappropriately and transgressed the limits set by Allah. What they did amounted to playing tricks with their religion and this caused them to be the object of Allah’s wrath and anger (refer Qur’an 7:163-166).
“Lo! Religion (Deen) with Allah is Islam – the Surrender (to His Will and Guidance)” [Qur’an 3:19]
Today there are so many “Shariah-compliant” products and services particularly in the banking and finance industry. It is sometimes so confusing even to determine whether they are really Shariah-compliant, let alone whether they are “Islam-compliant”. One such example is the “halal-mortgage” offered by both “Islamic banks” and multinational and global financial institutions. There are many variations of these “halal mortgages”. The big questions for us are whether they are Shariah-compliant and also whether they are truly in keeping with Islamic ethics and principles or they are merely tricks played in the name of Shariah.
This seminar, Islamic Banking & Finance – A Myth or A Reality?, takes a radical look at this whole industry in a way that has not been done before in the English language. Most Islamic banking and finance seminars (often organised by the industry itself) take the assumptions for granted and discuss matters based on these assumptions. This seminar will address the very assumptions and the core principles of modern Islamic banking and finance and not take anything for granted. This a seminar for finance professionals as well as for ordinary people who are just concerned about the “Islamic compliance” of those products and services.
Special Guest Speaker : Tarek El-Diwany
Module 4 – Recreation, Leisure & Entertainment in Islam
This course covers the concepts of recreation and leisure in Islam and the Islamic view on modern day phenomena such as music, entertainment, television, movies, games, sports, “weekends”, holidays, shopping, fashion, socialising and celebrations. Some of the key concepts covered in this course include:
- The meaning and purpose of recreation & leisure in the modern world
- The meaning and purpose of recreation & leisure in Islam
- The value of time
- The need for rest and relaxation
- Prophetic advice on recreation & leisure
- Recreation & leisure at the time of the Prophet (SAW) and companions
- The history and evolution of “Islamic Entertainment”
- The status of “Islamic Entertainment” today
- Advice on recreation & leisure for men, women and children
Course 5 – Raising A Muslim Child in The 21st Century
This seminar explores the issues surrounding raising confident, bright and responsible Muslim children in these challenging times and turbulent environment. Priceless lessons will be drawn from the examples of many of the prophets including Ibrahim (AS) and the seal of the prophets Muhammad (PBUH), his family, his companions and the greatest of scholars and leaders to follow in his footsteps. It also features the experience and the deep insight of Shaykh Dr Mohammed Akram Nadwi in raising a Muslim child particularly in the West in this highly informative yet very practical seminar. This is an essential seminar for parents, teachers and anyone involved in the welfare of children. It covers child development & upbringing from an Islamic perspective for people living in the West in a way that has never been covered before.
Module 6 – Stress & Anger Management – Islamic & Medical Perspectives
There is no doubt that anger and rage are destructive and poisonous for one’s own mind, heart and body. They can also severely affect those around us, both psychologically and physically. Therefore when a man said to the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, “Advise me!” The Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said, “Do not become angry and furious.” The man asked the same again and then a third time, and the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said in each case, “Do not become angry and furious.” That is how bad anger, fury and rage are.
So how does one control his or her stress and anger especially when it comes to people under one’s care such as children and students? Sadly this does not come naturally for many people. They need to be trained as it requires both will and skill. The Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said, “The strong is not the one who overcomes the people by his strength, but the strong is the one who controls himself while in anger”.
This seminar is you will lean from an Islamic scholar and a psychiatrist how to acquire this strength. Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi is a remarkable Islamic scholar who has mastered the art of managing stress and anger. Dr Muhammad Zeyn Green-Thompson is a consultant psychiatrist and Cambridge University researcher who has extensive experience in this subject.
Special Guest: Dr Muhammad Zeyn Green-Thompson (Consultant Psychiatrist, Cambridge)