This course will cover the details of financial transactions, inheritance, marriage, divorce, child custody, injurious crimes, fixed Sharia punishments, hunting and halal slaughtering of animals, oaths and vows, and court proceedings according to the Shafi’i School of Islamic jurisprudence. It will cover the who can undertake a financial contract, what can be sold, and various details of a wide number of contracts like hiring, agency, companies, and investments. The course also goes over the various shares in inheritance, its conditions and execution, and other related matters. There will also be some detail on polygamy, the Islamic juristic and political structure, and jus ad bellum and jus in bello.
Before taking this course, take the Essentials of Worship (Shafi’i): Ba Fadl’s The Short Abridgement Explained
Take this course before all courses in Level Three.
|Session 1||Al Bai’ – Sales Transactions
Al Riba – Interest
|Session 2||Al Salam – Paying in Advance
Al Rahn – Putting up Collateral
Al Hajr – Suspension
|Session 3||Al Sulh – Reconciliation
Al Hawala – Transferring a Debt
Al Dhaman – Guaranteeing Payment
Al Kafalah – Guaranteeing a Person’s Appearance
|Session 4||Al Sharika – Cooperative Partnerships
Al Wakala – Authorisation
Al Iqrar – Admissions
|Session 5||Al ‘Ariyyah – Lending Items
Al Ghasb – Wrongfully Taken Property
Al Shufa’ – Preemption
|Session 6||Al Qirad – Profit Sharing Venture
Al Musaqah – Watering Crops for a Stipulated Portion
Al Ijarah – Renting Goods and Hiring Services
|Session 7||Al Ja’alah – Job Wages
Al Mukhabara – Sharecropping
Ihya al Mawat – Regenerating Uninhibited Lands
Water Rights and Access
|Session 8||Al Waqf – Endowments
Al Hiba – Gifts
Al Luqata – Lost and Found
|Session 9||Al Laqit – The Foundling
Al Wadi’ – Deposits for Safekeeping
Al Wasiyah – Bequests
|Session 10||Al Fara’id (Inheritance) – Introduction
Those Who Always Inherit
Those Who Never Inherit
Al ‘Asabat – Universal Inheritors
Al Furud – Fixed Shares
Al Hajb – Elimination
Shares of Brothers and Sisters
|Session 11||Al Nikah (Marriage) – Introduction
Looking at the Opposite Sex
The Integrals of the Marriage Contract
Al Khitba – Marriage Proposals
Al Ijbar – Compelling Women to Marry
|Session 12||Spousal Defects Permitting Annulment
Al Sadaq – The Wife’s Marriage Payment
Al Walimah – The Wedding Feast
|Session 13||Conjugal rights; divorce and related issues;|
|Session 14||Child custody and financial support.|
|Session 15||Blood money|
|Session 16||Fixed Sharia punishments|
|Session 17||Jihad: Jus ad bellum and jus in bello|
|Session 18||Jihad: Jus post bellum|
|Session 19||Hunting and halal slaughter|
|Session 20||Competitions and Entertainment|
|Session 21||Oaths and Vows|
|Session 23||Court proceedings|
What You Will Learn:
- The technical side of the vast majority of financial and familial relations that a Muslim will get involved in his/her life.
- the various types of sale, how “interest” can be avoided in sales and currency exchange, the various forms of cancelling a sales contract, forward sales, and debt transfers.
- The concept of financial liability and legal liability it discussed along with various forms of investing money in a halal way.
- Other key topics include charitable engagements, and who should get married, and how it should be done from beginning to end.
- The details of the shares inherited from one family members are explained, those one inherits from and those one does not, and how the shares can vary based on the combinations of living heirs.
How an Islamic marriage is terminated, and what the financial obligations are towards one’s family members.
How Islam joins between the spirit and the letter of the Sacred Law
How Islam promotes law and order
How flexible Sharia law can be
What valid oaths and vows are
How Islamic law fits into the current political climate
About the Course Text
This course is an explanation of Matn Abi Shuja’ , written by the learned and pious Shafi‘i scholar from Basra, Ahmad ibn al Hussein al-Asfahani (d. 500’s AH / 1100’s CE), more famously known as, Abu Shuja‘. Abu Shuja‘ taught the Shafi‘i school for 40 years in Basra, working as a scholar and judge, before retiring at the end of his life to Medina, where he worked as a servant at the mosque of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). His Matn Abi Shuja‘, a short introduction to the Shafi‘i school of sacred law, is one of the most blessed textbooks of the school–although it was written almost a millennium ago, it remains an integral part of Shafi‘i fiqh curricula all over the world, and has been the subject of dozens of commentaries and super-commentaries ever since it was written all the way down to the present age.