Allah Most High says, “I have  not created jinn-kind nor mankind for any purpose other than to worship Me.”  (Qur’an, 51:56) Take this course to get comprehensive and knowledge-based answers to all of the questions that you are likely to face in your worship Allah Most High, all in light of a formal textbook of in Hanafi law that students like you have used for centuries. This course covers the detailed rules of Purification, Prayer, Fasting, Zakat, and Hajj. This course is taught according to the Hanafi school. If you would like to learn it according to the Shafi’i school, take this course instead.

Curricular Context

Course Outline


Session 1 1A: Introduction to Sacred Law (fiqh) and Imam Abu Hanifa
1B: Introduction to the Author & Text
1C: Water (miya)
1D: The Ritual Ablution (wudu)
1E: The Ritual Bath (ghusl)
1F: The Dry Ablution (tayammum)
Session 2 2A: Wiping over Footgear (khuffayn)
2B: Wiping over Bandages (jaba’ir)
2C: Menstruation (hayd), Post-Natal Bleeding (nifas) & Irregular Bleeding (istihada)
Session 3 3A: Filth (najasa)
3B: Wells (abar)
3C: Leftover Water (as’ar)
3D: Cleaning after Relieving Oneself (istinja’)
Session 4 4A: Prayer Times (awqat al-salat)
4B: The Call to Prayer (adhan)
Session 5 5A: The Conditions (shara’it) of the Prayer
5B: The Integrals (arkan) of the Prayer
5C: The Necessary Actions (wajibat) of the Prayer
5D: The Sunna Actions of the Prayer
5E: The Proper Manners (adab) of the Prayer
5F: The Supplications (ad‘iya) of the Prayer
Session 6 6A: The Invalidators (mufsidat) of the Prayer
6B: The Disliked (makruhat) Actions of the Prayer
6C: The Permitted (mubah) Actions of the Prayer
6D: Breaking (qat‘) & Abandoning (tark) the Prayer
Session 7 7A: Praying on a Riding Mount (dabba)
7B: The Traveller’s Prayer (salat al-musafir)
7C: The Sick Person’s Prayer (salat al-marid)
7D: Being Absolved of the Obligation of Prayer & Lifting One’s Dues (isqat)
Session 8 8A: The Witr Prayer
8B: The Sunna Prayers
8C: The Night Prayers of Ramadan (salat al-tarawih)
8D: Prayer inside the Ka‘ba
Session 9 9A: The Makeup Prayer (qada’ al-fawa’it)
9B: The Congregational Prayer (salat al-jama‘a)
9C: The Prostration of Forgetfulness (sujud al-sahw)
Session 10 10A: The Prostration of Recitation (sajda al-tilawa)
10B: The Prostration of Gratitude (sajda al-shukr)
10C: The Friday Prayer (salat al-jumu‘a)
Session 11 11A: The ‘Eid Prayer
11B: The Eclipse Prayer (salat al-kusuf/al-khusuf)
11C: The Rain Prayer (salat al-istisqa’)
11D: The Prayer of Fear (salat al-khawf)
Session 12 12A: The Funeral Prayer (salat al-janaza)
12B: The Burial (al-dafan)
12C: The Rulings of Martyrs (shuhada’)
Session 13 13A: Fasting: Definition, Types & Intentions
13B: Sighting the Crescent (ru’yat al-hilal)
13C: Things that Invalidate the Fast (mufsidat al-sawm)
Session 14 14A: The Permitted & The Disliked (mubahat/makruhat)
14B: Exemptions (‘awarid) from Fasting
14C: The Spiritual Retreat (i‘tikaf)
Session 15 15: Zakat: Definition, Nisab & Calculation
Session 16 16A: Eligible Recipients of Zakat (masarif al-zakat)
16B: Charity at the End of Ramadan (sadaqat al-fitr)
Session 17 17A: Hajj: Definition, Integrals & Necessary Acts
17B: The Conditions (shurut) which Obligate Hajj
Session 18 18: The State of Pilgrim Sanctity (ihram)
Session 19 19A: The Hajj Described: Arrival in Makka
19B: The Hajj Described: Days 8, 9 & 10 of Dhu’l Hijja
19C: The Hajj Described: Days 11, 12 & 13 of Dhu’l Hijja
Session 20 20: The Lesser Pilgrimage (‘umra)
Session 21 21A: Expiations for Ihram & Rite Violations (jinayat)
21B: Expiations for Hunting Violations (jinayat)
Session 22 22: The Ritual Sacrifice of ‘Eid al-Adha (udhiya/qurbani)
Session 23 23A: Ritually Slaughtered Animals (dhaba’ih)
23B: Animals unlawful for Consumption
Session 24 24: Hunting (sayd)

What You Will Learn:

  • Understand slavehood to Allah Most High and why it is important
  • Learn the rules of purification and prayer that you are likely to encounter in your daily life
  • Memorize the most important rules of wudu, ghusl, prayer, fasting, zakat and Hajj
  • Appreciate the rigour of the science of Sacred Law (fiqh)

Course Format: 24 downloadable classes and monthly live sessions

About the Course Text

This course is an explanation of Ascent to Felicity (Maraqi al-Sa‘adat) a concise primer on the rules of worship, slaughtering, sacrifice, and hunting according by a leading authority of the Hanafi school, Abul Ikhlas Hasan al-Shurunbulali (d. 1069 / ). The author is best known for his more detailed introduction to the rules of worship, Nur al-Idah, and its detailed commentary,  Maraqi al-Falah, which are both  an essential part of every traditional syllabus in Hanafi jurisprudence. Ustadh Tabaraze Azam comments on the back cover of the book’s translation that it is “an excellent primer in Islamic beliefs and worship. . . more useful as a first complete text for those seeking understanding of the fiqh of worship than the more commonly-studied Nur al-Idah.”