Islamic Law for Seekers (Hanafi): Worship (Part 1)
Instructor(s): Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Department: Islamic Law & Legal Methodology
Course ID: ILHW201A
Starts On: Not currently offered.
Length: 12 weeks
This is the first course in the Islamic Law (Hanafi) for Seekers series. The students will gain a necessary and detailed understanding of Islamic Jurisprudence (fiqh) related to the acts of worship (i.e. prayer, zakat, fasting, and the pilgrimage). The course is based on Imam al-Mawsuli’s great primer on Hanafi fiqh, al-Mukhtar, and its commentary, al-Ikhtiyar li-Ta’lil Masa’il al-Mukhtar. This expansive course will cover all the chapters on worship in al-Mukhtar.
This intensive course serves to provide a proper understanding of Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh) of worship within the Hanafī school based on Imam Mawsuli’s al-Mukhtar. Imam Mawsuli’s influential book is one of the four relied upon primers of the Hanafi school of law, which summarize the original positions of the founder of the school (Imam Abu Hanifa, may Allah have mercy on him) and the transmitted position of the madhhab.
This course is intended for seekers of knowledge and is an excellent preparation for the study of more advanced texts in jurisprudence such as Imam al-Marghiyani’s al-Hidayah.
An English translation of al-Mukhtar will be provided, along with the full Arabic text of Imam Mawsuli’s own commentary on al-Mukhtar, called al-Ikhtiyar li-Ta’lil Masa’il al-Mukhtar. Imam Mawsuli’s commentary focuses on the differences of opinion within the Hanafi School and the legal discussion between Imam Abu Hanifa and his two students. The English lessons are based on al-Ikhtiyar and other leading Hanafi works.
Imam Abdullah bin Mahmud bin Mawdud al-Mawsuli al-Hanafi (599-683AH) was born in Mousul in Northern Iraq and studied Hanafi fiqh —
among others — with Imam al-Hasidi in Damascus. He was known as the most distinguished Hanafi scholar of his age. He was a judge (qadi)
in Kufa and later taught at the mosque of Imam Abu Hanifa in Baghdad, where he is also buried.
12 downloadable lessons, live sessions.
Lesson 1: Introduction to the Course
Lesson 2: A Look at Water, Wells & Dry Ablution
Lesson 3: The Ruling on Khuffs and an Introduction to
Lesson 4: Continuation on Irregular Bleeding, Postnatal
Bleeding, and the Definition of Filth
Lesson 5: Review Session
Lesson 6: Introduction to Prayer
Lesson 7: The Conditions & Integrals of Prayer
Lesson 8: The Description of the Prayer
Lesson 9: Congregating for Prayer
Lesson 10: Actions to Avoid in Prayer &
Lesson 11: Forgetfulness in Prayer and the Taraweeh
“I would recommend the courses to others. Chances to learn Hanafi fiqh
in English are rare in the US and the presentation and structure of the
class was fantastic.”
(Fall 2009 Student)