Introduction

Rules of Funeral rites, Zakat, fasting, spiritual retreat (‘itikaf), pilgrimage, trade, and marriage

Curricular Context

This is a second-level course in Step One.

  • Before taking this course, take the Essentials of Worship (Shafi’i): Ba Fadl’s The Short Abridgement Explained (Part One)

  • Take this course before all courses in Step Three.

Course Outline

  • Week 1 – Funeral Rites:
    • Washing
    • Shrouding
    • The Funeral Prayer
    • Burial
  • Week 2 – Zakat:
    • Conditions
    • Types of Wealth that Zakat is due upon
    • Zakat on Livestock, Agriculture, Gold and Silver, Mines, Buried Treasure, Trade Goods
  • Week 3 – Zakat al Fitr:
    • Conditions
    • Times
    • Amount
    • Deserving Recipients
  • Week 4 – Fasting:
    • Sighting the Moon
    • Integrals
    • Prohibited Days
    • Conditions for fasting to be obligatory
  • Week 5 – Fasting:
    • Nullifiers
    • Exemptions
  • Week 6 – I’tikaf
    • Conditions
    • Integrals
    • Nullifiers
  • Week 7 – Hajj and Umrah:
    • Those whom it is obligatory upon
    • Integrals of Hajj
    • Necessary acts of Hajj
    • Departing from Mina
    • Integrals of Umrah
    • Conditions and Integrals of the Tawaf
    • Conditions and Integrals of the Sa’i
    • Exiting from Ihram
  • Week 8 – Hajj and Umrah:
    • Prohibitions during Ihram
  • Week 9 – Buying and Selling:
    • Conditions and Integrals
  • Week 10 – Riba (interest):
    • Interest factors and Conditions
  • Week 11 – Cancellation of sales transactions:
    • Types of Cancellations
    • Defective Goods
    • Prohibited Sales
  • Week 12 – Marriage and Divorce:
    • Marriage: Conditions, Integrals, Sunnas
    • Divorce: Integrals and Types
    • Waiting Periods (‘Idda): Types, Duration, Prohibitions

What You Will Learn:

  • Understand slavehood to Allah Most High and why it is important
  • Learn the rules of funeral rites, Zakat, fasting, spiritual retreat (‘itikaf), pilgrimage, trade, interest, marriage, divorce, and waiting periods (‘idda)
  • Memorize the most important rules of zakat
  • Memorize the most important rules of fasting
  • Memorize the most important rules of Hajj
  • Memorize the most important rules of contracts
  • Appreciate the rigor of the science of Sacred Law (fiqh)

Course Format: 12 downloadable lessons, 3 live sessions.

Course Requirements:  Absolute Essentials (Shafi’i) and The Essentials of Worship (Shafi’i): Ba Fadl’s The Short Abridgement Explained (Part One)

About the Course Text

Classic primer on Shafi’i fiqh written by Ba Fadl, one of the great scholars of the later Shafi’i tradition. His works have recieved the attention of some of the greatest Shafi’i scholars, such as Ibn Hajar and Ramli.

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