Introduction

Gain an in-depth understanding of commercial transactions according to the Hanafi school of jurisprudence.

What You Will Learn:

  • Sales, recession, contracts, and rulings
  • Interdicted, trust, and forward sales
  • Interest rulings and monetary exchange
  • The corrupt hire, collateral, division, and judgeship
  •  Coercion, claims and acknowledgements
  • Witnessing, agency, and guarantees

Course Requirements:

  • This intensive course requires that students complete a minimum of two lessons a week.  For students who wish to take this course at a slower (regular) pace, students have the option to complete half the course this term and study the remaining course material in the subsequent semester (when they register again for the course).

Course Format: 12 downloadable lessons. 3 live sessions.

About the Course Text

This is the second course of the Islamic Law for Seekers (Hanafi) series and covers the fiqh of commercial transactions. Entering into the realm of transactions (mu‛amalat), this course furthers one’s knowledge into the most important topics required for a Muslim to know after the fiqh of worship. Students will learn details of the required knowledge for commercial transactions, including sales, leasing, or hire. [Below fold] This course serves to provide a proper understanding of Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh) of commercial transactions. This course is based upon 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-Hidaya. An English translation of al-Mukhtar will be provided, along with the full Arabic text of Imam Mawsuli’s own commentary: al-Ikhtiyar li-Ta’lil Masa’il al-Mukhtar. This commentary explains the legal reasoning underlying the issues and rulings in 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. 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.

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