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 is the first of two parts. This part focuses on the detailed rules of purification and prayer. 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

Lesson 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)
Lesson 2
2A: Wiping over Footgear (khuffayn)
2B: Wiping over Bandages (jaba’ir)
2C: Menstruation (hayd), Post-Natal Bleeding (nifas) & Irregular Bleeding (istihada)
Lesson 3
3A: Filth (najasa)
3B: Wells (abar)
3C: Leftover Water (as’ar)
3D: Cleaning after Relieving Oneself (istinja’)
Lesson 4
4A: Prayer Times (awqat al-salat)
4B: The Call to Prayer (adhan)
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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)
Lesson 8
8A: The Witr Prayer
8B: The Sunna Prayers
8C: The Night Prayers of Ramadan (salat al-tarawih)
8D: Prayer inside the Ka‘ba
Lesson 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)
Lesson 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)
Lesson 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)
Lesson 12
12A: The Funeral Prayer (salat al-janaza)
12B: The Burial (al-dafan)
12C: The Rulings of Martyrs (shuhada’)

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 and ghusl
  • Memorize the most important rules of prayer
  • Appreciate the rigor of the science of Sacred Law (fiqh)

Course Requirements:

  • Absolute Essentials of Islam ILAE10

Course Format: 12 downloadable classes and 3 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.”

Significant Dates

Registration Opens: September 30, 2019

Registration Closes: November 25, 2019

Note: Course material will be available on the first day of classes, October 21, 2019.

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