This course will cover the details of divorce, child custody, injurious crimes, fixed Sharia punishments, hunting and halal slaughtering of animals, oaths and vows, and court proceedings. There will also be some detail on polygamy, the Islamic juristic and political structure, and jus ad bellum and jus in bello.

Curricular Context
  • Step Two course. You should take parts One, Two and Three Matn Abi Shuja Explained first. 

  • You should take all the courses in Step One first.

Course Outline

Week 1


Conjugal rights;  divorce and related issues;
Week 2


Child custody and financial support.
Week 3



Blood money
Week 4


Fixed Sharia punishments
Week 5


Jihad: Jus ad bellum and jus in bello
Week 6


Jihad: Jus post bellum
Week 7


Hunting and halal slaughter
Week 8


Competitions and Entertainment
Week 9


Oaths and Vows
Week 10


Week 11


Court proceedings
Week 12



What You Will Learn:

  • How an Islamic marriage is terminated, and what the financial obligations are towards one’s family members.

  • How Islam joins between the spirit and the letter of the Sacred Law

  • How Islam promotes law and order

  • How flexible Sharia law can be

  • What valid oaths and vows are

  • How Islamic law fits into the current political climate

Course Requirements: 

  • The Essentials of Worship (Shafi’i): Ba Fadl’s The Short Abridgement Explained (Part One and Two)

Course Format: 12 downloadable lessons, 3 live sessions.

About the Course Text

Matn Abi Shuja is a classic primer that has been taught, studied and memorised for shy of a millenium. It is a central book in all Shafi’i curricula throughout the world.

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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