This course will cover the details of financial transactions and inheritance, and marriage according to the Shafi’i School of Islamic jurisprudence. It will cover the who can undertake a financial contract, what can be sold, and various details of a wide number of contracts like hiring, agency, companies, and investments. The course also goes over the various shares in inheritance, its conditions and execution, and other related matters. The course concludes with the rules of marriage and subsequent matters.

Curricular Context

This is a second-level course in Step Two.

  • 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
    • Al Bai’ – Sales Transactions
    • Al Riba – Interest
    • Sales Cancellations
  • Week 2
    • Al Salam – Paying in Advance
    • Al Rahn – Putting up Collateral
    • Al Hajr – Suspension
  • Week 3
    • Al Sulh – Reconciliation
    • Al Hawala – Transferring a Debt
    • Al Dhaman – Guaranteeing Payment
    • Al Kafalah – Guaranteeing a Person’s Appearance
  • Week 4
    • Al Sharika – Cooperative Partnerships
    • Al Wakala – Authorisation
    • Al Iqrar – Admissions
  • Week 5
    • Al ‘Ariyyah – Lending Items
    • Al Ghasb – Wrongfully Taken Property
    • Al Shufa’ – Preemption
  • Week 6
    • Al Qirad – Profit Sharing Venture
    • Al Musaqah – Watering Crops for a Stipulated Portion
    • Al Ijarah – Renting Goods and Hiring Services
  • Week 7
    • Al Ja’alah – Job Wages
    • Al Mukhabara – Sharecropping
    • Ihya al Mawat – Regenerating Uninhibited Lands
    • Water Rights and Access
  • Week 8
    • Al Waqf – Endowments
    • Al Hiba – Gifts
    • Al Luqata – Lost and Found
  • Week 9
    • Al Laqit – The Foundling
    • Al Wadi’ – Deposits for Safekeeping
    • Al Wasiyah – Bequests
  • Week 9
    • Al Fara’id (Inheritance) – Introduction
    • Male Inheritors
    • Female Inheritors
    • Those Who Always Inherit
    • Those Who Never Inherit
    • Al ‘Asabat – Universal Inheritors
    • Al Furud – Fixed Shares
    • Al Hajb – Elimination
    • Shares of Brothers and Sisters
  • Week 11
    • Al Nikah (Marriage) – Introduction
    • Looking at the Opposite Sex
    • The Integrals of the Marriage Contract
    • Al Khitba – Marriage Proposals
    • Al Ijbar – Compelling Women to Marry
    • Unmarriageable Women
  • Week 12
    • Spousal Defects Permitting Annulment
    • Al Sadaq – The Wife’s Marriage Payment
    • Al Walimah – The Wedding Feast

What You Will Learn:

  • The technical side of the vast majority of financial and familial relations that a Muslim will get involved in his/her life.
  • the various types of sale, how “interest” can be avoided in sales and currency exchange, the various forms of cancelling a sales contract, forward sales, and debt transfers.
  •  The concept of financial liability and legal liability it discussed along with various forms of investing money in a halal way.
  • Other key topics include charitable engagements, and who should get married, and how it should be done from beginning to end.
  •  The details of the shares inherited from one family members are explained, those one inherits from and those one does not, and how the shares can vary based on the combinations of living heirs.

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


About the Course Text


Matn Abi Shuja is a classic primer that has been taught and studied and memorised for shy of a millenium. It is central book is 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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