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 increase your knowledge of the questions that worshippers face in their purity, prayer, and fasting, all in light of a comprehensive textbook of Hanafi law that students have used for centuries. This is the first of three parts. This part focuses on the obligatory, necessary, and sunna elements of prayer, both alone and in congregation, as well as its invalidators and nullifiers.

Curricular Context

  • This is a first-level supplementary course in Step Two

  • Before taking this course, take The Absolute Essentials of Islam (Hanafi) and/or the Essentials of Worship courses

Course Outline

Week 1


Lesson 13: Introduction to Prayer and Its Times
Week 2


Lesson 14: Disliked Times and the Adhan
Week 3



Lesson 15: Conditions of the Prayer
Week 4


Lesson 16: Integrals and Necessary Elements
Week 5


Lesson 17: Sunnas of the Prayer
Week 6


Lesson 18: Description of the Prayer and Conditions for Congregation
Week 7


Lesson 19: Congregational Prayer
Week 8


Lesson 20: Following the Imam and Introduction to Invalidators
Week 9


Lesson 21: Invalidators of the Prayer
Week 10


Lesson 22: Disliked Actions in Prayer
Week 11


Lesson 23: Disliked Acts (2), Breaking the Prayer, and Witr
Week 12


Lesson 24: The Sunna Prayers

What You Will Learn:

  • Understand slavehood to Allah Most High and why it is important

  • Learn the rules of prayer that are generally encountered

  • Memorize the obligatory, necessary, and sunna  elements of prayer at a higher level of detail

  • Learn the conditions, sunnas, and rulings of congregational prayer

  • Memorize a list of nearly twelve dozen invalidating or disliked actions in the prayer.

  • Learn the rulings of witr and the sunna prayers

  • Appreciate the rigor of the science of Sacred Law (fiqh)

Course Requirements: Absolute Essentials of Islam ILAE10 and/or Essentials of Worship (Hanafi)

About the Course Text

This course is an explanation of Nur al-Idah (Light of Clarity), a detailed introduction to the rules of purity, prayer, and fasting authored by a leading authority of the Hanafi school, Abu’l-Ikhlas Hasan al-Shurunbulali (d. 1069 AH/ 1659 CE ). This text covers nearly every issue that arises in the course of these three acts of worship in a clear and comprehensive manner. It is for this reason that Nur al-Idah, along with its commentary Maraqi al-Falah, forms an essential part of nearly every traditional syllabus in Hanafi jurisprudence.

Significant Dates

Registration Opens: September 30, 2019

Registration Closes: November 11, 2019

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

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