The Lawful & The Prohibited I – VI

January 2016 - June 2016

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The Lawful and The Prohibited Overview

The Lawful and The Prohibited is a structured 6-month programme designed to provide students with the essential rulings and evidences for everyday life in the modern era.

This course forms a part of Al-Salam Institute’s Islamic Scholarship Programme and contributes to the student’s holistic training by providing an in-depth, practical handbook; a go-to guide for answers concerning the customary issues of day-to-day life – especially for Muslims in the West.

Unit 1:   Fiqh of Muslim Life

Unit 2:   Fiqh of Marriage and Family Life

Unit 3:   Fiqh of Education and Entertainment

Unit 4:   Fiqh of Islamic Finance

Unit 5:   Fiqh of Islam, State and Society

Unit 6:   Fiqh of Da'wah

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Course Structure

Unit 1: Fiqh of Muslim Life

There exists a range of circumstances (duties, obligations and expectancies) that are common amongst all Muslims. Beginning with the essentials of personal, individual matters, The Lawful and The Prohibited series will provide answers to critical questions such as, ‘what can Muslims eat and drink?’, or ‘how should a Muslim dress?’ Manners are as central to the everyday life of a Muslim as finding the ideal work/life balance. This unit will address these matters that the majority of Muslims will face at some point during their lifetime.

Unit 2:   Fiqh of Marriage and Family Life

This unit details the personal responsibilities that a Muslims owes in a wider context, namely, in marriage and family life. The respective rights and duties in the family home form the backbone of any upstanding and moral society. Issues such as permanent and temporary contraceptives, registration of marriages and divorce, and adoption in Islam have all taken a prominent role in the discourse of this social contract. Definitive answers to these issues – ie. understanding their limits and injunctions – are key to a successful and blessed marriage.

Unit 3:   Fiqh of Education and Entertainment

Following on from the parent-child relationship in the previous unit, this unit will highlight the problems faced in contemporary education systems and will endeavour to provide Islamic solutions to these issues. It will also be discussed the fact that we have moved from simple sports and board games, to a near endless supply of movies, television programmes, music and similar entertainment. The sharp increase in the quantity and accessibility of these modern day phenomena may serve to obscure the objective of recreation – of leisure, entertainment or ‘down-time’ – in Islam. This part of the series will bring this objective to the fore, set out the criterion for ‘good’ and ‘bad’ types of recreation, and apply the prophetic model to the modern era.

Unit 4:   Fiqh of Islamic Finance

The next part of the course is concerned with Islamic Finance – including banking, economics and developments in the financial sector that affect (or will soon affect) day-to-day living. Student loans, mortgages, insurance, and borrowing on interest are all a significant part of the modern society, and by extension a significant choice that a person or a family will face at some point. Graduates of the Islamic Scholarship Programme will often be faced with providing advice to such people on these issues; so it is imperative that the human conditions of Islamic finance are understood as deeply as the Islamic perspective on them.

Unit 5:   Fiqh of Islam, State, and Society

Unit 5 of the series covers the lawful and the prohibited in the widest context: on a national and international scale. How should a Muslim or a Muslim family interact with the society and neighbourhoods in which they live? Muslims under non-Muslim rule must find the balance between tolerance and steadfastness, leniency and the inviolability of honour. Muslims are encouraged to attract others to the religion by their speech and good conduct, whereas performing actions in order to please the creation is blameworthy. Finding and adhering to this balance requires proper knowledge of the time as well as of the first application of Divine Revelation (ie. the sunnah of the Messenger saw). The fifth part of the series will detail the role of the Muslim community as a whole to the world at large.

Unit 6:   Fiqh of Da'wah

There are many opportunities for Muslims in the West to call to the religion; from colleagues in the workplace, associates in the classroom, neighbours, friends, community members, family members, and even online communities. The introduction of instant messaging and global online networks means that there is an almost limitless potential in spreading the message of Islam. How then can we ensure that we are following the way of the Prophets and Messengers? In this course on the Fiqh of Dawah, students will cover the proper methods in teaching the essence of Islam and in conveying its message to others.

Schedule

Unit 1:   Fiqh of Muslim Life                                                         Sat 30th January 2016

Unit 2:   Fiqh of Marriage and Family Life                                Sat 20th February 2016

Unit 3:   Fiqh of Education and Entertainment                       Sat 5th March 2016

Unit 4:   Fiqh of Islamic Finance                                                 Sat 7th May 2016

Unit 5:   Fiqh of Islam, State, and Society                                Sat 5th June 2016

Unit 6:   Fiqh of Da'wah                                                          Sat 25th June 2016

Time

09:00 - 17:00 GMT

 

 

Onsite Venue

All of our classes take place in and around central London. We primarily use the following venues:

Queen Mary University, London, E1 4NS

London Muslim Centre, London, E1 1JX

Osmani Centre, London, E1 5AW

Mode of Study

Onsite: Onsite students are those who choose to attend the lectures in person in London. The benefit of attending onsite enables students to study directly from the teacher and benefit from the learning environment.

Online: Online students are those who cannot commit to onsite attendance for each course, or who would like to make use of the additional 5 days recorded access. The classes are streamed live at high-quality and are interactive; students can fully participate in the classroom discussions.

On-demand: On-demand students are able to make use of onsite, online live, and an additional 30 day recorded access for all six units in the course.

 

Course Features

Taught in  English

Comprehensive overview of the essential fiqh for the modern era

Extensive Question and Answers sessions with Shaykh Akram Nadwi

Sister’s only Q&A sessions at selected seminars

Flexible learning arrangements available

Limited recorded access available for missed classes

Live online access available worldwide

Optional 30-day recorded access for both onsite and online students

Exam held at the end of the course

Certificate in Applied Islamic Law awarded upon successful completion of the programme

Credit transfer available from the seminar series to the Al-Salam Institute ‘Alimiyyah Programme

Qualification

Certificate of Attendance

All students will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion of the course.

 

Certificate in Applied Islamic Law

The Certificate in Applied Islamic Law will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of The Lawful and The Prohibited course.

Students of the programme may opt in to be tested on their understanding of the materials covered in an open-book exam to be sat at the completion of the course. Students will be issued a transcript of their results and can request an academic reference from the Institute. Credits are transferrable for entry onto the Islamic Scholarship Programme.

Students of the Islamic Scholarship Programme are able to opt in for this additional qualification at any point during the Intermediate level.

  Onsite Online On-Demand
Unit 1:   Fiqh of Muslim Life £50 £70 £90
Unit 2:   Fiqh of Marriage and Family Life £50 £70 £90
Unit 3:   Fiqh of Education and Entertainment   £50 £70 £90
Unit 4:   Fiqh of Islamic Finance   £50 £70 £90
Unit 5:   Fiqh of Islam, State, and Society £50 £70 £90
Unit 6:   Fiqh of Da'wah £50 £70 £90
       
Total £300 £420 £540
       

Discounted Fee

All Six Units: The Lawful and The Prohibited

 

£199

 

£249

 

£499

Onsite: admission to onsite venue only (London)

Online: onsite + online live access + 5 days on-demand

On-Demand: onsite + online live + 30 days on-demand

     

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Fiqh of Muslim Life


Fiqh of Muslim Life

Course Overview

This unit is the first in The Lawful and The Prohibited series on the role of Islamic Law in the 21st Century. Students will be introduced to the 6-month programme and will follow a structured syllabus which will cover the fiqh essentials of the modern era. This unit will cover an array of topical areas, ranging from the Ahkam (rules) of the fundamental beliefs in Islam to the day-to-day dress code for believing men and women. The emergence of modern medicine will be covered in-depth, in addition to an introduction to the role of the individual in the family home.

Course Objectives

To provide students with:

  • A comprehensive overview of the lawful and prohibited relating to day-to-day life

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  • Understand the essence of ‘Halal’ and ‘Haram’
  • Understand the wisdoms behind commands and prohibitions in Islam
  • Understand the role of Local and Traditional Custom in Islamic Law
  • Understand the Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) relating to Islamic beliefs and mannerisms
  • Understand the Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) relating to food and drink
  • Understand the Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) relating to clothing and adornment
  • Understand the Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) relating to the basics of the family home

Course Content

  • The essence of ‘Halal’ and ‘Haram’
  • Doubtful Matters
  • Islamic Beliefs and Customs
  • Oaths and Vows
  • Interpretation of Dreams
  • Superstition and Myths
  • Omens
  • Charms and Amulets
  • Mourning for the Dead
  • Cultural Customs in Islam
  • Food and Drink according to the Sunnah
  • Concept of Tayyib
  • Food of the People of the Book
  • The Islamic Manner of Slaughtering
  • Medicine, Drugs and Intoxicants
  • Prophetic Medicine
  • Blood Transfusion and Organ Donation
  • Alcohol Preservative
  • Clothing and Adornment
  • Haircutting and Beard Length
  • Cosmetics: Make-Up, Perfume and Plastic Surgery
  • Jewellery for Men and Women
  • Fashion and Hijab
  • Photographs, Paintings and Decoration in the Home
  • Animals as Pets
  • Work / Life Balance
  • Virtues of Employment
  • Employer – Employee Relationship
  • Interaction with Colleagues
  • Communication with Opposite Gender at Work

Fiqh of Marriage and Family Life


Fiqh of Marriage and Family Life

Course Overview

This unit looks into the respective requirements, rights and duties of individuals in a marital relationship. The common issues that are associated with marriage in the modern era will be analysed from a social and legal perspective, and the essentials of Islamic law pertaining to family life will be covered in this intensive one-day seminar. The course is essential for those who are seeking to get married, seeking to bring their marriage closer to the prophetic example, and those of a marriageable age as part of their preparation for marriage.

Course Objectives

To enable students to:

  • Understand the Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) relating to marriage and family life
  • Endeavour for a successful and blessed marriage
  • Provide counsel to friends, family and neighbours

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  • Understand the Islamic objective of marriage
  • Understand the Fiqh of marriage, family life and divorce
  • Understand the rights and duties of husband and wife
  • Understand the rights and duties of parent and child
  • Understand how best to raise children in modern world
  • Confidently and proactively deal with marriage proposals
  • Understand how best to attain a successful and blessed family life

Course Content

  • Free-Mixing and Segregation
  • Avoiding Illicit Desire
  • Monasticism
  • Marriage in the 21st Century
  • Secret marriage
  • Kafa’ah (Compatibility)
  • Aims and objectives of marriage in Islam
  • Marriage to the People of the Book
  • Mut’ah (Temporary Marriage)
  • Polygamy/Polygyny/Polyandry
  • The Husband-Wife Relationship
  • Birth Control
  • Abortion
  • Circumcision and FGM
  • Divorce
  • Alimony and Child Support
  • The Parent-Child Relationship
  • Raising children in modern world
  • Naming Children
  • Aqeeqah
  • Adoption in Islam
  • Non-Muslim Parents

Fiqh of Education and Entertainment


Fiqh of Education and Entertainment

Course Overview

This unit will cover the lawful and the prohibited relating to how an individual spends his or her free time. Examples will be drawn from the biographies of the earlier generations in order to demonstrate how the first, second, and third generation of Muslims interpreted the Ahkam relating to recreation and entertainment. Closely connected to this is the importance of proper training and education in Islam – which will also be covered in –depth in this unit. Practical suggestions in how to avoid procrastination and heedlessness in spending ones time will be provided alongside the Quranic and Prophetic injunctions in this matter. The case of the traveller will also be studied meticulously to highlight the effect of modern transportation methods on the positions in Islamic law.

Course Objectives

To provide students with:

  • A detailed understanding of the fundamentals of education, entertainment and travel in Islam

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  • Understand the Islamic objective of recreation and leisure
  • Plan how best to utilise their time effectively
  • Understand the Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) relating to recreation and entertainment
  • Understand how to best educate children in the modern world
  • Understand the Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) relating to secular (state) education
  • Understand the Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) relating to traditional Islamic scholarship

Course Content

  • The Purpose of Recreation
  • Recreation of the Prophet (saw) and his Companions
  • The Value of Time
  • Physical Activity
  • Relaxing the Mind
  • Storytelling
  • Board Games
  • Television and Movies
  • Music and Musical Instruments
  • Gambling, Lottery and Prohibited Activities
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Prayer of the Traveller
  • Mahram / Non-Mahram
  • Leisure in the Modern Era
  • Public Space
  • Private Space
  • Etiquettes of Study
  • Secular Education System
  • educating children in the modern world
  • Home-schooling
  • University and Further Education
  • Studying the Islamic Sciences

Fiqh of Islamic Finance


Fiqh of Islamic Finance

Course Overview

This unit on Islamic Finance will look at the significance of contemporary economic systems in the everyday life of a Muslim. The variety of avenues stemming from this topic, including Islamic Financial Accounting, Islamic Insurance, Islamic Banking etc., make it a daunting topic of study for the beginner. Whilst the unit will touch upon the merits of Islamic banks and their relationship to conventional banking systems, the primary emphasis will be placed on introducing students to the practical benefits of finance and economics in Islam.

Course Objectives

To provide students with:

  • A comprehensive overview of the development and essentials of Islamic Finance
  • A profound understanding of the Islamic perspective on buying and selling

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  • Understand the historical development of contemporary Islamic Finance
  • Understand the Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) relating to Islamic Banking and Economics
  • Understand the rights and duties of employer and employee
  • Understand the rights and duties of landlord and tenant
  • Understand the basics of business partnerships in Islam
  • Understand the ethics and principles underlying Islamic Finance
  • Provide good counsel to friends and family on contemporary issues such as mortgage, insurance and warranty, and student loans

Course Content

  • Buying and Selling
  • Uncertainty in Transactions
  • Pawning
  • Prohibition of Riba
  • Payment in Advance
  • Deferred Payment
  • Debt
  • Bankruptcy
  • Borrowing on Interest
  • Price Manipulation
  • Renting, Leasehold and Freehold Ownership
  • Student Loans
  • Economics
  • Business Partnerships
  • Hiring and Employment Relationships
  • Business by Proxy
  • Lost & Found Property
  • Insurance and Mortgage
  • Warranty
  • Islamic and Conventional Banking Models

Fiqh of Islam, State and Society


Fiqh of Islam, State, and Society

Course Overview

This unit on Islam, State, and Society will provide detailed instruction on the role of the individual Muslim in society. The role of Muslims living in non-Muslim land, the importance of Da’wah (calling to Islam), and the rights of the neighbour will be discussed in-depth. Examples taken from the history of political Islam, from the time of the Four Khulafa to the fall of the Ottoman Empire, will be presented alongside the teachings of the Prophet (saw) to foster a deep understanding of the wisdoms behind Divine legislation. In addition, the emergence of a global “eco-friendly” perspective will be discussed; focusing on how the believer should respond at an individual level. This module will also cover Jihad and its conditions, and consider solutions to the contemporary issues of fundamentalism and intolerance.

Course Objectives

To provide students with:

  • Guidance in how best to navigate in different social and political climates
  • An understanding of the different stages of Islam throughout history and its contemporary relevance in the 21st Century and beyond

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  • Understand the Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) relating to Islamic Statehood
  • Understand the Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) relating to Muslims in Muslim Society
  • Understand the Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) relating to Muslims in non-Muslim society
  • Understand the rights and duties of the individual and social community
  • Confidently recall the history of political Islam
  • Understand the Islamic perspective on contemporary phenomena such as Human Rights and International Tribunals (cross-jurisprudential authority)

Course Content

  • Ummah al-Wasat (The Ummah of Moderation)
  • Societal Relations
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Friendship with Non-Muslims
  • Neighbours
  • Women in Islam
  • Gifts and Festivities
  • Celebrations and National Holidays
  • Recycling and the Environment
  • Attending to this world
  • Animal Rights
  • Human Rights
  • The Inviolability of Honour
  • Muslims under Non-Muslim Rule
  • Capital Punishment
  • Sanctity of Life
  • Jihad
  • Islamic Statehood
  • Hudud
  • Crimes and Retaliation
  • Apostasy
  • Slavery in Islam
  • Islam under the Four Khulafa
  • History of Political Islam
  • Islam in 21st Century Britain

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Fiqh of Da'wah

Course Overview

In this one-day intensive course on the Fiqh of Dawah, students will study the best way to call to Islam in the modern era. The course will highlight some of the common mistakes and pitfalls to avoid when giving dawah, and the true objectives of the dawah of the Prophets and Messengers (as).

Course Objectives

To provide students with:

  • A comprehensive overview of the lawful and prohibited relating to calling to Islam

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Understand the Islamic objectives of “dawah”

  • Confidently describe the best practices in calling to Islam

  • Appreciate the responsibilities and limits of the individual dai or daiyah

  • Appreciate the responsibilities and limits of the Muslim community

Course Content

  • The purpose of dawah
  • The objectives of dawah
  • Islamic mannerisms
  • Priorities in calling to Islam
  • Logic vs. Emotion
  • Responding to controversial issues
  • The effectiveness of Debate
  • Agree to Disagree
  • Dawah for non-Muslims
  • Dawah for family, friends and associates
  • The Dawah of the Messengers (as)

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