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Correctly understand the objectives of Islamic law so that you can gain clarity in the confusions crea confidence in your religion in the face of media misrepresentations of controversial Shariah rulings
Learn the wisdom behind legal rulings, namely the maqasid alshariah (objectives of Islamic law)—the preservation of religion, life, family, intellect, and wealth Avoid both an overzealous application and a complete abandonment of these objectives Understand the role of maslaha, maqasid, and `urf in the formulation of Islamic Law Apply key principles for analyzing media articles that portray Muslims and Islamic Law in a negative light Understand the Muslim position on various controversies surrounding points of Islamic Law in the media Completion of the Foundations curriculum is a required prerequisite. Introductory Topics and Key Principles (4 lessons) o Reason and revelation o Maslaha in Islamic Law o Established practice and culture in Islamic Law o The Objectives of Islamic Law Women in Islamic Law (2 lessons) o Women and Family o Women and Society Religious Freedom in Islamic Law (1 lesson) o Non Muslims o Apostasy State Relations in Islamic Law (1 lesson) Slavery in Islamic Law (1 lesson) Criminal Punishments in Islamic Law (1 lesson) Politics in Islamic Law (1 lesson) Commanding the Right and Forbidding the Wrong in Islamic Law (1 lesson)
Maqasid al-shari`ah (the objectives of Islamic law) was traditionally a specialized subject that was not formally studied as part of scholarly training. To understand what one must do, scholars would study fiqh (Islamic law). To understand how to derive fiqh , they would study usul al-fiqh (legal methodology). Maqasid al-shari`ah is the philosophy of Islamic law. While this philosophy is a wonderful feature of the law, it does not define the law, nor does it determine it. In the modern age, things changed and Muslim modernists brought study of maqasid al-shari`ahto the fore. They argued that while the maqasid — namely the preservation of religion, life, family, intellect, and wealth—were universally noble and admirable, the particular legal rulings found in the
The universal maqasid were therefore more important than the particular legal rulings. Types of Questions Addressed: . Sometimes. implicitly and explicitly. though. Studying the maqasid reveals that it is not the intent of the law to discriminate. leaving you with a newfound confidence in your religion. The goal of this course is to correctly understand maqasid al-shari`ah to counter both mistakes described above—applying maqasid where they don't belong and ignoring maqasid when they are needed. nor to destroy. how to identify propaganda. By the end of this course. modern humanism has challenged the truth of Islam on the basis of moral objections to various rulings of Islamic Law—if Islam is true. nor to be unjust. nor to maim. and completion of the Foundations curriculum is a required prerequisite. You will learn how to analyze these news articles. This course is meant for students who already have some formal study of the religion. Rulings related to criminal punishments are singled out as being barbaric. you will learn approximately ten key principles to analyze such news so that you can clearly see where your religion is being misrepresented. The main thrust of the course. overzealous (mis)application of maqasid . and cruelty. violent. though. This would bring Islam up-to-date with modernity and allow it to catch up with the progress of the secular modern world. how can it be evil. intolerant. These objections are often made against rulings that have nothing to do with Islam at all. it argues. nor to kill. and how to understand the correct Islamic position (along with the associated wisdom and objective) on these topics. and `urf relate to Islamic Law. While this course will not teach you how to respond publicly to such news articles. These objections are voiced forcefully in the news. maslaha. you will gain clarity in the confusions created by Muslim modernists who call for a complete overhaul of Islamic law and confidence in your religion in the face of media misrepresentations of controversial Shariah rulings. You will also learn a method for analyzing news articles that portray Islamic law in a negative light. In contrast. This is an incorrect. how to identify untruths. and the particular rulings had to be revised in the light of the universal maqasid . An additional benefit that you will gain from this course is clarity on how maqasid. injustice. is to correct the latter mistake. and barbaric? Rulings related to women are singled out as being discriminatory against women. and they have already started to have an effect on Western governments that are legislating rulings against their Muslim minorities. Rulings related to other religions are singled out as being intolerant. nor anything else that is associated with immorality. unjust.classical books of Islamic Law were cumbersome and often contrary to these maqasid . This will be achieved by examining seven case-studies of news articles related to various controversial aspects of Islamic Law. the objections come from not understanding the maqasid that lie behind the rulings. Rulings related to state relations and warfare are singled out as being violent.
What is the role of culture in the formulation of Islamic Law? What is the role of benefit (maslaha) in the formulation of Islamic Law? What do Muslim jurists mean when they say. You can post questions and engage in discussion in the course forum. `Abd al-Salam will be provided in pdf format. lash bodies. Shaykh Hamza will hold weekly office hours. so that you can hear lessons that you may miss or review key concepts. and stone people? Weekly live lessons will be taught by Shaykh Hamza. Project work and exams will test and strengthen your knowledge. “Established practice (`adah) is a source of law”? What do jurists mean when they say that rulings of Islamic Law change with place and time? What does it mean for Islam to be applicable for all times? Is Islamic Law biased against women? Does Islam permit genital mutilation? Does Islam permit domestic violence? How does Islam view other religions? Does Islam allow freedom of expression? What kind of relations should Muslim states have with other states? Does Islam promote a doctrine of perpetual warfare against the world? What is Islamism and is it countenanced by Islamic Law? Does Islam permit slavery? Do Muslims chop hands. Selected translations from key sections of Al-Muwafaqat by Imam alShatibi and Al-Qawa`id al-Kubra by al-`Izz b. . All live sessions will be recorded. Printable course slides will add structure to lessons.