In the age of globalization different opinions and experiences influence how we perceive Islam and its teachings. We are sometimes left confused and frustrated, wishing there was some way to understand exactly how all the rulings that are said to constitute Shari’ah fit together and to understand the place of Shari’ah rulings in our current milieu.
Shari’ah Intelligence is the ability to navigate the often complex and divergent opinions that stem from scholars of different generations and Schools of Juristic Thought. This course helps to build a greater appreciation about how competent Muslim jurists understand the Shari’ah and use its principles to formulate methods of deriving general and specific rulings.
To introduce the classical methodologies of juristic reasoning and the formulation of fatwas.
To understand why scholars, differ in their verdicts.
To understand the nuanced language and terminologies used by scholars,
How to identify verdicts which have not been formulated using classical methodologies.
Explain how scholars reconcile their opinions with the higher purposes and intents of the Shari’ah.
To understand what actions may be taken when scholars differ on an issue.
How to have greater respect for diversity of opinions and multiple approaches to derivation from texts.
Introduction to Usul Al- Fiqh
Evolution of Usul Al-Fiqh
Tools of Ijtihad: Primary and Secondary Sources of Shari’ah
Schools of Juristic Thought and their Methodologies
Certainty and Speculation in Authenticity and Meaning of Texts
The Sunnah in the Seerah of the Prophet and his Companions
The Legislative and Non-legislative in the Sunnah
Introduction to Qawa’id al-FiqhiyyahandMaqasid al-Shari’ah
Legal Maxims and the Principles of Permissibility (Halal) and Prohibition (Haram) – Qawa’id al-Fiqhiyyah
Introduction to the Higher Intents (Maqasid) of Shari’ah
Maqasid As a Compass on The Map of Usul Al-Fiqh
What to Do When Scholars Differ.
*Course fee includes meals and light refreshments