iSyllabus Intermediary Year Two

Updated: Jun 12, 2018

A. Quran studies



1- The Word of God - Case study in commentary (Surah al-Hujurat)


Aims & Objectives: Through a detailed study of the commentary of the chapter entitled ‘Surah al-Hujurat’, this module will provide the student with an insight into the divine nature of the quranic message and the themes that make up the quranic text. The student will also be introduced to the special form and style of the quranic text through a study of classical and modern works of tafsir as well as taken through the methodology used by the most famous authorities of tafsir, with over 30 works forming the basis of the special class notes.


B. Hadith studies


2- Reading between the lines - Comparative fiqh & hadith studies (Sawm and Zakat)


Aims & Objectives: This module will cover comparative fiqh according to the four schools of law, looking at how the Maliki, Shafi’i, Hanbali and Hanafi schools utilize the prophetic sunna to arrive at rulings of fiqh. Through a selection of pivotal hadith related to the fiqh of Fasting and Zakat, this module will allow student to understand the role of hadith literature in the science of fiqh, and how the same hadith sources sometimes lead to different legal rulings.


Topics covered:

Fasting the Day of Doubt; Sighting the New Crescent; Establishing the New crescent; The conditions of the fast; The time of intention; Breaking the fast; Traveling and what breaks the fast; On Traveling; Vomiting; Use of Kohl; Illness and death;


The fast of the elderly; Fasting for the deceased; On the conditions of Zakat; Zakat on Gold and Silver; Zakat on newly acquired wealth; Recipients of Zakat; Family recipients of Zakat; Wealthy people who can be given Zakat;


3- Reading between the lines - Comparative fiqh & hadith studies (Hajj)


Aims & Objectives: This module will cover comparative fiqh according to the four schools of law, looking at how the Maliki, Shafi’i, Hanbali and Hanafi schools utilize the prophetic sunna to arrive at rulings of fiqh. Through a selection of pivotal hadith related to the fiqh of Hajj, this module will allow student to understand the role of hadith literature in the science of fiqh, and how the same hadith sources sometimes lead to different legal rulings. In particular in includes an extensive study of the Hadith of Jabir on the Hajj of the Prophet .


Topics covered:

On the obligation of Hajj and types of Ihram; On the ruling of Hajj and Umrah; On the types of Ihram; Intention and rulings; Hajj on behalf of the terminally ill; Hajj on behalf of another while not having performed it for oneself; Ability to perform Hajj; The prohibitions of Ihram and the manner of performing the Hajj; Forbidden actions in Ihram; The text of hadith of Jabir ibn Abd-Allah on the manner of performing the Hajj; The manner of performing the Hajj [1]; Extensive commentary on the hadith of Jabir on the Hajj; Sequence of actions on The Day of Sacrifice; Leaving the state of Ihram; Kaffarah.


C. Islamic Law studies


4-The Lawyers shorthand - al-Qawaid al- Fiqhiyyah


Aims & Objectives: This module will give students an in- depth understanding of the five major legal maxims. A maxim (or principle) is defined as “A general rule which applies to a large number of its related particulars and which aids in the understanding of those rulings” [Al-Subqi, al-Ashbah]. This module will cover the five pivotal maxims used in the science of Fiqh as well as the numerous associated rules that go with them. The focus of the module will be on both the theoretical and practical understanding of these legal rules of thumb.


5-Worship with understanding - Classical laws of worship (Prayer)

Aims & Objectives: Building on the material covered in the iSyllabus Diploma course, this module will involve the reading and comprehension of one of the foremost books on Hanafi ritual worship as well as detailed explanation on the day to day application of fiqh related to Prayer.


6-Worship with understanding - Classical laws of worship (Sawm and Zakat)


Aims & Objectives: Building on the material covered in the iSyllabus Diploma course, this module will involve the reading and comprehension of one of the foremost books on Hanafi ritual worship as well as detailed explanation on the day to day application of fiqh related to Fasting and Zakat.


7-Worship with understanding - Classical laws of worship (Hajj)


Aims & Objectives: Building on the material covered in the iSyllabus Diploma course, this module will involve the reading and comprehension of one of the foremost books on Hanafi ritual worship as well as detailed explanation on the day to day application of fiqh related to Hajj.


8-Modern Zakat case studies - Theory and practice


Aims & Objectives: Building on the material covered in the iSyllabus one year Diploma course, this module will involve a detailed explanation on the day to day application of fiqh related to zakat with a focus on the practical method of calculating complex Zakat case studies including issues related to accounting, trade and investment.

D. Theology studies


9- The Creed of Islam - Commentary on the Fiqh al-Akbar of Abu Hanifa [1]


Aims & Objectives: This module will cover the course text book on the theory of Acquisition (kasb), The status of the Prophet , as well takfir and other legal issues discussed within Islamic Creed.

10- The Creed of Islam - Commentary on the Fiqh al- Akbar of Abu Hanifa [2]

Aims & Objectives: This module will cover the course text on the chapters on Miracles, The Beatific vision of God, the relationship between faith and religion and finally the issue of intercession and other eschatological realities.


11- The Creed of Islam - Commentary on the Fiqh al- Akbar of Abu Hanifa [3]

Aims & Objectives: This covers the final chapters of the work of Abu Hanifah on Eschatological realities and the Signs of the End of Time.


E. Applied Spirituality studies


12- The Qualities (Shama’il) of the Prophet SAW Part 1


15- Understanding the Path - The Hikam of Ibn Ata’illah al-Iskandari [1]


Aims & Objectives: Through this module students will be taken through a careful study of one of the gems of Islamic spiritual literature, providing an understanding of the spiritual states experienced on the way to gaining divine pleasure. The course will make use of the most famous commentaries authored on the Hikam, in particular that of Ibn Abbad al-Rhondi.


16- Understanding the Path - The Hikam of Ibn Ata’illah al-Iskandari [2]


Aims & Objectives: Through this module students will be taken through a careful study of one of the gems of Islamic spiritual literature, providing an understanding of the spiritual states experienced on the way to gaining divine pleasure. The course will make use of the most famous commentaries authored on the Hikam, in particular that of Ibn Abbad al-Rhondi.

Aims & Objectives: Dealing with others. This module continues on from the introductory look at the prophetic character, and takes a detailed look at how this was manifest through a perfection in his dealings with others. The module will look at detailed examples of this quality with a view to inculcating such characteristics in those that study it.


13- The Qualities (Shama’il) of the Prophet SAW Part 2


Aims & Objectives: Leadership. This module continues on from the introductory look at the prophetic character, and takes a detailed look at how this was manifest through his

leadership role in the community. The method of winning over others will be detailed and studied with relevant examples from early sources.


14- The Qualities (Shama’il) of the Prophet SAW Part 3


Aims & Objectives: Prophetic educational methodology. This module continues on from the introductory look at the prophetic character, and takes a detailed look at the Prophetic educational methodology and the theory and practice of effectual teaching and guidance.

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