FIQ101 Introduction to Islamic Fiqh



Course Description:

This course highlights the history of the Islamic Jurisprudence, characteristics, origins, developmental stages, and the four major juristic schools of thought, with more focus on the status of following certain school vs. choosing from different juristic schools.

Course Code: FIQ101

Credit hours: 3

Pre-Requisites: None

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will be able to state the meaning of Fiqh, its sources, and its status in Islam.
  • Students will be able to write down the characteristics of Fiqh and trace its origins to the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him)
  • Students will sequence and outline major historical highlights in the developmental stages of Fiqh.
  • Students will be able to summarize the establishment of the four Islamic schools of thought and the factors that led to them.
  • Students will write an essay describing the contributions made by the scholars of the main schools of thought, and critically analyze their belief and etiquette towards each other and difference of opinion.
  • Students will be able to identify the main reasons for conflicted rulings.
  • Students will able to identify the causes and effects of Taqleed or following one school only.
  • Students will compare and contrast societal effects of how conflicted rulings are handled today vs. during the time of the first three generations, and expound on relevant questions/solutions for inquiry.
  • Students will be able to use critical thinking skills to compare different fiqh opinions to come up with the relevant opinion that makes the best fit for the circumstances of Muslims in the United States.

Course Outlines:

  • The First Stage: Foundation
  • The Second Stage: Establishment
  • The Third Stage: Building
  • The Fourth Stage: Flowing
  • The Madh-habs: Schools of Islamic Legal Thought
  • Main Reasons for Conflicting Rulings
  • The Fifth Stage: Consolidation
  • The Six Stage: Stagnation and Decline
  • Imams and Taqleed
  • Differences Among The Ummah

Main Textbook

The Evolution of Fiqh. By Dr. Bilal Philips

Grading and Evaluation:

  • Minimum passing grade 70%
  • Participation: 40% (10 assignments, 4% each)
  • Oral exam: 20%
  • Mid-Term exam: 10%
  • Research paper: 20%
  • Final exam: 10%

Guidelines for Research Paper:

As part of the course, you are required to submit a research paper. The topic chosen must be relevant to the course and approved by the Instructor.The paper must meet the following requirements:

  • At least ten (10) double-spaced pages (not including the introduction and conclusion)
  • 1 inch margins
  • 12 pt size (Times New Roman)
  • Follow the standard research paper structure with a Table of Contents, Abstract or Executive Summary, Introduction, Main Body, Conclusion, List of Reference
  • The Main Body should be organized into logical chapters and paragraphs
  • When quoting Hadith, a notation indicating its authenticity must be clearly

Please Watch:

How To Write A Research Paper


Communication Etiquette:

  • Post all your questions related to the course to the (Online Test) forum.
  • If sending emails directly to the lecturer, please include appropriate label in the subject line (Action Required/Info/Admin) and allow up to 3 working days for reply.
  • Limit telephone communication with the Lecturer to within specified office hours only.
  • When leaving a voicemail, please clearly state your name, course code, and contact number.

Additional Information:

Log in Instructions:

To attend live – online lectures (on their scheduled time):

Virtual Class Room

Access the course on-line by logging into Online School, accessible from

Al-Huda Online School

You will need a user name and password to:

  • View the recorded lectures if you missed the live online ones.
  • Interact with your teacher and classmates.
  • Upload and submit your assignments, research papers, and exams.
  • View your grades.
  • All attempt must be made to submit assignments by the agreed due dates. Late submissions will be penalized.
  • Weekly materials and graded assignments will be posted onto the site by Monday – in sha Allah.
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