FIQ231 Muslim Family Law 1 (Marriage & Divorce)

Course Description:

This course gives a detailed study of family law according to the mainstream Muslims (Ahlu Al-Sunnah) taken from the four major juristic schools. The course covers the pre-marital stage, weddings, rights and responsibilities of the spouses within a marriage, as well as divorce, alimony, and custody.

Course Code: FIQ231

Credit hours: 3

Pre-Requisites: None

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will be able to specifically state the general and specific concepts of marriage, its goals and benefits at the family and society level
  • Students will be able state the conditions of a valid marriage contract and the conditions of a valid divorce
  • Students will be able to write short essays defining the following, with related Fiqh rulings: marriage, divorce, Al-khula’ (compensated divorce), Al-iyla (unjustified refraining from having sexual relation with one’s wife), Al-thihar (inappropriate divorce), and Raja’h (taking one’s wife back after divorce), Lia’an (Termination of marriage based on accusation of infidelity), Iddah (waiting period after the end of the marriage contract), and foster relationships
  • Students will be given a case study to analyze, will identify the pertinent problems regarding Islamic family law, and present to the class solutions based on related rulings

Course Outline:

  • Marriage contract.
  • Foster Relationship.
  • Divorce.
  • Raja’h (taking one’s wife back after divorce).
  • EIla (unjustified refraining from having sexual relation with one’s wife).
  • Khula’ (compensated divorce).
  • Thihar (inappropriate divorce).
  • Lia’an (Termination of marriage based on accusation of infidelity).
  • Iddah (waiting period after the end of the marriage contract).

Main Textbook:

Fiqh of The Muslim Family by Sh. Hasan

Additional On-line Readings:

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The Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America

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%

Guideline 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 mentioned.

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.

Login 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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