FIQ312 Fiqh of Worship 2 (Zakah, Fasting, Hajj, and Jihad )

Course Description:

This course focuses on some detailed rules of Zakah(religious tax) , Sawm (Fasting), Hajj (pilgrimage), and Jihad; in which every Muslim must learn and understand for the correctness of his/her Ibadah (worship).  Some misconceptions regarding Jihad and its difference from terrorism will be discussed.

Course Code: Fiq312

Credit hours: 3

Pre-Requisites: None

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to state the definition of Zakah, list its general concepts, benefits and some specific rulings of Zakah: such as zakatable and non-Zakatable wealth, conditions of Zakah, Zakah on salaries and various funds.
  • Students will make a presentation defining Fasting, explaining its pillars, what nullifies fasting, recommended acts, types of expiation for not fasting, and specific rulings on when one is exempt from fasting.
  • Students will be able to verbally explain, citing proofs from Quran and authentic Sunnah, how to effectively determine the beginning and ending of Ramadan, and moon sighting vs. calculation.
  • Students will write an essay on pillars of Hajj, its obligatory rituals, nullification of Hajj, expiation for violating the rules of Hajj, different Hajj styles, restrictions during Ihram, description of the Hajj done by the Prophet SAAW.
  • Students will effectively explain the definition of Jihad, and make a video presentation of its concept, legitimate reasons for applying Jihad, offensive and defensive Jihad, distributing war spoils, and its historical context. Emphasis will be given on clearing the misconceptions some people might have regarding Jihad and its proper implementation.
  • Students will be able to verbalize the positive effect and benefits that Zakah, Fasting, and Hajj should have on the individual, the family, and the Ummah when implemented accordingly.

Course Outline

a) 1- Zakah: Zakatable and non-Zakatable wealth, sufficiency of paying taxes only instead of Zakah, conditions for paying Zakah, threshold vs. poverty line, Zakah on salaries & professional fees, Zakah on retirement fund, on stocks and bonds, deductibility of different debts from Zakah,..etc

b) 2- Fasting : Pillars of fasting, determining the beginning and the end of Ramadan, moon sighting vs. calculation, recommended acts during fasting, nullification of fasting, expiation for not fasting, making up the missing days, excuses for breaking the fast: traveling, pregnancy, illness, breastfeeding, aging.

c) 3- Hajj : Pillars of Hajj, its obligatory rituals, nullification of Hajj, expiation for violating the rules of Hajj, different Hajj styles, restrictions during Ihram, description of the Hajj done by the Prophet SAAW

d) 4- Jihad: definition of Jihad, legitimate reasons for applying Jihad, offensive and defensive Jihad, distributing war spoils, Jihad is a state concept.

Main Textbook

The Summary of Islamic Jurisprudence By Shaikh Saleh Al-Fawzan

Additional on-line Readings:

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The Assembly of Muslim Jurists in America (AMJA)

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

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Al-Huda Online School

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  • 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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