FIQ332 Muslim Family Law 2 (Inheritance & Will)

Course Description:

This course focuses on the basic concepts of the Islamic Inheritance Law, principal elements of asset distribution and the key features of an Islamic will.  The technical aspects of writing a will, maintaining proper documentation, and executing the last will and testament of an individual will be covered.  The significance and wisdom underpinning the Islamic distribution of inheritance will be discussed together with several relevant case studies that require application of basic formulas for asset division among the legal inheritors.

Course Code: FIQ332

Credit hours: 3

Pre-Requisites: 12 credit hours of FIQH courses

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will be able to write an essay, citing proof from the Quran, on the definition and rulings of inheritance according to Islamic law, defining the primary heirs and their shares, secondary heirs and their criteria of inheritance, inheritance of other relatives.
  • Students will be presented with a case study and present the correct share distribution, and other scenarios and technical difficulties of calculating inheritance
  • Students will be able to form and prepare one’s last will and testament
  • Students will be able to appreciate and verbalize the the fairness and wisdom of the Islamic inheritance law
  • Students will be able to state the differences between the Islamic law of inheritance with the applicable laws in the United States.

Course Outline:

  • Ruling on Inheritance
  • Background & Definitions
  • Primary Heirs and Their Shares
  • Secondary Heirs and Criteria of Inheriting
  • Inheritance of Other Relatives
  • Other Scenarios and Technical Details of Calculating Inheritance
  • Share Distribution &Examples
  • Rules of the Islamic Bequest

Main Textbook:

Islamic Inheritance Law by Mohamad Razi

Additional On-line Readings:

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 The Message of Islam

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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