FIQ451 Usul Al-Fiqh 1
An exposition of the methods by which the rules of Fiqh are deduced, covering the sources for Islamic law, rules of interpretation, commands and prohibitions, consensus of opinion, and abrogation.
Course Code: FIQ451
Credit hours: 3
Pre-Requisites: 18 credit hours of FIQH courses
- After careful analysis, students will be able to clearly write and state the fundamental principles and methodologies through which practical legal rulings are derived, from the Quran and Sunnah as foundational sources
- Students will be able to write short essays on different rules of scholarly interpretation regarding the method of deducing laws and Al-Dalalat (textual implications)
- Students will be able to write short essays explaining the methodology and rulings of commands, prohibitions, Naskh (abrogations) and Ijma’ (consensus opinion)
- Students will be able to write down the rules and criteria governing the language patterns of the Quran and Sunnah
- Students will be able to outline the appropriate means by which we can derive rulings from the Qur’an and Sunnah – rulings that guide human action by determining if an act is: Prohibited (haram), Disliked (makruh), Obligatory (wajib), Recommended (mandub, mustahab), Permissable (mubah)
- Students will be able to deliver a presentation on the research framework and methodology needed for understanding the language of the Qur’an and Sunnah and how to use the various types of evidences serve as a guide to our Islamic practices and belief.
- Chapter One: Introduction to Usul Al-Fiqh.
- Chapter Two: The First Source of Sharia : The Qur’an.
- Chapter Three: The Sunnah.
- Chapter Four: Rules of Interpretation I: Deducing the Law from Its Sources.
- Chapter Five: Rules of Interpretation II: Al-Dalalat (Textual Implications).
- Chapter Six: Commands and Prohibitions.
- Chapter Seven: Naskh (Abrogation).
- Chapter Eight: Ijma’ or Consensus of Opinion.
Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence by Dr. M. H. Kamali
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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.
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