Ifta’ Specialisation Program | Starts 12th September 2017

The Ifta’ Specialisation Program (Takhassus fi ’l-fiqh wa ’l-Ifta’)

A post-graduate course focussed on developing the ability of ‘alimiyya graduates to proficiently research and formulate legal responses (fatwa) to both complex and everyday issues (nawazil).

The course will comprise the study of several important texts on usul al-fiqh (legal theory), qawa’id al-fiqh (legal maxims), usul al-ifta’ (principles of fatwa giving), along with selections of some primary texts (mutun) such as Al-Durr al-Mukhtar, Bada’i’ al-Sana’i’ and Al-Bahr al-Ra’iq.

Students will study research methodology and the ifta’ process in depth to attain proficiency in research and answering questions according to contemporary demands. Over the course period of two years, they will practice answering several hundred questions on a variety of topics.

The second year of the course will include a specialisation in any one of a number of important areas:

  • Islamic Bioethics (Medical Ethics and Medicine)
  • Islamic Family and Marital Law
  • Islamic Food and Dietary Law
  • Islamic Inheritance Law
  • Citizenship, integration, and political issues
  • Islamic Trade and Commerce
  • Women Issues (Menstruation, Post-Natal Bleeding, Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding) (‘alimas only)
  • Astronomy and Prayer Times

Regular Teachers include Mufti Abdur-Rahman Mangera, Mufti Zubair Patel, Shaykh Zeeshan Chaudri and others

Guest teachers: Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari (Darul Iftaa, Leicester), Mufti Zubair Butt (Al-Qalam), and Mufti Sarfraz Ahmad (Birmingham Fiqh Council Birmingham), who have promised short seminars as and when possible.

This course is due to begin mid September 2017

Times: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 3:30pm British Standard Time (4:30am to 11:30am US Eastern Time)

Venue: Whitethread Institute
329-333 High Street (2nd floor)
Stratford
London E15 2TF
(former site of Interlink College)

Please note that this is an intense post-graduate course open to graduates of the dars nizami or equivalent system, who are juridically inclined, have a grasp of fiqh (Marghinani’s Hidaya), and possess an advanced level of Arabic text analysing skills.

Due to the interactive nature of the course and the individual one-to-one mentoring required, only limited spaces will be available.

Yearly fee: £2,499.00
To register your interest, please complete the form below.

Open to ‘alims and ‘alimas

Please see FAQs below for further information

Comments or questions are welcome

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FAQ for Ifta’ Specialisation Course

This is a work in progress and is subject to frequent change. We wil make it clear once it has been finalised.

Q1) What is the duration of this course?
This is a two-year course.

Q2) What is the price of this course?
The price of the course will be between £1500–£2500 per year

Q3) Will the course be offered online?
We do not think that the same benefit can be gained by taking this course online. 

Q4) If yes to above- In case of time difference based on where a student resides will there be recordings available?
Online will not be available for this course

Q5) Is there any selection criterion for the selection of students, or can anyone who has completed dars e nizami enrol?
Yes, there will be rigorous selection criteria in place. We are looking for students who are juridically inclined, have a grasp of fiqh (Marghinani’s Hidaya), and possess a good level of Arabic text analysing skills.

Q6) Can students choose multiple specialties or just one at a time?
This is possible as some specializations are not as extensive as others.

Q7) Will there be exams and assignments?
Yes, there will be exams and assignments. This should be treated as any other full time course.

Q8) How many classes per week/day?
Classes will be four to five days a week, with seminars on some weekends.

Q9) How many hours a day are expected?
4–6 hours, with a 70–30% combination of study and research. This should include the 2 hours of research and writing.

Q10) What will be the language of the instructor?
English and Arabic with some Urdu by guest scholars.

Q11) Is this a formal diploma course with ijaza in the particular speciality?
This is a formal course with an ijaza system for which there will be rigid criteria. Not everyone who completes the course will necessarily receive an ijaza.

Q12) Will the students be able to contact the teacher after the course is over for complex matters and guidance?
Of course. The teachers will insha Allah always be available. We are interested in forming long term relationships and working together to assist the local community and the umma at large.

Q13) What can be expected in regards to workload?
At least 2 hours of research and writing along with the taught classes each day.

Q14) Will all classes be held at the same venue or are we expected to travel to different locations for some classes?
All classes will be held at the institute. Students may have to travel to attend some meetings or seminars in other places as and when the need arises.

Q15) Are there crèche facilities?
Not currently.

Q16) Who will the teachers be?
Please see the information in the description of the course. We are in discussion with a number of potential candidates for regular teaching. We will update the page when we receive confirmations.

Q17) Can we issue fatwa’s after completing this class?
The course is designed to train in issuing fatwas. All students who graduate with an ijaza and whose competency is recognized by our panel of senior muftis will be authorised to do so.

Advanced Islamic Jurisprudence Program | Starts 12th September 2017

The Advanced Islamic Jurisprudence Program

This course is for those who want to refresh and advance their knowledge in Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh) and develop confidence in responding to normal everyday queries. ‘Alimiyya students sometimes lose touch with fiqh after the fourth year of the course or feel that they had not put sufficient effort into it during the study. In fact many graduates who become imams or teachers start experiencing the practical demands and questions of the wider society and feel the need to reconnect with their fiqh or even undertake a fresh study of it.

If this has been your feeling then the Advanced Islamic Jurisprudence Program is designed for you.

The course will cover a detailed fiqh manual, an usul al-fiqh text, provide a better understanding of the Hanafi school and its evidences, and provide detailed coverage of the most important rulings of purity, salat, funerals, fasting, zakat, hajj, marriage, divorce and business.

This course is not as intensive or demanding as the “Specialisation in Fiqh and Ifta’ Course” and therefore advanced students of sacred knowledge may also apply.  However, it does require sufficient Arabic skills to understand the Arabic texts covered.

This course is open to brothers and sisters and will also be offered online.

Subjects covered (subject to change)

  • A study of a detailed fiqh manual such as Al-Lubab fi Sharh al-Kitab (a commentary of Quduri rich in furu’)
  • A contemporary text in Usul al-Fiqh (Masarr al-Wusul ila ‘ilm al-Usul)
  • An overview of the Hanafi school through Naqib’s Al-Madhhab al-Hanafi or another madkhal work
  • A comprehensive coverage of tahara, salat, fasting, zakat, hajj, funerals, marriage, divorce and business masa’il from contemporary fatwa works
  • Evidences of the Hanafi school through I’la al-Sunan, Nasb al-Raya and other works

Teachers: The teachers of the Ifta Specialisation Program along with others.

This program taken along with the Advanced Islamic Theology Program is intended to create confidence in religious leadership, imamat, chaplaincy, teaching and generally dealing with the wider intellectual, sociological and religious issues.

This course is due to begin mid September 2017.
Duration: 1 year

Times: Monday to Wednesday 8:30am to 12:30pm British Standard Time (4:30am to 8:30am US Eastern).

This course is available online with recordings available for people in different time zones who cannot attend live.

Cost £1,499.00
(A discount will be applied for taking the Advanced Theology and Jurisprudence Programs together.)

Venue: Whitethread Institute, 329-333 High Street (2nd floor), Stratford, London E15 2TF (former site of Interlink College)

For more information please email info@whitethreadinstitute.org
To register for this course, please complete the form below.

Comments or questions are welcome.

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Advanced Islamic Theology Program | Starts 18th September 2017

The Advanced Islamic Theology Program

A comprehensive course on Islamic theological beliefs and creed (‘aqida) and the Western intellectual tradition – philosophy, theology and history. This course is to provide a better understanding of the world we live in, the beliefs and ideologies people hold, and the method of dealing with modern ideological challenges such as atheism and liberalism.

This is the ideal course for imams, community leaders, Islamic scholars, teachers, or just discerning individuals wanting to understand the Islamic faith in detail and modern day ideological challenges.

Brief Summary

The advanced Islamic theology program will consist of two modules:

Module 1: The Islamic theological tradition

The first module will introduce the students to the Islamic theological tradition through a detailed study of two major primary theological texts namely a commentary of al-‘Aqida alTahawiyya by Imam Abu Ja’far al-Tahawi al-Hanafi (d. 321 AH) and Sharh al-Kharida al-Bahiyya of Imam Ahmad al-Dardir al-Maliki (1204 AH).

The study of both these celebrated classical Maturidi and Ash’ari texts will cover some of following issues:

  • What Muslims must believe about Allah, the Prophets, and all that is transmitted
  • The underlying methodology of mainstream Islamic beliefs
  • The centrality of Allah’s transcendence
  • The key arguments and doctrines related to the proofs for the existence of God
  • The essence and attributes of God
  • The subject of prophetology, inimitable nature of the Qur’an, angelology, eschatology, political theology, free-will and predestination.
  • A chronological overview of the emergence, development and the key doctrines of the different major sects within Muslim thought.
  • A brief overview of traditional Islamic spirituality (tasawwuf)
  • Section A: Exploring the doctrinal details of the Ahl al-sunna wal-jama‘ah.
    • A focus on the key arguments and doctrines related to the proofs for the existence of God, essence and attributes of God, prophetology, inimitable nature of the Quran, angelology, eschatology, political theology, free-will and predestination.
    • These doctrines will be studied with the underlying rational and textual evidences through the aforementioned two major primary theological texts but significantly also through prominent marginalia commentaries.
  • Section B: Exploring the historical development of the Islamic theological tradition(s).
    • A chronological overview of the emergence, development and the key doctrines of the different major sects within Muslim thought through the study of classical and modern[1] heresiographical works.

Module 2: The Western intellectual tradition

The second module will introduce the students to the essential ideas, thinkers, terminologies, texts, methodologies and debates within the Western intellectual tradition – philosophy, theology, history, polity.  Furthermore, students will develop practical skills through aspects of the trivium – thinking correctly (logic), writing well (grammar), speaking persuasively (rhetoric).

Where possible a comparative approach between the Islamic and the Western intellectual traditions will be elaborated.

This module will deal with the theism-atheism debate on theological problems, for instance, the arguments for the existence of god, divine attribute paradoxes, problem of evil, morality, science vs religion, religious truth, epistemology, along with questions related to tradition, modernity, postmodernity, relativism, feminism, gender fluidity, science (evolution, AI), ethics (sexual and biomedical), psychology, societal norms and political science.

Here are more of the details:

  • Section A: Exploring the major philosophical trends, thinkers and texts.
    • A chronological overview from the early Greeks, Neo-platonic Arabs, Scholasticism, Rationalists, Empiricists, Kantian thought, post-Kantian trends such as the continental and analytical schools.
  • Section B: Exploring the main sub-disciplines of western philosophy such as epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of religion, ethics, philosophy of science.
    • The focus will be through the key ideas within theism-atheism debate on theological problems for instance the arguments for the existence of god, divine attribute paradoxes, problem of evil, divine hiddenness, morality, science vs religion, religious truth and epistemology.
  • Section C: Exploring the foundations of the trivium.
    • Thinking correctly by studying classical logic (Aristotelian and Stoic), critical thinking (focusing on avoiding fallacious reasoning and false appeals) and an overview of the development of logic from the early Greek foundations to the modern mathematical
    • Writing well by revisiting grammar, developing research and analytical reading skills as well as learning how to write academic essays.
    • Speaking persuasively by studying essentials of rhetoric theory.
  • Section D: Exploring contemporary case studies.
    • To analyse and apply the content taught to current and unprecedented questions as well as provide cogent answers to controversial questions posed regarding the Islamic intellectual tradition.
    • Case studies on questions related to tradition, modernity, postmodernity, relativism, feminism, gender fluidity, science (evolution, AI), ethics (sexual and biomedical), psychology, societal norms and political science.

 

Teachers: Mufti Abdur-Rahman Mangera, Ustadh Imran Iqbal and others.

This program taken along with the Advanced Islamic Jurisprudence Program is intended to create confidence in religious leadership, imamat, teaching and generally dealing with the wider intellectual, sociological and religious issues.

This course is open to brothers and sisters and will also be offered online. It requires sufficient Arabic skills to understand the Arabic texts covered. Advanced students of Arabic and sacred knowledge may also apply.

This course is due to begin mid September 2017.
Duration: 1 year, 3 classes a week (3 hours evenings)

Times: Monday to Wednesday 5:30pm to 8:30pm British Standard Time (1:30pm to 4:30pm US Eastern Time)

This courses is available online with recordings available for people in different time zones who cannot attend live.

This program taken along with the Advanced Islamic Theology Program is intended to create confidence in religious leadership, imamat, chaplaincy, teaching and generally dealing with the wider intellectual, sociological and religious issues.

Cost
Full Course £1,499.00
Module 2 Only £799.00
(A discount will be applied for taking the Advanced Theology and Jurisprudence Programs together.)

Venue: Whitethread Institute, 329-333 High Street (2nd floor), Stratford, London E15 2TF (former site of Interlink College)

For more information please email courses@whitethreadinstitute.org
To register for this course, please complete the form below.

 

Comments or questions are welcome.

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