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Available Course at Whitethread Institute

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)
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

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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.