Usul al-Fiqh - Whitethread Institute

Academic Year 2022-2023

Usul al-Fiqh

Masar al-Wusul fi ‘Ilm al-Usul

The course is designed for students of knowledge and graduates of the ‘Alimiyyah to get a better grasp of Hanafi Usul al-Fiqh. Many of the classical books of Usul al-Fiqh can prove to be difficult to follow, so many students are left without a solid grounding in the field. Others may have studied the topic well, but require a refresher. These classes will offer the opportunity to complete Shaykh Salah Abu ‘l-Hajj’s Masar al-Wusul fi ‘Ilm al-Usul.


The course starts September 2022

On-site and Online

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Course Starts September 2022!

What our students say about the course

"My experience at Whitethread Institute as an Ifta’ student was exhilarating (and exhausting!). I’ve always believed in real learning instead of just getting a certificate and this course was exactly as I expected, comprehensive and intensive. I have also taken another online Ifta program and have had a brief experience with yet a third program and I’m convinced that everything from the comprehensiveness and depth of this course to teachers’ competency to their teaching style, there is currently no better alternative for women who want to study the ‘authentic’ ifta methodology online. If I were to pick THE most distinguishing feature of this course, I’d pick the fatwa writing training. Students are required to research and write 3-5 fatwas daily which are then individually checked and corrected live in class through screen share. Around 500+ fatwas are written in the first year alone. Another distinguishing feature is the methodology of ifta itself and the characteristics and strengths of Hanafi fiqh. Just 6 months into the course and I was not only able to decipher the language and trace the trajectory of the evolutionary development of any fiqhi issue, but also assess the quality and credibility of any fatwa (and muftis). I never dreamed that I’d ever be able to discuss a fiqhi issue with any … mufti but the course gave me the confidence and ability to communicate professionally in terms of both theoretical foundations as well as the nuts and bolts of it. I no longer hesitate and have since then engaged in quite a few fiqhi discussions with experienced muftis and professionals … alike."

Habiba Afridi, Pakistan

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About the Book

It is a common practice in many Islamic Universities in the Arab world to teach Usul al-Fiqh without going through a specific classical text. Subsequently, the teacher is allowed to dictate what they perceive to be the ‘correct’ Usul. This has resulted in students being taught many anomalous and unorthodox positions. What makes these texts so appealing are that they are reader-friendly, so are given preference over the study of classical texts.

Shaykh Salah Abu ‘l-Hajj noticing this problem decided to write an Usul book closely following the content found in classical Hanafi Usul but written in the style of modern Arabic books. He adds sections on the history and development of Usul al-Fiqh as well as touching on contemporary issues.

Course Starts September 2022!


Mufti Abdur-Rahman Mangera


1 Year

Course Start Date

September 2022


Monday to Wednesday 11:30am to 12:30pm British Standard Time (7:30am to 8:30am US Eastern)


On-site and Online (Recordings of the live sessions are available for this course)

Course Fee


*Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained within this course is correct at the time of publication. Courses are subject to on-going development which could necessitate cancellation of, or alteration to, the advertised courses.

Dr. Abdur-Rahman Mangera

A British Muslim scholar educated in both the Islamic and Western traditions. He memorised the Qur’an by heart and graduated from the Darul Uloom seminary Bury, UK, and later undertook studies in ifta’ at Madrasah Zakariyya, South Africa, under Mufti Rada’ al-Haqq, and then at Mazahir ‘Ulum Saharanpur, India, under Mufti Muhammad Tahir Ghaziabadi. He earned his BA from the University of Johannesburg and completed his MA and PhD in Islamic Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. His PhD research was a critical edition of Shaykh Abu ‘l-Layth al-Samarqandi’s Kitab al-Nawazil, hailed as the first fatwa collection in the Hanafi school. He holds an honorary fellowship at the Cambridge Muslim College and at The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, Amman, Jordan. Mufti Abdur-Rahman has the unique experience of serving as an imam in Muslim communities on both sides of the Atlantic, eight years in Southern California and over five in the great city of London—and his continued work as an international speaker and lecturer enables him to address and offer advice on current challenges that face Muslims in the West.

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