Note: There are currently three courses being offered. The Advanced Islamic Jurisprudence Program and the Advanced Islamic Theology Program are both one-year courses that are also available online. The advanced Ifta’ Specialisation Program is a rigorous two-year program for which only a dozen or so places are available, and which is only available to onsite students this year. Many applicants may want to advance their knowledge in jurisprudence but not necessarily want to commit to the rigours of training to be a mufti. The Advanced Islamic Jurisprudence Program is appropriate for this. The Advanced Islamic Theology Program can be taken alongside the Advanced Islamic Jurisprudence Program in the same year or separately over two years. The two courses taken together provide excellent training for imams and religious teachers.
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, fasting, zakat and hajj.
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 commentry of Quduri rich in furu’)
- A contemporary text in Usul al-Fiqh
- 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 an hajj 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 Propgram is intended to create confidence in religious leadership, imamat, teaching and generally dealing with the wider intellectual, sociological and religious issues.
This course is due to begin mid September 2017.
Duration: 1 year, classes 3 days a week (4 hours mornings and/or possibly evenings)
(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 firstname.lastname@example.org
To register please visit: http://whitethreadinstitute.org/advanced-islamic-jurisprudence-program/
FAQ for Advanced Islamic Theology Program
Q1) Can students pay monthly or do they have to pay in one payment?
- A full payment is required before the course begins or an assurance is required by a guarantor if paying through two installments.
Q2) What software will you use for those students who wish to study online?
- We are still exploring the various online learning platforms.
Q3) Will students be expected to log in live or is there pre-recorded option for those that are abroad due to time differences?
- We would like the students to login live so they can have interaction with the instructors. However, we may make recordings available where possible.
Q4) If Pre-recorded then how do we ask questions?
- We are still exploring this option.
Q5) When do you plan to start the course?
- The course has been scheduled to start on the second week of September following hajj.
Q6) Will the Jurisprudence course and the Islamic theology course run each year?
- We are planning to run it each year, insha Allah.
Q7) Does the cost of the course also cover the kitabs?
- The cost of the course will cover any handouts provided but not necessarily the cost of text books.
Q8) I was wondering if you offer financial aid opportunities or anything to help.
- We are trying to arrange some financial aid packages for those eligible for zakat.
Q9) Do you offer dorms for the Ifta’ Specialisation Program?
- Unfortunately, we do not have any dormitory facility for any of our courses. However, a person may take up residence in the local areas in rented accommodation or stay with family or friends and attend the classes.
Q10) Will students be permitted to attend days when they can make it and other days online?
- This is not encouraged unless absolutely necessary and may be available only for some of the courses.
Q11) Will there be exams and assignments?
- Yes, exams and some assignments are to be expected.
Q12) What will be the language of the instructor?
- English and some Arabic and possibly Urdu.
Q13) What can be expected in regards to workload?
- The Advanced Jurisprudence and Theology Programs will require at least a few hours a week in addition to taught classes for reading and preparation.
Q14) Will all classes be held at the same venue or are we expected to travel to different locations for some classes?
- Majority of classes will be held at our location, except in rare circumstances.
Q15) Will an authorization permitting graduates to teach some of the books be granted after completion of the course?
- Yes, insha Allah.
NOTE: All information above is subject to change as the programs are developed.