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 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
- Islamic Medical Ethics
- Islamic Family and Marital Law
- Islamic Inheritance Law
- Islamic Trade and Commerce
- Women Issues (Menstruation, Post-Natal Bleeding, Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding) (‘alimas only)
Regular Teachers include Mufti Abdur-Rahman Mangera 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 on the 11th September 2017.
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 a good 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.
A yearly fee will be payable for this course.
Prospective students will be invited in for an interview and to sit an exam in July 2017.
Open to ‘alims and ‘alimas.
Please see FAQs below for further information.
To register please visit: http://whitethreadinstitute.org/ifta-specialisation-program/
FAQ for Ifta’ Specialisation Course
This is a work in progress and is subject to frequent change. We will make it clear once it has been finalized.
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 in the mornings, 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.