Course Description:

This course  goes over fiqh of worship. Students focuse on detailed rules of Zakah(religious tax) , Sawm (Fasting), Hajj (pilgrimage), and Jihad; in which every Muslim must learn and understand for the correctness of his/her Ibadah (worship).  Some misconceptions regarding Jihad and its difference from terrorism will be discussed.

Course Code: FIQ312

Credit hours: 3

Pre-Requisites: None

Learning Objectives

  • State the definition of Zakah, list its general concepts, benefits and some specific rulings of Zakah: such as zakatable and non-Zakatable wealth, conditions of Zakah, Zakah on salaries and various funds.
  • Present Fasting, explaining its pillars, what nullifies fasting, recommended acts, types of expiation for not fasting, and specific rulings on when one is exempt from fasting.
  • Verbally explain, citing proofs from Quran and authentic Sunnah, how to effectively determine the beginning and ending of Ramadan, and moon sighting vs. calculation.
  • Write an essay on pillars of Hajj, its obligatory rituals, nullification of Hajj, expiation for violating the rules of Hajj, different Hajj styles, restrictions during Ihram, description of the Hajj done by the Prophet SAAW.
  • Effectively explain the definition of Jihad, and make a video presentation of its concept, legitimate reasons for applying Jihad, offensive and defensive Jihad, distributing war spoils, and its historical context. Emphasis will be given on clearing the misconceptions some people might have regarding Jihad and its proper implementation.
  • Verbalize the positive effect and benefits that Zakah, Fasting, and Hajj should have on the individual, the family, and the Ummah when implemented accordingly.

Course Outline

  • Zakah: Zakatable and non-Zakatable wealth, sufficiency of paying taxes only instead of Zakah, conditions for paying Zakah, threshold vs. poverty line, Zakah on salaries & professional fees, Zakah on retirement fund, on stocks and bonds, deductibility of different debts from Zakah,..etc
  • Fasting : Pillars of fasting, determining the beginning and the end of Ramadan, moon sighting vs. calculation, recommended acts during fasting, nullification of fasting, expiation for not fasting, making up the missing days, excuses for breaking the fast: traveling, pregnancy, illness, breastfeeding, aging.
  • Hajj : Pillars of Hajj, its obligatory rituals, nullification of Hajj, expiation for violating the rules of Hajj, different Hajj styles, restrictions during Ihram, description of the Hajj done by the Prophet SAAW
  • Jihad: definition of Jihad, legitimate reasons for applying Jihad, offensive and defensive Jihad, distributing war spoils, Jihad is a state concept.

Main Textbook

The Summary of Islamic Jurisprudence By Shaikh Saleh Al-Fawzan

Additional on-line Readings:

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The Assembly of Muslim Jurists in America (AMJA)

Grading and Evaluation:

  • Minimum passing grade 70%
  • Weekly Assignments: 30% (10 assignments, 3% each)
  • Attendance:  10%
  • Mid-Term exam:  10%
  • Final exam:  10%
  • Oral exam:  20%
  • Research paper:  20%

Guidelines for Research Paper:

 1- A part of the course requirements is to submit a research paper, except for certain courses.

 2- The chosen topic must be relevant to the course and approved by the Instructor.

 3- Joint project / research is allowed, up to 3 students, and upon the instructor’s approval.

 4- The paper must meet the following requirements:

  • Consider either MLA or APA guides for writing research papers
  • Follow the standard research paper structure with a Table of Contents, Abstract or Executive Summary, Introduction, Main Body, Conclusion, List of Reference
  • The Main Body should be organized into logical chapters and paragraphs
  • When quoting Hadeeth, a notation indicating its authenticity must be clearly

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Vision Statement:

Guidance College shall be one of the top well-recognized universities in the United States that offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in specialized Islamic fields aiming at preparing moral and well-knowledgeable leaders who provide research-based Islamic alternatives that enable the Muslims to contribute to the success of their country.

Mission Statement:

Guidance College is the place where students gain their undergraduate degrees in authentic and professional specialized Islamic knowledge that recognizes modern-time realities and allows them to examine different branches of knowledge from an authentic Islamic perspective which enables them to think ethically, logically, analytically, and critically while making responsible and moral decisions aiming at improving the quality of life for all inhabitants of the earth with a full understanding and appreciation of the cultural and human differences.