Course Description:

An exposition of the methods by which the rules of Fiqh are deduced, covering the sources for Islamic law, rules of interpretation, commands and prohibitions, consensus of opinion, and abrogation.


Course Code: FIQ451

Credit hours: 3

Pre-Requisites: 18 credit hours of FIQH courses

Learning Objectives:

  • After careful analysis, students will be able to clearly write and state the fundamental principles and methodologies through which practical legal rulings are derived, from the Quran and Sunnah as foundational sources
  • Write short essays on different rules of scholarly interpretation regarding the method of deducing laws and Al-Dalalat (textual implications)
  • Write short essays explaining the methodology and rulings of commands, prohibitions, Naskh (abrogations) and Ijma’ (consensus opinion)
  • Write down the rules and criteria governing the language patterns of the Quran and Sunnah
  • Outline the appropriate means by which we can derive rulings from the Qur’an and Sunnah – rulings that guide human action by determining if an act is: Prohibited (haram), Disliked (makruh), Obligatory (wajib), Recommended (mandub, mustahab), Permissable (mubah)
  • Deliver a presentation on the research framework and methodology needed for understanding the language of the Qur’an and Sunnah and how to use the various types of evidences serve as a guide to our Islamic practices and belief.

Course Outline:

  • Chapter One: Introduction to Usul Al-Fiqh.
  • Chapter Two: The First Source of Sharia : The Qur’an.
  • Chapter Three: The Sunnah.
  • Chapter Four: Rules of Interpretation I: Deducing the Law from Its Sources.
  • Chapter Five: Rules of Interpretation II: Al-Dalalat (Textual Implications).
  • Chapter Six: Commands and Prohibitions.
  • Chapter Seven: Naskh (Abrogation).
  • Chapter Eight: Ijma’ or Consensus of Opinion.