Course Description:

This course focuses on the differentiation between the principles of Fiqh and its maxims, the evolution of the Fiqh maxims, its history, and the authority of these maxims, or whether or not they could be used as an evidence. The five major Fiqh maxims will be analyzed with their evidences and examples on how to deduce rules from them.

Course Code: FIQ461

Credit hours: 3

Pre-Requisites: FIQ451

Learning Objectives:

  • Define and verbally distinguish between Fiqh and Fiqh Maxims, and its related vocabulary.
  • Produce short essays on the foundations of Fiqh Maxims as a science, its establishment, development, recording, and main books on the subject.
  • Outline the sources, mission, and position of Fiqh Maxims in issuing Fatwa, and will enable the student to develop abilities in deducing Islamic law.
  • Deliver oral presentations of the five major maxims and present examples on how to implement them in deriving new rules, and how it fulfills the goals and objectives of the Shariah.

Course Outline:

  • The establishment of Fiqh Maxims and their development; foundation, recording, and main books.
  • The sources, mission, and position of Fiqh Maxims in issuing Fatwa.
  • Fiqh Maxims and related vocabulary.
  • Normative Fiqh Maxims.
  • What flows beneath the normative Fiqh Maxims; what is included and what is excluded.

Main Textbook:

Legal Maxims of Islamic Jurisprudence by Mishkah University

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.