FIQ471 CONTEMPORARY FIQH ISSUES

Course Description:

This course is a good exercise for senior students on how to explore contemporary Fiqh issues and how scholars derive Fiqh rules for these new matters. Different contemporary issues related to interfaith, investment, mortgage, medical treatment, family, new Muslims, civic and political engagement, careers, food,… etc and many more will be discussed in depth, along with some of the Fiqh maxims used by scholars to derive rules for these contemporary matters.

Course Code: FIQ471

Credit hours: 3

Pre-Requisites: FIQ452 & FIQ461

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will be able to define contemporary Fiqh issues.
  • Students will be able to identify the Fiqh maxims that scholars usually use to extract rules.
  • Students will be able to write down 10 different contemporary issues that American Muslims face. 
  • Students will differentiate between classical and contemporary rules.
  • Students will state the criteria required for any Fiqh issue to be considered as (contemporary) one.
  • Students will be able to write down detailed rules related to business, food, family, medicine, and new Muslims.
  • Students will distinguish between the default rule and the exemption related to contemporary matters. 
  • Students will write an essay describing the new challenges Muslim youth are facing in the US.
  • Students will be able to identify what is fixed and what is variable in the Fiqh rules. 

Course Outline:

  • Family Related Matters
  • Coexistence Between Civilizations. 
  • Civic  and Political Engagement. 
  • Careers Between Permissibility and Prohibition. 
  • Youth Related Issues. 
  • Islamic Arbitration, Guidelines and Procesures. 
  • Food and Medicine.
  • Women Related Issues. 
  • Islamic Mortgage Companies.
  • Islamic Centers’ Related Matters. 
  • Da’wah and Outreach Issues. 
  • New Muslims’ Related Issues. 

Main Textbook:

Declarations of the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America 

Additional on-line Readings:

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AMJA Research Papers

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.