FIQ451 PRINCIPLES OF FIQH 1 (USUL AL-FIQH)

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 leaders for the righteous people.

Mission Statement:

Guidance College is the place where students gain their graduate and 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.

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
  • Students will be able to write short essays on different rules of scholarly interpretation regarding the method of deducing laws and Al-Dalalat (textual implications)
  • Students will be able to write short essays explaining the methodology and rulings of commands, prohibitions, Naskh (abrogations) and Ijma’ (consensus opinion)
  • Students will be able to write down the rules and criteria governing the language patterns of the Quran and Sunnah
  • Students will be able to 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)
  • Students will be able to 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.

Main Textbook:

Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence by Dr. M. H. Kamali

Additional On-line Readings:

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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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