Uṣūl al Fiqh
Fundamentals of Islamic Jurisprudence
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Written by the great legal theorist, Imām al Juwayni (d.468 AH), al Waraqāt is a primer covering the basic topics and definitions of important principles and mechanisms used to derive rulings from the Qur'ān and Sunnah. It is an ideal text to to study for those who wish to embark upon the path of gaining a deeper insight into Fiqh and its derivation. Topics include: sources of law, actions of the Prophet, abrogation, conflicting evidence, consensus, analogical reasoning etc.
Ghāyatus-Sūl ilā 'Ilm al Uṣūl
Written by the great Ḥanbali jurist, Ibn 'Abdil Hādi (d.909 AH), Ghāyah covers the topics in al Waraqāt but in more detail as well as introducing other matters such as more intricate linguistic issues. The Arabic text will be used to teach as there is no translation of the text available yet, nonetheless the classes will be delivered in English. It is advised that students who wish to study this text have some grounding in Arabic.
Qawā'id Fiqhiyyah are overarching legal maxims that help jurists determine rulings, such as "Difficulties bring about ease" and "Certainty is not removed by doubt" etc. Studying such maxims helps a person to appreciate the spirit of the Islamic legal system more. The lessons will be based on the didactic poem Manẓūmah al Qawā'id al Fiqhiyyah by Sheikh 'Abdur Raḥman bin Nāṣir al Sa'di (d. 1376 AH)