8HLCP Foundations Level
Description: At the Foundational Level, students will learn about the early development of Islamic Sacred Law (fiqh), with particular reference to the Hanafi school. They will also study the lives of the founders and main figures in the early school. The introduction to Legal Theory reading via Mabadi’ fi ‘Ilm Usul al-Fiqh gently apprises students of basic terminology, leaving the details for later levels. Irshad al-Mustarshidin is comprised of a section on beliefs in accordance with the Hanafi-Maturidi tradition, and a central section covering essential fiqh from basic worship to the ethics of daily living. The specialised text, Khulasat al-Kaydani, will allow the student to specifically learn the detailed rules of prayer in a logical manner and with precision. Then, the reading of The Forty Hanafi [Reports] will introduce a student to traditions (ahadith) which clearly support Hanafi precedent and practice. Finally, students will study the proper manners of students of sacred knowledge through a reading of the classical manual, Ta‘lim al-Muta‘allim. The course will end with final assessments on each topic and successful candidates may proceed to the next level. Read the FAQs here. Class recordings, resources and digital editions of the course textbooks will be available on the course homepage.
Authors: Akmal al-Din al-Babarti | Lutfu ‘Llah al-Fadil al-Kaydani | Muhammad Akram Nadwi | Muhammad Wa’il al-Hanbali | Burhan al-Islam al-Zarnuji