Level: False beginner/ Intermediate
Umdat al-Ahkam min Kalam Khayr al-Anaam (AS)
The Reliance of Rulings (al-Hafidh Abdul-Ghani al-Maqdisi)
This is the basic primer in the field of Hadith covering areas of Ahkaam (rulings). It is a compilation of 422 narrations from the most authentic compilations of Prophetic traditions; Sahih al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim.
The book comprises 20 chapters, which have been arranged in a method conventionally used by Fuqaha (Muslim Jurists). This has been done in order to facilitate the extraction of juristic rulings directly from their authentic source for the ease of students of knowledge. The book covers common areas of Fiqh (jurisprudence) in chapters that deal with matters such as the five pillars of Islam, marriage, buying, oaths, clothing, and food.
The text is as popular today in the Muslim world as it ever has been and is taught and memorised widely by those desiring a firm grounding in this field. Due to its continued importance there have been over 20 works dedicated to its explanation, the largest extends over 11 volumes.
What’s in it for me?
By the end of the course, a student will be able to do the following:
Learn the most important and authentic Hadith related to a Muslim’s life
Study terminology used by the Fuqaha (Muslim Jurists) in deriving rulings
Become familiar with the companions of the Prophet who narrated most often
Expand your receptive vocabulary of Arabic by learning commonly used words
Learn how scholars would compile and organise chapters of their books
Learn how scholars analyse, recognize and extract vital rulings from Hadith
And much more…
Level: False beginner/ Intermediate
Bulugh al-Maraam min Adillat al-Ahkaam
al-Hafidh al-Imam Ibn Hajr al-‘Asqalani
Bulugh al-Maraam is perhaps the most famous compilation of Ahadith (prophetic traditions) relating to ahkaam (rulings of Islam pertaining to every chapter of Fiqh). The compiler is also one of the greatest scholars of the hadith sciences and is known for his magnum opus Fath al-Bari, which is undeniably the most celebrated commentary on the Sahih of Imam al-Bukhari.
This work is replete with proofs for the various opinions held by the fuqaha in a wide variety of chapters in fiqh. The author has also sourced the hadith to their original compilations and occasionally includes notes upon hadith authenticity or weakness. Although the author was Shafi’i in madhab, he did not limit this work to proofs for his madhhab alone, but on occasion included ahadith, which (apparently) opposed the opinion of his madhhab. This is a beneficial feature for the student, as it will broaden their knowledge of the proofs for each madhhab.
Studying this amazing work will help the student of knowledge in their understanding of Fiqh across the madhahib, freeing them from ignorance or the belittling of opinions that are contrary to those in their madhab. Observing and understanding the proofs used by the various Imams, especially how they were applied causes one to appreciate their brilliance even more. The study of the ahadith of ahkaam is something no student of knowledge can afford to miss out.
What’s in it for me
After studying this text, the student will, insha Allah:
Know the basic adillah (proofs) for the various actions of Taharah, Salah, etc. that one performs in one’s daily life.
Know why there are different opinions based on the different riwāyāt (narrations)
Learn why various ahadith appear to directly contradict each other and how our great Imams have resolved these seeming inconsistencies.
Develop respect for the ikhtilāf (difference of opinion) among the various madhahib and avoid condemning any particular opinion
Become familiar with the various hadith collections and the terminology used to weaken or strengthen narrations according to an Imam in hadith
Students must be able to:
read Arabic with vowels
dedicate 3-4 hours per week
use PDF and Word files
attend weekly classes punctually
Audio recording in Arabic of the full text
Arabic text with full tashkeel (Arabic Vowels) in PDF & WORD
Complete English translation of Arabic text
Full written commentary in Arabic
Detailed biography of Hafidh Ibn Hajr and his works
Supplementary materials related to the Science
This course will be divided into three parts in which the complete text will be covered.
If you are interested in studying this course and would like to know course dates, please register your interest by filling out the form at admissions or emailing cordobaacademy [at] gmail.com
This is an Ijazah course and students who attend and understand the principles covered in the text will be honored with a written Ijazah going back to al-Hafidh Ibn Hajr al-‘Asqalani. For more detailed information please see FAQs.