Teacher: Shaykh Thaqib Mehmood
Frequency: see teaching schedule
In traditional Islamic pedagogy, the topic of fiqh was taught alongside a class or classes on spiritual wayfaring, the former being the ‘letter’ and the latter the ‘spirit’. This was a conscientious decision done to afford a student an understanding of the letter of the law, and how this is to be contextualised within its spirit, thereby achieving the all-emphasized balance and middle way, so quintessential to Islam.
Due to the constraints of the age, and people setting less time aside for the study of Islam, texts were produced to best convey and reflect this tradition by marrying the two topics and producing a relevant response to the challenges being faced. Hence this course, and its text, are based on Islam’s classical sources and reflect the interdependent nature between fiqh and its spiritual reasoning.
The Course Text
Mukhtaṣar al-Qudūrī with interrelated selections
from Iḥyā ͑Ulūm al-Dīn by al-Ghazālī & Tāfsīr al-Fātiḥa by Ibn ͑Ajībah
The text provided for the course comprises of the following:
A translation of the well renowned Ḥanafī work, by Imam Abū al-Ḥassan Aḥmad b. Muhammad al-Qudūrī, better known as, al-Qudūrī. Each legal article has been enumerated with clear subheadings, making sections and articles easy to locate. The ‘Chapter on Filth’ has been brought forward from its original place in the work, to better suit teaching purposes and the flow of the text. The ‘Chapter on Wells’ has not been included due to lack of relevance for the expected audience.
The text is accompanied, in an interrelated manner, with selections from ‘Iḥyā ͑Ulūm al-Dīn’ by al-Ghazālī, a work compiled and rendered into English by the late, Mukhtār Holland (May God’s mercy be upon him) in his work ‘Inner dimensions of Islam,’ except those found in, ‘The Chapter of the Funeral Prayer.’ In addition, for its spiritual insights, the ‘Tāfsīr al-Fātiḥa’ of Ibn ͑Ajībah, provides concise explanations of cosmological perspectives that inform many of the fiqh practices.