Master how to evaluate scholarly opinions with a solid intellectual basis even if you are not a scholar
You sure can see the whole mess in the Muslim world today. How did we get there?
Why is the in-fighting among Muslims growing and we seem not to be going to have an end to it?
Islam is based on knowledge and belief. Separating these two entities is a recipe for big problem.
When we lack belief but have knowledge, our knowledge may lead us astray. And when we lack knowledge and have belief, our blind belief may lead us to unnecessary bigotry.
Many Muslim institutions today focus mostly on teaching the Islamic belief system without combining it with the Muslim thinking skills which enables a Muslim to assess whatever is presented to him or her in the form truth.
The Shariah Intelligence course has been developed to address this sad situation.
The Shariah Intelligence course will help you develop a critical mindset using thinking tools develop by the best generations of the Muslim Ummah.
And going through the course, you will understand the mental frameworks Muslim scholars, past and present, have been using to develop both their opinions and conclusions on legal and non-legal issues that affect you and me.
The Shariah Intelligence has gone through rigorous reviews and revisions over the past 10 years. We are confident that you will benefit a lot from it.
The Shariah Intelligence course is the (free) online version of our in-person training course on the Introduction to the Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence (Usul al-Fiqh) and the Higher Objectives of the Shariah (Maqasid al-Shariah). You have to register to access the course contents. Once you register, you will receive the link to the course content through your email. The course is self-paced and contains some questions to help you evaluate yourself. Below are 4 reasons why you should take the course, and do so seriously.
You have probably been wondering: Where do these scholars get the examples and facts they use to support their evidence on every issue?
Well, it ain't magic. when you enroll in the Shariah Intelligence course, you will learn about up to 12 sources of evidence used by Muslim Scholars when they are deciding on issues to help them guide Muslims onto the straight path.
And these 12 sources include the Qur'an and Sunnah of the Prophet (SAW).
One of the most difficult task of Muslim scholars and leaders is to determine what Allah has prohibited and what He has permitted.
Problem is, it is not always clear what is prohitited and what is not. And by claiming that something is prohibited or not, a scholar would be speaking in Allah's name - A dangerous assignment!
You will learn how Muslim scholars are able to ascertain what is haram and what is halal in this course.
Islam is the guidance of Allah to the human race. This guidance came to help us make decisions everyday of our life, either in public or private, personal or communal. But many have limited this guidance of Islam to the four walls of the mosque and the concepts of Halal and Haram.
Many Muslim scholars studied the guidance of Islam so deeply and have articulated it beyond the above concepts in the form of the bigger objectives (maqasid) if the Shariah.
Learn the behind the scene reasons why there are different Muslim Schools of Thought. Knowing this will separate you from most people who are confused and find it hard to stomach that there can be differences of opinions and issues in the TRUE religion of the TRUE God.
Once you learn the wisdom behind this, your confidence in Islam will soar and you will appreciate Allah more.
Check the course breakdown below
In this section of the course, you will go through the definition of Usul al-Fiqh, it's evolution as well the categorisation of Shariah Rulings, and their importance for our daily personal and social life.
This section consists of 11 lessons. In this section, you will learn about the various sources of Islamic Law, and which of the sources are Primary and Secondary. You also learn how Muslim scholars try to protect the spirit of the Shariah through the concept of 'Safety-Net' and Ijtihad, as well as what makes each Muslim Schools of Thought different from the other in terms of methodology.
In this section, you will discover the difference between Fiqh and Shariah, you will understand what it means to speak in God's name and it's implication and the meaning of certainty in the Islamic legal system.
In this section, you will discover the various meaning of the term Sunnah. You will also go through an in-depth classification of the term and the implications of each category in terms of context , authority and capability. This where you learn which Sunnah applies to you and which one does not apply to you.
In this section, you will learn the Core Maxims of Islamic Jurisprudence, the Fundamental Maxim invoked with regards to evidence regarding legal liability (Haram/Fard or Wajib), the scholarly differences over the basic principles guiding daily interactions, how scholars handle disagreements and the various possible nuances of certainty and speculations in determining the authencity and meaning of a legal text in the Islamic law.
This section focuses on the end goals of the Shariah. It covers the meaning of the term Maqasid al-Shariah, how the blessed companions of the Prophet applied the principles of the Maqasid during their life time, the limit of Maqasid in Ibadat and Muamalat, the "Why?" of following the divine law as well as Muslim scholars' endorsement of the field of Maqasid al-Shariah.
This section continues on the subject of Maqasid al-Shariah. Topics covered here include: Regulating Usul al-Fiqh through Maqasid, Necessity and the "Safety-Net Principles", Reconciling Different Opinions, What to Do When Scholars Differ and Agreeing to Disagree Agreeably.
This last section concludes the course with some useful pieces of advice on how to live life and benefit others and to always avoid conflict as a result of disrespect to other people's opinions.
The Shariah Intelligence course is taught by our top trainers who are led by our Director of Research and Training, Sheikh Nuru Lemu.
Sheikh Nuru Lemu is widely read and traveled scholar whose approach to the practice of Islam focuses on the ideals of the "ummatan wasatan", the golden and centrist generation who are neither extremist nor lax, praised by the Qur'an as the ideal human community.
His team of trainers and researchers come from a diverse backgrounds and have trained over 5000 people all over the globe from America via Asia to the lands of Kangaroos.
Today the Muslim Ummah is in dire need of a multitude of leaders in the various segments of life. It needs leaders that can play the appropriate roles every single day without jeopardising life, corrupting the earth or creating situations that lead to oppression, displacement or even in-fighting. Whether deliberately or not.
The Ummah needs competent leaders that can turn enemies of Islam into defenders of Islam even if they don’t become Muslims.
This kind of leadership requires a great dose of wisdom, mercy, compassion and a sense of justice. The Shariah Intelligence course can help you develop these traits.
Join the course today for free, and learn what it takes to become a great Muslim leader, influencer, guide or thinker.