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Islamic Law – Perfection of the Prayer

Understanding the Law and Spirituality of Prayer 2

Module Description

Week 1The emphasised sunnah prayer
Week 2The night vigil of Ramadhan (Tarawih), Praying inside the Ka’ba, and Making up missed prayers (Qada)
Week 3Catching the congregational prayer
Week 4The prostration of forgetfulness (Sujud al-Sahw)
Week 5The prostration of recital (Sajdat al-Tilawa)
Week 6The prostration of gratitude, and The Friday prayer (Jumuah)
Week 7The ‘Id Prayer
Week 8The Prayer of Eclipse (Kusuf wa Khusuf), The prayer for rain (Istisqa), and The prayer of fear (Salat al-Khawf)
Week 9The funeral prayer (Janaza) and burial (Part 1)
Week 10The funeral prayer (Janaza) and burial (Part 2), and Martyrs (Shuhada)

The course will be based on the work written by the eminent 11th century Hanafi scholar, Abu ’l-Ikhlas Hasan ibn Ammar, al-Shurunbulali (d.1069), Ascent to Felicity is a concise yet comprehensive primer in creed and jurisprudence. It spans all five pillars of Islam, as well as the topics of slaughtering, ritual sacrifice, and hunting. To supplement the text, the translator has added key explanatory notes taken from several reliable works on theology and jurisprudence.

Imam Abu al-Ikhlas Hasan ibn Ammar al-Shurunbulali al-Hanafi

Born in a village in Upper Egypt in 994/1586, his father took him to Cairo at the tender age of six. He memorized the Qur’an and subsequently studied the Islamic sciences under numerous scholars, specifically Qur’anic recitation under Shaykh Muhammad al-Hamawi and Shaykh ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Masiri, and jurisprudence under Imam ‘Abdullah al-Nahriri, ‘Allama Muhammad al-Mahabbi, and Shaykh ‘Ali ibn Ghanim al-Maqdisi. He then went to Azhar University, which at that time was the sanctuary for advanced students. He pursued higher education there and surpassed his peers, for he was foremost in his knowledge of juridical passages and maxims. Word spread of his rank and skill, and he eventually became one of the most renowned juristconsults of the entire Muslim world. He assumed the post of professor at Azhar, whereby numerous aspiring students sat at his feet and benefited from his knowledge, many of whom themselves later developed into notable scholars of law. These included, from Egypt, ‘Allama Ahmad al-’Ajmi, Sayyid Ahmad al-Hamawi, Shaykh Shahin al-Armanawi, and from the Levant, ‘Allama Isma’il al-Nablusi (father of the illustrious saint and jurist, Shaykh ‘Abd al-Ghani al-Nablusi). Moreover, the high demands and taxing lifestyle of his roles as professor, jurisconsult (mufti) and jurist, did not in the least take away from his occupation as writer. He authored over sixty works, ranging from the aforementioned two commentaries, as well as his distinguished Shurunbulaliyya, to numerous smaller treatises covering an array of specialized legal matters.

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Ustadh Ammar Faiz

Ammar Faiz graduated with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering (MEng) in 2013 and subsequently qualified as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Alongside working as a Development Engineer, his passion for Islamic knowledge led him to the Fountain Institute Sacred Study programme, marking the beginning of his formal Islamic studies.

In 2016, he immersed himself in an Arabic Language programme in Oman. Building on this foundation, he was blessed to embark on a transformative journey in 2018, pursuing intensive full-time Islamic studies in Cairo and Istanbul.

He studied a broad curriculum focusing on the various Islamic sciences at the Darul Funun Institute with esteemed traditional Syrian scholars such as Shaykh Muhammad Shuqayr, Shaykh Mujir al-Khatib, Shaykh Khalid al-Kharsa, Shaykh Faiz Awad, Shaykh Nadir Abu-Umar and Turkish scholars such as Shaykh Muhammad Arjaan.

He returned to the UK in 2023 where he now resides with his family. He is currently pursuing further studies in Islamic Theology, Legal Theory, and teaches Jurispudence.


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Starting – 1st May 2024 for 10 weeks
Wednesdays – 7.30PM to 8.30PM

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