Usul Al-Fiqh is the science of the derivation of shari’ah rulings. It is one of the most critical and highly developed disciplines studied by Alimiyah students. Through Usul Al-Fiqh scholars learn for example how apparently conflicting Hadith must be treated in the derivation of legal opinions (fatawa) and how all sources of law – Qur’an, Sunnah, Ijma and Qiyas must be balanced to establish rulings that follow consistent principles.
Without an understanding of Usul Al-Fiqh many uneducated Muslims today assume that by simply studying the Qur’an and Hadith they will have sufficient knowledge to independently challenge established opinions which has led to a great deal of conflict within the Muslim community. This course is therefore essential to anyone who wants to gain a much deeper understanding of the schools of Law in Islam (Madhabs) and the legitimacy or otherwise of choosing not to follow a school or to pick and choose opinions from others.
This is a challenging course that is best suited to students who already have some knowledge of other Islamic Disciplines.
The Usul Al-Fiqh course will be taught by Shaykh Dr Shahrul Hussain, a specialist scholar in Islamic Jurisprudence. He graduated from Darul Uloom Al-Islamiyah and then went on to complete a Bachelors degree in Islamic Jurisprudence from Al-Azhar and a doctorate in Islamic Jurisprudence from the University of Aberdeen. He has been the course leader for the BA in Islamic Studies at Markfield Institute and is currently the Director and Head of Research at the Ibn Rushd Centre.