The third category in the series looks deeper into Principles of Usul-al-fiqh: Prophet’s intent on legislation, and categories of Maslaha intended by the legislation. The issue of “beating” a recalcitrant wife and Islam’s position regarding domestic abuse, number of wives of the Prophet, his marriage to Zainab bint Jahsh, age of Aisha at marriage, . It also treats the question of Shari’ah punishment and the criticisms that they are “outdated and barbaric”, and “why not leave punishments to God the Most Just?” On gender related issues, the course handles the questions of divorce laws and gender justice; and the views regarding menstruating women going into the mosques for lectures, etc. A woman’s witness in an Islamic court which some argue is less credible than that of a man’s, and the issue of Child’s custody. On issues of comparative religion, it looks at authenticity of the Bible. The presentation also treats the debate among some Muslims regarding the permissibility or otherwise of a non-Muslim handling a copy of the Qur’an. On the question relating to God’s justice, the course tackles the issue of the Efficacy of prayers (du’a), and the difficulty some have in understanding the simultaneous existence of a good God, along with suffering and pain in creation; likewise, in dealing with non-Muslims, whether a Muslim can extends the greeting with salaam to non-Muslims or not. It also includes how to handle new-Muslims, and how Islam view Muslim minorities. Circumcision of new Muslim, and whether a Muslim can inherit from a non-Muslim through will or not, and vice versa, are among numerous issues addressed.
You may be interested in these courses also:
- Basic Course I (Module 101) (35 hrs.)
- Basic Course II (Module 102) (35 hrs.)
- Intermediate Course II (Module 202) (35 hrs.)
- Advanced Course (Module 301) (35 hrs.)