The Hanafi Legal Code – Level Two

£1,899.00 or £200.00 / month for 10 months

HLCP Level Two (Year 1)

See payment details below. This is the second level of a five-stage program which will take students through a formal, holistic study of the Hanafi school via a pedagogically sound and structured curriculum. The carefully curated works chosen for the program focus on instilling a strong, principled and nuanced understanding of the Hanafi school in every participant. Supplementary readings shall also be assigned for greater benefit and class discussion. There are two tracks for this course: (1) student of sacred knowledge, and (2) auditor. Auditors are silent observers in the program which means they do not ask questions during classes nor participate in the end-of-course assessments. Participants who register as students will be tested on their comprehension of the material, and certificates will be issued to them upon successful completion of each stage of the program. Learn more about the program here. Registrations are only accepted from new participants after a successful application (apply here). 

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Description: At Level Two, students will study a treatise written by the the assistant to the final Shaykh al-Islam of the Ottoman Empire, Muhammad Zahid al-Kawthari, to review and strengthen their understanding of Kufan inherited practice and its centrality to the Hanafi tradition. For Legal Theory, Samt al-Wusul is one of the best abridgements of the Manar and it serves as a useful bridge to it. This reading will help to review concepts previously studied, but also serve as a preparatory text for future, intermediate studies in Legal Theory. In the study of Mukhtasar al-Quduri, students will continue their principled study of the madhhab of Imam Abu Hanifa and his Two Companions. The specialised text for this course is Ibn al-Humam’s Zad al-Faqir, which is a semi-detailed compendium of rulings for purification and prayer. This text is the first more in-depth look at these chapters and it serves as a useful preparatory text for a later study of Maraqi al-Falah. Students will also cover the Musnad of Imam Abu Hanifa, a text which has received much attention from the scholarly class. Finally, students shall complete a reading and study of al-Fiqh al-Akbar, a work purportedly ascribed to Imam Abu Hanifa. Finally, students will study inward fiqh, namely, the proper etiquettes of practising the shari‘a in one’s life from the beautiful work, Shir‘at al-Islam. The course will end with final assessments on each topic. Successful candidates may proceed to the next level. Read the FAQs here.

Authors: Imam Abu Hanifa | Ahmad b. Muhammad al-Quduri | Hasan Kafi al-Aqhisari | Zahid al-Kawthari | al-Kamal b. al-Humam | Imam Zada

Instructor: Tabraze Azam

Time: 1pm – 4pm EST | 6pm – 9pm GMT

Frequency: Saturdays

Starting: 5th February 2022

Length of course: 260 hours / 87 weeks (exc. scheduled breaks)

Payment: The total cost for the course is £3000. This registration and payment covers the first year, and students will need to register again next year to cover the remainder of the fees. If you need financial aid, you may apply here. Please note that there is no guarantee of aid as its availability depends upon various factors.

Prerequisites: Foundations Level (HLCP) and Level One (HLCP), or equivalent. Registrations are only accepted from new students or auditors after a successful application (apply here).

Level: Pre-Intermediate / Level Two (HLCP)

Topics: Sacred Law (fiqh), Legal Theory (usul), Beliefs (‘aqida), Ethics (ihsan) and Traditions (hadith).