The Hanafi Legal Code Program – FAQs
These FAQs address common questions asked by prospective students of the Hanafi Legal Code Program. If the answer to your question is not found on the curriculum page, the individual level pages, or this page, please contact us with your query.
- Who is the program for?
The program is primarily geared towards students who currently work or study full-time, or for those who have other existing time constraints which prevent them from studying more than a few hours per week. However, it is also suitable for traditional students of knowledge, for those who wish to review what they have already learnt, or for those desiring to grasp the tradition in more depth.
- Do I need to know Arabic to apply?
No, beyond basic literacy, knowledge of Arabic is not a requirement for the foundational level. But it is expected that students who begin the main program (Level One onwards) will be studying or will initiate studying the ancillary sciences, primarily the Arabic language. It isn’t possible to be a serious student or embark on any significant, academic study of religion without the language of the scholars.
- Do you offer any financial aid?
Unfortunately, we don’t have funding at the present time to offer significant financial aid. However, financial barriers should not prevent a student from study, so please reach out to us describing your situation for further assistance. Having said that, please note that need-based, full scholarships are available at each level of the program and awarded to the most deserving candidates. And for those who cannot pay the tuition fee upfront, payment plans are also available.
- How much time is required outside of class to keep up?
It depends on the student. Some time outside of the class is essential to prepare for the assessments at the end of the level. Beyond that, it returns to each student’s own desire to review, prepare and study. The more time one puts in, the more one will benefit from the course and study.
- What platforms are used to host the classes?
The live sessions are streamed through Zoom and the class materials, forums and recordings are available on Canvas. Students may also voluntarily choose to join the class Telegram group which allows for more direct contact with the instructor and other students.
- How long do students have access to the material?
Students have access to the materials for a period of thirty days after the completion of the level.
- Are there any breaks from classes during the year?
Yes, there are scheduled breaks for Ramadan and Eid al-Adha, as well as other breaks throughout the year.
- Why don’t you teach the canonical books of hadith, or works of sirah and tajwid?
This is a specialized course offering which is carefully designed to create students who are deeply grounded in the Hanafi tradition — its law, legal theories, foundational ideas and history. It is not a general learning curriculum so it doesn’t cover sciences which fall outside of its remit. Such other studies can occur during and after the program, as and when ready.
- Can I test into a level of my choice?
Yes, if there is space and you are able to pass the entrance assessments which cover the contents of previous levels. However, this is generally inadvisable as graduating students are on a knowledge-journey and the groundwork covered in the various levels may not have been covered in the same manner elsewhere. But if one can demonstrate a similar level of learning and understanding, one’s application will be seriously considered.
- Can I study selected texts of my choice from each level?
At this stage, no, the program is one cohesive unit and designed to take students to a certain level of understanding of the Hanafi tradition. Dropping in and out of classes disrupts the harmony of the classes and unit as a whole.
- How can I join the program?
For the foundations level, you may register whenever registration opens. To register for the main program, you must first submit an application (see the respective course page). If accepted, you will be able to register for the program. To be the first to know about new application deadlines, join our mailing list.
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