Fulfilling ones responsibility to family and society

Charity & Livelihood Rzq 502-i

Giving from what you have been given

“...Sometimes the moment of a person’s destruction may have come, and his ruin has been decreed in the world of images, [but] then he proceeds to spend great wealth, while he and other good persons around him entreat God in supplication. Thus he cancels out his destruction through expending his wealth, and this is as his saying  “Nothing turns back destiny except petitionary prayer (dua’) and nothing extends one’s lifespan except piety”[Ahmed, 5:277].[al-Diwlawi, Hujjat Allah al-Balighah, pg 211-212]

Having successfully completed the module ‘Understanding the law and spirituality of income & charity’, students should have an appreciation of the theory and practice of earning a pure and halal livelihood, as well as the sacred laws of zakat and charity. They should also understand the issues related to those that are expressly eligible to receive zakat and those who are not.

At a glance. Just some of the issues and questions explored.

  • What are the sources of permitted income?
  • Which types of transactions are, and are not, allowed in the Shari’ah?
  • Reconnecting with the spirit: ways to increase the blessing of one’s wealth.
  • Text in focus: do I have to pay zakat on my jewellery?
  • The issues involved in calculating one’s zakat and how it relates to contemporary finance. How do I practically calculate and pay my zakat?
  • Text in focus: in-depth case study on giving zakat funds to general ‘good causes’ not mentioned as recipients of zakat, such as mosques and educational initiatives.

By the end of this module, students will:

  • Look at earning a livelihood in a new light.
  • Wonder at the power of charity and how it works in the unseen realm.
  • Be equipped to discuss modern financial issues from the perspective of Islamic law.
  • Have the confidence to help others in practically calculating their zakat.
  • Unlock the secrets of rizq, and discover the ‘keys to provision’.

Family Law Fml 402-i

 Ibn al-Mubarak said while with his companions during a battle, “Do you know of anything better than what we are engaged in?” They said, “We know of none.” He answered, “I do.” They asked, “What is it?” He said, “A virtuous man who wakes during the night to behold his sleeping children uncovered, and so he covers them with his garment. His deed is more virtuous than what we are doing.” [al-Ghazali. Ihya]

Described as half of faith, marriage has provided a tried and tested foundation for a balanced and healthy society. Through this module, students will gain an appreciation of the workings of a successful marriage and household. It will cover the fiqh and etiquette of the marital bond, the laws of divorce, as well as the rights and responsibilities that this necessarily entails, clarifying many prevalent misunderstandings in family issues.

At a glance. Just some of the issues and questions explored.

  • What are the preliminaries of marriage, and the criteria related to partner choice and suitability?
  • Text in focus: is legal guardianship of a male elder an essential condition in marriage?
  • How to appreciate and understand the relationship dynamics within marriage.
  • How a balanced understanding of marital rights and responsibilities helps preserve the relationship through hardship. 
  • Understanding the wisdom in making divorce part of the Sacred law.
  • What are the detailed laws of divorce (talaq)?
  • Understand the theory and practice of divorce at the behest of the wife (al-khul’), as well the ramifications of divorce.

By the end of this module, students will:

  • Better understand the intricacies of Islamic family law.
  • Discover the practical issues that the Shari'ah emphasises when looking at marriage.
  • Learn the etiquette with which scholars of the past discussed issues of importance.
  • Appreciate the blessings and challenges that married life bring.
  • Commit to furthering one’s knowledge of the Sacred law.