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Level 2: Jurisprudence 1: Ritual Purity

Time limit: 365 days
10 credits

£400 Enroll

Full course description

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This course will provide students with extensive knowledge of the juristic process of deriving the rulings on purity (ṭahāra). It will familiarise the students with the language and terminology employed by jurists in the process of the derivation of laws (fiqh istidlālī) related to purity. Accordingly, the students will engage in a detailed study of the laws, the juristic method of extrapolating them from the sources of Muslim law, and the critical analysis of the juristic procedure and its ensuing rulings.


Lesson Breakdown

Lesson 1      The book on ritual purity (kitāb al-ṭahāra)

Classification of liquids into absolute (muṭlaq) and compound (muḍāf)

Lesson 2      Rules regarding absolute (muṭlaq) water and rainwater  

Lesson 3      Rules regarding takhallī

Lesson 4      Rules regarding wuḍūʾ

Lesson 5      Conditions regarding wuḍūʾ

Lesson 6      Invalidators of wuḍūʾ

                    When wuḍūʾ becomes obligatory

Specific rulings for wuḍūʾ

Lesson 7      Rules regarding ghusl and ghusl al-janāba

Lesson 8      What is prohibited on a person in the state of ritual impurity (janāba), menstruation (ḥayḍ) and some of its specific rulings

Lesson 9      Istiḥāḍa and some of its rulings

                   Nifās and some of its specific rulings

Lesson 10   Death and the touching of a dead body

                    Performing ghusl for the dead body (mayyit)

                    Wiping certain parts of the body with camphor (taḥnīṭ)

                    Shrouding of the dead body

                    Praying (janāza) for the dead

                    Burial (dafn)

Lesson 11    Dry ablution (tayammum)

Lesson 12    Impurities (najāsāt)

Lesson 13    Purifiers (muṭahhirāt)



Please note that level two courses are only available to those who have completed all courses in level one. This is because the topics covered in level two require the historical and conceptual foundations which are built in level one.


Hours of Study

13 hours


Assessement Method

Oral Exam (100%)


Course Instructor

Dr Sayyed Jaafar Fadlallah

Dr Sayyid Jaafar Fadlallah undertook his seminary education at the Islamic Sharīʿa Institute in Beirut between 1993 and 2010, completing his advanced studies (dars al-khārij) under Ayatollah Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah. Alongside his seminary studies, he also obtained undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in sociology from the Lebanese University in Beirut, culminating in a PhD for a thesis on the image of the other in Muslim jurisprudence. At the Al-Mahdi Institute, Dr Sayyid Fadlallah is a Lecturer in Islamic Jurisprudence where he teaches a wide range of courses on different topics in Muslim legal thought. In Lebanon, he is also an Instructor of Sociology at the Lebanese University, a Lecturer in Islamic Jurisprudence at the Islamic Sharīʿa Institute, and the General Supervisor of Religious Affairs at the al-Mabarrat Association, amongst other roles. He has several publications to his name and has presented his research at academic conferences in Lebanon, the UK, Iraq, Turkey and elsewhere.