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Level 2: Jurisprudence 2: Prayer

Time limit: 365 days
10 credits

£400 Enroll

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This course will provide students with extensive knowledge of the juristic process of deriving the rulings on prayer (ṣalāt). 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 prayer. 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      Obligatory prayer (al-ṣalāt al-wājiba)

Lesson 2      Conditions for prayer (shurūṭ al-ṣalāt)

Lesson 3      Conditions for prayer (shurūṭ al-ṣalāt) (continued)

Lesson 4      Conditions for prayer (shurūṭ al-ṣalāt) (continued)

Lesson 5      Signs for prayer times and their rulings (ʿalāmāt al-awqāt wa baʿḍ aḥkāmihā)

Lesson 6      Signs for prayer times and their rulings (ʿalāmāt al-awqāt wa baʿḍ aḥkāmihā) (continued)

                     Direction of prayer (al-qibla)

Lesson 7      Direction of prayer (al-qibla)

                    Purity (al-ṭahāra)

Lesson 8      Purity (al-ṭahāra)

                    Covering of private parts (satr al-ʿawra)

Lesson 9      Covering of private parts (satr al-ʿawra) (continued)

Lesson 10    Rules regarding place of prayer (makān al-muṣallī)

                    Parts of prayer (ajzāʾ al-ṣalāt)

Lesson 11    Saying takbīr to begin the prayer (takbīrat al-iḥrām)

Lesson 12    Parts of prayer (ajzāʾ al-ṣalāt) (conintued)

Lesson 13    Standing in prayer (qiyām)

Reciting in prayer (qirāʾa)

Lesson 14    Reciting the basmala



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

12 hours


Assessment Method

Oral Exam (100%)


Course Instructor

Shaykh Arif Abdul Hussain

Shaykh Arif Abdul Hussain founded the Al-Mahdi Institute in 1993 and currently serves as its director and as a Senior Lecturer in Legal Theory and Philosophy. Shaykh Arif began his seminary education at the Madrassa al-Sayyid al-Khūʾī in London from which he graduated in 1988. He continued his seminary studies in Qom between 1989 and 1993 during which time he also had the opportunity to study privately under some of the leading scholars of Qom. Upon returning to the UK, after founding AMI, he continued his advanced studies (dars al-khārij) under Ayatollah Hussain Amini. He was awarded an ijāza of ijtihād from both Ayatollah Hussain Amini and Ayatollah Professor Sayyid Mostafa Mohaghegh Damad. He is the author of the Islam and God-Centricity series which presents the essential message of Islam through a fresh re-evaluation of religion and human purpose. In addition to these works, he has authored and translated numerous other books and articles. He is currently working on a translation of the second volume of Muḥammad Bāqir al-Ṣadr’s famous work of legal theory Durūs fī ʿilm al-uṣūl, having translated the first volume in 2003. He is the author and translator of several other works and a prolific public speaker to Muslim communities around the world. He has previously taught at Madrassa al-Sayyid al-Khūʾī, the seminary of Qom, and the Islamic College, London.