Level 2: Jurisprudence 3: Fasting, Prescribed Alms and Taxes

Time limit: 365 days
10 credits

£400 Enroll

Full course description

As a registered charity, we charge course fees to cover our running costs. However, we aim to make our education accessible to as many people as possible and are therefore able to offer a 65% fee waiver. To make use of this fee waiver, please use the code AMI65 when purchasing your courses.

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This course will provide students with extensive knowledge of the juristic process of deriving the rulings on almes (zakāt) and taxes (khums). 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 alms and taxes. 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 fasting (kitab al-ṣawm)

Lesson 2      The book on fasting (kitab al-ṣawm) (continued)

Lesson 3      The conditions of validity of fasting

Lesson 4      The conditions of validity of fasting (continued)

Lesson 5      General conditions of fasting

Lesson 6      Rulings of iʿtikāf (aḥkām al-ʿitikāf)

Lesson 7      The book on alms giving/charity (kitāb al-zakāt)

                    General conditions of zakat and what it should be paid on

Lesson 8      Details of conditions related to livestock

Lesson 9      Details of conditions related to naqdayn

Lesson 10    Conditions related to crops

                    Individuals entitled to zakāt

Lesson 11    Characteristics of the entitled individuals

Lesson 12    Characteristics of the entitled individuals

Lesson 13    General rulings and zakāt al-fiṭra

Lesson 14    The book on khums (kitāb al-khums)

                    What to give khums on

Lesson 15    The book on khums (kitāb al-khums) (continued)

Lesson 16    Specific conditions on savings, distribution of khums



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

20 hours


Assessment 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.