Takhassus in Fiqh is a post-graduate three years specialisation in Fiqh program delivered twice a week in the evenings at JKN Institute , Clifton Street campus, opened to both male and female graduates from traditional Islamic Institutes. The course has been running since 2013 and entails two years tutorial sessions and one year (the final year) of intensive research.
Takhassus in Fiqh course offers post graduate students the ability to attain a comprehensive understanding in the discipline of Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence), Usul al-Fiqh (Legal Theories), Qawaid al Fiqh (Legal Maxims) and their applications to modern legal cases, based on the traditional Hanafi Madhab. Moreover, it allows the opportunity for students to further specialise in specific areas of Fiqh of their interest.
Throughout the course, students will gain the skills and competency to solve every-day complex juristic cases and by the end of it, they will have completed three scholastic research papers and a dissertation; each of which respectively presenting an elaborative and analytical discourse on a specific contemporary legal case with the application of the Qawaid and referencing from the classical as well as contemporary sources.
The aim of the course is to empower post-graduates to become confident researchers, writers and presenters in their specific area. To develop their research skills and ability to interpret traditional Hanafi texts and other scholarly works. The confidence to solve modern-day complex legal cases/ questions. The methodology of applying the legal principles to new cases. Furthermore, encouraging students to become lifelong researchers and finally, to embody a culture of researchers in all aspects of their domain [Fiqh].
- Specialise in specific areas.
- Gain confidence in critically analysing and deciphering classical texts and apply them to relevant legal cases.
- To constructively present research work whether in written or oral form in the arena of scholars and non-scholars.
- Confidence to engage in discussion and ability to explore legal issues from various perspectives.
- Appreciate the works of the pious predecessors in their methodological approach in dealing with contemporary issues.
- Critical and analytical thinkers.
Classes run total of 6 hours a week over two days; Tuesdays & Thursdays.
The class sessions include;
- Tutorial sessions
- Interactive group discussion, case studies, group reading from classical Arabic Fiqh manuals and analytical exercises.
- Supplementary workshops covering the following areas;
- Knowledge and awareness – A workshop related to contemporary knowledge and Jadid Masail
- Skill based – Workshops that comprise of wide range of skills that will assist and develop students to become effective Islamic researchers.
Subjects Taught in Year 1 &2
|Qawaidul Fiqh||Al-Ashbah wan Nazair
Sharah Ashbah Hamawi
|Adabul Ifta wal Mufti||Rasmul Mufti
Usul al-Ifta wa Adabuhu
Contemporary (Jadid) Masail
|Ibn Abidin Shami
Year 3 is the intensive research year. Students are expected to write up a dissertation on their selected topic. Most of this year will be independent learning, but will be supervised and asked to attend tutorial sessions every so often.
Along side of this students must continue writing Mashq Fatawa all related to contemporary legal issues.
Shaykh Mufti Saiful Islam
Shaykh Mufti Siraj
Mufti Abdul Aziz
Maulana Anjum Butt
Mufti Abdul Waheed
Students must have successfully completed an Alimiyyah course from a recognised Islamic institute. They must be able to read classical Arabic text fluently and understand what they read to a certain degree. Interested members will be assessed before enrolling onto the course.
Students are expected to allocate a portion of their time to prepare their given work and demonstrate full commitment. Notwithstanding it being a part-time course, it allows sufficient time to manage work load.
The total fee for the full three years program is £1500. Students must pay minimum one-third of the total amount each year before sitting in the annual exams.
There will be two written exams each year of the first two years of the course on all of the subjects. Students will be graded on the Mashq Fatawa based on their understanding, appropriate referencing, structure and knowledge. As part of the assessment criteria, students must hand in a short research essays.
In the third year, the dissertation will contribute 100% towards their final mark. They will be marked on the following areas;
Islamic research module has been incorporated into the third year of the Takhasssus in Fiqh course to equip student with the essential tools and general guidelines for academic writing and effective searching.
Objective of Islamic Research:
- Empower students to become confident in academic researchers.
- Develop research skills in:
a. Research methodology
b. Writing academic
c. Presenting research
- Encourage students to become lifelong learners and teachers of research and further specialise in specific areas of their interest.
- Build a culture of academia: enquiry, analysis and research in all aspects of their work.
The supplementary Subjects will be taught throughout the three years of the course in the form of workshops.
|Skills||1. Reading Skills
2. Academic Writing
3. Presentation Skills
4. Critical Thinking
5. Researching Effectively
|Personal Notes on Research Skills|
|Contemporary Fiqh||1. Calculating Zakat
2. Contemporary Islamic Finance
3. Contemporary Muslim Family Law
4. Fiqh of Society & Muslim Minorities
5. Islamic Medical Ethics
6. Istihsan & Masalih
Fiqhul Buyoo – Mufti Taqi Usmani
Jadid Masail – Maulana Khaild Saifullah
Fiqhi Maqalat – Mufti Taqi Usmani