Curriculum

Darul Iftaa Chicago has a unique and carefully crafted curriculum that combines a mix of traditional and contemporary works taught in English with academic critique and practical application.  Majority of the time is spent in thorough and well-referenced research of questions, alongside individual reading of various books of fatwa.  Students receive training in English grammar and style, as well as practical workshops on numerous contemporary issues conducted by professionals in the relevant fields, such as doctors, lawyers, chemists, and Islamic finance executives.

YEAR 1

Classes

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    Sharḥ ʿUqūd Rasm al-Muftī

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    Uṣūl al-Iftāʾ wa Ādābuhu

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    Introduction to Islamic Finance

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    Fiqh al-Buyūʿ

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    Al-Sirājī fi al-Mīrāth

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    Intro to Ḥanafī Fiqh Books

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    Al-Ṭirāz al-Mudhhab

Individual Reading

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    Fatāwā Dār al-ʿUlūm Zakarīyā

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    Nashr al-ʿArf

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    Aḥkām al-Qurān li al-Jaṣṣāṣ (vol. 1)

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    The Elements of Style

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    Path to Perfection

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    Various Research Papers

Training & Workshops

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    Tamrīn al-Fatāwā*

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    Effective Writing Skills

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    Sessions with Various Professionals**

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    Peer Review & Academic Critique

*Students will be assigned questions daily to provide thorough and well-referenced research.

** Includes psychologists, chemists, lawyers, doctors, food scientists, and others.

YEAR 2

Classes

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    Al-Ashbāh wa al-Naẓāʾir

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    Al-Ḥilat al-Nājizah

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    Mukhtaṣar al-Manār

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    AAOIFI Standards

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    Intro to Ḥanafī Uṣūl Books

Individual Reading

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    Fatāwā Maḥmūdīyyah

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    Aḥkām al-Qurān li al-Jaṣṣāṣ (vols. 2 – 3)

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    Athar al-Ḥaḍith al-Sharīf

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    Tuḥfat al-ʿUlamāʾ

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    Various Research Papers

Training & Workshops

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    Tamrīn al-Fatāwā*

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    Faskh al-Nikāḥ

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    Financial Contracts Analyses

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    Arbitration & Mediation

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    Intro to Hadith Research

*Students will focus part of the year on daily questions and the remainder on a final thesis.