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.  The 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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    Introduction to Ḥanafī Furūʿ Books

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    Mukhtaṣar al-Manār

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    Academic Critique

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 (1/3)

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    The Elements of Style

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    Path to Perfection

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    Various Research Papers

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    Dhukhr al-Mutaʾahhilīn (Assisted)

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    Al-Durar al-Mubāḥa (Assisted)

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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    Majallat al-Aḥkām al-ʿAdalīya

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    Al-Ashbāh wa al-Naẓāʾir
    (al-Fann al-Awwal)

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    Al-Ḥīlat al-Nājiza

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    AAOIFI Standards

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    Intro to Ḥanafī Uṣūl Books

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    Academic Critique

Individual Reading

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    Fatāwā Maḥmūdīyya

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    Aḥkām al-Qurān li al-Jaṣṣāṣ (2/3)

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    Various Research Papers

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    Tuḥfat al-ʿUlamāʾ (Assisted)

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    Niṣāb al-Iḥtisāb (Assisted)

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.