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

  • Sharḥ ʿUqūd Rasm al-Muftī

  • Uṣūl al-Iftāʾ wa Ādābuhu

  • Introduction to Islamic Finance

  • Fiqh al-Buyūʿ

  • Introduction to Ḥanafī Furūʿ Books

  • Mukhtaṣar al-Manār

  • Academic Critique

Assisted Reading

  • Dhukhr al-Mutaʾahhilīn

  • Buḥūth fī Qaḍāyā Fiqhīya Muʿāṣira

  • Al-Durar al-Mubāḥa

Individual Reading

  • Fatāwā Dār al-ʿUlūm Zakarīyā

  • Nashr al-ʿArf

  • Aḥkām al-Qurān li al-Jaṣṣāṣ (1/3)

  • The Elements of Style

  • Muʿallim al-Ḥujjāj

  • Path to Perfection

  • Various Research Papers

Training & Workshops

  • Tamrīn al-Fatāwā*

  • Effective Writing Skills

  • Faskh al-Nikāḥ

  • Peer Review & Academic Critique

  • Sessions with Various Professionals**

*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

  • Majallat al-Aḥkām al-ʿAdalīya

  • Al-Ashbāh wa al-Naẓāʾir

  • AAOIFI Shariah Standards

  • Fiqh al-Buyūʿ

  • Introduction to Ḥanafī Uṣūl Books

  • Al-Madkhal ilā ʿUlūm al-Ḥadīth

  • Academic Critique

Assisted Reading

  • Niṣāb al-Iḥtisāb

  • Muqaddimat al-Aṣl

  • Muqaddimat al-Jāmiʿ al-Ṣaghīr

  • Mukhtaṣar al-Manār

  • Musʿifat al-Ḥukkām

Individual Reading

  • Fatāwā Maḥmūdīya

  • Aḥkām al-Qurān li al-Jaṣṣāṣ (2/3rd)

  • Tuḥfat al-ʿUlamāʾ

  • Various Research Papers

Training & Workshops

  • Tamrīn al-Fatāwā*

  • Arbitration & Mediation

  • Manuscript Research & Editing

  • Financial Contracts Analyses

  • Peer Review & Academic Critique

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