Rituals and Responsibilities of Muslim Leaders in America
June 5-9, 2006
Instructor: Sheikh Muhammed Nur Abdullah
This course is designed for Muslim leaders, including imams and chaplains, who are serving American Muslim communities. Emphasis is on practical application of the law and much of the course will be taught in workshop format. The class will be taught from 9:00-4:00 Monday-Friday. There will be a one hour break for lunch each day. On Friday the class will visit a local mosque for congregational prayer.
Book reports (2): 20%
Final paper/project: 50%
Students must attend all classes and participate fully. The final paper/project must be submitted by Friday, August 9th. Extensions will be granted only in exceptional circumstances.
Imam Shatibi's Theory of the Higher Objectives and Intents of Islamic Law, translation and commentary by Ahmed al-Raysuni. Herndon, VA: International Institute of Islamic Thought, 2006. Paperback; ISBN: 1565644123
This course will cover the following:
6-5-06 -Objectives of Islamic law. ( Fiqh of Maqasid of Shari’ah). How to apply that in our American life?
6-6-06 -Friday prayer leadership: what is required, and who should lead the prayer?
6-7-06 -Death and dying: The leaders responsibility towards the deceased and his family. Preparing the deceased for prayer and burial.
6-8-06 -Family law, Marriage and Divorce:
a) Looking at Islamic law and adjectives to the law of the land. Counseling spouses.
b) Interfaith marriage, and Interfaith relationships.
c) Foster parents, Adoption: The relationship between the adopted child and the foster parents, how to apply the Islamic law in our life.
6-9-06 -Mercy killings, life support: When to stop, How has the right, the objective of Islamic law and a practical example