Academic Programs 

Rituals and Responsibilities of Muslim Leaders in America (WS-601)
Summer 2009

This course is designed for Muslim leaders, including Imams and chaplains, who are serving American Muslim communities. The course examines Muslim leaders’ role and responsibilities as well as the proper application and performance of some important areas of Islamic ritual law. Emphasis is on practical application of the law and much of the course is taught in workshop format.

Meeting Day, Time and Dates:
Monday, June 15 – Friday, June 19, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Muhammad Nur Abdullah
Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies and Imam of The Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis

Contact Information:
(860) 509-9500


Course Syllabus

This class will focus on family and family law, and how to apply it in western environment. We will start with higher objectives of Islamic law, fiqh of minorities, marriage, divorce, child custody, wills, inheritance, Zakat and burial of the Muslim.

Course requirements:

a. Attending the class without any absences.

b. A 10-15 pg paper

c. Two book reviews

References and textbooks:

1. Shari`ah The Islamic Law by Abdur Rahman Doi (ISBN 0907461-38-7Pbk)

2. Law in The Middle East (Edited by Majid Khadduri and Herbert J. Liebesny) vol. 1 ( Chapter VI. Family Law. By Dr. Muhammad Abu Zahra) [P. 132-179]

3. ISNA Last Will & Testament by Dr.Monzer Kahf.

4. ISNA The Calculation of Zakat for Muslims in North America.

5. Divorce Document from legal court.

6. Divorce Document from an Islamic Center.

7. Pre-marriage Counseling forms.

8. Pre-marriage Agreement


Monday 6/15/09

9:00- 12:00 (Introduction and Objectives of Islamic Law;Maqasid of Sharih,)

12:00-1:00 Lunch and Zuhr prayer

1: 00- 2:30 Islamic Law of Minority

2:45-4:00 Practical application of fiqh issues in the
Western environment.

Tuesday 6/16/09

9:00- 10:30 (Family in Islam Marriage Purpose and Rules.

10:10- 12:00 (Marriage Relationship and forms of Marriage, Interfaith marriage.)

12:00-1:00 lunch and Zuhr prayer

1:10- 2:30 Marriage Contract Engagement

2:45- 4:00 Solemnizing of Marriage requirements; The role of guardians (Wali), Maher :Dower ; witnesses, and

Wednesday June/17/09

9:00- 10:30 (Talaq Divorce in Islamic Law; forms of Divorce; revocable and irrevocable divorce; sunnah and bed’ah Talaq).

10:40-12:00 Khul’ Divorce by wife; when can a wife demand a khul’, Compensation and Iddah for Khul’.

12:00-1:00 Lunch and Zuhr prayer

1:00- 2:30 ( Chaplain Imam Role in Marriage Counseling and Conflict Resolving.)

2:40- 4:00 Practical issues, Civil Divorce and Compensation


Thursday 6/18/09


1. Last Will and Testament

2. The living Trust

3. Documents needed for the living Trust


4. Durable Power of Attorney

5. Health Care Directive.

12:00- 1:00 Zuhr prayer and Lunch.


4. Distribution of Mawarith (Inheritance)

Law of Succession; Conditions of succession

Guidance from Quran and Sunnah on succession


Share holders Ashab al-Fara’id

Impediments to succession:

a. Homicide(al–Qatl).

b. Change of Religion

c. The Qur’anic Guidance on the administration of the estate of deceased Muslim;

d. The settlement of debts

e. Funeral expenses

f. Wasiyyah: Wills

Friday 6/19/09

9:00-10:30 ( Zakat Calculation for Muslims in North America )

10:40-12:00 Salat al Janazah

Washing of deceased , Kafan,

1:00-3:00 Visiting The Masjid and Jummah prayer

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