HSC114 – Islamic Laws


Following an introduction to the subject, the syllabus focuses on jurisprudential edicts of leading jurists pertaining to the following acts of worship:

  • Following a Qualified Jurist
  • Purification
  • Prayer
  • Fasting
  • Alms Tax (Zakāh)
  • One-fifth Tax (Khums)
  • Pilgrimage
  • Enjoining Good and Forbidding Evil

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, the successful student will be able to:

  • Identify and represent an overview of the main topics relating to acts of worship. (A1)
  • Demonstrate awareness and outline the main terminology used in Islamic law. (A5)
  • Identify and privide examples of contemporary edicts on matters applicable to Muslims living in the West. (A4, A7, B5)

This module will call for successful student to:

  • Be able to examine and practically demonstrate and verbally communicate rulings relating to ritual acts of worship. (C2, C3, C4, C7, D1, D3)

Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy

Delivery of this module is in the traditional Hawza style, whereby the teacher carefully reads and explains the core text, and discusses areas of particular complexity in more detail. This is supplemented by practical demonstrations when applicable. Students are encouraged to examine the text critically and to engage in the discussions. Furthermore, students are expected to discuss material presented in class in their mubāḥathah (study circle) sessions to enhance understanding and retention.

Assessment Modes
Formative assessment will be by means of discussions, and continuous questioning on the practical and theoretical aspects of the course syllabus. Students will receive formative feedback on their role play after completing them which will help them improve further. Students may discuss and clarify and outstanding issues before the role play commences. Practical presentation of one of the covered topics will be used to address student understanding of issues of importance, providing constructive formative feedback to students.  Further development in student-led discussion groups allows for module leader observation and feedback.
Summative, graded assessment is by role play and practical demonstration. The role play will last for 15 minutes, consisting of a mock scenario in which the student will play the role of a teacher who has to explain rulings on two acts of worship to a student (Outcomes 1, 2, 3). The practical demonstrations will require students to correctly perform two common acts of worship, providing them with an opportunity to practically apply their learning and to have any mistakes corrected (Outcome 4).

Assessment Weighting
Role play: 60%
Practical demonstrations: 40%

Learning materials

Core readings

  • Al-Faqihi, M. (2006). Ma’rifat Abwab al-Fiqh. Qum: The International Centre for Islamic Studies Publications.
  • Al-Khafaji, N. ed. (2001). A Code of Practice for Muslims in the West. London: Imam Ali Foundation.
  • Al-Sistani, A.H. (2015). Islamic Laws. Volume One: Ritual Acts of Worship. Translated and annotated by M.A. Ismail. London: The World Federation.