Oct 2 - 4 & Oct 10 - 11
Oct 2 - 4 & Oct 10 - 11
Will we ever see tolerance and even unity amongst the Muslims in our time
If social media, or sitting in the Masjid with others is anything to go by, you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking it’s impossible.
But you’d be wrong.
Allah ‘azza wa jall did not create us to argue 24/7 and to remain in chaos and confusion because we can never agree on things.
Indeed why is it that people mostly argue but because of our perception and understanding of things in Islam which is itself based on our own education (or lack of it!) and our background and madh-habs and parental guidance etc.
The irony is that knowledge should solve this issue. But it almost seems that too much knowledge and misuse of it is what is causing this problem in the first place!
As if we don’t have enough on our plates as it is, the last thing we want to be dealing with are unnecessary arguments - especially when those arguments take away from the sanctity of our acts and places of worship, and drive people away from the Deen with the constant squabbling…
You’re Hanafi, brother? Cool. And you sister, you’re Shafi‘i? That’s great! But do you know how and why you are who you say you are?
These titles help you in your FIQH i.e. your individual legal rulings that you follow. But why is it that my rulings are different to yours when we follow the same Prophet? Why are we reading the same Qur’an in different ways?
The Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, "The halal is clear, and the haram is clear."
If that’s the case, why do so many people differ on what is actually haram and halal?!
Are there rules that show us definitive ways on how to determine whether something is halal or haram? You’ve heard all the phrases before: Nafl, Sunnah, Wajib, Fardh, Halal, Makruh, Haram but how do we define these exactly, and how can we apply them in our lives and in new situations?
Do you realise that you can’t understand a fatwa properly without understanding its basis, just as you can’t appreciate the result when you don’t know where it started from?
And did you know that just because something might be an authentic evidence, doesn’t mean one can use it authentically, as evidence? That was a clever one-liner right?
Welcome to the science of Usul al-Fiqh.
They call it the science of the scholars. That which separates the kids from the adults. Usul al-Fiqh: how to understand the rulings of the Shari’ah, how to derive evidences and establish normal fiqh rulings as well as unique fatawa.
Or put simply, how to appreciate the basis of everything we do in our Deen!
The brilliant thing about studying a science such as this is that you will answer so many relevant questions you never knew made up the basis of 90% of all the arguments you will come across in how we respond to the modern challenges of being Muslim!
Here’s just a sample:
It’s usually something special when we relaunch a class, and this is no different. After many years, we are delighted to reboot and reload one of our seminal classes "The Code Of Scholars - Usul al-Fiqh", a double-weekend packed seminar on understanding exactly what our Lord wants from us in our day-to-day rulings, whilst learning how and why our legal tradition creates the differences we have today and thriving off that as opposed to hating one another for it.
Usul al-Fiqh has taken on modern day implications like never before. Taught by the Head of our Fiqh and Usul Department Shaykh Yaser Birjas, observe how someone with expertise in this detailed science, combines expertise in educational methodology, making this traditionally difficult science easy, beneficial and enjoyable for all.
This class will give you the tools to understand the reality of the debate – and armed with this knowledge not only will you be able to understand all points of view, but you will also be clear in your mind as to what you think is the correct approach without offending (or being offended by!) those with a different opinion.
Don’t miss this chance to sit with a scholar and achieve the objective behind Usul al-Fiqh as stated by
Ibn Taymiyyah to be, "…to use the Qur’an and Sunnah to deeply understand what Allah and His Messenger actually want."
Sounds great to us!
"Masha Allahu ta'ala, Sheikh Yasir Birjas speaks in a way where it is impossible to misunderstand. He balances his humor with his seriousness and may Allah grant us all the ability to take another class with him."
Aminah Kamawal, Portland
"Shaykh Yaser is a wealth of knowledge, mashallah, especially on matters that pertain to Fiqh. He's so easy to approach, and so concrete in his answers all the time."
Ihsan al-Zouabi, Raleigh
"I was honored to be in the presence of such a respected scholar. His method of teaching not only intrigued me in the subject but also enlightened us with his humor. I thank you for taking our ignorance on the subject and tweaking our minds to the surface of truly understanding your teachings."
Saba Alyafi, Detroit
"Sheikh Yaser Birjas has a special aura that makes students feel at ease and sincerely cared for. His knowledge provides students opportunity to learn from the best. The Sheikh answered student's question clearly and deeply."
Bisharo Youssef, Minneapolis
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Shaykh Yaser Birjas is the Head of our Islamic Law and Theory Department. Often described as the fatherly figure by students, ShaykhYaser exudes a calm, gentle and caring demeanour that welcomes students to ask questions with awe and respect.
ShaykhYaser started his career in Electronic Engineering in the UAE, then in Madinah where he graduated as class Valedictorian with the highest honors from The Islamic University of Madinah’s College of Shari'ah (Fiqh and Usul) in 1996. He learned from various highly respected scholars such as Sheikh Mohammed Amin Al-Shanqiti and Sheikh Al-'Uthaymin.
In 1997, he went to work as a relief program aide to rebuild the war-torn Bosnia. In 2000, he immigrated to the U.S. where he served as an Imam at The Islamic Center in El Paso, Texas and a director of English programs in Da'wah and outreach for the Orland Park Prayer Center. He is currently serving as Imam of the renowned Valley Ranch Islamic Centre in Irving, Texas, rapidly establishing himself as an invaluable leader of the Texan Muslim Community.
His speciality in the subject of marriage and relations made him a highly sought marriage counsellor for the Muslim community, and with four children and much experience, his parenting classes are equally popular. With his superb all-round grasp on the Islamic sciences, ShaykhYaser is welcomed eagerly in every city he teaches whether it is his Usul, or Fiqh, or Financial Literacy or Relationship classes. It is no wonder that he has taught more students than any other of our instructors at AlMaghrib!
We started up in 2002 with a simple question - how could we teach you Islam in a way that was fun, social, quality, spiritual, and oh yeah, academic?
We asked around, and it turned out people wanted teachers who knew their stuff and who didn't turn learning Islam into a snoozefest, they wanted super quality and they didn't want endless weeks of lectures that would get in the way of their busy lives.
We listened. And AlMaghrib Institute was born. Based upon an ethos of excellence and a refusal to accept excuses for poor quality, we offered single and double-weekend seminars, with the most engaging instructors around, using top professional multi-media materials. Since that time, your response has been insane! You’ve asked us to establish chapters (also known as Qabeelahs) in over 40 cities worldwide, from North America, to Europe, to Asia, to the Middle East and to Australia too! Amazingly, we've now taught the Islamic Sciences to over 80,000 unique students and growing every day.
With the blessings of Allah, Most High, AlMaghrib is now the leading Institute teaching premiere Islamic education in the West with the largest on-site student body. Year by year, we’ve set the standard and launched exciting new projects, inspired so many more to do great work in their communities, and raised the bar on how knowledge is not only sought...but loved!
AlMaghrib is exceptionally selective about its instructors to ensure that all of them are fluent in the language of instruction. It delights us and our student body that our seminars are taught by highly specialized scholars and educators who are among the best in their field, bar none.
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