The Jurisprudence of Muslim Minorities (FIQH AL-AQALIYYAT)
- Course overview:
Fiqh al-Aqalliyyat—the jurisprudence of Muslim minorities—is a legal doctrine asserting that Muslim minorities, especially those residing in the West, deserve a special legal discipline to address their unique religious needs that differ from those of Muslims residing in Islamic countries.
Developed as a means of assisting Muslim minorities in practicing their faith, it deals with the problems Muslims face in countries where they are minorities and focuses more on special and exceptional rulings for those special circumstances. For that reason, this course is designed to educate AZAC students extensively on those special Islamic rulings.
2. Course objectives
- To teach and provide Muslims living in Non-Islamic lands with ruling on contemporary issues to make it easy for them to adhere to the teachings of Islam.
- To teach upcoming Islamic scholars to adapt the Islamic Sharia to the necessities of Muslim communities in the minority regions, which in practice means allowing legal leniencies so that these communities are able to develop.
3. Course outline:
|1||The use of alcohol in the manufacture of drugs|
|2||Food consisting of prohibited substances|
|3||Eating in restaurants where haram foods/drinks are served|
|4||Mixing permissible food with a little amount of impermissible food|
|5||Litigation to statutory courts|
|6||Litigation between Muslim minorities|
|7||Swearing by the Bible|
|8||Shaking hands with a woman( non- mahram)|
|9||Testifying for non-muslim|
|10||Greeting the unbeliever by bowing|
|11||Accept and pay a gift to the non-Muslim|
|12||Greeting non-Muslims by saying Assalam alaykum|
|13||Visitation of non-Muslims|
|14||Non-Muslims entering the mosque|
|15||becoming a national of a non-Islamic country|