The study of ilm al-fara’id - also known as Mīrāth - is a science of Sharia that deals with the laws of inheritance. The believers, as the Qur’an states, inherit from one another (Q. 4:7). Consequently, we are required to determine the correct share each relative is owed in light of Sacred Law as well as give due rights to the property and wealth of the deceased.
In this course, students have the opportunity to study and complete a renowned primer in this science called Al-Rahabiyyah fi 'Ilm Fara'idh which is a short poem distilling the ahkam (rulings) of inheritance based on the Shafi’i Madhhab. Written as a poem to aid the memorisation of students, matn al-Rahabiyyah was penned by Imam Abu Abdullah Muhammad al-Rahabi al-Shafi’i in the 6th century after Hijra. This brief text along with the Instructors explanation will allow students to become acquainted with an important yet complex subject of Islamic law.
Sheikh Ahmed Khater is the founder of Zidni Islamic Institute. He was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in legal studies, then pursued a second B.A. from Al-Azhar University in Egypt in the Islamic sciences and the Arabic language, received an M.A. from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley in Islamic Law, and now is a PhD student at the Graduate Theological Union in Islamic legal theory and theology. He also has holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Islamic studies from the Islamic University of Minnesota. He has received ijazat (licenses) in various Islamic sciences, including ijazah to teach and narrate the Hanbali madhhab. He is a lecturer of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union and Islamic University of Minnesota, a lecturer of Arabic language at the University of California, Berkeley, and an editor for Al-Azhar's Majma' Al- Buhuth Al-Islamiyyah in Egypt.
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