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141 Fiqh of Worship I



Textbook information: Fiqh us-Sunnah, vol. 1: Purification and Prayer

Textbook information: Fiqh us-Sunnah, vol. 2: Supererogatory Prayer

Supplementary Materials information

Audiotapes information

Student feedback

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Syllabus from Spring 2001

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Spring 2001 Course Schedule 1/15/01 - 4/15/01 EBA 141

Course Outline

This class will cover:

Purification: This includes the kind of water used, impurities, purifying the body and clothes, going to the bathroom.

Ablution: This includes the obligatory parts of the ablution, the sunnah acts of the ablution, nullification of ablution, wiping over the socks, al-ghusl, tayammum, menstruation.

Prayer: This includes adhan, the prerequisites of the prayer, the obligatory acts of the prayer, the sunnah acts of the prayer, at-tatawwu (supererogatory prayers), non-stressed sunnah prayers, the witr prayer, the late night prayer, the special prayers (tarawih, istikharah, hajah, taubah, and kasuf), sujjud us-sahu, salat al-Jama'ah, the Friday prayer, salat al-khauf and the 'Id prayer.

Course Objectives:

  1. To learn how great the Islamic Shari'ah is.
  2. To understand different subjects that are related to our daily life, like purification and prayer.
  3. To learn how to perform ablution, ghusl and prayer

Course materials:

Textbooks: Fiqh Us-Sunnah, Volumes 1 & 2 by As-Sayyid Sabiq.

6 Audiotapes: Fiqh of Worship I by Khalid Blankenship

Suggested Additional Reading:

Sahih al-Bukhari (Books of Knowledge, Taharah and Salat)

Riyadh us-Saleheen [Intention and Taharah]

Exam Schedule:






Exam 1

February 21, 2001

February 26, 2001

Volume 1


Exam 2

March 28, 2001

April 2, 2001

Volume 2


Term Paper:


March 27, 2001



Oral Exam


April 5-15, 2001

Volume 1 & 2 and tapes

25 %


Study Tips/Advice:

The term paper should be ten (10) pages long, not including the introduction or the conclusion. It should have an introduction (stating why you chose the topic, and the main stages you will follow), a conclusion (the main point that you conclude from the term paper), references (the main sources that were used in the term paper), and a subject index.

Term Paper - Choose one of the following subjects or any other related subjects:

  1. Taharah
  2. Salat al-Jumu'ah
  3. The prayer of a traveler
  4. Impurities (najasah)
  5. Ablution (wudhu)
  6. The obligatory parts of the ablution
  7. Ghusl
  8. At-tayammum
  9. The rules of menstruation (haidh)
  10. Prayer (salat)
  11. Prerequisites of the prayer
  12. Obligatory acts of the prayer
  13. The Sunnah acts of the prayer
  14. The Witr prayer
  15. The late night prayer (qiyamul-layl)
  16. The Tarawih prayer
  17. The congregational prayer (salat al-jama'ah)
  18. Summarizing half the main text

Supplementary materials information


Audiotapes information

The audiotapes by Khalid Blankenship are a summarized reading of the Fiqh us-Sunnah books.

Student Feedback

There's a lot of material to learn here, and you will probably have to summarize the books for yourself; i.e., for every topic, determine the ruling and what the proof for it is. As-Sayyid Sabiq discusses many different rulings that different scholars have given for any one topic, argues the pros and cons of them based on the statements of other scholars and other proofs, and then comes to a conclusion.  Learn the conclusion for that topic and the proof for it, and then later on, you can learn all the differing opinions.

Don't get ahead of yourself; just like most any other book on fiqh, this one starts off with water, because water leads to purification, which leads to wudhu, which leads to salat. Don't jump ahead and then think you will come back because then there will be even more information to understand.

Try to write yourself a summary of the books, and you will do fine inshaAllah.


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