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AlKauthar Students Guild

Ever wanted to study abroad but circumstances wouldn?t allow?

Always wanted to be at the feet of scholars but haven?t had access to any?

Need some help and guidance to structure your Islamic learning?

Then join us in traversing a path leading you to the heart of knowledge

OUR VISION and AIM

  • Develop and nurture students into exceptional students of knowledge through an intensive, comprehensive program of online study
  • Empower students with knowledge and tools to teach, enabling them to deliver effectively to a wider audience
  • Create an umbrella source of advisors whom the public can rely on for Islamic guidance and consultancy in a wide range of areas

OUR STRUCTURE and FORMAT

  • Four 10 week semesters per year
  • Intensive weekly pre-recorded/live video sessions
  • Exams, assignments, tasks and tutor review
  • Direct access to teacher through modern communication medium
  • Study Islam in a classical context using classical books

IN-DEPTH syllabus covering the following areas:

  • Fiqh l?Hadith
  • ?Aqeedah
  • Comparetive Fiqh
  • Usool l?Fiqh
  • Sciences of Hadith
  • Tafseer
  • Hifdh l?Qur?an
  • Arabic Languaage

Enter the doors to a wealth of knowledge

Who can apply?

  • Anyone who has attended/enrolled onto at least 3 AlKauthar courses is eligible to apply for the StudentsGuild
  • Once the entry exam is successfully passed, a selection of top students’ will be given an invitation to be part of the Students’ Guild
  • As member of the StudentsGuild you will be expected to attend a minimum of 3 courses per year PLUS any courses that our tutors deem compulsory
  • Students will be expected to remain in the UK for the duration of the programme

How can you apply?

  • Application for the Students’ Guild is through registering for the entry exam
  • To register for the exam, please send an email directly to studentsguild@alkauthar.org requesting an entry exam registration form

When can you apply?

  • You can apply now
  • Deadline to register for the exam is: Monday 22nd February 2010

An opportunity not to be missed by ANY student!

To request an application form to register for the entry exam send an email to studentsguild@alkauthar.org by

Deadline for Application Forms: Monday 22nd February 2010
Entry Exam Date: Saturday 27th February 2010
Programme Start Date: Monday 5th April 2010

Q&A: Missing the Friday Prayer in the West Because of Work

Missing the Friday Prayer in the West Because of Work — Answered by Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam

Question:

I have a brother who is contemplating a career change primarily because he would not be able to hold a teaching position at the elementary school level if he had to leave every week for Jumu?a. I have apparently been told that the Syrian Hanafi position is that Jumu?a is not mandatory in the West because there is no Muslim ruler or established Islamic authority.

Answer:

The position of the mainstream and majority of scholars, both from the Subcontinent and the Arab world, is that the condition of having a Muslim ruler sultan in order to establish the Friday prayer is not a condition in of itself; rather, a means to ensure that there is no dispute regarding the establishment of the Friday prayer.

The renowned Hanafi Jurist faqih, Imam al-Kasani Allah have mercy on him explains in his Bada?i al-Sana?i that the condition of having the Sultan?s permission is to avoid any possible disputes and arguments, because the Friday jumu?a prayer is offered in a large congregating and to lead such a massive congregation in prayer is indeed a great privilege; hence, it may lead those who like to be in the limelight into competing and arguing with one another to acquire the post of leading the Friday prayer. For this reason, appointing the right person to lead the Friday prayer was left to the discretion of the Sultan, so that he may appoint whomever he feels fit for this esteemed position. As a result, there would be no dispute, for others would be forced into obeying the Sultan and may even fear his punishment. Bada?i al-Sana?i, 1/261

He further states that the above is when the Sultan or his representative is present. However, if the Sultan was not able to attend for one reason or another and the time of Jumu?a Salat came in, then there is nothing wrong in the congregation uniting in the appointment of an Imam and praying behind him. This is supported by what Imam Muhammad has narrated that when Sayyiduna Uthman Allah be pleased with him was surrounded by the enemies, people appointed Sayyiduna Ali Allah be pleased with him to lead them in the Friday prayer. ibid

In light of the above explanation and in light of the explanation given by many other jurists, it is not a condition of the Friday prayer that it be performed in a Muslim land. In the absence of a Sultan or a Muslim ruler, it is completely permissible for the Muslims to choose someone to lead the Friday prayer and such a Friday prayer would be considered valid.

When the Friday prayer is considered valid, it becomes obligatory upon each and every Muslim male to attend the prayer unless there is a dire and genuine excuse. Missing the Friday prayer without a legally accepted excuse would be extremely sinful.

Allah Most High says:

?O you who believe! When the call for Friday prayer is made, hasten towards the remembrance of Allah Prayer and Khutba and leave all transactions. This is best for you if you know.?
— Sura al-Jumu?a, V: 9

The above is the position of most contemporary Ulama. What you have been told regarding the Syrian Hanafi position, it is incorrect; rather, many top Syrian Ulama concur with the position of the Subcontinent Fuqaha, in that the Friday prayer is obligatory even in the West. I myself once heard Shaykh Muhammad Sa?id Ramadhan al-Buti Allah preserve him refuting quite vigorously the isolated position of Jumu?a not being obligatory in the West.

Hence, your brother will be doing the right thing by looking for an alternative job if he is unable to offer his Jumu?a prayer at his current post. It will not be permitted to take up a career where one is regularly unable to offer one?s Friday prayer, even in the West.

And Allah knows best

Muhammad ibn Adam
Darul Iftaa
Leicester , UK

via Missing the Friday Prayer in the West Because of Work.

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The Real Deal: Get rich this world and hearafter

The Real Deal“And Allah has permitted trade, but forbidden riba” [AlBaqarah: 275]

One of the most difficult and confusing issues to Muslims now a days are the matters pertaining to the rulings of buying and selling. With trade and commerce having expanded with such rapid force, many are searching for what Islam has to say about it all. Of recent, a surge in global Islamic finance and the renewed interest in Shariah business law – requires us to understand the basic principles upon which Islam bases its ruling.

In this course, you will be introduced to:

  • The fiqh of Commerce in Shariah
  • Transactions and their classifications
  • Forbidden contracts and their understanding
  • The correct understanding and application of Riba
  • Understand heylah and how to detect it
  • Understand how the element of uncertainity may affect the validity of a transaction
  • Principles of halal investment
  • Manners of a Muslim businessman
  • Comparisons between Western commercial law and Shariah business law
  • Discussion of tens of the most popular modern business transactions – everything from credit cards, road side assistance, pyramind schemes, ebay, unlimited downloads, no deposit lay-bys, cash back policies, modern Islamic mortgages and investments in bonds, stocks and metals, laws on business and intellectual property, franchising..
  • Discussion of sample contracts from Islamic financial institutions
  • A preliminary study of how to Islamize large scale economic policies and ensure smooth transition to a riba free economy.

“I have never attended a more beneficial lecture. It just blew away my mind!” [Quote from a student]

These series of lectures are best sellers world wide. This particular course goes into much more detail than the lessons that may be available in the market under the title: “Halal and Haram of Business Transactions”, so even if you have seen that DVD, you still need to attend this course to gain full and maximum benefit.

More Information and Registration

Events – University of Manchester Islamic Society

Forthcoming events organised by your Islamic Society.

Monday 26 Nov 2007: Sahabah – A Forgotten Nation

A talk presented as part of Muslim Week 2007.

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Speaker: Othman Latif
Time: 26 Nov 2007 at 17:30
Venue: Roscoe Theatre A

Tuesday 27 Nov 2007: Trials & Tribulations

A talk presented as part of Muslim Week 2007.

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Speaker: Omar (Tate) Abdullah
Time: 27 Nov 2007 at 17:30
Venue: Roscoe Theatre B

Wednesday 28 Nov 2007: One Day Football Tournament (Brothers)

Presented as part of Muslim Week 2007.

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Time: 28 Nov 2007 at 13:00
Venue: Pitz – Power League, Ardwick

£20 per team. Limited spaces.
Register your team now: +44 (0)7976 387672 marcoman53@hotmail.com

Wednesday 28 Nov 2007: Bowling (Sisters)

Presented as part of Muslim Week 2007.

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Time: 28 Nov 2007 at 13:00
Venue: Meet at McDougall (UoM Couth Campus Prayer Room)

Thursday 29 Nov 2007: Who Are You?

A talk presented as part of Muslim Week 2007.

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Speaker: Ilyas Karmani
Time: 29 Nov 2007 at 17:30
Venue: Roscoe Theatre B

Friday 30 Nov 2007: Dinner – Time for Change

Presented as part of Muslim Week 2007.

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Including a talk and entertainment.

Speaker: Yusuf Chambers
Time: 30 Nov 2007, arrive at 17:30
Venue: Sanams Restaurant

Tickets cost £10 each. These can be purchased from any committee member, or by contacting us at:
Tel: +44 (0)7730 517492
Email: othman@manchesterisoc.com or noor@manchesterisoc.com