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Fundamentals of Shariah

Gain an overview of the sources and teachings of Islam to better understand and practise Islamic law.

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Fundamentals of Shariah

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  • 2 weeks

  • 2 hours per week

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  • Introductory level

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Understand Shariah Law with INCEIF

This two-week course from the International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF) provides a simple but comprehensive overview of the foundational teachings of the Islamic faith.

Starting with the Pillars of Islam and tracing the evolution of Islamic law, you’ll discover the rich tapestry of Islamic knowledge. By the end of the course, you’ll have gained the knowledge you need to understand and practise Shariah.

Unpack the tenets and sources of Islamic Law

In Week 1 of the course, you’ll break Islamic Law down into its most fundamental teachings. You’ll unpack the central tenets that have shaped Shariah over centuries: the Five Pillars of Islam and the Six Articles of Faith.

You’ll also learn about the primary and secondary sources of Shariah Law, together with the schools of legal interpretation that have helped develop Islamic thought.

Build the knowledge you need for a fulfilled life and career

This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and understanding you need to achieve fulfilment in your life, work, and learning.

You’ll explore the importance of knowledge in Islam, and how Shariah can help you maintain a fruitful student-teacher dynamic.

By the end of the course, you’ll be ready to integrate Shariah teaching into your own life and work.


  • Week 1

    Foundations of Islamic Beliefs

    • Welcome to the Course

      Let's begin our exploration together with an open heart and a thirst for knowledge. Welcome aboard!

    • The Five Pillars of Islam

      The five pillars of Islam pillars serve as the cornerstones of Islamic life, guiding believers in their spiritual journey and everyday actions. We will explore the significance and practical implications of each pillar.

    • Understanding Islam, Iman, Ihsan and The Signs of The Last Day (Hadith Jibril)

      The Hadith Jibril is a narrative that provides profound insight into the core concepts of Islamic faith.

    • Shariah, Fiqh and Usul Al-fiqh

      Shariah, Fiqh, and Usul al-Fiqh are foundational concepts in Islamic jurisprudence and law. They form the basis of how Muslims understand and apply Islamic teachings in various aspects of life.

    • Quiz

      Let's check your understanding on the foundation of Islamic beliefs.

    • Summary and Reflection

      A recap of what you have learned so far in week 1, and what will be discussed in Week 2.

  • Week 2

    Shariah Rulings and the Importance of Knowledge

    • Introduction

      Overview of Week 2 Content

    • Understanding Basic Rulings in Shariah

      These sources include the Quran, Hadith (Prophet's sayings and actions), Ijma (consensus of scholars), and Qiyas (analogy).

    • The 4 Key Sources of Shariah

      The four key sources of Shariah (Islamic law) are collectively known as "Usul al-Fiqh," which means the principles or sources of jurisprudence. These sources provide the foundation for deriving legal rulings and guidance in Islam.

    • The Significance of Knowledge Acquisition in Islam

      During this exploration, we will also discuss the etiquettes that both students and teachers should uphold in their quest for knowledge and spiritual growth.

    • Summary and Reflection

      Summary and reflection of week 2 on what we have learned so far.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain the significance and purpose of each of the Five Pillars of Islam.
  • Assess the diverse interpretations of certain Islamic concepts within different Islamic schools of thought.
  • Evaluate the importance and relevance of gaining knowledge in Islam for personal and communal growth.
  • Explain the 4 key sources of Islamic law.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning more about the tenets, sources, and applications of Islamic Law.

It will be particularly useful for aspiring students of the Islamic sciences, including Islamic finance.

Who will you learn with?

I am an Associate Professor of Islamic Finance at INCEIF University, specialising in Islamic Law and its Principles (Usul ul Fiqh and Contract Law), Social Finance, Fintech and Islamic Capital Market.

Who developed the course?


INCEIF is considered to be the knowledge leader in Islamic finance through providing excellent teaching, research and thought leadership.

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