Umdatul Ahkaam (Salaah)
Ustadh Wasim Kempson
19 Lessons (3 Months Course)
“And establish prayer and give zakah and bow with those who bow (in worship and obedience).” [2:43]
“Verily, as‑Salaah (the prayer) is enjoined on the believers at fixed hours” [4:103]
Salaah is from the pillars of Islaam and the most important pillar after the testimony of faith. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, “Indeed, when one of you prays, he speaks privately with his Lord.” [Bukhaaree] Salaah is also an individual obligation. The companions of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) were in agreement that the one who abandons it intentionally then this is an act of disbelief. The benefits of salaah are many. Allaah says, “Verily, prayer prevents from shameful and unjust deeds.” [29:45]
The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) was sent, by Allaah, to guide mankind. He (صلى الله عليه وسلم) showed us exactly how to worship Allaah in a manner pleasing to Him. How did the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) perform the prayer? Are we performing our five daily prayers in a similar fashion?
The course is based on the classical Hanbali text ‘Umdatul Ahkaam compiled by the eminent scholar al-Haafidh ‘Abdul-Ghaniyy al-Maqdisi. It is a summarised work of prophetic traditions related to rulings (ahkaam).
Course Length: 90 days + 10 day Final Exam
In this course you will learn the following:
- Why is it important to perform salaah?
- What is the virtue of performing prayer at its earliest time?
- How did the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) perform the salaah?
- What are the pillars, obligations and recommendations of salaah?
- What are those things disliked in the prayer?
- What are the prohibited times to pray?
- What do we recite in Salaah?
- What is the minimum amount of recitation in a rak’ah?
- Are we to make up for the prayers missed? If so, how are we to make them up?
- What are the benefits of praying in Jamaa’ah? What is its ruling?
- What is said concerning the Adhaan and Iqaamah?
- How is the prostration of forgetfulness performed? Is purity a condition for it?
- Can we walk past someone who is in prayer?
- What are the various methods/ways of performing salatul Witr? What is its ruling?
- When is it best to make du’a – before or after the tasleem?
- How can we attain khushoo’ in salaah?
- Is it the prayer of the traveller different to the one who is resident?
- How is salatul ‘Eid performed?
- What is salatul Kusoof and salatul Khawf?
Biography of Author:
He is the sheikh, al-Haafidh, Taqiyy ad-Deen: Aboo Muhammad ‘Abdul-Ghaniyy bin ‘Abdil-Waahid bin ‘Alee bin Surur al-Maqdisi. He was born in Palestine, in the year 541H and passed away at the age of sixty-nine (600H). He came from a family of knowledgeable Hanbali scholars. He migrated to Damascus with his family when he was seven years old. He studied under numerous scholars of Damascus. He also travelled to various places in search of Islamic knowledge. When he was seventeen years old, he travelled with his cousin, Muwaffaq ad-Deen ibn Qudaamah, to Baghdaad in order to seek knowledge. He stayed there for four years before returning to Damascus. In addition, he travelled to Alexendaria (Egypt) twice to study under al-Haafidh as-Silafee. He married his cousin, Raabi’ah, who was the daughter of Ahmad ibn Qudaamah. He had three sons.
Aboo Ishaaq Ibraaheem al-Haafidh said, concerning him: “Hadeeth spread in Ash-Shaam only because of al-Haafidh ‘Abdul-Ghaniyy. Every Shaykh I met to question him about who his first Shaykh was, the response I would get was: Al-Haafidh ‘Abdul-Ghaniyy”. Ad-Diaa’ said: “He was the Ameer al-Mu’mineen in hadeeth.”
Additional Reading Material:
- A Summary of Islamic Jurisprudence by Dr Saalih Al Fawzaan
- Fiqh us-Sunnah, by Sayyid Sabiq
- Fiqh Made Easy, by Sheikh Saalih As Sadlaan
Having studied this course, you should consider studying the following:
- Hanafi Fiqh: Mukhtasar al Quduri
- Manhaj as Salikeen
- Umdatul Ahkaam (Purification)
- Hanbali Fiqh: Umdatul Fiqh (Purification)
- Umdatul Ahkaam (Salaah)
- Hanbali Fiqh: Umdatul Fiqh (Salah)
- The Fiqh of Ramadhan
- The Fiqh of Hajj
- The Fiqh of Food and Clothing
- The Fiqh of Inheritance
- Fiqh Pertaining to Women
- The Fiqh of Menstruation
- Umdatul Ahkaam (Mariage & Divorce)
- The Fiqh of Marriage, Family and Divorce
- Usool ul Fiqh
- Qawaid Fiqhiyyah
- The Niqaab and Hijaab
Ustadh Wasim Kempson
Ustadh Wasim Kempson graduated from Madinah Islamic University (K.S.A) with a BA Hons in Shari'ah and specialises on the field of Fiqh and Aqeedah. Ustadh Wasim is currently an Imam at Al Muntada al Islami UK.