Family Law: Practical Applications

Marriage, Divorce, and Children in Modern Times. Obligatory knowledge for every married couple – a practical course aimed at teaching you how the sharia rulings for families are applied in real life.

Family Law


  • Learn how the sharia rulings of marriage and divorce are implemented in real life
  • Cover obligatory knowledge on every married couple and those planning on getting married
  • Imperative knowledge for Muslim women to proactively protect themselves by knowing their rights
  • Learn the laws related to child custody, alimony, lineage, and adoption
  • Essential for Muslims living in non-Muslim lands who want to abide by the sharia

About the Course

Learning to look at family law through the lens of the Shariah helps you to remove misunderstanding that surround laws related to marriage, divorce, child custody, alimony, lineage, and adoption. The goal of this course is to give Muslims practical guidance on marriage and divorce in the context of today’s world—namely, an understanding of how the laws of the fuqaha are implemented in real life situations.

Course Syllabus

Section 1: Marriage Contract & Its Consequences

  • Study the shari`a principles for making a valid marriage contract through covering:
  • The fiqh of engagement
  • Conditions of contractual conclusion
  • Conditions of contractual validity
  • Conditions of contractual execution
  • Conditions for a contract to be binding
  • Study the consequences of the contract:
  • Legal status of a marriage contract
  • Marriage payment
  • Rights of the spouses
  • Financial support

Section 2: Divorce & Its Consequences

  • Study the shari`a principles for canceling a marriage contract through covering:
  • Ending marriage
  • Types of divorce
  • Divorce with agreement
  • Divorce forced by judge
  • Divorce forced by the shari`a
  • The Sharia Council as an alternative to courts in western lands
  • Child custody
  • Study consequences of the divorce:
  • Alimony
  • Waiting period

Section 3: Birth & Its Consequences

  • Establishing the lineage
  • Methods for confirming or negating the lineage
  • Adoption
  • Breast feeding

Course Format

The course will consist of weekly Live Sessions in which the course text shall be expounded, weekly office hours where students can consult with Dr. Ashraf one-on-one and a Final Examination.

Weekly Time Commitment

The course requires an estimated hour to an hour-and-a-half per week outside the live session to review the material and take notes.

Suggested readings

The Arabic/English translation of the course text shall be provided to the students as part of the course material

Recommended Background

No background is required: all are welcome!


Who is this knowledge obligatory for?

This course is highly recommended for every Muslim, but is obligatory knowledge for anyone planning on getting married, spouses filing for divorce, imams and family counselors who deal with family disputes, and lawyers or students of law wishing to specialize in family law.

Why is this essential knowledge, particularly for Muslim women?

Muslims living in non-Muslim lands are faced with a conundrum—on the one hand, they want to live their lives in accordance with the Shariah, but on the other hand, they do not have recourse to courts that can protect their Shariah-given rights. This is especially true for law related to marriage, divorce, child custody, alimony, lineage, and adoption, as an incorrect understanding of these rulings can either lead to wronging others or lead to the inability to protect ourselves from being harmed.

Without proper knowledge, women in particular are susceptible to being wronged. In the past, women’s rights were protected by Muslim judges who prevented husbands from abusing the Shariah. These days however, it is imperative for women to pro-actively protect themselves by learning the Shariah. By understanding, for example, the marriage contract, they can stipulate appropriate conditions within the contract that would give them the right to divorce in the event of specific problems that may arise.

What shall I know coming out of the course?

By the end of this course, you will be able to write a marriage contract, stipulate valid conditions within it, identify mistakes in contracts, and conduct a marriage. Given a marital problem scenario, you will know what divorce options exist. Given a divorce scenario, you will understand the status of the marriage and the divorce. And once a divorce has occurred, you will understand the obligations on both the husband and the wife after divorce, as well what happens to the children. Also in regards to children, you will understand the place of modern techniques used to confirm or negate lineage. Finally, you will understand the legal ruling of adoption and its consequences.

Why you should study Family Law with Dr. Ashraf…

The instructor of this course, Dr. Ashraf Muneeb is uniquely suited to impart this knowledge because of his extensive experience dealing with marriage and divorce cases, as well as his understanding of Western marriage law. His PhD dissertation was a look at Muslim family problems in the West and included a thorough study of Californian marriage law. He also, along with his wife Ustadha Hedaya Hartford, authored the book Your Islamic Marriage Contract.

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About the Instructor

Ashraf Muneeb


Course Code



Level: 1

Starting From

1 November, 2015


10 weeks

Tuition Fee

225 USD   Instant Financial Aid