ISL110 Fiqh (Islamic Law) of the Five Pillars (8)

This subject addresses the study of Islamic law or jurisprudence (fiqh) relating to the five pillars of Islam (the declaration of faith (shahadah), the daily prescribed prayers (salat), fasting during the month of Ramadan (sawm), purifying alms (zakat), and the pilgrimage (hajj)), together with the textual evidence for the basis of the rulings. The rituals related to these practices will be studied together with the criteria and method for practice. Physical cleansing in Islam will also addressed. The Hanafi school of Islamic law will be the primary school studied, however, views and evidence from Shafii, Maliki and Hanbali schools of law will also be discussed.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
Online *
United Theological College

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ISL110. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the practice of the five pillars of Islam
  • be able to explain the jurisprudence (fiqh) related to their practice
  • be able to explain the cleansing process needed for different circumstances and different practices
  • be able to cite textual evidence for ritual practices of Islam
  • be able to demonstrate independent research, organisation, written and oral communication skills through the presentation of a substantial work


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The relationship between inner and outer practice
  • Cleanliness and water in Islamic practice
  • Rites of ablution (wudu) and full body ablution (gusl)
  • Ablution when no water available (tayammum)
  • The practice of the prescribed prayers (salaat)
  • Jurisprudence (fiqh) of the prescribed prayers (salaat)
  • Friday prayers and congregational prayer
  • The implementation of purifying alms (zakaat)
  • Jurisprudence (fiqh) of purifying alms (zakaat)
  • Other Charities (sadaqa, fitr)
  • The practice of fasting (sawm)
  • Ramadan and Eid
  • Jurisprudence (fiqh) of fasting (sawm)
  • The practice of pilgrimage (hajj)
  • Jurisprudence (fiqh) of pilgrimage (hajj)


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.