Ijtihad: Occasional Paper No. 4


  • Author Taha Jabir al 'Alwani
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Taha Jabir al 'Alwani
Considering that the accepted juridical sources of Islam are valid for all times and place, ijtihad may be described as a creative but disciplined intellectual effort to derive legal rulings from those sources while taking into consideration the variable impose by the fluctuating circumstance of Muslim society. Consigning itjihad to the annals of history is a denial of the rationalistic, egalitarian and humane aspects of a realistic and durable Faith. The act would be a repudiation of the requisites of changing times and of the clamouring need to rid of the Ummah of its present baggage of malaise and enable it to forge ahead, inspiring other nations and communities. It can be proved historically that the Ummah only entered its current crisis after ijtihad fell into disuse and was gradually replaced by taqlid.


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