Usul al-Fiqh (Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence)

Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence: Brief Introduction

by Shaykh ‘Abdur-Rahmân ibn Nâsir as-Sa’dî From Ahya.org Prologue [Risaalah Lateefah Jaami’ah fee Usoolil-Fiqhil-Muhimmah, which is part of Manhajus-Saalikeen wa Tawdeehul-Fiqh bid-Deen (pp.101-112)] All praise belongs to Allaah. So we praise Him for what He possess from His beautiful Names and lofty and perfect Attributes; and for His Judgement and Decree which encompasses everything in existence; …

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Legal Maxims of Islamic Law: A Brief Introduction

Fiqh or legal maxims of Islamic law (Al-Qawaa’id Al-Fiqhiyyah) is a genre of Islamic sciences that focuses on general rules of fiqh which can be applied to a wide variety of particular situations. In fact, in Muslim countries a student cannot obtain a degree in Islamic sciences from an Islamic university without first having completed …

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Why Muslim Scholars Differ: Notes From Ibn Taymiyyah’s Raf’ al-Malaam ‘an al-A’immah al-Al-A’laam (The Removal of Blame From the Great Imams)

Disagreement

I had always wondered why certain scholars, especially the highly reputable ones like the four imams, chose to go against clear authentic hadiths which contradict their opinion(s).  It always bothered me and made me feel a bit uneasy but I could never really figure out why such was the case.  If the Qur’an and Sunnah …

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How Muslim Scholars Deal With Perceived Contradictions in Islamic Texts

Islamic Texts

Methodology of the Majority of Scholars of Islam The perspective that guides each step of the process [for them] is maintaining the validity and viability of the evidence as far and as much as possible. Reconciling where possible – the justification is that the Lawgiver only provided the evidence in order to guide humanity to …

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The Role of ‘Urf (Custom) in Islamic Law

Culture

Islamic law is primarily derived from the Qur’an and Sunnah according to the consensus of the Muslim scholars.  However, there is a difference of opinion among the scholars on how to approach issues that are not explicitly and directly mentioned in these two sources.  In other words, there is no indication from the Qur’an and …

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