Understanding Ijtihad

By Surkheel Abu Aaliyah The science that evolved in understanding the shari‘ah, or Sacred Law of Islam, is called fiqh: usually translated as “jurisprudence”, and comes from the word faqiha, meaning: “to understand”. Fiqh, therefore, is all about understanding these divine laws and the way they shape the life-pattern of believers. Strictly speaking, shari‘ah refers …

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Al-Muttaqun: Those Mindful of God

Allah Says [meaning of which is]: “Allah loves those who are mindful of Him (Al-Muttaqeen)” [Qur’an 9:4]. The word Muttaqun comes from the word Taqwa. It is reported that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, “Taqwa is here” and he pointed to his chest three times” [Muslim]. In another narration, he is reported to have said, “Allah does …

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Islam and Homosexuality

The following piece is taken from the editorial introduction of American Journal of Islamic Science’s special issue dealing with homosexuality. It is posted here with Dr. Ovamir Anjum’s permission, who is the editor-in-chief of the journal. Menu Introduction | The Limits of Consent and the Autonomy of the Self | The Limits of Historicism and Social Construction | The …

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