Understanding usul al Fiqh (Principles of Jurispudence)

Abu Ismael Al Beirawi, Abu Tariq Hilal


Softback, 231 Pages
14.8 x 21 cm 
Revival Publications


Due to the intellectual decline that befell the Muslim Ummah during the last few centuries various confusions exist today regarding Islamic jurisprudence (Fiqh). Most of these relate to misunderstanding subjects related to the principles and foundations of jurisprudence (Usul al-Fiqh). Different extremes exist today where some Muslims look at evidences from the Qur’an and Sunnah and attempt to interpret them without having the necessary framework to extract the correct meanings. Whilst others disregard the Shari’ah evidences altogether, utilising their own logic rather than the revelation and some who believe that the doors of Ijtihad are closed.


This book aims to clarify key subjects that establish the framework of Islamic juristic thinking such as:



  • Understanding the key terminology of Usul including Daleel, Shari’ah and Fiqh.

  • The definitive sources of Shari’ah – the Qur’an, Sunnah, Ijma’ as-Sahabah & Qiyas.

  • Sources of Shari’ah not agreed upon by all Ulema (scholars) – Ijma’ al-Ummah, Maslaha al Mursalah, Istihsan, laws revealed before Islam and others.

  • Ijtihad, the Mujtahid & Taqleed.

  • An overview of the Islamic schools of thought.


Most of the books written on this subject in English have been written for academic purposes and rather than for the normal reader. This book has been written in a clear simple style understandable to the average reader.


 

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Due to the intellectual decline that befell the Muslim Ummah during the last few centuries various confusions exist today regarding Islamic jurisprudence (Fiqh). Most of these relate to misunderstanding subjects related to the principles and foundations of jurisprudence (Usul al-Fiqh). Different extremes exist today where some Muslims look at evidences from the Qur'an and Sunnah and attempt to interpret them without having the necessary framework to extract the correct meanings. Whilst others disregard the Shari'ah evidences altogether, utilising their own logic rather than the revelation and some who believe that the doors of Ijtihad are closed.

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