Abdur Rashid Siddiqui

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Abdur Rashid Siddiqui gained an honours degree in Economics and Politics from the University of Bombay and has a law degree from the same university. He completed his postgraduate study in Librarianship in London and was elected an Associate of the Library Association. He worked as an Information Librarian at the University of Leicester from 1966 until his retirement in 1997.

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  • What are the sources of the Shariah? | Kube Publishing

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    […] Ijtihad/ Ijma’ (Independent Juristic Reasoning) This is an Islamic legal term which refers to the use of reason and judgement to determine Shariah rulings. This comes into operation when both the Qur’an and the Sunnah are silent on a particular issue. This can only be undertaken by thoroughly competent scholars. They can arrive at their opinion (ra’y) by using analogy (qiyas), juristic preference or equity or public good. Ijtihad provides a mechanism to derive guidance with regard to new issues and problems faced by the community. The consensus or agreement reached on a specific issue through independent juristic reasoning during the time of the first four Rightly-guided Caliphs and the Prophet’s Companions is called Ijma’ Al-Sahabah (the consensus of the Prophetic Companions). This is accepted as binding. Later scholarly consensus by qualified Muslim jurists may be followed, but it can be changed subsequently by other scholarly consensuses. Today, it is possible that jurists living in a particular country arrive at a consensus on a particular issue. But this consensus will be acceptable elsewhere, or globally, only when an assembly of world renowned jurists and scholars endorse it. Ijma’ provides a good mechanism for maintaining the unity of the community in the face of changing situations. Thus, ijtihad is a vital tool which ensures the Shariah’s dynamism and enables the ummah (the faith-community of Islam) to face new challenges as and when they arise. This excerpt is from Shariah A Divine Code of Life by Abdur Rashid Siddiqui […]

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