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Sources of Sharia

Various sources of Sharia are used by Islamic jurisprudence to elaborate the body of Islamic law. In Shi'ite jurisprudence, the notion of Sunnah is extendedto include traditions of the Imams. Since legally relevant material found in Islamic scriptures did not directly address all the questions pertaining to Sharia that arose in Muslim communities, Islamic jurists developed additional methods for deriving legal rulings.

Shafi'i school uses Sunnah more than Hanafi and analogy more than two others. They use consensus under special conditions and rely on the intellect to find general principles based on the Qur'an and Sunnah, and use the principles of jurisprudence as a methodology to interpret the Qur'an and Sunnah in different circumstances. Akhbari Ja'faris rely more on scriptural sources and reject ijtihad. The Qur'an is the first and most important source of Islamic law.

Believed to be the direct word of God as revealed to Muhammad through angel Gabriel in Mecca and Medina , the scripture specifies the moral, philosophical, social, political and economic basis on which a society should be constructed.

The verses revealed in Mecca deal with philosophical and theological issues, whereas those revealed in Medina are concerned with socio-economic laws. The Qur'an was written and preserved during the life of Muhammad, and compiled soon after his death. The verses of the Qur'an are categorized into three fields: "science of speculative theology", " ethical principles " and "rules of human conduct". The third category is directly concerned with Islamic legal matters which contains about five hundred verses or one thirteenth of it.

The task of interpreting the Qur'an has led to various opinions and judgments. The interpretations of the verses by Muhammad's companions for Sunnis and Imams for Shias are considered the most authentic, since they knew why, where and on what occasion each verse was revealed.

The Sunnah is the next important source, and is commonly defined as "the traditions and customs of Muhammad" or "the words, actions and silent assertions of him". It includes the everyday sayings and utterances of Muhammad, his acts, his tacit consent, and acknowledgments of statements and activities. According to Shi'ite jurists, the sunnah also includes the words, deeds and acknowledgments of the twelve Imams and Fatimah , Muhammad's daughter, who are believed to be infallible.

Justification for using the Sunnah as a source of law can be found in the Qur'an. The Qur'an commands Muslims to follow Muhammad. In Islamic jurisprudence, the Qur'an contains many rules for the behavior expected of Muslims but there are no specific Qur'anic rules on many religious and practical matters. Muslims believe that they can look at the way of life, or sunnah , of Muhammad and his companions to discover what to imitate and what to avoid.

Much of the sunnah is recorded in the Hadith. Initially, Muhammad had instructed his followers not to write down his acts, so they may not confuse it with the Qur'an. However, he did ask his followers to disseminate his sayings orally. As long as he was alive, any doubtful record could be confirmed as true or false by simply asking him. His death, however, gave rise to confusion over Muhammad's conduct.

Thus the Hadith were established. It is a method of textual criticism developed by early Muslim scholars in determining the veracity of reports attributed to Muhammad. This is achieved by analyzing the text of the report, the scale of the report's transmission, the routes through which the report was transmitted, and the individual narrators involved in its transmission.

On the basis of these criteria, various Hadith classifications developed. To establish the authenticity of a particular Hadith or report, it had to be checked by following the chain of transmission isnad. Thus the reporters had to cite their reference, and their reference's reference all the way back to Muhammad.

All the references in the chain had to have a reputation for honesty and possessing a good retentive memory. This includes analyzing their date and place of birth; familial connections; teachers and students; religiosity; moral behaviour; literary output; their travels; as well as their date of death.

Also determined is whether the individual was actually able to transmit the report, which is deduced from their contemporaneity and geographical proximity with the other transmitters in the chain.

Using this criterion, Hadith are classified into three categories: [7]. All medieval Muslim jurists rejected arbitrary opinion, and instead developed various secondary sources, also known as juristic principles or doctrines [ clarification needed ] , to follow in case the primary sources i.

The ijma' , or consensus amongst Muslim jurists on a particular legal issue, constitutes the third source of Islamic law. Muslim jurists provide many verses of the Qur'an that legitimize ijma' as a source of legislation.

In history, it has been the most important factor in defining the meaning of the other sources and thus in formulating the doctrine and practice of the Muslim community. There are various views on ijma' among Muslims. Sunni jurists consider ijma' as a source, in matters of legislation, as important as the Qur'an and Sunnah.

Shiite jurists, however, consider ijma' as source of secondary importance, and a source that is, unlike the Qur'an and Sunnah, not free from error. In modern Muslim usage it is no longer associated with traditional authority and appears as democratic institution and an instrument of reform.

Qiyas or analogical reason is the fourth source of Sharia for the majority of Sunni jurisprudence. It aims to draw analogies to a previously accepted decision. Shiites do not accept analogy, but replace it with reason aql ; among Sunnis, the Hanbalites have traditionally been reluctant to accept analogy while the Zahirites don't accept it at all.

Analogical reason in Islam is the process of legal deduction according to which the jurist, confronted with an unprecedented case, bases his or her argument on the logic used in the Qur'an and Sunnah.

Legally sound analogy must not be based on arbitrary judgment, but rather be firmly rooted in the primary sources. Supporters of the practice of qiyas will often point to passages in the Qur'an that describe an application of a similar process by past Islamic communities.

According to supporters of the practice, Muhammad said: "Where there is no revealed injunction, I will judge amongst you according to reason. Finally, supporters of the practice claim that it is sanctioned by the ijma , or consensus , amongst Muhammad's companions.

Weiss has pointed out that while analogical reason was accepted as a fourth source of law by later generations, its validity was not a foregone conclusion among earlier Muslim jurists.

The success and expansion of Islam brought it into contact with different cultures, societies and traditions, such as those of Byzantines and Persians. With such contact, new problems emerged for Islamic law to tackle. Moreover, there was a significant distance between Medina , the Islamic capital, and the Muslims on the periphery on the Islamic state.

Thus far off jurists had to find novel Islamic solutions without the close supervision of the hub of Islamic law back in Medina. During the Umayyad dynasty , the concept of qiyas was abused by the rulers.

The Abbasids , who succeeded the Umayyads defined it more strictly, in an attempt to apply it more consistently. The general principle behind the process of qiyas is based on the understanding that every legal injunction guarantees a beneficial and welfare satisfying objective. Thus, if the cause of an injunction can be deduced from the primary sources, then analogical deduction can be applied to cases with similar causes.

For example, wine is prohibited in Islam because of its intoxicating property. Thus qiyas leads to the conclusion that all intoxicants are forbidden. The Hanafi school of thought very strongly supports qiyas.

Imam Abu Hanifa , an important practitioner of qiyas , elevated qiyas to a position of great significance in Islamic law. Abu Hanifa extended the rigid principle of basing rulings on the Qur'an and Sunnah to incorporate opinion and exercise of free thought by jurists. In order to respond suitably to emerging problems, he based his judgments, like other jurists, on the explicit meanings of primary texts the Qur'an and sunnah.

But, he also considered the "spirit" of Islamic teachings, as well as whether the ruling would be in the interest of the objectives of Islam. Such rulings were based on public interest and the welfare of the Muslim community. The knowledge of ours is an opinion, it is the best we have been able to achieve.

He who is able to arrive at different conclusions is entitled to his own opinion as we are entitled to our own. The Shafi'i school of thought accepts qiyas as a valid source. Imam Shafi'i, however, considered it a weak source, and tried to limit the cases where jurists would need to resort to qiyas. He criticized and rejected analogical deductions that were not firmly rooted in the Qur'an and sunnah.

According to Shafi'i , if analogical deductions were not strictly rooted in primary sources, they would have adverse effects.

One such consequence could be variety of different rulings in the same subject. Such a situation, he argued, would undermine the predictability and uniformity of a sound legal system. Imam Malik accepted qiyas as a valid source of legislation. For him, if a parallel could be established between the effective cause of a law in the primary sources and a new case, then analogical deduction could be viable tool.

Malik, however, went beyond his adherence to "strict analogy" and proposed pronouncements on the basis of what jurists considered was "public good". Abu Hanifa developed a new source known as juristic preference. The source, inspired by the principle of conscience, is a last resort if none of the widely accepted sources are applicable to a problem.

It involves giving favor to rulings that dispel hardship and bring ease to people. The source was subject to extensive discussion and argumentation, [26] and its opponents claimed that it often departs from the primary sources. This doctrine was useful in the Islamic world outside the Middle East where the Muslims encountered environments and challenges they had been unfamiliar with in Arabia.

Istihsan suggests that withdrawing a certain number of buckets of water from the well will remove the impurities. Analogical reason, however, dictates that despite removing some of the water, a small concentration of contaminants will always remain in the well or the well walls rendering the well impure.

The application of analogy means the public may not use the well, and therefore causes hardship. Thus the principle of justistic preference is applied, and the public may use the well for ritual purification.

Malik developed a tertiary source called al-maslahah al-mursalah , which means that which is in the best interests of the general public. According to this source of Islamic law, rulings can be pronounced in accordance with the "underlying meaning of the revealed text in the light of public interest".

In this case, the jurist uses his wisdom to pursue public interest. This source is rejected by the Shafi'ites, Hanbalites and Zahirites from Sunni jurisprudence. Shafi'i accepted cases in which he had to be more flexible with the application of Qisas.

Similar to Abu Hanifa and Malik, he developed a tertiary source of legislation. The Shafi'i school adopted istidlal or inference , a process of seeking guidance from the source. Inference allowed the jurists to avoid strict analogy in a case where no clear precedent could be found. In this case, public interest was distinguished as a basis for legislation.

Muslim scholars divided inference into three types.

Islamic Law - The Shariah

However, in neither case is there any legal sanction of punishment or reward, nullity or validity. With the death of the Prophet Muhammad in , direct communication of the divine will to human beings ceased, and the terms of the divine revelation were henceforth fixed and immutable. However, revelation can be interpreted in varying ways, and, over time, the diversity of possible interpretations has produced a wide array of positions on almost every point of law. The question of which interpretations become normative at any given time is complex. Early Western studies of Islamic law held the view that while Islamic law shaped Muslim societies, the latter had no influence on Islamic law in return.

Between multiculturalism and islamophobia, allowing Sharia to govern certain aspects of Muslim lives has emerged as a frequently debated issue in several Western countries, such as the UK , the USA Macfarlane, , Australia, France , Germany , Canada , and so on. This debate is no less vivid in predominantly Muslim countries. For instance, Article 2 of the Egyptian constitution makes the principles of Sharia the primary source of legislation. This specific article has remained since , before which the principles of Sharia were a primary source of legislation. Furthermore, note that the principles of Sharia are being referenced — not Sharia as such — but what this ambiguous formulation means in practice is unclear Brown, Moreover, in Lebanon, each large denomination has its own jurisdiction in matters of family law, which is reflected in the existence of Shia, Sunni, Christian, Jewish, and secular civil courts — and yet, the highest court of appeal is the national and secular Court of Cassation Mallat ,

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ruling its most appropriate meaning.” (Sarakhsi, xvi, ). This has led to some balance between both approaches. As from 20th Century, and.


Qurʾanic Ethics and Islamic Law

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Qurʾanic Ethics and Islamic Law

Various sources of Sharia are used by Islamic jurisprudence to elaborate the body of Islamic law. In Shi'ite jurisprudence, the notion of Sunnah is extendedto include traditions of the Imams. Since legally relevant material found in Islamic scriptures did not directly address all the questions pertaining to Sharia that arose in Muslim communities, Islamic jurists developed additional methods for deriving legal rulings.

All praise is due to Allah, from Whom alone we seek help and guidance. We seek refuge in God from the evils of our own selves and from our evil deeds. He who Allah guides is guided, and he who He does not guide has no guide. Peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad, a mercy and a blessing and a bright light to be followed. As a religion which includes doctrine, law and ethics, Islam forms a complete and comprehensive worldview for human life. Islamic law fiqh , for its part, is the means by which we are capable of producing appropriate rulings through derivation from the revelatory foundational texts.

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Cherif Bassiouni. The Qur'an is the principal source of Islamic law, the Sharia. It contains the rules by which the Muslim world is governed or should govern itself and forms the basis for relations between man and God, between individuals, whether Muslim or non-Muslim, as well as between man and things which are part of creation. The Sharia contains the rules by which a Muslim society is organized and governed, and it provides the means to resolve conflicts among individuals and between the individual and the state.

Since the early Islamic states of the eighth and ninth centuries, Sharia always existed alongside other normative systems. Historically, sharia was interpreted by independent jurists muftis , based on Islamic scriptural sources and various legal methodologies. Sharia is a religious law forming part of the Islamic tradition. Classical jurisprudence was elaborated by private religious scholars , largely through legal opinions fatwas issued by qualified jurists muftis.

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Fiqh expands and develops Shariah through interpretation ijtihad of the Quran and Sunnah by Islamic jurists ulama [3] and is implemented by the rulings fatwa of jurists on questions presented to them. Thus, whereas sharia is considered immutable and infallible by Muslims, fiqh is considered fallible and changeable. Fiqh deals with the observance of rituals, morals and social legislation in Islam as well as political system. In the modern era, there are four prominent schools madh'hab of fiqh within Sunni practice, plus two or three within Shi'a practice. Figuratively, fiqh means knowledge about Islamic legal rulings from their sources and deriving religious rulings from their sources necessitates the mujtahid an individual who exercises ijtihad to have a deep understanding in the different discussions of jurisprudence.

Application of Sharia by country

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  1. Vicky M.

    The course will examine texts, history and current issues in Islamic Law and its Some important issues, will also come under debate, including, Human Rights, not possible through one-piece jurisprudence (fiqh or even Shariah). Not only.

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