USUL AL FIQH AL ISLAMI: SOURCE METHODOLOGY IN ISLAMIC JURISPRUDENCE


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  • USUL AL FIQH AL ISLAMI: SOURCE METHODOLOGY IN ISLAMIC JURISPRUDENCE


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    Introduction

    The research for this work originally formed part
    of the studies I undertook in Islamic Jurisprudence for the doctoral program at
    Al Azhar University in 1392/1973. On the occasion of
    the Second International Conference on Islamic Thought, held in Islamabad,
    Pakistan in 1402/1982 on the subject of the "Islamization
    of Knowledge", material from this thesis was presented in a revised form.

    When the League of Muslim Youth expressed their
    desire to hold a course on Usul al Fiqh "Source Methodology in Islamic
    Jurisprudence", the material for this study formed one of the six subjects
    covered in the course. Then, as many of those who attended the course expressed
    a wish to obtain the lectures in printed form, and as the study was already
    being printed as one of the papers for the Islamabad Conference on the Islamization of Knowledge, which the International
    Institute of Islamic Thought will soon be publishing(*), In Sha'a Allah,
    we decided to take this opportunity to present this part of the Conference
    material to those who attended the course and to others who may wish to gain
    knowledge of this essential science of Shari'ah.

    The science of Usul al Fiqh is rightly considered to
    be the most important method of research ever devised by Muslim Thought.
    Indeed, as the solid foundation upon which all the Islamic disciplines are
    based, Usul al Fiqh not
    only benefited Islamic civilization but contributed to the intellectual
    enrichment of world civilization as a whole. It will not be out of place to
    note here that the methods of analogical developed within the framework of
    Islamic jurisprudence constituted the methodological starting-point for the
    establishment and construction of empiricism, which in turn is considered to be
    the basis of contemporary civilization.

    We present this brief work to all who are
    interested in gaining some knowledge of this science; and we ask Allah Ta'ala to
    help us benefit from what we learn, and to learn that which will benefit us,
    and to protect us from knowledge that is not beneficial, and from deeds that
    are not acceptable to Him. Wa Akhiru Da'wana
    an al Hamdu Lillah Rabb al 'Alamin
    ! (All
    praise and thanksgiving belong to Allah, the Lord and Sustainer of all the
    worlds!)

    Dr. Taha Jabir al Alwani, President, International Institute of Islamic
    Thought

    Herndon, Virginia
    Dhu al Hijjah 1408 AH
    July 1988

    (*) The edited proceedings of
    the Islamabad Conference were published by the Institute as volume number 5 in
    the Islamization of Knowledge Series, and is entitled
    ISLAM: Source and Purpose of Knowledge.

     

     

     

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