Ijtihad (meanings, application and scope)

Contents

  • Preface
  • Beyond Description
  • Ijtihad and its need
  • The scope of law-making in Islam
  • Formulative Legislation
  • Interpretative legislation
  • Significance of Ijtihad in legislation
  • Definition of ijtihad
  • Reinterpretation of commandments of the Qur’an and Sunna is also ijtihad
  • Mutual relationship between the Holy Qur’an and Sunna as source of law
  • The Law-making and law-interpreting aspects
  • The issue of disagreement with the ijtihad of four Imams
  • The Ijtihad undertaken by the four Imams is of two types.
  • Causes of stagnation characterizing Islamic law
  • The issue of ‘modification’ in the principle of ijtihad of four Imams
  • Essential attributes of a mujtahid (One who does ijtihad)

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