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Going against Shariah to reach the Maqasid

January 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Imam Shatibi -the greatest intellectual founder of Maqasid al-Shari’ah- writes:

“The objective behind Shari’ah is to liberate individuals from his desires in order to be a true Abd (slave) of Allah and that is the legitimate Maslaha… Violating the Shari’ah under the pretext of following Maqasid al-Shari’ah is like the one who cares about the spirit without the body and since the body without the spirit is useless therefore the spirit without the body is useless too.”

Categories: Maqasid, Modernism, Shariah

Shariah Today

January 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Ml. Ashraf Ali Thanvi writes in Al-Intibahat al-Mufeedah:

“Arguing from the conditions prevailing in the modern world, one may still raise a doubt, and say that one daily observes that if one tries to follow the Shariah, one has to face many obstructions in conducting the ordinary business of life, which only shows that its injuctions are not suitable for this age. We would reply that the complaint about life becoming difficult can be justifiable only if all the people follow the Shariah, and yet the business of life should get obstructed. And this nobody can prove. The difficulties which one has to experience these days are due to the fact that those who do not follow the Shariah far outnumber those who do, and when this minority has to deal that majority, a tension is sure to follow. Thus the real source of difficulties is our present way of life, and not the injuctions of the Shariah. It is just like physician instructing a patient to eat ten different thing, and the patient not being able to get any of these in his village. The impediment, in this case, lies not in the science of medicine, but in the condition of the village market.”

The Shariah & Raisons D’être

January 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Taken from Answer to Modernism (Al-Intibahat al-Mufeedah) by Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi:

The sixth error is again related to the injunctions of the Shariah. Some people invent certain raisons d’être for these injunctions on the basis of their personal opinion, and insist on making the validity of the injunctions depend solely on the presence or absence of these very raisons d’être. In consequence of this, they start misinterpreting, distorting and even annulling the injunctions laid down by the Holy Qur’an and Hadith. Read more…

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