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06-04-2019, 08:05 PM
Bismillah Ir-Rahman, Ir-Raheem. I begin with ALLAH's auspiciousness,whose Name is the Best among all the names. All Revences, All Sanctities and All Worships are due to ALLAH alone. Ashahadu An Laa illaaha illal llahu
Wa Ash Hadu Anna Muhammadan Abdu Hu Wa Rasooluhu
''I bear witness that there is no deity but Allah
who is without partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) is the Rasool.''
"O Allah, Shower Your Peace come upon Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as you have brought peace to Ibrahim and his family.
Truly, You are Praiseworthy and Glorious. O Allah, Shower your blessing upon Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as you have blessed Ibrahim and his family. Truly, You are Praiseworthy and Glorious". I am Satisfied with ALLAH as My Rabb and Cherisher, I am Satisfied With Islam as My Din (religion) and I am satisfied with Muhammad as a Rasulallah (Messenger)sallallahu alaihi was salam) I seek Protection with ALLAH! With the Glorious and Noble Face of ALLAH! With the Complete and Perfect words of ALLAH! With the Exalted Attributes of ALLAH! From the Punishment of Hell; From chastisement in the Grave; From the Trial of Life and Death; From the Mischief of the dajjal. There is no power nor strength with (anyone) save Allah. ALLAH is Good and Only accept that which is Good. ALLAH is the Truth and only accept that which True. ALLAH is Pure and only accept that which is Pure. Ya ALLAH! ALL the praises are for You,You are the Holder of the Heavens and the Earth, And whatever is in them. Ya ALLAH! All praises are for You; You are are the Substaner of the Heavens and the Earth And whatever is in them. Ya ALLAH! All the praises are for you;You have the Possession of the Heavens and the Earth and whatever is in them. Ya ALLAH! All the praises are for You; You are Light (Nur) of the Heavens and Earth And whatever is in them. Ya ALLAH! All praises are for You; You are the King of the Heavens and the Earth And whatever is in them. Ya ALLAH! All praises are for You; You are the Truth and Your Promise is the Truth, And Your word is the Truth and the Meeting with You is true, And Parardise is True And Hell is true and All the Prophets(peace be upon them) are true; And Muhammad Rasulallah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam) is true, And the Day of Resurrection is True. Ya ALLAH! You have promise and Your promise is the truth,Ya ALLAH! You have promise and Your words is the truth, Ya ALLAH! You have promise and You are the Truth!. Ya ALLAH! You have created Rasulallah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam) to be the most truthful of men and what He(sallallahu alayhi wa salam) has said is the absolute truth! --------------------The literal meaning of Ijtihaad is to strive with one's total ability and efforts to reach the truth. "to reach a goal which in this case is to endeavour to deduce the divine laws of shari’a from the reliable sources and proofs. To reach the stage of Ijtihad therefore is the capacity to give an expert opinion in the matter of Din (religion).…The correct (opinion) is that the matters of Ijtihaad is that which therein is no proof that clearly obliges one to act upon ,such as a saheeh hadeeth that which has nothing opposing it from its type , therefore it becomes permissible to do Ijtihaad therein due to the proofs are close (in its type) while (apparently) being in opposition to each other or due to the proofs therein are unclear." In the time of the Mahdi we will witness many events with no parallel that happened during any other time.------- The Mahdi Will make judgement and rulingbase on the Book of ALLAH and Sunnah of Rasulullah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam),Where there is clear statements of ALLAH and where it is clear in the Sunnah, that there can be no dispute. But there will be times when he will have to use Ijtihad.------------------When we do not find it in the Book of ALLAH and the Sunnah of Rasulullah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam),the answer applicable for ruling, the Mahdi with his knowledge and wisdom will use Ijtihad according to his knowledge and the knowledge of the early scholars understanding of the objectives of our din AndQiyas(analogical deduction) in the best interests of the Muslims people. When the mahdi judge on the basis of ijtihad, he will judge by the grace of ALLAH And we the Muslim people! the believing people will know when it is the judgement of ALLAH or when it is the judgement of the human being.-------------------------------------- What is to be noted is that there is no concept of priesthood in Islam unlike Christianity or Hinduism. Every believer is obliged (mukallaf) to perform all the functions obligatory in Islam. There was no tribe of ‘Ulama during the life time of Rasulullah(sallallahu alaihi wasallam). The Sahabah of Rasulullah(sallallahu alaihi wasallam), whenever faced any problem, requested Rasulullah(sallallahu alaihi wasallam) to guide them. Rasulullah(sallallahu alaihi wasallam), either waited for revelation and often he did so or guided the Sahabah out of his prophetic wisdom. { The Personal judgements of Rasulullah(sallallahu alaihi wasallam) was right! because ALLAH was showing him and guided him, but revelation has ceased with the passing of Rasulullah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam) and for the last passed 1400 years we have relied on The Holy Quran and the Sunnah of Rasulullah(sallallahu alayhi wa salam),And Ijtihad of the scholars for ruling and decision. Still in the early days after the passing of Rasulullah(sallallahu alaihi wasallam) when new problems arose, the Caliph would hold assembly of the Sahabah and place the problem before them and they would be resolved either in the light of the Qur’an and the Sunnah or in the absence of it through collective wisdom. The best example is of punishment for drinking. When nothing was found in the holy Qur’an and Rasulullah(sallallahu alaihi wasallam)’s Sunnah Hazrat Ali’s suggestion that eighty lashes be given as a punishment for drinking was accepted on the grounds that after drinking a person tends to make false accusation and the punishment for false accusation in the Qur’an was eighty lashes. Thus many other similar problems arose from time to time and the assembly of Rasulullah(sallallahu alaihi wasallam)’s Sahabah would resolve them one way or the other. Thus the process of legislation continued even after the passing of Rasulullah(sallallahu alaihi wasallam). Rasulullah(sallallahu alaihi wasallam) himself had encouraged the faculty of thinking and reasoning among his Sahabah.----
Mu'adh ibn Jabal states that when Rasulullah(sallallahu alaihi wasallam) sent him to Yemen, he asked: "what will you do if a matter is referred to you for judgement?" Mu'adh said: "I will judge according to the Book of Allah." Rasulullah(sallallahu alaihi wasallam) asked: "what if you find no solution in the Book of Allah?" Mu'adh said: "Then I will judge by the Sunnah of Rasulullah(sallallahu alaihi wasallam)." Rasulullah(sallallahu alaihi wasallam) asked: "And what if you do not find it in the Sunnah of the Prophet?" Mu'adh said: "Then I will make Ijtihad to formulate my own judgement." Rasulullah(sallallahu alaihi wasallam)patted Mu'adh's chest and said "Praise be to Allah who has guided the messenger of His Rasulullah(sallallahu alaihi wasallam)to that which pleases Him(ALLAH) and His Rasulullah(sallallahu alaihi wasallam).------------Mu'adh ibn Jabal states that when Rasulullah(sallallahu alaihi wasallam) sent him to Yemen, He himself was acutely aware of the developing situations, possibility of problems arising in future and hence approved of Ma’adh bin Jabal, his Sahabah whom he had appointed as ‘Amil (Governor) of the Yemen, exerting himself intellectually (this is what ijtihad means to strive, to make efforts to solve a problem) to find a solution of the problem he did not find either in the holy Qur’an or inRasulullah(sallallahu alaihi wasallam)’s Sunnah.

In fact the Muslims continued to face new problems many of which had not been mentioned in the two principal sources of Islam. New problems arose for variety of reasons mainly on account of geographical spread of Islam and the ‘adat (traditions and customary laws) of new people embracing Islam. The two principal sources were not enough to resolve these new problems. New concepts, therefore, had to be devised to meet the new eventualities. Thus the institutions of qiyas and ijma’ (i.e. analogy and consensus) had to be used. Thus for Shari’ah these four sources i.e. Qur’an, Sunnah,ijma and qiyas and became widely acceptable for the Islamic legislators. However, the additional two sources i.e. qiyas and ijma’ were not acceptable to the Shi’a Muslims. They were limited to what they had! When a scholer judge on the basis of ijtihad. { And No one may say that his own judgement is ALLAH's judgement. even though ALLAH can make his judgement known through anyone he choose.Ijtihad is available to all the learned men of Islam, the learned people may have different views on many things and even on the same question. besides a scholar may havea certain view today! But after some research he discovers that a different view is better, so he abandons his first one! Through Ijtihad if a judgement is right then that is by ALLAH's Grace! And if it is wrong, then it is just a mistake. O Muslim people! follow the words of ALLAH! and the Sunnah of Rasulallah (sallallahu alayhi wa salam)! Follow the course which is defined by ALLAH and His Rasulallah (sallallahu alayhi wa salam). And what is determined on the basis of Ijtihad must not be considered in the same status. No One can give a view concerning something on which ALLAH has given a ruling.Allah ta'ala said: "It is not befitting for a believing man or woman, when a matter has been decided by Allah and His Messenger, to have any option about their decision." [Al-Qur'an 33:36]This ayah indicates that when it is confirmed that Allah ta'ala or His Rasulallah (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) have made a decision or have informed about a particular matter, then no believer, male or female, may choose differently. Any opposing choice would contradict Iman. Ash-Shafi'i reported a consensus among the scholars of the Sahabah, the Tabi'in, and their followers, that: "If a sunnah of Rasulallah (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) becomes manifest to a person, he does not have any choice but to follow it, regardless of what other people say." No Muslim scholar disputes or doubts the truth of this statement. The only evidence that people are required to follow [besides Allah's Book] is the words of the Infallible (Muhammad Rasulallah (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) "who does not say anything out of (his own) desire" [Al-Qur'an 53:3].Other people's talks could, at best, be acceptable to follow. But in no way may they oppose or outweigh the Texts (of the Qur'an and Sunnah). We ask Allah ta'ala to protect us from the failure [incurred on those who do not abide by this]. Today we live in a highly complex and technologically advanced world as a result we are facing very complex problems- to give some examples such as genetic engineering, permissibility eating of genetically altered cattle or vegetables /fruits, gene therapy, in vitro fertilization, organ transplants, space travel(in the near future), etc., Problems of this nature cannot be solved by the Shariah.
What is Ijtihād? Who is qualified for it? And is it possible for a person to be a mujtahid in a single issue? The integrals of interpretative autonomy (al-ijtihād) are three things: i) the exercise of interpretative autonomy itself; ii) the person carrying out the process (al-mujtahid); and iii) the matter which is the subject of interpretative autonomy (al-mujtahad fīhi).
As for the first integral
―the exercise of interpretative autonomy, it is an expression of the exertion of effort and the exhaustion of one’s utmost capacity to carry out a particular action. It is a word (ijtihād) that is only used with respect to things that demand a significant burden and effort. Consequently, it is said [in Arabic], ijtahada fi haml hajar al-raḥa (he exerted effort to carry the stone of the hand mill). However, it is never said, ijtahada fi haml khardala (he exerted effort to carry a mustard seed). On the other hand, the word is now used in the ranks of the scholars with the specific meaning of the mujtahid’s exertion of effort in seeking knowledge of the judgments of the Sharī‛a. Complete ijtihād is when one exerts his utmost in the search in such a manner that he senses in himself that there is nothing left to search for. As for the second integral ―the mujtahid, it has two prerequisites. The first requirement is that he encompass all of the tools and sources for apprehending the sacred law (madārik al-shar‛) that furnish one with the capacity to establish near certainty (istithāra al-ẓann) upon examining them, and to prioritize the most important and authoritative of sources over those of lesser authority. The second requirement is that one be upright avoiding sins that impair one’s good moral standing (‘adāla). Such is stipulated for the permissibility of relying on a person’s fatwa such that the fatwa of one who is not upright is deemed unacceptable(even though he is knowledgeable). This, however, does not apply to [the binding application of the fatwa to] one’s self. This means that good moral standing is more so a prerequisite for the acceptability of the fatwa [in the public realm], not a prerequisite for the soundness of exercising interpretative autonomy (ijtihād).Then, if one was to ask, "When has one acquired all the tools for interpreting the sacred sources, and what are the forms of knowledge that one must possess in order to qualify for exercising interpretative autonomy in detail?", we would respond by saying that one will be capable of issuing fatwa only after he knows the sources that contain legal judgments (aḥkām-is a reference to the Islamic commandments, derived and understood from religious jurisprudence resources A law, value, ordinance or ruling of Shari'ah (Islamic law). In order to arrive at any new legal doctrine, or hukm, one must employ a systematic methodology by which to extract meaning from the sources.) and the rules for extracting benefit from those sources. The sources that contain legal judgments as we have already explained are four: The Book of ALLAH(Qur’ān), the Prophetic Tradition (Sunna), Consensus (Ijmā--or the consensus of the jurists and scholars of the Muslim world‛), and Reason (‘Aql-Literally meaning understanding, perception, sober-mindedness and prudence, as a term, 'aql is a Divine light with which a person can perceive the things that cannot be comprehended with external senses.) The manner of extraction, on the other hand, is effectuated via four disciplines: two of them are preparatory (muqaddam). Two are remedial (mutammim), and there four are intermediate (wasaṭ). This equals eight in all. Let us, now, elucidate them and raise certain subtleties that legal theorists have neglected [to mention].
As for the Book of Allah. it is the foundation. Knowledge of it is absolutely necessary. However, let us cast off the burden of two matters: firstly, knowledge of the entire Book is not a requirement. Rather, one must only know the extent that pertains to legal judgments (aḥkām). That is the extent of 500 verses.1 Secondly, it is not a requirement to commit them to memory. All one needs is to have knowledge of their locations [in the Qur’ān] so that one merely searches for the required verse when he needs to access it. {In the view of Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziya, the number of verses required for absolute interpretative autonomy is merely 150, not500. Qāḍī Abū Bakr b. al-‘Arabī was of the view that the required number of verses is actually more like 364 verses. Some scholars, though, state that this disagreement relates to the particular legal approach adopted by the scholar. For this reason, there are those who often extrapolate legal judgments from verses that outwardly refer to matters of creed, etc.}-------- As for the Sunna, one is required to know the hadiths that pertain to legal judgments [as well]. They are, in spite of numbering higher than the thousands, nevertheless limited. The same two exemptions [as in the case of the Qur’ān] apply to it in that knowledge of traditions pertaining to admonishment, matters of the Hereafter, and others is not a requirement [for interpretative autonomy]. One is also not required to commit them to memory. Rather, it suffices to own a corrected source of all the hadiths that pertain to legal judgments. It is also sufficient for one to know the location of each chapter so he might refer to it when it is necessary to issue fatwa. It is, however, even better and closer to perfection if one is able to memorize them.
As for Consensus, one should be able to distinguish the areas of consensus so that one does not issue fatwa in contravention to consensus; just as it is binding for one to know texts that are univocal and indisputably authentic (nuṣūṣ) so he does not issue fatwa in contravention of them. The area of ease that exists in this source is that one is not required to commit to memory all points of consensus and disagreement. Rather, one merely should know about every issue about which he issues fatwa that his fatwa does not contravene consensus. That is either by knowing that it conforms to one of the views of the scholars irrespective of who it is or by knowing that this is an unprecedented scenario found in one’s own age in which the people of consensus have not indulged. So this extent of information is sufficient.
As for Reason, what is meant by it is the basis upon which one has determined that the legal judgments are presumptively inapplicable (al-nafy al-aṣlī li al-aḥkām). This is because reason dictates that hardship is negated from [certain] statements and actions as well as from the applicability of [certain] legal judgments to a limitless number of scenarios. As for those scenarios that the Book and the Prophet Tradition exclude from this [significant number], those scenarios are limited in number even if they are numerous. For that reason, in every new situation (wāqi‛a) one should return to the rule of presumptive inapplicability and presumptive innocence, and know that that can only be altered by an authoritative text (naṣṣ) or by drawing an analogy from a text (manṣūṣ). So, one is to pursue, in the search for authoritative texts and in the meaning drawn from texts, consensus and the actions of the Messenger in addition to what the action implies according to the condition by which we have elucidated these four sources of the sacred law (madārik). As for the ways of extracting judgments, we know these through two preliminary disciplines. The first of them is the knowledge of the evidentiary indications [of thought] and their conditions by which demonstrative proofs (barāhīn) and evidences produce meaning. The need for this applies to all the four sources of the sacred law (madārik). The second is the knowledge of language and grammar in such a manner by which comprehension of the discourse of the Arabs is made easy for him. This applies particularly to the Book and the Prophetic Tradition. There are also details involved with both of these disciplines that contain areas of both ease and complexity. As for the details of the first discipline, it is to know the divisions of evidence, their forms, and conditions. For example, one is to know that evidence is of three categories: i) rational [evidence] that inherently produces meaning; ii) scriptural [evidence] that constitutes proof by the convention of the sacred law; and iii) conventional evidence which is a reference to linguistic expressions, knowledge of which is perfected by what we have mentioned in the introduction to the legal foundations among the sources of rational judgments (madārik al-‘uqūl) [but] no less than it. For the one who does not know what constitutes evidence will know neither the reality of the judgment nor the reality of the sacred law. He also will not know the path to knowledge of the Lawgiver or how to know the one the Lawgiver has sent. Then, they (the scholars) have stated that one must acknowledge the emergent nature of the world and its need of a creator who is characterized by His essential qualities while being declared free of all from which He is deemed indescribable (yastahilu ‘alayhi), and also that He has employed His servants in worship in accord with the mission given to the messengers, affirming their truthfulness by miracles. Let one be aware of the truthfulness of the Messenger and look upon his miracle. The point of ease in this area, in my view, is that all that is compulsory from this summary is to have firm faith, since by it one becomes a Muslim. Islam is, also, undoubtedly a condition for the mufti. As for knowing the approach of dialectical theology (kalām) and the evidences outlined according to that custom, this is not a prerequisite, since there was not among the Saḥāba and Tābi‛īn anyone who mastered the art of dialectical theology. As for transcending the limit of uncritical imitation (taqlīd) in that to the point of knowing the evidence [of the theological teachings], it is also essentially not a prerequisite. It is, however, an inevitable byproduct of the status of interpretative authority. That is because no one reaches the rank of interpretative autonomy (ijtihād) without becoming privy to the evidences of the predecessors of knowledge, the attributes of the Creator, the dispatching of the messengers, and the inimitability of the Qur’ān. For the Book of Allah consists of all of those topics. Such yields real knowledge and takes a person beyond the limits of uncritical imitation (taqlīd) even if he has not practiced the art of dialectical theology. So these are the inescapable results of the office of interpretative autonomy to the extent that if a pure uncritical follower (muqallid) was to form a mental image (tasawwara) with reference to the affirmation of the Messenger’s truthfulness and the foundations of faith, it would be possible for him to exercise interpretative autonomy in legal particulars (furū‛) [once he is qualified, since he is Muslim].

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