WHAT IS SHARIAH?

 

I am listening to non experts spout about Sharia and since I am not an expert,  I am going to post some writings of experts regarding the understanding of Sharia.

Please feel free to comment, add, discuss with grounding your facts with references if possible:

Factors influencing the modern role of Sharia:

Legal scholar L. Ali Khan claims that:

“the concept of Sharia has been thoroughly confused in legal and common literature.

For some Muslims, Sharia consists of the Qur’an and Sunnah. For others, it also includes classical fiqh.

Most encyclopedias define Sharia as law based upon the Qur’an, the Sunnah, and classical fiqh derived from consensus (ijma) and analogy (qiyas).

This definition of Sharia lumps together the revealed with the unrevealed.

This blending of sources has created a muddled assumption that scholarly interpretations are as sacred and beyond revision as are the Qur’an and the Sunnah.

The Qur’an and the Sunnah constitute the immutable Basic Code, which should be kept separate from ever-evolving interpretive law (fiqh).

This analytical separation between the Basic Code and fiqh is necessary to dissipate confusion around the term Sharia.”

Author: Ali Khan,

Professor of Law

Washburn University – School of Law

1700 College Avenue

Topeka, KS 66621

United States

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