Jurisprudence Should be Reinterpreted in Our Age

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Islam may be simple, but only in the sense that it does not make it onerous to be a practising Muslim.  But Islam is not simplistic, which is how people make it seem.  For example, we have people who quote, directly from the text, certain fatawa or ahkam, and make it incumbent upon us to apply them literally, and totally.  They forget that this is a different age, with different geopolitical, and social realities.

At no time, in the entire history of Islam, have we had such a large proportion of the ummah living as minorities, and new communities.  The old jurisprudential rulings must be interpreted, and understood in that context.  The old ways do not work anymore.  Our theology is unchanged, but our jurisprudence must consider new challenges.


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