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Islamic Laws are Rational: Dr. Auda

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Every Islamic law has been incorporated with strong logics and philosophies and the best way to find out that philosophy is by asking simply ‘Why’. Even the Holy Qur’ān has also given answers to every possible aspect of human being. These views were expressed by Dr. Jasser Auda, Deputy Director Centre for Islamic Legislation and Ethics, Qatar Foundation, while speaking in a public meeting on “Philosophy of Islamic law” at Headquarters of Students Islamic Organisation of India in the capital on 14 February. He said as far as Ta’abbudiyaat—principles related to extol the Almighty and the way in which it is being performed—are concerned we cannot rationalise it. But when it comes to implementing Shari’ah which is meant for the purification of the society from the plague of evils and crimes and which is directly related to the actions of a common man, one must ask the question ‘why this specific law or what objective lies in it or whether the objective can be achieved easily through other means.’ Citing an example from the Hadith of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be to him) where He has said that Miswak cleans the teeth, Dr. Auda asked whether it is necessary, even in this era, to use the same tool to brush our teeth or utilise the modern tooth-brush which has taken place of the Miswak of his time and does the same job as the Miswak did in past.

He said with an emphasis in his tone that one must know the specific situation and condition in which an order has been given by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be to him). And without modifying the objectives, one is free to take help of different means in different era and different circumstances to achieve the same target. He further elaborated that when the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be to him) said something as leader it means the order is for those who are in the front row of a group and not for every individual.

Dr. Auda, who was a member of Students’ Union at Cairo University in mid 1980s, requested the students to play an active role to introduce a change in the society and to follow an idea only when they become fully convinced with that.



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