Features of the Shar’iah: Part One


1. Rabbaniya [The law is based on a connection with the Creator]
The evidence:

The statement of Allah, “And be rabbaniyin [men of God].”

2. Comprehensive
The evidence:

The large number of verse of Qu’ran and Hadith that illustrate the comprehensive nature of Shari’ah. In addition, most books of fiqh are not regulated to acts of worship but the greater body of legal work is dedicated to the daily interactions that take between people.

3. Balanced and Moderate
The evidence:

The statement of Allah, “And thus We have made you a balanced nation.”

4. Current and Practical
The Evidence:

The hadith of the Prophet [may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him], “Oh ‘Aiesha if it wasn’t that your people [the Qureish] had not just recently accepted Islam, I would order the K’aba to be torn down and built on the foundations of Ibrahim.”

5. Universal
The evidence:

The statement of Allah, “Say Oh Mankind I’m the messenger of Allah sent to you, all of you!”
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6 Comments

  1. Salam says:

    as salamu alaykum,

    Jezak Allahu khayrin for this. in the future, could you kindly also include surah and ayah references?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Asalamu Alaikum,

    can you explain the hadith under 4?

  3. Abdul Sattar says:

    Assalamu Alaikum,

    Imam Suhaib, can you post something which explains the arguments that some scholars make that the doors of ijtihaad are closed and why they say this – and then the positions which the rest of the scholars have that ijtihaad is open?

    This is a fiery term sometimes because sadly, its use has come to be equated with liberalism/modernism (perhaps because of its misuse by those groups) in the eyes of many who follow the scholars who follow a closed-door ijtihad policy.

    jazakAllah khair
    Abdul Sattar

  4. Shari’ah is balanced and moderate, no doubt, but are we be balanced and moderate when we dine in or out?
    -AbdelRahman Murphy 7:13PM

    P.S. I would enjoy seeing the post Abdul has requested, it would be very useful in trying to grasp the concept, insha Allah.

  5. aarij says:

    More evidence for the balanced nature of the shariah:

    http://trueword.wordpress.com/2007/11/14/over-stepping/

    Truly, we are a nation wasatiyya (a balanced nation)!

  6. JazzakAllahu khayr Imam Suhaib!

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