The Reconciliation of the Fundamentals of Islamic Law, by Ibrahim Ibn Al-Shatibi

By Ibrahim Ibn Al-Shatibi

First released in 1884 in Tunis this e-book used to be an innovation in Islamic jurisprudence. It used to be the 1st publication to deal with the targets of the shari'a. the trouble that a few could locate in comprehending a few of its elements might be attributed to the truth that it was once the 1st time that the codification of the maqasid used to be undertaken.

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You are not required to stand aloof if the opponents continue to pester you. The one who is involved with ambiguities is the one who is defeated, while he who is not so involved is well grounded and protected. Blame and censure is for one who storms the prohibited ground for that will cast him into the fire. Do not access the water-hole of bias and do not shy away from conceding a point when the issue is evident for such abstention is the attribute of stubborn persons. It is unwholesome for those who pasture on this land (of knowledge) and an obstacle for the right path.

Let not your heart be ruled by selfish obstacles and let not the essence of your intention be deluded by the misfortune of reluctance. Take the position of those who can exercise a choice and not the stance of those who are confused, unless the required meanings become muddled and the meaning sought is not available to the seeker. You are not required to stand aloof if the opponents continue to pester you. The one who is involved with ambiguities is the one who is defeated, while he who is not so involved is well grounded and protected.

All these are not definitive. Ibn al-Juwayn#, on the other hand, for including such issues within the meaning of ∏u§ßl, advanced the argument that details that have been erected upon definitive foundations are included by implication13 in matters indicated by definitive evidences. Al-M\zar# said: “In my view, even though these rules are probable, there is no justification for excluding them from the meaning of ∏u§ßl as is required under the method adopted by al-Q\@#, who deems ∏u§ßl as part of certain knowledge.

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