Towards a Fiqh for
Minorities: Some Basic Reflections
Taha Jabir al Alwani
Publisher: International Institute of Islamic Thought
Introduction by Shaikh Zakadi Badawi, OBE
Description from the publisher --
This book is a timely and important subject and a long awaited contribution to
an area of fiqh that has become essential for the well being and development of
Muslim communities living in the West. The author stresses that the problems of
Muslim minorities can only be tackled with a fresh juristic vision based on the
principles, objectives and higher values of the Qur'an in conjunction with the
ultimate aims and intents (maqasid) of the Shari'ah.
al-Alwani develops a theoretical framework for an Islamic jurisprudence attuned
specifically to the contemporary Muslim minority context. Al-Alwani sees this as
an urgent necessity, given that the classical Muslim jurisprudents (fuqaha)
produced a corpus of law based on the assumption of Muslims being in a majority,
hence ignoring the need for a systematic formulation of the status of Muslims as
minorities. Al-Alwani writes that the classical fuqaha typically regarded the
Muslim minority condition as ‘casual’ and ‘transient’, and hence it did
not merit their attention. Accordingly, the rules that they formulated for
Muslim minorities through their fatwas were ‘restricted’ and ‘isolated’,
and the body of laws that they formulated for such communities was regarded
simply as the ‘fiqh of crises’ or ‘emergency.
Dr. Taha Jabir al `Alwani was born in Iraq 1354/1935. He received his
primary and secondary education in his native land and then graduated with an
Honors Degree from the College of Shari`ah and Law at al Azhar University in
Cairo in 1378/1959. From the same university, he was awarded his Master's
degree in 1388/1968 and a doctorate in usool al fiqh in 1392/1973.
For ten years (from 1395/1975 to 1405/1985( Dr. al `Alwaanee was a professor
of fiqh and usool al fiqh at Imaam Muhammad ibn Sa`ood University in Riyadh.
Dr. al`Alwaanee participated
in the founding of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) in
the USA in 1401/1981 and is now the Institute's president and a member of its
Board of Trustees. Dr. al `Alwaanee is:
- A founder-member of the
Council of the Muslim World League in Makkah.
- A member of the OIC Islamic
Fiqh Academy in Jeddah since 1407/1987.
- The president of the Fiqh
Council of North America since 1408/1988.
The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) is a private,
non-profit, academic and cultural institution, concerned with general issues
of Islamic thought. The Institute was established in the United States of
America in 1981 (1401 AH). It is independent of local politics, party
orientations and ideological biases
Awakening Between Rejection and Extremism (Qaradawi)
By Yusuf Al-Qaradawi
Publication Year: 1991
book examines the worldwide revival of interest in Islam and attempts to explain
this phenomenon and why this interest has led so many among the younger
generation of Muslims to tread the path of fanaticism and intolerance
Shaykh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi Born in Egypt 1926. One of the most prominent
scholars of the 20th century. He memorized the Quran before the age of 10. He is
an expert on principals of Islamic jurisprudence (Fiqh), Arabic language, and
other Islamic Sciences. He has published over 100 books, which are bestsellers
in the Islamic world.
His books cover various topics, such as: Fiqh, how to understand the Sunnah, how
to understand the Qur'an, a two volume book on Zakat which is considered by many
scholars as a treasure house for the Islamic library, environment, Fiqh of
Minorities, poetry, and many other topics.
Shaykh Al-Qaradawi represents an original effort to make the comprehensive rules
of Islam accessible and understandable to non-specialists, and he always tries
to join between the principles of the religion and the problems facing the
Kitab Al-Sard Wa al-Fard
The Earliest Codification of The Hadith By Al-Qazwini
Published by Pakistan Hijra Council
Translated and Edited with Introduction By Mohammad Hamidullah
Includes the full Arabic Text
The Book of Continuous Reports by Single Narrators
Collected in Brochures, and copies thereof.
One of the Hundred great books of Islamic Civilization.