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Towards a Fiqh for Minorities: Some Basic Reflections
Taha Jabir al Alwani
ISBN: 1-56564-400-x
Publisher: International Institute of Islamic Thought
Pages: 64
Introduction by Shaikh Zakadi Badawi, OBE

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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. 

The Author
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 Publisher
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



Islamic Awakening Between Rejection and Extremism (Qaradawi)
By  Yusuf Al-Qaradawi
ISBN: 0-912463-52-X
Pages: 160
Publication Year: 1991

This 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
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 Muslims today.


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.

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