Viewpoint: Door of 'ijtihad' is Open
By Shaykh Mohammed Hisham Kabbani
Middle East Times - Published April 17, 2006
One of the criticisms leveled against Islam is that it is a religion frozen in time, one that has not embraced new paradigms of the modern world. In reality, Islam has always been a living, vibrant faith that adapts to new and changing circumstances.
Though some scholars have attempted to freeze the interpretation of Islam, most accept the view that Islamic Divine Law, or Sharia, is subject to ongoing re-evaluation according to the principles of juristic reasoning, known as ijtihad. The purpose of this ongoing process of ijtihad is to adapt Sharia to changing societal circumstances. Thus, most Islamic scholars say that "the door of ijtihad" remains open.
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