An Introduction to the Study of Al-Qawaid Al-Fiqhiyya

By: Noha Adel Bakr

” The earliest phase of jurisprudential development in the Islamic context is characterized by a shift in focus from the Qurʾān to the sunna of the Prophet Muhammad as the preeminent source of guidance in legal matters facing the Muslim community. This shift mirrors and anticipates a similar shift in the mental process that the legist(Fuqahā’, s. Faqīh) employed when reaching his legal determinations: from using his own independent reasoning to referring to the sunna of the prophet as the authoritative precedent/source for reaching a legal decision.”

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