Islamic Studies

Features of the Shar’iah: Part One

1. Rabbaniya [The law is based on a connection with the Creator]
The evidence:

The statement of Allah, “And be rabbaniyin [men of God].”

2. Comprehensive
The evidence:

The large number of verse of Qu’ran and Hadith that illustrate the comprehensive nature of Shari’ah. In addition, most books of fiqh are not regulated to acts of worship but the greater body of legal work is dedicated to the daily interactions that take between people.

3. Balanced and Moderate
The evidence:

The statement of Allah, “And thus We have made you a balanced nation.”

4. Current and Practical
The Evidence:

The hadith of the Prophet [may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him], “Oh ‘Aiesha if it wasn’t that your people [the Qureish] had not just recently accepted Islam, I would order the K’aba to be torn down and built on the foundations of Ibrahim.”

5. Universal
The evidence:

The statement of Allah, “Say Oh Mankind I’m the messenger of Allah sent to you, all of you!”

About the author

Suhaib Webb

Suhaib Webb

Suhaib Webb is a contemporary American-Muslim educator, activist, and lecturer. His work bridges classical and contemporary Islamic thought, addressing issues of cultural, social and political relevance to Muslims in the West. After converting to Islam in 1992, Webb left his career in the music industry to pursue his passion in education. He earned a Bachelor’s in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and received intensive private training in the Islamic Sciences under a renowned Muslim Scholar of Senegalese descent. Webb was hired as the Imam at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, where he gave khutbas (sermons), taught religious classes, and provided counselling to families and young people; he also served as an Imam and resident scholar in communities across the U.S.

From 2004-2010, Suhaib Webb studied at the world’s preeminent Islamic institution of learning, Al-Azhar University, in the College of Shari`ah. During this time, after several years of studying the Arabic Language and the Islamic legal tradition, he also served as the head of the English Translation Department at Dar al-Ifta al-Misriyyah.

Outside of his studies at Al-Azhar, Suhaib Webb completed the memorization of the Quran in the city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia. He has been granted numerous traditional teaching licenses (ijazat), adhering to centuries-old Islamic scholarly practice of ensuring the highest standards of scholarship. Webb was named one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in 2010.

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