The Religion Of Islam Is A Religion With Deep Roots That

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The religion of Islam is a religion with deep roots that have now expanded out from the Middle East and touch all corners of the world. While there is no doubt that Islam’s oldest roots lie in the birthplace of the religion, the Arabian Peninsula, the religion’s culture, customs, and laws have been carried out from here and impact millions worldwide. However, with the spread of Islam into the world comes the spread of the world into Islam. Meaning that as Islam’s roots grow far and wide it must face the challenging idea of modernization into what many people would now define as our “global society”. Islam has proven century after century to be a “just and moral” religion like their monotheistic predecessors, Judaism and…show more content…
The first scholar, Subhi Mahmasani was from Lebanon where he held many prestigious titles in the political sphere such as: a member of the Lebanese Parliament, president of the Appeals Court, minister of Economy, as well as teaching at the American University in Beirut and the Lebanese University (LI, 145). The article published by Mahmasani in Liberal Islam is entitled “Adaptation of Islamic Jurisprudence to Modern Social Need.” Mahmasani begins by explaining that the concept of Islamic jurisprudence dealt with questions of religions, worship and legal transactions thus explaining that the ‘ulama (scholars) and jurists had to be knowledge in all departments of knowledge (LI, 145). This knowledge comes from a variety of sources such as the Qu’ran and the Sunna as well as through customs, geography, and the search for the inner ijtihad (endeavor or interpretation). Mahmasani’s claims that after Sunni jurists agreed to close the door to ijtihad, because of the fall of Baghdad in the seventh century, Islamic thought met a dead end. Mahmasani explains that “the door of ijtihad should be thrown wide open for anyone juristically qualified…what is right is to allow freedom of interpretation of Islamic jurisprudence and to liberate thought” (LI 146). More so, he later goes on to explain that the Sunna is a contradiction because the prophet
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