Islamic Fiqh Academy emerged as credible institution of Ijtihad on contemporary problems.
By Abdul Bari Masoud
New Delhi: From human organs donation to commercial surrogacy and issues arising out of scientific and technological advancement, the Islamic Fiqh Academy India has offered solutions in the light of Quran and Sunnah, said Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rehmani, General Secretary.
When being asked about the permissibility of the covid-19 vaccine in Islam, Maulana Rehmani said Islam gives utmost importance to the protection of human life. He explained that there are four sources of medicines. The use of any forbidden substance as a medicine is prohibited but it is transformed into something completely different in terms of properties and characteristics, then it may be considered as clean and permissible, he emphasised.
Highlighting achievements of the Academy, Maulana Rehmani said it was set up in 1989 to collectively guide the Muslim community on the contemporary issues and challenges in the light of Quran and Sunnah, the Prophetic traditions.
Academy also focused on the Muslim women’s issues and rights, community relations in pluralistic and diverse society like India, socio and economic issues such Islamic banking, insurance and other issues.
In these years, the Fiqh Academy emerged as a credible institution of Ijtihad (Personal Reasoning)-which is the most important source of Islamic law next to the Qur’an and the Sunnah- not only India but also in many parts of the world including Islamic nations such as Saudi Arabia, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh etc, he claimed.
So far the Academy has offered 810 solutions on contemporary issues, organized 28 Fiqhi (Islamic jurisprudence) seminars on 134 topics and published over 60 journals on various themes. It has also been coordinating and working with other academic and Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) institutions of the world.
While interacting with the media persons at the Academy office here, Maulana Rehmani further underlined that said top Ulema and Muftis (jurists) and modern scholars of repute from India and abroad took part in the Fiqhi and other seminars to find out solutions to the modern day challenges and problems in the light of Qur’an and Sunnah and Shariah.
Academy has been making successful endeavors to bring ulama and Islamic theologians from all schools of thought on one platform to confront the challenges and issues arising out of a fast changing world, he said.
It is to be noted that Islamic theologians and jurists in the sub-continent mostly depended on ten extant texts such as Fatawa Alamgiri, which were compiled during the medieval period, to arrive at solutions. Thus, they lost touch with realities and dynamic approaches. Besides this, most of the jurists follow a highly sectarian approach in dealing with contemporary issues.
In this context, Maulana Rehamni said the Academy has also been striving to impart modern research skills in young madrasa graduates with an objective to prepare them for fresh challenges in the realm of Islamic jurisprudence.
While following a neutral approach, Maulana Rehmani said it is the hallmark of the Fiqh Academy to provide solutions to all sorts of issues facing the community and follow utmost caution and moderation in offering its opinion and guidance. The Fiqh Academy has been
In this regard, the Academy has so far organized 28 fiqh seminars examining more than 134 issues of contemporary nature such as Organ Donation, Rights of Children and Halal and Haram in Food items, environment, use of plastic etc.
“It has become a dynamic platform of leading Islamic jurists of different schools of thought to sit together to search for solutions to modern problems and issues collectively,” he said with emphasis.
In addition to this, the Academy has also organized 31 workshops for madrasa graduates, 41 seminars and symposiums of various topics, and hundreds of extension lectures. It also published over 250 books and translated books from Islamic world into Urdu and other languages.
When being asked why the major Islamic seminaries are hesitant in introducing the Fiqh Academy’s Fiqhi (jurisprudence) work in their curriculum. Maulana Rehmani said there is no uniformity of courses offered in the madrasa syllabus as they have not connected under any board or federation. However, he expressed the hope that with the passage of time they would realize the importance of Fiqh academy’s work.