Role of Fiqh in Understanding the Quran & Ahadith

Role of Fiqh in Understanding the Qurʾān & Aḥādīth – Delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on 24th May 2010 at Nur al-Islam Masjid (Trinidad, West Indies)

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When a person refers to the expert opinion of one of the classical scholars and their respective schools of thought he or she is considered by certain people to be one who has abandoned the Qurʾān and ḥadīth.

In order to correctly apply the teachings of the Qurʾān and ḥadīth it is impossible, according to the classical scholars and the clear majority of the great body of Muslim scholars of the ummah, to simply read the Arabic or the translation of the Qurʾān and ḥadīth and thereby understand the laws of religion. Similar to any other field of learning, there is an obligation upon us to resort to the understanding of the experts. This is where the role of fiqh comes in; fiqh is simply the distilled knowledge of the Qurʾān and ḥadīth by expert scholars. Unfortunately, today, when it comes to the Qurʾān and ḥadīth, everybody becomes an expert and has an opinion except for the true experts themselves, the scholars of Islām. What a tragedy!

Find out more about the importance, the role and obligation of adhering to fiqh in understanding the Qurʾān and ḥadīth in this erudite and much-needed discourse.

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