Sunnah, Shari’ah, Sectarianism and Ijtihad – Abdal Hakim Murad

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This lecture is part 2 of a complete series of 8 lectures entitled “Understanding Islam”. To play each session press the play icon or scroll through them using the NEXT and PREVIOUS buttons below.

1) The Five Pillars of Islam
2) Sunnah, Shari’ah, Sectarianism and Ijtihad
3) Scriptural Links Between Judaism, Christianity and Islam
4) Muslim-Christian Views of One Another
5) Muslim Theology and Islamic Mysticism – Part 1
6) Muslim Theology and Islamic Mysticism – Part 2
7) The Muslim Influence on Europe and West – Part 1
8) The Muslim Influence on Europe and West – Part 2

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1) Why Islam Seeks to Govern All Aspects of Life
2) Sunnah: A Blueprint for Life
3) Shari’ah: A Larger Body of Guidance
4) Other Sources of Islamic Law
5) The History of Islamic Law
6) The Difference Between Sunni and Shia
7) Ijtihad: Tradition vs. Modernity
8) Ijtihad Case Study: Is Tobacco or Smoking Permissible?
9) Ijtihad Case Study: The Jurists’ View on AIDS
10) Ijtihad Case Study: Abortion
11) Ijtihad Case Study: Contraception
12) Ijtihad Case Study: Artificial Insemination

In his second lecture to non-Muslim middle school and high school teachers, Murad moves on to the more outward manifestions of the Islamic tradition. He explains the sunnah as being the “backbone” of a Muslim’s daily life and provides a brief and simple explanation of it’s vital role in Islam. He then focuses the remainder of his time on the Islamic law, its various sources, and its history. And in closing, the speaker looks at a few case studies of the practice of ijtihad in the Muslim world. (Recorded at the Dar al Islam Teachers’ Institute seminar). Other topics discussed: dua (supplication), Salman Rushdie, medhabs (schools of thought), tabacco and smoking, AIDS, abortion, contraception, and artificial insemination.