Islamic Minister Al-Sheikh: Juristic judgment catalyst to salvage Islamic Ummah
Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif Al-Sheikh emphasized that the methodology of Ijtihad (juristic judgment on newly-surfacing religious issues) was and is still serving as the catalyst to salvage the Islamic Ummah when it comes to confronting unprecedented philosophical issues.
He drew attention to the fact that any new fatwa (religious edict) should be based on the outcomes of the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him).
Speaking to the Saudi Press Agency, while attending the 33rd international conference of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs being held in Cairo, Al-Sheikh underscored the importance of fighting extremism, violence and terrorism on the basis of the Islamic principles of moderation and tolerance.
Highlighting the qualifications of an Islamic jurist on new issues facing contemporary society, Al-Sheikh warned against those who could kidnap fatwa and mislead Muslims on mere rhetoric.