ijtihad definition

  • noun:
    • the process of Muslim jurists making a legal choice by independent interpretation regarding the Qur'an as well as the Sunna; these types of a jurist is a mujtahid
    • the endeavor of a Moslem scholar to derive a rule of divine law from the Koran and Hadith without depending on the views of other scholars; because of the end of tenth century theologians decided that discussion on such things will be shut and Muslim theology and law were frozen

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