Establishi​ng the Principles – Principles of Understand​ing – Book 1 – Class 17

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Our teacher began with praising Allaah and sending salaat and salaam on the Messenger of Allaah, his family, companions and followers until the Last Day and began:

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UF 17

Chapter:  The evidences from which jurisprudence is derived/sought are four (4): 

17 – The Book, and the Sunnah.

And they (the Quran and Sunnah) are the foundation by which the sane adults were addressed, (with the commandments) and their religion is based on. 

18 – The unanimous agreement of the scholars and the correct mental analogy.

And both of them (Ijmaa` and the qiyaas) depend on the Book and the way of the Prophet (sallahu a’layhi wassalam)

19 – So “Jurisprudence” – from its beginning to its end – does not come out of those four sources of evidence.

20 – And most of the important rulings, all of the “four sources,”  gather in proving them.

21 – The text of the Quran and Sunnah indicate it.

22 – And the scholars agree upon it.

23 – And the correct Analogy also indicates it.

24 – Because of what benefit and advantages it holds if it was ordered, and of harm if it was forbidden.

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Ustaad told us that this chapter which the author is speaking about is a very important and significant chapter because it targets and clarifies to us the source from which we take our religion and when a person knows the sources of his religion he won’t take another source of evidence other than the sources which Allah guided to.  The four sources of evidences are:

1.   Al-Kitaab – The Book (The Quran)

Allah said in (6:155) –

وَهَـٰذَا كِتَابٌ أَنزَلْنَاهُ مُبَارَكٌ فَاتَّبِعُوهُ وَاتَّقُوا لَعَلَّكُمْ تُرْحَمُونَ

And this is a blessed Book (the Quran) which We have sent down, so follow it and fear Allah (i.e. do not disobey His Orders), that you may receive mercy (i.e. saved from the torment of Hell).

Allah said in (7:3) –

اتَّبِعُوا مَا أُنزِلَ إِلَيْكُم مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا مِن دُونِهِ أَوْلِيَاءَ ۗ قَلِيلًا مَّا تَذَكَّرُونَ

[Say (O Muhammad) to these idolaters (pagan Arabs) of your folk:] Follow what has been sent down unto you from your Lord (the Quran and Prophet Muhammad’s Sunnah), and follow not any Auliya’ (protectors and helpers, etc. who order you to associate partners in worship with Allah), besides Him (Allah). Little do you remember!

Allah said in (5:48-50) –

وَأَنزَلْنَا إِلَيْكَ الْكِتَابَ بِالْحَقِّ مُصَدِّقًا لِّمَا بَيْنَ يَدَيْهِ مِنَ الْكِتَابِ وَمُهَيْمِنًا عَلَيْهِ ۖ فَاحْكُم بَيْنَهُم بِمَا أَنزَلَ اللَّـهُ ۖ وَلَا تَتَّبِعْ أَهْوَاءَهُمْ عَمَّا جَاءَكَ مِنَ الْحَقِّ ۚ لِكُلٍّ جَعَلْنَا مِنكُمْ شِرْعَةً وَمِنْهَاجًا ۚ وَلَوْ شَاءَ اللَّـهُ لَجَعَلَكُمْ أُمَّةً وَاحِدَةً وَلَـٰكِن لِّيَبْلُوَكُمْ فِي مَا آتَاكُمْ ۖ فَاسْتَبِقُوا الْخَيْرَاتِ ۚ إِلَى اللَّـهِ مَرْجِعُكُمْ جَمِيعًا فَيُنَبِّئُكُم بِمَا كُنتُمْ فِيهِ تَخْتَلِفُونَ

And We have sent down to you (O Muhammad) the Book (this Quran) in truth, confirming the Scripture that came before it and Mohayminan (trustworthy in highness and a witness) over it (old Scriptures). So judge between them by what Allah has revealed, and follow not their vain desires, diverging a away from the truth that has come to you. To each among you, We have prescribed a law and a clear way. If Allah willed, He would have made you one nation, but that (He) may test you in what He has given you; so strive as in a race in good deeds. The return of you (all) is to Allah; then He  will inform you about that in which you used to differ.

وَأَنِ احْكُم بَيْنَهُم بِمَا أَنزَلَ اللَّـهُ وَلَا تَتَّبِعْ أَهْوَاءَهُمْ وَاحْذَرْهُمْ أَن يَفْتِنُوكَ عَن بَعْضِ مَا أَنزَلَ

اللَّـهُ إِلَيْكَ ۖ فَإِن تَوَلَّوْا فَاعْلَمْ أَنَّمَا يُرِيدُ اللَّـهُ أَن يُصِيبَهُم بِبَعْضِ ذُنُوبِهِمْ وَإِنَّ كَثِيرًا مِّنَ النَّاسِ لَفَاسِقُونَ

And so judge (you O Muhammad) between them by what Allah has revealed and follow not their vain desires, but beware of them lest they turn you (O Muhammad) far away from some of that which Allah has sent down to you. And if they turn away, then know that Allah’s Will is to punish them for some sins of theirs. And truly, most of men are Fasiqun (rebellious and disobedient to Allah).

أَفَحُكْمَ الْجَاهِلِيَّةِ يَبْغُونَ ۚ وَمَنْ أَحْسَنُ مِنَ اللَّـهِ حُكْمًا لِّقَوْمٍ يُوقِنُونَ

Do they then seek the judgement of (the Days of) Ignorance? And who is better in judgement than Allah for a people who have firm Faith.

Allah said in (34:50):

قُلْ إِن ضَلَلْتُ فَإِنَّمَا أَضِلُّ عَلَىٰ نَفْسِي وَإِنِ اهْتَدَيْتُ فَبِمَا يُوحِي إِلَيَّ رَبِّي إِنَّهُ سَمِيعٌ قَرِيبٌ

Say: “If (even) I go astray, I shall stray only to my own loss. But if I remain guided, it is because of the Inspiration of my Lord to me. Truly, He is AllHearer, Ever Near (to all things).”

Allah said in (45:18-19):

ثُمَّ جَعَلْنَاكَ عَلَىٰ شَرِيعَةٍ مِّنَ الْأَمْرِ فَاتَّبِعْهَا وَلَا تَتَّبِعْ أَهْوَاءَ الَّذِينَ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ

Then We have put you (O Muhammad ) on a plain way of (Our) commandment [like the one which We commanded Our Messengers before you (i.e. legal ways and laws of the Islamic Monotheism)]. So follow you that (Islamic Monotheism and its laws), and follow not the desires of those who know not.

إِنَّهُمْ لَن يُغْنُوا عَنكَ مِنَ اللَّـهِ شَيْئًا ۚ وَإِنَّ الظَّالِمِينَ بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَاءُ بَعْضٍ ۖ وَاللَّـهُ وَلِيُّ

الْمُتَّقِينَ

Verily, they can avail you nothing against Allah (if He wants to punish you). Verily, the Zalimun (polytheists, wrong-doers, etc.) are Auliya’ (protectors, helpers, etc.) to one another, but Allah is the Wali (Helper, Protector, etc.) of the Muttaqun.

2.  As-Sunnah – The way of the Prophet (Sallahu A’layhi wassalam).

The Kitaab (Quran) told us to follow the Sunnah.  Allah said in (4:59):

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَطِيعُوا اللَّـهَ وَأَطِيعُوا الرَّسُولَ وَأُولِي الْأَمْرِ مِنكُمْ ۖ فَإِن تَنَازَعْتُمْ فِي شَيْءٍ فَرُدُّوهُ إِلَى اللَّـهِ وَالرَّسُولِ إِن كُنتُمْ تُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّـهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ خَيْرٌ وَأَحْسَنُ تَأْوِيلًا

O you who believe! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger (Muhammad), and those of you (Muslims) who are in authority. (And) if you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger, if you believe in Allah and in the Last Day. That is better and more suitable for final determination.

The verb obey was mentioned twice, one was restricted to Allah and the other restricted to the Prophet (sallahu a’layhi wassalam). So this means that the obedience just as it goes to the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of the Prophet (sallahu a’layhi wassalam).  Allah said in (59:7):

مَّا أَفَاءَ اللَّـهُ عَلَىٰ رَسُولِهِ مِنْ أَهْلِ الْقُرَىٰ فَلِلَّـهِ وَلِلرَّسُولِ وَلِذِي الْقُرْبَىٰ وَالْيَتَامَىٰ وَالْمَسَاكِينِ وَابْنِ السَّبِيلِ كَيْ لَا يَكُونَ دُولَةً بَيْنَ الْأَغْنِيَاءِ مِنكُمْ  وَمَا آتَاكُمُ الرَّسُولُ فَخُذُوهُ وَمَا نَهَاكُمْ عَنْهُ فَانتَهُوا  وَاتَّقُوا اللَّـهَ  إِنَّ اللَّـهَ شَدِيدُ الْعِقَابِ

What Allah gave as booty (Fai’) to His Messenger (Muhammad) from the people of the townships, – it is for Allah, His Messenger (Muhammad), the kindred (of Messenger Muhammad SAW), the orphans, Al-Masakin (the poor), and the wayfarer, in order that it may not become a fortune used by the rich among you. And whatsoever the Messenger (Muhammad) gives you, take it, and whatsoever he forbids you, abstain (from it), and fear Allah. Verily, Allah is Severe in punishment.

Allah referred us t the Sunnah to get the clarification of the Quran as Allah said in (16:44):

بِالْبَيِّنَاتِ وَالزُّبُرِ ۗ وَأَنزَلْنَا إِلَيْكَ الذِّكْرَ لِتُبَيِّنَ لِلنَّاسِ مَا نُزِّلَ إِلَيْهِمْ وَلَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ

With clear signs and Books (We sent the Messengers). And We have also sent down unto you (O Muhammad) the reminder and the advice (the Quran), that you may explain clearly to men what is sent down to them, and that they may give thought.

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Explanation of the authors sayingAnd they (the Quran and Sunnah) are the foundation by which the sane adults were addressed. (With the commandments) and their religion is based on.

Allah said in (33:21):

لَّقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّـهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ لِّمَن كَانَ يَرْجُو اللَّـهَ وَالْيَوْمَ الْآخِرَ وَذَكَرَ اللَّـهَ كَثِيرًا

Indeed in the Messenger of Allah (Muhammad) you have a good example to follow for him who hopes in (the Meeting with) Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah much.

Allah said that the mercy is in following the Prophet sallahu a’layhi wassalam in (3:132):

وَأَطِيعُوا اللَّـهَ وَالرَّسُولَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُرْحَمُونَ

And obey Allah and the Messenger (Muhammad) that you may obtain mercy.

Allah specified the Prophet (sallahu a’layhi wassalam) with the guidance. So if one wants the guidance he can only take it by following the Prophet (sallahu a’layhi wassalam)’s guidance.  Allah said in (24:55):

قُلْ أَطِيعُوا اللَّـهَ وَأَطِيعُوا الرَّسُولَ ۖ فَإِن تَوَلَّوْا فَإِنَّمَا عَلَيْهِ مَا حُمِّلَ وَعَلَيْكُم مَّا حُمِّلْتُمْ ۖ وَإِن تُطِيعُوهُ تَهْتَدُوا ۚ وَمَا عَلَى الرَّسُولِ إِلَّا الْبَلَاغُ الْمُبِينُ

Say: “Obey Allah and obey the Messenger, but if you turn away, he (Messenger Muhammad ) is only responsible for the duty placed on him (i.e. to convey Allah’s Message) and you for that placed on you. If you obey him, you shall be on the right guidance. The Messenger’s duty is only to convey (the message) in a clear way (i.e. to preach in a plain way).”

Allah said in (24:52)

وَمَن يُطِعِ اللَّـهَ وَرَسُولَهُ وَيَخْشَ اللَّـهَ وَيَتَّقْهِ فَأُولَـٰئِكَ هُمُ الْفَائِزُونَ

And whosoever obeys Allah and His Messenger, fears Allah, and keeps his duty (to Him), such are the successful ones.

Allah said in (24:51)

إِنَّمَا كَانَ قَوْلَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ إِذَا دُعُوا إِلَى اللَّـهِ وَرَسُولِهِ لِيَحْكُمَ بَيْنَهُمْ أَن يَقُولُوا سَمِعْنَا وَأَطَعْنَا ۚ وَأُولَـٰئِكَ هُمُ الْمُفْلِحُونَ

The only saying of the faithful believers, when they are called to Allah (His Words, the Quran) and His Messenger, to judge between them, is that they say: “We hear and we obey.” And such are the prosperous ones (who will live forever in Paradise).

So Allah made the scale of his love the following of the Prophet (sallahu a’layhi wassalam).  Allah said in (3:31)

قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللَّـهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللَّـهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ ۗ وَاللَّـهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

Say (O Muhammad to mankind): “If you (really) love Allah then follow me (i.e. accept Islamic Monotheism, follow the Quran and the Sunnah), Allah will love you and forgive you of your sins. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”

We understand from this verse that everyone who says he loves Allah, his saying is a claim until he follows Allah and His messenger. This verse is called the verse of trial because it tries one’s Eeman and your love for Allah.  Allah said in (3:32)

قُلْ أَطِيعُوا اللَّـهَ وَالرَّسُولَ ۖ فَإِن تَوَلَّوْا فَإِنَّ اللَّـهَ لَا يُحِبُّ الْكَافِرِينَ

Say (O Muhammad): “Obey Allah and the Messenger (Muhammad).” But if they turn away, then Allah does not like the disbelievers.

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Explanation on: The Authors saying: The Unanimous agreement of the scholars and the correct mental analogy.

3.   Al Ijma – The unanimous agreement of the scholars. (Starting from the end of the revelation onwards).

The highest Ijma’a that one should never think about going against, because denying that Ijma’a is considered as an act of disbelief this is as regards to what the companions have agreed upon.

4.   Al Qiyaas – the correct analogy.

The analogy is of two types:

1.  An analogy which is false and rejected

2.  And an analogy which is correct.

Analogy is basing something on something else because of the reason they share.

Explanation of the Authors saying: And both of them (Ijmaa` and the Qiyaas) depends on the book and the way of the Prophet (sallahu a’layhi wassalam)

This means although Al Ijmaa` and Qiyaas are two sources of evidences according to the people upon true Islam they branch out from the Kitaab and the Sunnah. The Qiyaas is supported by Ijmaa`.  The proof for Al-ijmaa is Allah’s  saying in (4:115)

وَمَن يُشَاقِقِ الرَّسُولَ مِن بَعْدِ مَا تَبَيَّنَ لَهُ الْهُدَىٰ وَيَتَّبِعْ غَيْرَ سَبِيلِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ نُوَلِّهِ مَا تَوَلَّىٰ وَنُصْلِهِ جَهَنَّمَ ۖ وَسَاءَتْ مَصِيرًا

And whoever contradicts and opposes the Messenger (Muhammad SAW) after the right path has been shown clearly to him, and follows other than the believers’ way. We shall keep him in the path he has chosen, and burn him in Hell – what an evil destination.

And proof for it in the hadeeth – (3950 sunan ibn maajah, 4253 sunan abee dawood, 2167 tirmidhi)

أَنَسَ بْنَ مَالِكٍ يَقُولُ سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَقُولُ إِنَّ أُمَّتِي لَا تَجْتَمِعُ عَلَى ضَلَالَةٍ فَإِذَا رَأَيْتُمْ اخْتِلَافًا فَعَلَيْكُمْ بِالسَّوَادِ الْأَعْظَمِ

Anas ibn Malik reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, saying, “Indeed, my nation will not agree upon misguidance, so if you see differences then follow the greatest majority.”

Explanation of the Author’s saying – so “Jurisprudence” – from it’s beginning to its end – does not come out of those four sources of evidence.

So the rulings given to our acts by the Legislator is sought from those four sources of evidence.

Explanation of the Author’s saying – And most of the important rulings, all of the “four sources,”  gather in proving them.

The explanation to this is point no.21, 22 and 23 (which are):

21 – The text of the Quran and Sunnah indicates them.

22 – And the scholars agree upon them.

23 – And the correct Analogy proves them.

 Explanation of the Author’s sayingBecause of what benefit and advantages it holds if it was ordered, and of harm if it was forbidden.

The author mentioned the reason behind all of the four proving significant rulings. He is trying to say that most of the important rulings have all four sources of evidence proving them because of the important rulings withholding our benefits and advantage.   Example – salah, birrul waalidayn, etc, and because of the harm there is to it if it was something forbidden.  Example – tahreem ash shirk, tahreem uqookul walidayn… etc.

~End of class~

Alhamdulillaah wassalaatu wassalaamu ‘alaa Rasoolillah

Notes transcribed by: Zaiba binth Shuraiz Jawward Hashim

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