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Institutionalised Islam

Abdou Filali-Ansary and Sikeena Karmali Ahmed

in Islam

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780748639670
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653188 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639670.003.0009
Institutionalised Islam

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This chapter discusses the credibility and the legislation of the Qur'an and the Shariah. It discusses how the Qur'an and the Prophet's message lend credence to various rules set forth in the Qur'an. The Qur'an and the Shariah speak in terms of providing a way for the believer to follow. From this point of view, the Qur'an and the Shariah are binding commitments. In the Qur'an, the guidelines speak not of theology, but rather they are of a moral and educational nature. These guidelines focus on the questions of liturgical practice, although they cannot be separated from the main thrust of divine revelation at that period: God's unity, resurrection, reward, and punishment for deeds committed, and the prophetic missions. They speak of moral guidelines and prohibitions which a believer must follow. In this chapter, the acts of alms-giving, chastity, freeing slaves, injustice, hoarding of wealth, and adultery are examined in the context of the parameters set by the Qur'an.

Keywords: legislation; Qur'an; Shariah; liturgical practice; moral guidelines; alms-giving; adultery; wealth

Chapter.  3997 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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