Islamic Norms

Masjid Nabawi, Medina, Saudi Arabia

The study of Islamic Norms tackles questions and problems pertaining to the discourses of Islamic tradition by situating them within the Qur’an and Prophetic model.

This area covers a number of issues pertaining to usul al-fiqh, usul al-din, and fiqh with attention given to those components that are relevant to ummatic thought and practice. This is undertaken with and through an engagement primarily of traditional Islamic scholarship, as well as of worthy contributions from Islamic and religious studies from the academy.

The Ummatics Institute is committed to the Islamic normative tradition, grounded in the Qur'an and Prophetic model. It is thus focused on the study and discourse of Islamic norms. These sharia norms circumscribe and orient the social and political aspirations and actions of the Umma.

While some of these norms are clear, foundational matters of consensus, many more are subject to difference and scholarly reflection, debate, and discourse. It is this latter that we seek to facilitate and further.

Some of the questions and areas covered by our study of Islamic Norms

Delineating and elaborating on the sharia foundations of ummatics

What is the line between definite (qat'i) and preponderant (dhanni) norms, how is it determined, and what is the methodological scope of valid difference in the latter?

Discussions of sharia norms in terms of specific relevant areas such as political, economic, and social models and transformations

What is the role of shar'i maqasid and modern realities in the determination of applicable shar'i norms in relevant areas?