Misconceptions Of Sharia

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The world we live in today can be best described as the “age of modernity”. Technology has come to define the smallest aspects of our lives. We are able to interact with millions of other people through social media networks – regardless of gender and age. What we seek and desire is “MODERNITY” – in the way we dress, the way we work, the way we live in this society - and in this process, religion becomes the first casualty to criticism.
Misconceptions about Islam usually center on Sharia – the Islamic Law. “It is outdated in our world”, “The Sharia laws are too strict for our modern times” – these are some statements that are quite commonly heard.
The goal of my paper is to address these misconceptions and prove that Islam in NOT old-fashioned
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Ijtihaad is an integral component of Fiqh and provides for its flexibility. It is done by careful research and understanding of the sources of Fiqh to find the solution to the given problem. One tries ones best to find the solution using the primary sources and also secondary sources (depending on their validity) to arrive at the decision.
An example of a fiqh ruling:
Nowadays, it is common for smartphone users to have a Quranic ringtone. But, the issue is that when you answer the phone, you don’t usually wait for the recitation of the verse to be complete. You just press the button in the middle of the recitation-which causes change in the meaning of the verse. How to address this issue?
The jurists have arrived at the following decision:
1) Quran is a source of guidance and the word of Allah. It is to be given the utmost respect. The greatness of the Quran is mentioned as:

If We had sent down this Qur'an upon a mountain, you would have seen it humbled and coming apart from fear of Allah . And these examples We present to the people that perhaps they will give thought.

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