The present work attempts to familiarize the readers with the shari'ah, the Islamic legal system. Chapters One and Two define the need for the shari'ah and explain how a Muslim can live by following the shari'ah. Chapter Three is on taqlid: a process in which the lay Shi'ahs follow the legal opinions of a living mujtahid (the expert of shari'ah). Chapter Four deals with trend of rationalizing every shari' ah law. Finally, Chapter Five, brings the reader closer to the system which a mujtahid uses in reaching to his opinions.
The first chapter is
presented here for the first time. Chapter Two is a revised version of what I
had written as an introduction to my book “The Ritual & Spiritual
Purity (1989)”. Chapters Three to Five are revised editions of booklets
printed in the early- and mid-eighties in "The
Laws of Shari'ah" series in
I pray to Allah (S.W.T.) to make this work even more useful than the previous editions.
Rabi'u 'l-Awwal 1413