The Issues of "Al-Shura," the Written Law and the Nation's Historical Experience

The Issues of “Al-Shura,” the Written Law and the Nation's Historical Experience

  • 21 February 1995

The speaker discussed the concept of Al-Shura
(consultation) as laid down in the books of old
and contemporary Islamic scholars. Many scholars
considered that following the principle of Al-Shura
in governance is an integral part of religion. This was
echoed by contemporary scholars who sought to prove
that Al-Shura was not only a historical experience by the
nation, but has its roots in the Quran, the Sunnah, and
the experiences of the rightly guided caliphs.
A link between Al-Shura and the representative
constitutional ruling system, as opposed to despotism,
was put forth. In order to establish the historical
significance, the speaker covered the differences between
the caliphate and the monarchy during the first century
(Hijri), examined the positions of various Islamic schools
regarding leadership, and analyzed the relationship
between Al-Shura and modern democracy as well as how
contemporary scholars view these two concepts.

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Tuesday 21 February 1995

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Tuesday 21 February 1995

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