Date of the Event: 28-09-2022
The 33rd Intl Conference of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs
The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments participated in the 33rd International Conference organised by the Ministry of Al-Awqaf of Egypt and the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs under the theme “Ijtihad is the Necessity of the Present Time: Its Types, Rules, and Qualified Scholars”.
The conference, which was held from 24-25 Sept. 2022 in Cairo, Egypt, was attended by ministries of Al-Awqaf and chairpersons of religious affairs and authorities and Iftaa from all over the Muslim world.
In his speech, Dr Mohamed Matar al-Kaabi, Chairman of Awqaf, extended his appreciation to the president, government, and people of Egypt.
He stressed the absolute need for Ijtihad at all times and in all places, especially in the present day, where the world is facing enormous challenges that oblige both intellects and scholars to take the initiative and work collectively to exercise Ijtihad.
“For this to happen, scholars are invited to derive Islam-based laws that conform to the modern world as such laws should be deeply grounded on the principles of Ijtihad while taking into account the Sharia objectives and the civilisational and human values,” highlighted Dr al-Kaabi.
He said that scholars should take people’s circumstances into consideration in accordance with the Sharia necessities: preservation of religion, life, wealth, lineage, intellect and the nation.
He also said that scholars are encouraged to take the holy Quran, and the guidance of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, be it deeds, speech and confirmed (deed or speech), in addition to the opinions of the four Imams, the imams competent for Ijtihad (independent reasoning), in deriving the Sharia law-based rulings.
Dr al-Kaabi presented before the attendees three suggestions. First, to come up with Ijtihad-based opinions that grasp the depth of challenges and seek Fiqh-based solutions that consider the economic, social and intellectual shifts facing the world.
The second is to draw up a charter that brings together the participants in the conference, so it can become a guideline for Mujtahideen (someone trained and therefore qualified to undertake Ijtihad).
The last is to create an encyclopedia on Ijtihad, so it can become a reference for knowledge-seekers and specialists in the principles of Fiqh deriving from the values of tolerance, peace, human fraternity and citizenship.