• How it Works

    THE PROCESS OF COLLECTIVE IJTIHAD

    1

    COLLABORATE

    A question is posed needing a relevant answer within the framework and also relevant to the current times.

    2

    RESEARCH

    A group of Mujtahids and experts in the field consult and discuss the issue citing the texts available.

    3

    EMPOWER

    Once a consensus is reached, ICCI publishes a statement outlining the ruling along with it's justifications.

  • Statements

    FINDINGS OF THE ICCI

  • Inside ICCI

    The International Centre for Collective Ijtihad (ICCI) believes that the most accurate method of deriving Sharia regulations is through the collaborative efforts of religious scholars (mujtahids) and experts in various fields. Whilst Muslims concur that Sharia rulings are revealed by God with the objective of leading humankind towards perfection, modern-day advancements raise complex questions regarding the appropriate stance which ought to be adopted.

     

    Traditionally, an individual mujtahid is tasked with deducing Sharia regulations by using and interpreting evidences that are considered to be authoritative – a process known as ijtihad. Owing to constant developments in areas such as medicine, economics and technology, it is rather difficult, if not impossible, for an individual mujtahid to arrive at an accurate understanding of different subject matters and deduce Sharia regulations in relation to them. The collective model of ijtihad holds that conclusions deduced by a body of mujtahids in consultation with subject matter experts provide a more accurate understanding of regulations intended by God than the endeavours of an individual.

     

    ICCI’s understanding of ijtihad is rooted in the statement of Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (a.s) which says, “Indeed the life of knowledge is sustained through constant discussion and critique”. In light of this, ICCI not only deliberates on new questions but also reconsiders issues already concluded within traditional jurisprudence if they pose great challenges to Muslim communities.

     

    The conclusions of ICCI are published as statements of guidance with justifications that provide in-depth rationale of how they were deduced. This enables individuals to make an informed decision and gives them the liberty to accept or reject the guidance of ICCI.

  • Inside ICCI

    INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR COLLECTIVE IJTIHAD

    What is ICCI?

    The International Centre for Collective Ijtihad (ICCI) believes that the most accurate method of deriving Sharia regulations is through the collaborative efforts of religious scholars (mujtahids) and experts in various fields. Whilst Muslims concur that Sharia rulings are revealed by God with the objective of leading humankind towards perfection, modern-day advancements raise complex questions regarding the appropriate stance which ought to be adopted.

     

    Traditionally, an individual mujtahid is tasked with deducing Sharia regulations by using and interpreting evidences that are considered to be authoritative – a process known as ijtihad. Owing to constant developments in areas such as medicine, economics, and technology, it is rather difficult, if not impossible, for an individual mujtahid to arrive at an accurate understanding of different subject matters and deduce Sharia regulations in relation to them. The collective model of ijtihad holds that conclusions deduced by a body of mujtahids in consultation with subject matter experts provide a more accurate understanding of regulations intended by God than the endeavours of an individual.

     

    The Scholars and Experts

    ICCI’s understanding of ijtihad is rooted in the statement of Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (a.s) which says, “Indeed the life of knowledge is sustained through constant discussion and critique”. In light of this, ICCI not only deliberates on new questions but also reconsiders issues already concluded within traditional jurisprudence if they pose great challenges to Muslim communities.

     

    The conclusions of ICCI are published as statements of guidance with justifications that provide an in-depth rationale of how they were deduced. This enables individuals to make an informed decision and gives them the liberty to accept or reject the guidance of ICCI.

  • FAQs

    OUR MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

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