A key aim of Shafiifiqh.com is to revive and support the madhhab founded by Imam Muhammad b. Idris al-Shafi’i, as well as traditional Islamic scholarship as a whole. The legacy of our predecessors, from the time of Imam Shafi’i until today, transmits the madhhab through three main efforts. Hence, our principle focus areas are: (1) ifta’, (2) tasnif, and (3) tadris.
- The first, ifta’, overseen by the Fatwa Department, is in the form of a Question & Answer service. This initial step taken by Shafiifiqh.com was a first in providing an online Q&A service specific to the Shafi’i Madhhab.
- Tasnif or “writing and compilation” comprises of increasing access to quality works. The Bookstore focuses on distributing valuable and reliable publications. The online Library gives our readers quick access regarding a number of subjects. Furthermore, the research center strives to support improving material availability, specifically focusing on the Arabic and English languages, by way of gathering, translating, editing, writing, and producing various much-needed articles and larger works.
- The effort of tadris – education – is covered by two faculties:
-The Imam Shafi’i Institute focuses on teaching the ‘ulum shar’iyyah. In al-Fawa’id al-Makkiyyah, Sayyid ‘Alawi al-Saqqaf related that the ‘ulum shar’iyyah are three: (1) fiqh, (2) tafsir (Qur’an), and (3) hadith.
-The Kuttab Center provides instruction on the Holy Qur’an and the Arabic language.
Sacred Knowledge is an entire way of life – a life in accordance with the message Allah subhanaHu wa ta’ala revealed to His Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم , the Sunnah, taught to the Sahabah and from them teacher to student until today. Shaykh Taha Karaan (may Allah protect him) discusses the twin objectives of preservation and progress while facing the challenges of our age,
“The study of Islam is not simply an area of academic investigation. It is the continuation of a legacy—a legacy that was initiated with the revelation of Iqra’, whose foundations were laid over the 23 years of Prophethood, and whose edifice was raised by successive generations of keenly devoted scholars for well over a thousand years. The type of individualism that places the investigator in the centre and ignores the legacy of the discipline is foreign to Islam. Knowledge is handed down through a legacy of scholarship. The student, as the recipient of knowledge, becomes heir to that legacy. By inheriting the legacy he becomes part of it, and it is then through him that the legacy is perpetuated.
The legacy itself transcends time. But every subsequent age brings with it unprecedented challenges. It is only when the challenges of an age have been met that the claim of preserving a tradition becomes tenable. The dynamism inherent within the legacy of knowledge in Islam makes it possible for it to meet all challenges. Every instance of interaction between challenges and the legacy adds to the wealth of the legacy itself. Thus does the legacy progress and develop. And in this way do preservation and progress go hand in hand.”
May Allah help us all in our endeavor to learn, and give us success in living and carrying the beautiful Sunnah of our blessed Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم