ac – Islamic Ijtihad Thinking Process
Under construction. For now, see letter to Dr. Adnan Ibrahim
Ijtihad (pronounced “izh-tee-HAAD”)
In order to facilitate muslim/non-muslim relations, every non-muslim should make sure they understand the concept and thinking process called, Ijtihad. Like the Theory of Constraints (T.O.C.), and like the Talmud Thinking Process, the Islamic concept and process of Ijtihad promote high-quality thinking that apply principles to current circumstances.
The word, ijtihad, in Arabic means “effort” which indicates making the effort to think about things vs. accept something that doesn’t match current circumstances.
It’s a large concept with two major application areas.
Ijtihad in Law
In this case, Ijtihad is similar to the Jewish Talmud thinking process.
One area is Islamic law by experts. This is like the Talmud process applying earlier Torah revelation to later circumstances and Mishnah law for those later circumstances.
From Encyclopedia Britannica: “ijtihād, ( Arabic: “effort”) in Islāmic law, the independent or original interpretation of problems not precisely covered by the Qurʾān, Ḥadīth (traditions concerning the Prophet’s life and utterances), and ijmāʿ (scholarly consensus). In the early Muslim community every adequately qualified jurist had the right to exercise such original thinking, mainly raʾy (personal judgment) and qiyās (analogical reasoning), and those who did so were termed mujtahids.”
Better Thinking In Everyday Life
In this case, Ijtihad is like both the Theory of Constraints (T.O.C.) thinking process, but also like the Jewish Talmud thinking process, both of which apply and effect thinking in everyday life.
Ijtihad also has a wider, more general, and everyday application area — everyday life by everyday people. Dr. Adnan Ibrahim’s lecture, “Do We Think,” promotes better thinking about everything in life among Arabic-speaking and Islamic peoples — as does the Theory of Constraints (T.O.C.) thinking process for all peoples in all languages all over the world.
Dr. Adnan Ibrahim, 1 hour, “Do We Think”, in Arabic with English sub-titles