Ijtihad, an essential concept in Islamic jurisprudence, holds the potential to foster harmony and minimize conflicts between Indian Muslims and other communities. While the literal meaning of Ijtihad is ‘effort,’ its broader interpretation encompasses the reapplication of Islamic principles to address contemporary challenges.
In situations where the Qur’an and Hadith do not directly provide guidance, Ijtihad relies on Ijma (consensus of learned scholars) and Qaiyas (interpretation based on Islamic references) to find solutions. India’s diverse Muslim community faces unique issues, necessitating an ijtihad mindset that bridges the gap between Hindus and Muslims.
By promoting understanding and dialogue, Ijtihad can contribute to a more inclusive and harmonious society.
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