Al-Risalah of Imam Shafi’e – The Muslim Philosophy of Thinking
Imam Al-Shafi’e was a genius and his work ‘Al-Risalah’ was unprecedented in the history of mankind. For the first time in centuries, Imam Al-Shafi’e taught the world how to think ‘outside the box’. Throughout the ages people had ways of thinking but a certain methodical way of thinking was introduced to the world by Greek philosophers and logicians such as Aristotle and Plato. This way of thinking was adopted by many, including Muslim philosophers and Islamic scholars. Muslims were applying Greek thinking to the Qur’an and the Sunnah. Imam Al-Shafi’e came in the 8th Century CE to pose a serious challenge to this way of thinking. He could clearly see how Greek and Hellenistic thinking had corrupted Christianity and how the Muslims were following suit. So he wrote ‘Al-Risalah’ to explain to the Muslims and the world what is the “Muslim Philosophy of Thinking”.
Kitab al-Risala fi Usul al-Fiqh
Treatise on the Foundations of Islamic Jurisprudence
Muhammad ibn Idris al-Shafi‘i (150-204 AH)
By Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Dean of Cambridge Islamic College)
Date: Weekend 13-14 September 2014 | Time: 10:00am – 6:30pm
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