The Twenty-Seventh Word: Some issues that are discussed about ijtihad (deriving a rule of divine law from the verses of Qur’an and hadiths of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in religious issues.) Six obstacles for the ijtihad.
The Twenty-Seventh Word
TREATISE ON INDEPENDENT JUDGEMENTS OF THE LAW (Ijtihad)
[Five or six years ago in an Arabic treatise, I wrote concerning a matter to do with independent judgements on points of the Shari‘a. Now, at the request of two of my brothers, this Word was written about that matter in order to put in his place someone who had overstepped the mark in his attacks on it.]
In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate.
If they had only referred it to the Prophet, or to those charged with authority among them, the proper investigators would have tested it from them [direct].1
The door of independent judgements on the law is open, but at the present time there are six ‘Obstacles’ to entering it.
1. Qur’an, 4:83.
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- Eighth Matter: Is the translation of the Quran and sentences of dhikr possible?
- Twenty-seventh Letter: It was published separately under the titles of Barla, Kastamonu, and Emirdağ Addenda.
- Fourth Question: The reasons for the emergence of the claims of superiority over the Companions.
- First Aspect: The effect of social environment on talents during the time of the Companions.
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- Addendum to the Twenty-Seventh Word: Why can other people not reach to the degree of the Companions (Muslims who lived together with the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and took lessons from him)?
- Eighth Allusion: It mentions eight important dangers on the Sufi way. Ninth Allusion: The benefits of the Sufi way.