Ways to minimize differences among Islamic schools of thought
Indian religious scholar attending the webinar for the 35th International Islamic Unity Conference related on the different references based on which different Islamic denominations interpret Islamic texts.
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Muhammad Samir Shafi Siddiqi, religious scholar from India detailed his views on the difference between interpretations of Qur'an in all Islamic denominations and called on the Shia and Sunni scholars to devise a collection of hadith literature containing the traditions from Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and Ahlul Bayt (AS), reported Taqrib News Agency (TNA).
He said with the passage of time all Islamic denominations mainly Shia and Sunnis have reached consensus on the matter of Qur'anic texts.
He called the holy Qur'an as the "pointing head of all subsequent Islamic thoughts and practices" though there appears difference in the matter of interpretation of the Qur'anic texts among the different Islamic schools of thought.
Indian scholar proposed that the Muslim Ulema (scholars) across the Shia and Sunni communities devise a unified compendium of Hadith literature which contains traditions from the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and Ahlul Bayt (AS), the household of prophet of Islam which have been narrated by both Shia and Sunni references.
He also proposed that these hadiths be termed by Shias and Sunnis as signs of friendship between these two denominations.
"This would definitely pave the way towards integration of Islamic knowledge, towards the integration of knowledge bases of Islam, and towards the minimization of differences in interpretation" added Muhammad Samir Shafi Siddiqi.
As of the jurists he proposed that they take leads from insights of each other, most particularly as regards to the Islamic solution to most of the contemporary issues.
He referred to the great Sunni jurist and Chancellor of Al-Azhar University in Egypt, Professor Sheikh Mahmoud al-Shaltout in his Resalat al-Eslam wrote about Fiqh al-Jafaria despite being a Sunni scholar.
There are basic shared values on the basis of which the Muslim Ummah can unite and again it can create a movement to develop a greater civilization in the world.
Muhammad Samir Shafi Siddiqi concluded with reference to the shared values on the basis of which the Muslim ummah can unite and again it can create a movement to develop a greater civilization in the world.
He stressed that unity is only possible when Muslims try to integrate their knowledge bases and give more preference to the text than the specific interpretations of different scholars.
Indian religious scholar expressed his views on the difference between interpretations of Qur'an in all Islamic denominations in an address to the 35th International Islamic Unity Conference held by World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought on October 19-24.