Its objective is twofold: one is to show the modern Muslim that the underlying dynamics of most of the issues thought to be new and contemporary have in fact been discussed and addressed by Islamic thinkers and jurists from the earliest times in Islamic history. The second objective is to help modern Muslims bring this understanding to bear upon their real life problems and concerns, so they can follow and examine legal arguments presented for their worthiness, and separate what is essential and central to their faith from that which is nonessential and peripheral.
English-speaking Muslims are challenged today in dealing with real life issues. Concerns such as how to deal with modern systems of finance when making major purchases, medical ethics on issues from abortion to treating the terminally ill, and how to appropriately dress, are among the issues modern Muslims seek to examine in light of the teachings of Islam.
Most current books on Islamic law are addressed to the scholar, not the lay reader. This book is written in non-specialist language. Its objective is to take non-specialist readers beyond the list of do’s and don’ts into a summary of the philosophy of Islamic law underlying them and all the traditional “schools” of law. By making these principles more transparent, modern Muslims can more lucidly implement them in their attempts to come to terms with proffered solutions to their challenges.