‘Studying Islam’: Which School of Thought does it follow?
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Answered by Tariq Haashmi

My question pertains to the online education you offer at your sister web site ‘www.studying-islam.org’. I wanted to know which books you are using to teach the courses. There is not much detail about the way you have attained the knowledge available on the website. Is the knowledge based on a particular school of thought?


As evident from the texts of the courses the author(s) have tried to place the major viewpoints before the readers along with the arguments for and against the views discussed. We have tried our best to lead the readers to an objective study of an issue and come to a conclusion based on the arguments from the basic sources. 

We understand that Islamic teachings reside in the clear and well-defined sources of religious knowledge in Islam – the Holy Qur’ān and the Sunnah. Therefore, we need only to turn to these sources to know the Islamic stance on a particular issue. All the articles, essays, and opinions expressed in the course material have been arrived at through an objective study of the Qur’ān and the Sunnah. While understanding these two sources, many valuable works of Muslim scholars have been benefited from and even quoted in the course modules. We do not accept or proclaim any view merely because it comes from an eminent personality. Rather we form our opinions on the basis of arguments backed by the basic sources of Islam.

If a person studies the matter objectively being free of the fetters of preconceived ideas, it is hoped that he will reach a more reasonable conclusion. I believe it is only after you have studied a particular course that you will be able to understand the merits and demerits of the course modules. All input is welcome.

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