Topic Area :
Fiqh and Islamic Law (Shari'ah).
Research Topic :
Shariah Law Revisited - Its
Relevance in the Modern Society and the Roles of Ijtihad
in Protection and Preservation of the Ummah.
Research Question :
Is it possible for the method
of Ijtihad to open new means to find solutions to the
Modern Societies’ conflicting interest without
sacrificing the Islamic core principles and values?
In the project,
instead of coming up with new findings and data, I will make use
of some of the IIIT and other publishers books, journals and
papers on the area that I will be researching on. Also, given
only five weeks to complete the project, it will be more
feasible to take this approach of researching and citing
existing resources to find answers to the research question. The
paper will start with defining some of the popular terms in Fiqh
and Islamic Law. Then, the key ideas in fiqh, Islamic law and
its sources will be elaborated. Next, the paper will go in depth
to research and comment on the roles of Ijtihad in the modern
society and how it could help in finding a balance in today’s
modern and secular world. The paper will conclude with my
finding on the roles of Ijtihad in the society and my finding on
its relevance in opening new means to alleviate the increasing
conflicts of different interests in the modern society. The
paper will be presented in a website format.
Definitions of general terms : 
Shariah : The revelation that Muhammad ( Pbuh) had received
and made practicing in the message and mission of his life,
e.i., the Quran and the Prophetic tradition.
Fiqh : The huge collection of juridical opinions that were
given by various jurists from various school of thought, in
regards to the application of the shariah to their various
real life situations throughout the past fourteen centuries.
Fatwa: The application of shariah or fiqh to Muslims’ real
“My opinion is
right with the possibility of being wrong, whereas my
colleague’s opinion is wrong with the possibility of being
– Imam al-Shafi’e