By Qazi Mujahidul Islam Qasmi
From the forward:
In our time, in which a lot of new situations have come into existence, ranging from economic to social and political to moral, and the advancement of science, technology and industries have given birth to unprecedented problems, and expanded the limits of medicine, economy and social ideas to such an extent that it has become almost impossible for one person to get expertise in all these subjects. On the other hand, this reality can hardly by ignored that this is quite unbecoming of the ulema and muftis to pass on judgements, just by opening the sacred books and classical literature, without understanding the background of emerging problems properly and without distinguishing between the basic and non-basic injunctions, between the ultimate and derived imperatives, between the perennial and temporal commandments, and between the original and customary rituals and practices.
In this situation it has become essential that a group of capable ulema, the people of deep insight and contemporary understanding and the sincere jurists should emerge and ponder over the burning issues and juristic problems. Which, on the one hand, may keep in view the Qur’an, Traditions of the Prophet (peace be upon him), Consensus of the experts, and the contribution of ancient jurists and, on the other, it could strive to understand the contemporary problems and issues, necessities of human society and the common interest, from erudite scholars, having ken in the contemporary situations and armed with expertise in modern disciplines.
And that, this group may take decisions in the light of deep realisation of injunctions and situations, which serve the need of the present time and may remove unnecessary burden from human beings with proper relaxation and while keeping necessity and need of society in view. The more we succeed in enhancing the process of collective thinking the more we shall be able to solve the problems of the Ummah in a better and effective way.
Includes discussions on Birth Control and Organ donation and transplantation.