I don’t see the shortage of books, classes, interest, and literacy in adab that I see when it comes to fiqh.
Imam al-Ghazali’s Ihya, Bidayat al-
One of the most frequent criticisms I encounter is that fiqh is outdated. I don’t hear that about adab.
We, as a species and planet, are experiencing unprecedented rates of technical, social, and political change. Many of these changes require that we be able to identify what is halal and what is haram, to realize what is fixed and what is flexible, and all that other fiqh-ish stuff – and to make clear calls about it.
I already see a massive and increasingly growing need for improving fiqh literacy across the board; when it comes to adab, the literacy is there even if its implementation lags.
Since Shafii principles of jurisprudence (
Adab is important and I will continue to bring it into my classes, lectures, and writings; and I will continue to support those who focus on this area. But given the relative availability of
And success is only from Allah.