In order to be applicable to all contexts, the Shariʿah cannot be arbitrary or incoherent, nor can it be exhaustible or of limited lifetime. Rather, it must be systematic, consistent, and coherent. It must also be comprehensive and durable in order to provide guidance for humanity until the end of their earthly existence. The madhhabs, or schools of Islamic law, exhibit legal theories and bodies of law that, thus far, meet all of these qualities. These schools have demonstrated the ability to grow to address new cases and contexts without losing these qualities. Alternatives have yet to exhibit and sustain these qualities, leaving the madhhahbs as the best tool for approaching the Shariʿah.
Justifying, excusing, or trivialising sexual harassment is wrong. It is wrong when it is expressed in private. It is unacceptable when a known personality expresses it to a public audience. It is a dereliction of one’s duty when expressed by any official charged with looking after public welfare. Egypt’s sexual harassment epidemic has been a … Read more