All praise be to Allah (SWT) who graciously enabled us to publish the book- Shah Wali Allah’s Concept of Ijtihad and Taqlid by Dr. Md. Athar Ali. This is a major research based on an in-depth study on various works of Shah Wali Allah. The author completed the manuscript in nine chapters. The chapters chronologically discuss the historical background of Shah Wali Allah’s meaning, implication and basis of Ijtihad; problem and the necessity of Ijtihad, resolving the controversial issues; Ijtihad by the Holy Prophet (sm) called as absolute Mujtahid and the knowledge of logical argumentation and methodology; the legal nature of Ijtihad; the nature of Taqlid, it’s classification, legal position and admissibility; and a summary of the general discussion.
The dissertation is more important for a huge gathering of references rather than its literary value. The book reflects Shah Wali Allah’s concepts towards Ijtihad and Taqlid from social. historical, religious and legal point of view. The work specially emphasized the historical methodology to reconstruct a gap created in the history of Islamic law.
To our consideration the author has done a great job, under a famous and great scholar Dr. Muin-ud-Din Ahmad Khan, for the ummah. We acknowledge the invaluable contribution of both with high esteem. We also hope that the publication will fulfill a great demand to the researchers and learners of the relevant field.
M.Zohurul Islam Secretary General. BIIT