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Office of the Mufti

A Comprehensive Understanding of Religion

  • To understand a particular religious text, we must know its background and context. if we fail to understand the background of a verse from the Quran or Hadith, it is feared that we might use it as a basis for something it is not meant for, or worse, for something that stands in direct opposition.
  • Understanding background and context is not only limited to religious texts. It is also required to understand the writings of the ‘ulama.
  • Understanding the background of the socio-religious and socio-political context as well as the reality of life that surrounds a particular writing will provide the reader a comprehensive picture of why such a statement or fatwa was given.