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VOL - 1 / 2013

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The Higher Objectives of the Islamic Divine Law


Why did Allah (the Exalted) send a Divine Law? Muslim scholars of jurisprudence expressed different ideas in this respect. Some said that Allah revealed such a legislative system in order to attain Justice. Other jurists pointed out that it aims at achieving happiness. And still some others, especially al-Ghazali, underlined the fact that it is only for the achievement and the realization of the very benefits of man on earth. A closer look at these three approaches to Shari'ah shows that they complement each other: happiness of mankind cannot be achieved at large without justice, and justice is one of the essential benefits and interest of people on earth. This paper tries to understand this matter in the light of Ghazzali's and Shatibî's approaches and examines the higher objectives of the divine Islamic law such as the preservation of divine religion, the self, the mind, honor-lineage and wealth.


Islam, Divine Law, Preservation of Mind, Preservation of Life


PhD Candidate Atakan Derelioğlu

Hena e Plote Beder University

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