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The Middle Path of Moderation in IslamThe Qur'anic Principle of Wasatiyyah$
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Mohammad Hashim Kamali

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190226831

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190226831.001.0001

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Review of the Source Evidence

Review of the Source Evidence

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(p.16) III Review of the Source Evidence
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The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam
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Mohammad Hashim Kamali

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190226831.003.0003

This chapter looks into the textual evidence of the Qur’an and hadith on wasaṭiyyah, which is followed, in turn, by a review of the commentaries the exegetes and ulama have offered concerning that evidence. The Qur’an and hadith often interpret one another, but exegetical works provide additional information on the occasion on which the passages in question were revealed, as well as their historical contextualization and significance. It is often instructive to learn how the source guidelines were received, absorbed, and observed by the early Muslim community during the Prophet Muhammad’s lifetime in Makkah and then after his migration to Madinah. The chapter also focuses on the issue of how scriptural messages of the Qur’an and hadith signify moderation in the way the early Muslims related with other communities and religious traditions of their time.

Keywords:   ummah, Qur’an, hadith, scholars, Prayer, modesty, Jerusalem, Ka’bah

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