The purpose of the Institute for the Revival of Traditional Islamic Sciences (IRTIS) can be found in the following ḥadīth,
Ibrāhīm ibn ʿAbd al-Raḥmān al-ʿUḍrī said that the Messenger of Allah said, “The just, possessors of Truth from every generation will preserve and safeguard this Knowledge from the distortions of the innovators, the assumptions of the prattlers and the misinterpretation of the ignorant.” (Transmitted by al-Bayhaqī)
This is by no means a claim by the Institute that we are worthy of the honourable rank as described by the Holy Prophet. But rather this ḥadīth is understood as an instruction in that individuals from the Umma should be striving to partake in this work. That is the intention of the Institute and we pray that Allah the Almighty raises us amongst those described as the just and the possessors of Truth safeguarding His Dīn – Āmīn.
It has been over a decade since I thought about an Institute that would explore Traditional Islamic Sciences. My view was that not all legal experts (Ālim/Muftī) need to conduct research but a core element need to be producing quality research which can be referred to. Over the years I have discussed it with a number of people who have valued the idea and supported it.
In the last several years whilst being involved in academia I found the existence of research conducted by, as I term them, Neo-Orientalists who set out to challenge the validity and coherence of traditional Islam, and also I found that there was research conducted by Islamic specialists which lacked stringent academic scrutiny and quality. Taking all this into consideration became the catalyst to the launch find an Institute which intends to revive the study, research and application of the Traditional Islamic Sciences.
The Institute itself will work through a network of likeminded individuals
Traditional Islam has a rich heritage and phenomenal processes and methods.
In conclusion, there is no doubt that a vacuum exists with respect to material studying and applying Traditional Islam accurately and of sound quality so that they would meet the criteria laid by Academia.
The first project for IRTIS is to initiate a journal. The aim of the journal is to revive the principles, protocols and procedures of the jurists from the rich Islamic heritage. Subject matters regarded as 'Traditional Islamic Sciences' will be considered for the ‘Journal of Traditional Islamic Sciences.’
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Mufti Amjad Mohammed