CIMS COnvention 2021 item 4: The Centre for Islamic Decrees and Doctrines (Dār al-iftā’ wa-l aqāʿid)
The second day kicked off with a presentation from Dr. Kumail Rajani, on behalf of The Centre for Islamic Decrees and Doctrines (Dār al-iftā’ wa-l aqāʿid).
Dr. Rajani explained the dynamics of the abovementioned Centre, explaining how scholars from various denominations come together and attempt to give unified responses to some of the questions and challenges facing Muslims today. Dr. Rajani clarified the processes and methods that the Centre employs to try and arrive at jointly agreed opinions, which are then disseminated in the form of online statements.
Hitherto, the Centre has produces 43 statements, ranging from jurisprudential issues – like the permissibility of consuming stunned meat – to theological matters – like the finality of the prophethood of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The Centre’s work has shown what can be achieved when Muslims work together despite the differences in their ideological and even theological stances.
In the discussion session that followed, Dr. Rajani was questioned about the lack of female representation on the Centre’s board; to which he conceded and recognised as a shortcoming, and assured the audience of improvements on that front.
Questions were also asked about the outcomes when the board fails to reach an unanimous opinion on a given issue. In these cases, the issuing of any statement is deferred to a future point in time when the question might be revisited.