The Concept of Al-Qaṣd Wa Al-Iʿtidāl From The Qur’ānic Perspective

Zahoor Ahmad Wani


The concept of al-Qaṣd wa al-Iʿtidāl is one of the main characteristics of Islam and Muslim Ummah. It exists in Islamic Epistemology from all perspectives, inclusive of principles, essentials, doctrines, dogmas, worship, morality, worldview and practice. The Holy Qur’an is a rich record of several verses explaining this very essential principle of Islam which is signified in various connotations; referred to as al-ṣirāṭ al-mustaqīm- straight path, al-qaṣd wa ali` tidāl- just and middle course of action, al-qist- to do justice or put things in order, and also as al-ḥaq- the way of truth and wisdom. There are many Prophetic traditions that elaborate the method of al-Qaṣd wa al-Iʿtidāl and it features.

In the proposed paper an attempt will be made to study those verses of the Holy Quran and the Prophetic traditions which deal with this important notion and highlight those connotations mentioned in the Holy Quran and their relationship with the principle of al- Qaṣd wa al-Iʿtidāl. Furthermore, it will also revisit some of those holy accounts which support this concept and encourage faithful to espouse a balanced way of life.

Focusing on textual and material resources, this study will apply the exploratory and descriptive design using the content analysis method.

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