qiyas

qiyas

[kee-yahs]
noun Islam.
judgment of an act or belief by application of established principles governing some analogous act or belief.
Also, kiyas.


Origin:
< Arabic qiyās analogy

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qiyas

in Islamic law, analogical reasoning as applied to the deduction of juridical principles from the Qur'an and the Sunnah (the normative practice of the community). With the Qur'an, the Sunnah, and ijma' (scholarly consensus), it constitutes the four sources of Islamic jurisprudence (usul al-fiqh).

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