Those firmly rooted in knowledge

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Those firmly rooted in knowledge
Arabic الراسخون في العلم
Romanization al-rasikhuna fi 'l-'ilm
Literal meaningThose firmly rooted in knowledge

Those firmly rooted in knowledge (Arabic : الراسخون في العلم) is a recurring theme in the Qur'an and Sunnah. This term is of special interest for the Shi'a.


The term and its like is used in Al-Imran [Quran   3:7] and [Quran   4:162].

Quran The central religious text of Islam

The Quran, also romanized Qur'an or Koran, is the central religious text of Islam, which Muslims believe to be a revelation from God (Allah). It is widely regarded as the finest work in classical Arabic literature. Slightly shorter than the New Testament, it is organized in 114 chapters — not according to when they were revealed, but according to length of surahs under the guidance of divine revelation. Surah are subdivided into verses.

a crux in 3:7

This verse is a crux interpretum, in that it can be read in two ways, with a pause and without. [1] [2] The phrase is either the end of the sentence that precedes it, or the beginning of a new sentence. [1] [2] Sunni and Shi'a differ in their readings. [1] [2]

Crux is a term applied by palaeographers, textual critics, bibliographers, and literary scholars to a point of significant corruption in a literary text. More serious than a simple slip of the pen or typographical error, a crux is difficult or impossible to interpret and resolve. Cruxes occur in a wide range of pre-modern texts, printed and manuscript.

Sunni view

All those who speak truth, their hearts are firm in belief, do not commit any unlawful acts, those who are well grounded in their knowledge of Deen, their knowledge translates into their actions, does not swear or take false oaths, does not consume wealth unlawfully.

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Sunni view that those firmly rooted in knowledge are the body of Muslim Jurists (Arabic : Ulema ) who interpret the Divine Law (Arabic : sharia ), deriving the Islamic Jurisprudence (Arabic : Fiqh ).

Sharia, Islamic law or Sharia law is a religious law forming part of the Islamic tradition. It is derived from the religious precepts of Islam, particularly the Quran and the Hadith. In Arabic, the term sharīʿah refers to God's immutable divine law and is contrasted with fiqh, which refers to its human scholarly interpretations. The manner of its application in modern times has been a subject of dispute between Muslim fundamentalists and modernists.

Jurisprudence theoretical study of law, by philosophers and social scientists

Jurisprudence or legal theory is the theoretical study of law. Scholars of jurisprudence seek to explain the nature of law in its most general form and provide a deeper understanding of legal reasoning, legal systems, legal institutions, and the role of law in society.

<i>Fiqh</i> Islamic jurisprudence

Fiqh is Islamic jurisprudence. Fiqh is often described as the human understanding of the sharia, that is human understanding of the divine Islamic law as revealed in the Quran and the Sunnah. Fiqh expands and develops Shariah through interpretation (ijtihad) of the Quran and Sunnah by Islamic jurists (ulama) and is implemented by the rulings (fatwa) of jurists on questions presented to them. Thus, whereas sharia is considered immutable and infallible by Muslims, fiqh is considered fallible and changeable. Fiqh deals with the observance of rituals, morals and social legislation in Islam as well as political system. In the modern era, there are four prominent schools (madh'hab) of fiqh within Sunni practice, plus two within Shi'a practice. A person trained in fiqh is known as a faqīh.

Ulema is the plural of Alim , Arabic for knowledgeable. This connects to the Arabic for knowledge, ilm, the last word of this term: "al-rasikhuna fi 'l-'ilm"

‘Ilm is the Islamic term for knowledge.

Shi'a view

Shi'a view those firmly rooted in knowledge to be Muhammad's household and (Arabic : Ahl al-Bayt ) himself. [3] See Al-Imran [Quran   3:7] for some hadith in this regard.

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  1. 1 2 3 Neuwirth 2010, p. 515.
  2. 1 2 3 Bar-Asher 2014.
  3. "Lesson Twenty-One: The Sources of the Imam's Knowledge". Archived from the original on 2007-10-01. Retrieved 2006-10-22.

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