Definitions for "Ijtihad"
Keywords:  sunnah, qur'an, jurist, islam, taqlid
interpretation of Islamic law on important matters by religious scholars or ulama
Individual inquiry to establish the ruling of the Shari`ah upon a given point, by a mujtahid, a person qualified for the inquiry.
(lit. exertion) - the process of arriving at judgements on points of religious law using reason and the principles of jurisprudence (usul al-fiqh).