The Muslim father of an American soldier, Khizr Khan, is an attorney who previously wrote in a law journal about Islamic law. He wrote about the purity of the Quran and the Sunnah over all other texts and interpretations.
He became famous after a speech he delivered at the Democratic National Convention Thursday when he pulled out a pocket Constitution of the United States asking President Donald Trump if he had even read it.
Khan wrote “Juristic Classification Of Islamic Law” in the Houston Journal of International Law in 1983. In it he displayed different levels of Islamic law.
He wrote that the only two sources in Muhammad’d lifetime that “were recognized as binding.” were the Quran and the Sunnah.
“The Shari’ah-was completed during the lifetime of Prophet Muhammed, in the Quran and Sunnah. This brings up an important fact which is generally overlooked, that the invariable and basic rules of Islamic Law are only those prescribed in the Shari’ah (Quran and Sunnah), which are few and limited,” Khan continues to write.
“All other juridical works which have been written during more than thirteen centuries are very rich and indispensable, but they must always be subordinated to the Shari’ah and open to reconsideration by all Muslims.”
Khan carries on explaining the importance of Islamic laws and interpretations to Muslim followers in the journal article as he writes that:
“The present form of the Quran is one and the same in every part of the Muslim world, and it has been so all through the centuries. This, Muslims believe, is due to the fact that the compilation and arrangement of chapters was completed-under divine instructions-by the Prophet himself.”
Because of this he writes: “to Muslims, the Quran being the very word of God, it is the absolute authority from which springs the very conception of legality and every legal obligation.“it has to be admitted, however, that the Quran, being basically a book of religious guidance, is not an easy reference for legal studies.
It is more particularly an appeal to faith and the human soul rather than a classification of legal prescriptions.” writes the Muslim attorney, and further adds that: “the major portion of the Quran is, as with every Holy Book, a code of divine exhortation and moral principals.”
Afterward Khan continues to write about the Sunnah. Saying that this is the “human, though prophetic, clarification of the Quran by Muhammed.” The rest of the journal is dedicated to other interpretations of Islamic law which are distant from Muhammed himself.
These interpretations are known by the name Qiyas. In the journal Khan includes quotes from Islamic scholars about Qiyas.
One of them says: “slanderous is their saying that we give our qiyas any priority over the Shariah. Do we need opinion when there is a sacred text?”
Khizr Khan obtained his law degrees from Punjab University in Pakistan and Harvard University.
He is also an author of “In Defense of OPEC” and “Legal Index of the Quran.”
He is also the co-founder of Journal of Contemporary Issues in Muslim Law according to his biography.