The ignorant one then says:
"and calling for a new fiqh and madhhab in the west and elsewhere for the 20 th century (and as Maalik said: the latter part of this Ummah will not be corrected except that which corrected its earliest part) ..... and one could continue!!"
If Abu Khadeejah is referring to Br. Ali's lecture on "minority fiqh," then this is an issue which the major scholars have discussed and which falls under the topic of what is called, "fiqh an-nawaazil." The existence of millions of Muslims (whether immigrants, their children, as well as converts) living in a permanent status in the West is something unheard of in all Islamic history and hence is not addressed in the classical books of fiqh. As Ali showed, there exist two extreme trends: (a) the modernists who try to change Islam to fit the West and (b) the opinion of Nuh Ha Mim Keller and others who argue that the writings of the traditional madhahib suffice. Br. Ali argues that many contemporary issues need an ijtihaad which balances the fiqh of the Salaf and the realities of Muslims living in the West. Thus where is the deviation from the way of the Salaf in this? Or is the way of the Salaf that one lives in the West (like the vast majority of these youth) on the "dole" handouts and "council homes" provided by the British government subjecting their wives and children to various forms of welfare and then not seeking work under a false pretext of "not wanting to engage in a job which entails some form of haraam"?