What are secondary sources? A secondarysource is information created by a person who has not experienced the even theinclude scholar books, articles, newspapers, maps, DVDs, websites, television,and radio. It is very important to make your information as accurate aspossible and provide as many evidence as you can. Secondary sources can bewritten in bias. For example,secondary sources in the religion of Islam are Ijma, Ijtihad, Qiyas and Urf anddefinition of these are: Ijma means:an opinion among the Muslims about a matter which is a big doubt for them. Itcan be like some people say that you have to perform only the compulsoryprayers but not to perform voluntary prayers, this can lead to a big debate.
Ijtehadmeans: interpreting the verses of the Quran and the Sunnah to the new conditionof the Muslim society. In the way and sense that they lead us to the way shownby the prophet Muhammad (PBUH). I think that you should be very knowledge ableto interpret such a big source to the way shown by our prophet Muhammad (PBUH).Qiyas means:deduce new beliefs and practices with past practices and beliefs. Urf means: Urfis a common practice of the Muslims as their habit. It can be that you performsome voluntary acts daily even though they are not compulsory on you. The mainprimary source of the religion is the Quran and hadith because they aredirectly from the being or person. The Quran is the most important book inIslam and it is the speech of God (ALLAH) revealed on the prophet Muhammad(PBUH).
The hadith is a record of the words and deeds of the prophet Muhammad(PBUH), his family, and companies. After the Quran the hadith is the mostimportant and Muslims should act upon both. In myopinion the difference between primary sources and secondary sources are that aprimary source is a description of an event from someone who was there toexperience it. A secondary source is an event based on research or told bysomeone who was not there to see the event. Primary sources are useful becausethey are the original handout and secondary sources are a help to studentsbecause it let them understand and evaluate a topic, and I think they are alsoeasier to understand. Although they both provide evidence of the history. In the firstinstance it is better to go into primary sources of a topic because you willunderstand the original and you will come to understand what the introductionis.
You will come to understand what the main point is and what the outcomewill be. Thereafter if you want to know more details you can come to the secondarysources of the topic. In here you will mainly see and find what people thinkand what their opinion is. It will explain you more about the primary source.
An example can be the Quran as a primary source and the English translation asa secondary source. People with less knowledge can look into primary sourcesand people with less knowledge can look into secondary source.