In western academy, a number of theories developed in seeking to explain Islamic law by the obsessive attention given to the origins of Islamic law and its sources. To Western scholars, the origin of Islamic law should explain the course of its development. To Muslim jurists, however, Islamic law is considered as the divine law of God. The law encompasses religious duties (fasting, praying, paying alms and preforming pilgrimage), moral principles, legal ordinances (penal, inheritance, contract, family laws). Despite the divine characteristic given to the law, Muslim jurists had to allow the human reason to penetrate the divine law of God.