There are different perspectives to…

There are different perspectives to Halal and Haram as a natural state within the approaches of Usool al-Fiqh. One is that there is no natural state, another that things are all forbidden except if there is a text saying they are Halal, and another that all things are acceptable unless there is a text making them Haram.

Istis-haab relates to the above, of trying to find out the ‘Asl’ (in this case the natural state) before the revelation of the Shariah, so as to revert back to it when the rest of the methods of deduction have not given the scholar a result.