Mohammad Hashim Kamali

Mohammad Hashim Kamali

Professor Dato' Dr. Mohammad Hashim Kamali is founding CEO of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia.

Monday, 10 August 2015 11:55

Muhammad Abū Zahra (updated version)

Abu Zahrah was one of the leading ulama of the twentieth century who left behind a distinctive legacy of scholarship that gained him international acclaim during his lifetime and ever since.  Born on March 19,  1898/1316 A.H, Muhammad b. Ahmad b. Mustafa b. Ahmad, better known as Abu Zahrah, has written over 34 books, and over 100 other works on Islamic law and jurisprudence, Quran commentary, theology, hadith studies, law and society and Arabic literature.  He was born and brought up in al-Mahallah al-Kubra, a provincial capital in Lower Egypt in a respectable religious family.  His early education started in al-Raqiyyah School where he studied modern science subjects as well as religion and Arabic.......... [click here to download the full article in pdf ]

 

 

Islamic history has witnessed varying patterns of Muslim-non-Muslim relations, and contemporary Muslim societies are also seeing occasional lapses into negative patterns and advice. The launderette issue, which arose when one or two outlets attempted to offer their services to Muslims only, has, to all intents and purposes, been settled by the Malay Rulers, who rightly sought to put a stop to divisive activities that prejudiced social harmony in the country. Here, we place the issue in the larger context of human dignity as follows........................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

 

Questions have been asked on how Islam relates to science and technology. We respond to this from the perspective of maqasid, which refers to the higher purpose of syariah, and the benefits it seeks to realise for the people. Many have argued that the whole of syariah is meant to promote human benefits, which are, however, beyond enumeration and too many to count........................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

 

 

Monday, 12 June 2017 11:54

A Quranic perspective on thinking

The Quran repeatedly invites its readers to think about the signs of God in the universe and within themselves, and to understand His illustrious presence. Thinking is a movement driven by intellect (al-Naql), and this can only occur when an initial image of the subject is attainable in the mind. Thinking cannot proceed over something of which no image exists in the mind.......................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

 

Friday, 24 February 2017 15:49

Organ, blood donation acts of great merit

The permissibility in Islam of organ and tissue transplant and blood donation is supposed to be a settled issue here in Malaysia and elsewhere in the Muslim world, yet questions keep arising on whether this is also permissible between Muslims and non-Muslims.......................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

Monday, 13 February 2017 16:00

Religion not the root cause of conflicts

Mainstream media tend to associate extremism and terrorism with Islam, but evidence shows otherwise. The root causes of most present-day conflicts have very little to do with religion even if they may appear to have religious implications. For instance, the Israeli-Arab conflict is about land, dispossession and the right of self-determination, even if some religious fanatics are exploiting the issue for their own ends. The conflict in Kashmir is also about the right of self-determination; it is not a Hindu-Muslim conflict......................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

Monday, 16 January 2017 10:00

Islam and sustainable growth

Sustainable development (SD) gained traction in the 1960s due to heightened apprehensions over crucial issues of human survival. The key question asked was: Are we moving towards a sustainable future considering the poverty trap, human dignity deficit, HIV/lethal diseases and ecological degradation?.....................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 16:43

Universalism of the ummah

Notwithstanding its wide-ranging diversity in the currents of ideas, schools of thought and madhhabs, the ummah has maintained an impressive profile of unity and inclusivism. This is a function largely of the ethical universalism of the Quran, and its call to enjoin what is good and praised (maʿruf) and forbid what is morally evil and disliked (munkar). This is evidently not a culture-specific injunction, just as it is also addressed to all peoples, regardless of their religious affiliations...................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

Friday, 13 May 2016 06:44

The higher purposes of syariah

Maqasid have taken centre stage in the contemporary studies of syariah, just as it has also become an engaging theme of the government. March saw the introduction of Malaysia’s Syariah Index at a Jakim (Islamic Development Department)-sponsored convention in Putrajaya, with the participation of more than 130 experts and researchers from local universities..................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 16:02

Islam a religion of peace

I will start by posing a question: is Islam a religion of peace? The answer to this question is in the affirmative, for the following reasons. In the Muslim historical narrative, Islam is understood to have been a progressive, tolerant and civilising force with binding rules constraining injustice and wanton violence. Islam's self-identity as a "religion of peace" is based on the premise that Islam challanges root causes of the human.................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

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