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November 22, 2016, 11:00am Hits:17
Solar radiation from the sun is an important source of life since it contains basic energy in the form of light and heat. Solar energy is not only limited to plants to carry out the photosynthesis process, it can also generate e...
November 11, 2016, 10:00am Hits:16
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's recent six-day trip to China revives a long tradition of Malay-Chinese co-operation stretching all the way back to the Malacca sultanate. During the early 15th century, three of Malacc...
November 1, 2016, 9:40am Hits:49
Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah
When Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi became Prime Minister in 2003, political commentators said that he had very big shoes to fill. He was taking over from a man who had led the country for 22 years, during which Malaysia was transfor...
September 13, 2016, 4:43pm Hits:119
Mohammad Hashim Kamali
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 universalis...
June 6, 2016, 1:03pm Hits:239
Dr Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil
SETIAP tahun, Sabtu pertama bulan Jun, negara kita menyambut ulang tahun keputeraan Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah dipilih oleh sembilan raja Melayu sebagai Yang di-Pertuan A...
June 6, 2016, 1:00pm Hits:255
PADA 26 Mei lalu, Presiden Pas, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang membentangkan Rang Undang-undang Persendirian bagi meminda seksyen 2 Akta Mahkamah Syariah (Bidang Kuasa Jenayah) 1965 (Pindaan 1984). Tujuannya bagi meningkatkan bidang ...
January 11, 2011, 2:16pm Hits:7121
This essay provides a brief introduction to legal maxims, an evidently important chapter of the juristic literature of Islam, that is particularly useful in depicting a general picture of the nature, goals and objectives of th...
April 30, 2012, 11:31am Hits:5088
Abdul Karim Abdullah
Sukuk are Islamic certificates of investment. They signify co-ownership of productive resources, known as the “underlying assets.” Because income to sukukholders is generated by trading or real investment rather than mere lending...
January 26, 2010, 12:19pm Hits:4047
ISLAMIC jurisprudence provides only some detail on the treatment of persons who combine the characteristics of both sexes: transgenders and hermaphrodites (khuntha), and men with innate effeminate tendencies (mukhannath). Issues o...
September 19, 2012, 5:15pm Hits:2983
Literally, riba means “increase.” However, riba is commonly translated into English as “interest.” Riba is mentioned in the Qur’an in 30:39, 4:161, 3:130, 2:275-276, and 278. Most commentators agree that riba is a sum of money a l...
November 30, 2010, 3:53pm Hits:2664
A SYARIAH High Court judge suggested at a seminar in Kuantan early last month that Malaysia should criminalise black magic and introduce a law to that effect, adding that the practice of black magic was becoming rampant, especia...
November 22, 2010, 12:52pm Hits:2542
When reading the fragments of Heraclitus, we are reading what a dozen people a long time ago said Heraclitus said a long time ago. We are reaching back two thousand, five hundred years. We are also listening to words that have liv...
April 21, 2016, 11:00am
Turkey hosted the 13th Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit from April 10 to 15. The OIC has 57 member states, the second biggest international entity after the United Nations (UN). This time around, only 50 states s...
February 26, 2016, 11:47am
Dr Shaikh Ahmad Al Tayyeb, the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, on Monday urged more tolerance among different Islamic schools and doctrines, saying it was the best way to combat terrorism. Speaking in Jakarta during a meeting of the Mus...
February 10, 2016, 5:37pm
Charles M. Blow
On Sunday, at the Corinthian Baptist Church in Des Moines, former President Bill Clinton, looking frail and sounding faint, stumped for his wife, working through her qualifications with a husband’s devotion and a Svengali’s facili...
November 2, 2015, 4:52pm
THE most important contest in the world right now is between the ISIS (Islamic State) model and the Tunisian model,” said Rachid Ghannouchi, who was visiting New York this week. “It’s not between Islam and the West. It’s between I...
October 13, 2015, 11:24am
We journalists are a bit like vultures, feasting on war, scandal and disaster. Turn on the news, and you see Syrian refugees, Volkswagen corruption, dysfunctional government. Yet that reflects a selection bias in how we report the...
October 12, 2015, 10:00am
Zakri Abdul Hamid
HIGH-INCOME status for Malaysia by 2017? That’s the optimistic forecast of the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. Andrew Wyckoff, OECD’s director for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), presen...
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