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March 24, 2017, 11:10am Hits:15
One of the best measures that modern civilisation can adopt to restore the natural balance in the environment is the use of green energy. Green energy is regarded by many to be a potential solution to our environmental crisis du...
March 17, 2017, 3:00pm Hits:19
Wan Naim Wan Mansor
Last September’s international Pangkor Dialogue witnessed then urban wellbeing, housing and local government minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan calling for a fresh economic “narrative” that is not too dependent on gross domestic...
March 10, 2017, 4:46pm Hits:35
In the future, environmental education will be increasingly important as no one wants to see the journey to sustainable environment being plagued by ignorance, nature deficit, environmental illiteracy and a selfish attitude. With ...
March 2, 2017, 2:27pm Hits:40
Tengku Ahmad Hazri
In recent months, the rise of nationalism had been associated with the return of xenophobia, anti-immigration, populism and far-right neofascist conservatism. Nationalism has been much maligned and made the scapegoat for Brexit...
February 24, 2017, 3:49pm Hits:78
Mohammad Hashim Kamali
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 b...
February 13, 2017, 4:00pm Hits:81
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 im...
January 11, 2011, 2:16pm Hits:7763
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:5706
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:4510
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:3439
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:2953
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:2795
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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