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April 18, 2016, 11:30am Hits:17
Strong views were recently expressed by the Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia that the Islamic banking and finance industry follows the letter but not the spirit of Islam. “Perbankan Islam tiad ‘roh Islam, zalim” (Utusan, O...
April 4, 2016, 4:00pm Hits:38
The attacks in Brussels, on the heels of those in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., have stoked an already white-hot debate about Islamic terrorism in the United States. Many in the West, including the two Republican presidential ...
March 29, 2016, 4:02pm Hits:43
Mohammad Hashim Kamali
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, tol...
March 28, 2016, 3:15pm Hits:41
The perception of the Muslim world’s association with violence and extremism has become progressively entrenched in mainstream consciousness during the post-9/11 years. This is partly due to power shifts in the Middle East and t...
February 29, 2016, 11:00am Hits:59
Over the past two weeks, I have heard and read many questions, comments and news stories regarding recent changes to the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Why, everyone seems to want to know, did we establish a Minis...
February 17, 2016, 5:41pm Hits:80
Dr Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil
Seruan kepada hak asasi manusia yang tidak terbatas sedang menular di Barat. Salah satu daripada tuntutan hak asasi manusia yang bertunjangkan kepada hak asasi manusia semata-mata tanpa garis panduan agama ialah tuntutan hak golo...
January 11, 2011, 2:16pm Hits:6056
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:4420
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:3395
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...
November 30, 2010, 3:53pm Hits:2420
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...
September 19, 2012, 5:15pm Hits:2401
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 22, 2010, 12:52pm Hits:2244
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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