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June 29, 2015, 3:36pm Hits:9
Dzulkifli Abdul Razak
MAQASID al-Syariah has recently made a resurgence after falling into oblivion and neglect for several reasons, chiefly due to the so-called “closing of the door of ijtihad”, as alluded to by Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. He commented...
June 22, 2015, 4:00pm Hits:3
FOR our enlightenment and progress, the Muslim ummah today needs to regain the spirit of wonder of the early Muslims whose faith in God soared under inspiration from the Quranic revelations and tutelage of Prophet Muhammad. With...
June 22, 2015, 11:00am Hits:21
Mohammad Hashim Kamali
The paper I have prepared is entitled: ‘Shariah Regulations in Contemporary Reforms of Waqf’ and I have focused mainly on expounding the rules of Shariah, which are fairly well-developed on the subject of waqf, but most of them ar...
June 22, 2015, 9:25am Hits:23
Abdul Karim Abdullah
Much has been said about the importance of education and the knowledge based society. Yet the results appear to be elusive. Despite singnificant expenditure on education, graduates seem to lack important skills. One is a lack of ...
June 18, 2015, 12:00am Hits:8
On June 18, more than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world will begin to observe Ramadhan. For Muslims fasting is a religious obligation (al-Qur’an 2:183), it being the fourth pillar of Islam. Yet fasting is also an excellent “wei...
June 4, 2015, 8:44am Hits:81
When Muslim students take up the study of English literature, it is typically for the purpose of improving their English, much in demand in today’s world. While this is no doubt a worthy motivation, a systematic study of literatur...
January 11, 2011, 2:16pm Hits:4720
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:3323
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:2727
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:2071
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:1917
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...
October 22, 2010, 10:52am Hits:1693
The introductory remarks that appear at the outset of this article draw attention to the planetary crisis humanity is facing due to the degradation and disturbance of its living environment. The succeeding discussion expounds ...
April 24, 2015, 4:33pm
Koi Kye Lee
Great art reflects and reveals elements that transcend time, space and physical boundaries, said Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah at the launch of Masters of Myanmar Art at The Edge Galerie, here, yesterday. He said a...
April 23, 2015, 3:00pm
"We are drowning in information while starving for wisdom". That epigram from E.O. Willson captures the dilemma of our era. Yet the solution of some folks is to disdain wisdom. "Is it a vital interest of the state to have more ant...
April 21, 2015, 5:30pm
The terrorist attacks in Paris rendered her new book Fields of Blood. Religion and the History of Violence suddenly and tragically very urgent. In over five hundred pages Karen Armstrong, once a nun and the respected author of bes...
April 4, 2015, 2:53pm
The much anticipated Malaysia Education Blueprint (Higher Education) is expected to further encourage a change in values in the current national education environment. Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) Chair of Islamic Leader...
March 31, 2015, 4:00pm
An article in a recent March issue of the National Geoprahic spoke about the ongoing war against science. The writer alluded to many cases of a growing disbelief in science. Top of the list is the scepticism about climate change. ...
February 7, 2015, 4:51pm
Weakness: The narrative of grievance is very much pronounced in the Muslim world today. We have seen this before and should expect things to continue - the Charlie Hebdos and the Salman Rushdies. The provocateurs will be around ad...
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