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Workshop on Maqasid Al-Shari’ah: Youth and Civil Society Issues and Challenges

Co-organisers:  IAIS Malaysia, Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia (tbc), Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM), National Union of Malaysian Muslim Students (PKPIM)

Speaker: Dr. Jasser Auda, Professor at the Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies

Day/Date/Time: Saturday, 31 May 2014, 09:00am - 1:00pm

Venue: International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia

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Speaker's Profile

Dr. Jasser Auda is a Professor teaching at the Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies in Doha, a founding member and a member of the executive board of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, a member of the academic committee of the International Institute of Islamic Thought, and a Fellow of the International Institute of Advanced Systems in Canada. He wrote a PhD thesis on the Philosophy of Islamic law in the University of Wales, UK, and a PhD thesis on systems analysis in the University of Waterloo, Canada, and a M.Jur. thesis on maqasid/purposes of the Shari’ah in the Islamic American University. Early in his life, he had studied Fiqh, Usul, Hadith, Sunnah, and memorised the Quran in the halaqas of the Azhar Mosque in Cairo. He worked as a Deputy Director of the Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics in Doha, Director of the Maqasid Center in the Philosophy of Islamic Law in London, as a professor in the Faculty of Law, Alexandria University, Islamic Fiqh Academy of India, American University in Sharjah, University of Waterloo, Canada, and lectured on Islam in dozens of universities and institutes around the world. He wrote a number of books, some of which were translated to a dozen languages.


Civil society should be independent with its own resources and agenda, and should stand parallel to the usual politics, argued an eminent scholar of Islamic law, Jasser Auda of the Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies in Doha, and author of Maqasid al-Shariah as Philosophy of Islamic Law. Professor Auda at a public lecture on “Maqasid al-Shariah: Youth and Civil Society Issues and Challenges” at IAIS on 31 May 2014 emphasised the role of youth in driving in civil society forward.

The maqasid al-shariah (objectives of Shariah) can be useful as foundation for activism in three respects: (1) in setting the objectives of such work; (2) in setting priorities; and (3) as a basis or common ground for cooperation and dialogue. In their effort to make a difference in society, youth should be conscious of what their purposes are so as not to be detracted from them by challenges along the way. Likewise, setting priorities enable them to adapt to changing circumstances, e.g. in a society with lack of safe drinking water and epidemic outbreak, voluntary efforts to teach Arabic to the people would occupy less prominence than the former. The universal language of maqasid also enables youth to reach out to those outside the Muslim communities and more easily foster cooperation and collaboration. [Tengku Ahmad Hazri]


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