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Qawa‘id Al-Fiqh: The Legal Maxims of Islamic Law

The Association of Muslim Lawyers

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 the Shari‘ah. Yet, for reasons that will presently be explained, legal maxims represent a latent development in the history of Islamic legal thought. A brief explanation of the background history of legal maxims will be followed by a discussion of developments in three other related areas ....... Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)


Mohammad Hashim Kamali

Professor Mohammad Hashim Kamali is founding CEO of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia.

Website: www.HashimKamali.com

Hikmah

The 'muslim' is one from whose hand and tongue other Muslims are safe.

Quotable Quotes

The objective of the Shari'ah is to promote the well-being of all mankind, which lies in safeguarding their faith (din), their human self (nafs), their intellect (caql), their posterity (nasl) and their wealth (mal). Whatever ensures the safeguard of these five serves public interest and is desirable. (Abu Hamid al-Ghazali)

Humour Without Malice

Once a soldier who had an arrow stuck into his flesh went to consult a specialist. The surgeon cut off the arrow shaft and said: "That is all. You may go now". The soldier said: "But the arrow head is still deep in my flesh!" Shaking his head, the surgeon said: "That's a matter of an intermist. The surgical part of the operation is finished".

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