Mohammad Hashim Kamali

Mohammad Hashim Kamali

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

Monday, 12 June 2017 11:54

A Quranic perspective on thinking

The Quran repeatedly invites its readers to think about the signs of God in the universe and within themselves, and to understand His illustrious presence. Thinking is a movement driven by intellect (al-Naql), and this can only occur when an initial image of the subject is attainable in the mind. Thinking cannot proceed over something of which no image exists in the mind.......................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

 

Friday, 24 February 2017 15:49

Organ, blood donation acts of great merit

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 between Muslims and non-Muslims.......................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

Monday, 13 February 2017 16:00

Religion not the root cause of conflicts

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 implications. For instance, the Israeli-Arab conflict is about land, dispossession and the right of self-determination, even if some religious fanatics are exploiting the issue for their own ends. The conflict in Kashmir is also about the right of self-determination; it is not a Hindu-Muslim conflict......................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

Monday, 16 January 2017 10:00

Islam and sustainable growth

Sustainable development (SD) gained traction in the 1960s due to heightened apprehensions over crucial issues of human survival. The key question asked was: Are we moving towards a sustainable future considering the poverty trap, human dignity deficit, HIV/lethal diseases and ecological degradation?.....................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 16:43

Universalism of the ummah

Notwithstanding its wide-ranging diversity in the currents of ideas, schools of thought and madhhabs, the ummah has maintained an impressive profile of unity and inclusivism. This is a function largely of the ethical universalism of the Quran, and its call to enjoin what is good and praised (maʿruf) and forbid what is morally evil and disliked (munkar). This is evidently not a culture-specific injunction, just as it is also addressed to all peoples, regardless of their religious affiliations...................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

Friday, 13 May 2016 06:44

The higher purposes of syariah

Maqasid have taken centre stage in the contemporary studies of syariah, just as it has also become an engaging theme of the government. March saw the introduction of Malaysia’s Syariah Index at a Jakim (Islamic Development Department)-sponsored convention in Putrajaya, with the participation of more than 130 experts and researchers from local universities..................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 16:02

Islam a religion of peace

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, tolerant and civilising force with binding rules constraining injustice and wanton violence. Islam's self-identity as a "religion of peace" is based on the premise that Islam challanges root causes of the human.................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

Thursday, 10 December 2015 11:00

Islam advocates moderation

I MAY begin by posing a question: Are there any indicators to tell us that Islam anchors itself in the middle path of moderation, to show, in other words, that wasatiyyah is the governing principle of Islam? Islam’s advocacy of wasatiyyah is, first of all, known by the explicit affirmation of the Quran that designates the Muslim community as a community of the middle path (ummatan wasatan) (Al-Baqarah, 2:143). This Quranic designation is espoused with a commitment for the ummah to act as witnesses for truth and serve the cause of justice.................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

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 are based on ijtihad. There is in fact little in the Quran; in fact there is no reference to waqf specifically in the Quran. As such, these are ijtihadi rules that would suggest that the subject is open to further development in line with the experiences in the needs of the Muslim community at any given time. In the hadith there is a specific reference to waqf. Although there is no specific reference on waqf in the Quran, there are many references encouraging charity, helping the poor, orphans and the needy. These verses are very well- known, “Lan tanalul-birra hatta tunfiqu mimma tuhibbun,” (You shall not achieve excellence unless you give of the assets that you love for yourself to others)..................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 11:00

What Everyone Needs to Know about Shariah

The information on Shariah provided in this paper is organized in 52 pages and eight sections, all in question and answer format, and is reflective of the classical Shariah positions and how they are applied or feature in the present-day Muslim countries. Some of the areas where modern reforms and Islamic revivalism of the latter part of twentieth century might have introduced changes are also mentioned. Each section features a number of questions of general interest, some topical and others informative of the state of the art. The purpose is not to provide exhaustive details on any of the themes discussed but to introduce Shariah in a nutshell, as it were, to readers with various levels of familiarity with the subject, Muslims and non-Muslims alike.................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

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