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)

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 17:25

An Appraisal of the Malaysian Shari'ah Index

Since the launch of the Malaysian Shari’ah Index on 10 of February 2015, debates and discussions have been taking place regarding its role to enhance good governance in the country. The index employs maqasid al-shari’ah (the higher objectives of Shari’ah) and seeks to quantify them as a parameter to measure the government’s performance in key sectors by placing the five essentials of preserving religion, life, intellect, progeny and wealth as points of reference. These five essentials will be evaluated against the eight different rubrics of governance encompassing Islamic law, politics, education, economy, health, culture, infrastructure development and environment, as well as social milieu. The index will be published by the early 2016 to portray the government’s performance in the previous year..................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)