Islamic Worldview

Diversity and Pluralism: A Qur’anic Perspective

By: Mohammad Hashim Kamali “The term ‘pluralism’ is used very frequently these days, and like many words so freely and often employed it tends to become a cliché, which is why I have attempted in this article to divide and discuss pluralism into several varieties. This approach also implies that discussing pluralism as a composite …

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Maqasid Al-Shari’ah: The Objectives of Islamic Law

By: Mohammad Hashim Kamali “This essay is presented in five sections beginning with general characterisation of the maqasid al-Shari’ah and its origins in the Qur’an. The next section addresses the classification of the maqasid and a certain order of priority that is integrated into the structure of the maqasid. Section three is devoted to historical developments and the contributions of …

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Law, Religion, and the Prophetic Method of Social Change

By: Jawdat Said “We live in a world in which four fifths of its population live in frustration while the other fifth lives in fear. The United Nations, our world’s “figleaf,” does not hide the shame of humanity but rather scandalizes humanity’s malaise. It is troubling that the League of Nations and the United Nations …

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Some Misappropriations of Qur’anic Verses

By: David Dakake “Qur’an (5:51): “O, you who believe, do not take Jews and Christians as awliya’. They are awliya’ to one another, and the one among you who turns to them is of them. Truly, God does not guide wrongdoing folk.” The word awliya’ (sing. “wali”), which we left above in the original Arabic, has been commonly translated into …

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The Middle Grounds of Islamic Civilisation: The Qur’anic Principle of Wasatiyyah

By: Mohammad Hashim Kamali “Is there such a thing as ‘moderate Islam’, and if so, what form does it take? The events of September 11, 2001, and the subsequent Global War on Terror have led scholars to debate this issue intensively. This article proposes that the principle of‘Wasatiyyah’ or moderation and balance may provide the key …

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The Scope of Diversity and Ikhtilaf (Juristic Disagreement) in the Shari’ah

By: Mohammad Hashim Kamali “It is due mainly to the recognition and tolerance of disagreement among the“ulama” over juristic issues that Islamic law is often described as a diversity within unity: that is, unity as regards to basic principles, and diversity regarding details. A tangible manifestation of ikhtilaf in Islamic las is the prevalence of at least five …

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