Wasatiyyah (atau keserdahanaan dan keseimbangan) merupakan sebahagian daripada ajaran Islam yang menyentuh pelbagai bidang dalam peradaban atau tamadun Islam. Keserdahanaan di sini ditakrifkan sebagai fadhilat amal yang melibatkan, bukan sahaja perlaku diri tetapi juga keperibadian dan sahsiah masyarakat dan negara. Keserdahanaan juga merupakan sebahagian daripada pandangan umat islam yang turut dihargai dalam agama-agama dan tamadun-tamadun yang lain. Keserdahanaan penting dalam mencapai kesejahteraan dan keseimbangan dalam masyarakat serta hubungan sesama insan. Meskipun jelas bernilai, wasatiyyah sering diabaikan bukan sahaja dalam perilaku diri, tetapi juga dalam hubungan masyarakat, sikap terhadap alam sekitar, ibadat agama serta hal ehwal antarabangsa.
Translated by Syed Hamid Albar from Moderation and Balance in Islam: The Quranic Principle of Wasatiyyah (Author: Mohammad Hashim Kamali
Akhir- akhir ini, mungkin tak ada perdebatan yang lebih serius di dunia Muslim selain tentang syariah. Meskipun hampir semua Muslim percaya bahwa syariah merupakan bagian tak terpisahkan dari Islam, mereka berbeda pendapat tentang bagaiman pelaksanaannya. Sebagian memandang bahwa syariah cukup dilaksanakan di tingkat pribadi dan komunitas, dalam sebuah negara yang melindungi kepentingan Islam. Di sisi lain, sebagian beranggapan bahwa konstitusi negara harus berdasarkan Islam untuk menjamin pelaksanaan syariah secara utuh. Perdebatan ini sedemikian sengitnya, hingga terkadang mengakibatkan tindakan kekerasan.
Buku ini menawarkan sebuah rekeman perdebatan tentang syariah dan perlaksanaannya di berbagai zaman dan tempat. Dengan bahasa yang serdahana dan contoh-contoh aktual, penulis juga akan membawa para pembaca ke dalam kajian tentang hakikat syariah dan kaidah-kaidahnya, serta ijtihad para ulama di sepanjang zaman tanpa terjebak ke dalam semgat sektarian.
By Mohammad Hashim Kamali
Translated from a book entitled Shari'ah Law: An Introduction.
The teaching of Islam in Western Universities is a work in progress; it faces challenges and raises questions. It has no privileged position, and even the understanding of what it means often lacks precision. Alongside Arabic, the basic Islamic discipline such as Qur'anic exegesis, hadith, jurisprudence, scholastic theology and Sufism should be included. To this should be added the study of the history of Muslim societies, contemporary as well as across the 14th centuries of the Islamic experience of Muslim communities.This spread is not evenly covered, even in universities where the study of islam has a place.By and large, courses relating to Islam (where available)are either specialized, attracting small numbers of students, or set in a political science framework designed to attract students who have an interest generated by the "war on terror".In fact Islam is rarely presented as a religion, and all that this implies.
By Mohammad Hashim Kamali and Zarina Nalla
Excerpt from The Teaching and Study of Islam in Western Universities, Ed. Paul Morris, William Shepard, Toni Tidswell and Paul Trebilco. New York: Routledge, 2014.
In this book, Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi navigates the reader along a path synonymous with his political approach. His concern for the debilitated and deplorable state of Muslim with regard to the intellectual and economic quagmire they are currently in is explicitly crystallised.
This "Foreword" section (written by Mohammad Hashim Kamali) is an excerpt of Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's work on Islam Hadhari: A Model Approach for Development and Progress.
By Tun Abdullah Ahmad Bawadi
This book aims to reveal the real meaning of jihad and to rectify many of the misunderstanding that surround both it and Islam's relation to the 'Other'.
Written by a number of Islamic religious authorities and Muslim Scholars, this work presents the views and techings of mainstream Sunni and Shi'ii Islam on the subject of jihad. It authoritatively presents jihad as it is understood by the majority of the world's 1.7 billion Muslims in the world today, and supports this understanding with extensive detail and scholarship.
Edited by HRH Prince Ghazi Muhammad, Ibrahim Kalin and Mohammad Hashim Kamali
The Islamic Texts Society Cambridge
This article charts the historical trajectories of education in Islam, surveying the scriptural, philosophical, and institutional foundations and examines how they have been affected by reforms following the advent of modernity and its attendant philosophies. The discourse begins with an enquiry into the ethico-religious basis of learning in the Qur'an, Sunnah and juristic doctrine, as well as the spirit that guides them, such as academic freedom, classifications of knowledge, and teaching methodologies. The discussion proceeds to consider contemporary challenges to Islamic approaches to learning especially those coming from scientific modernity, rationality and science, which need to be negotiated, confronted if necessary, and intgrated when deemed beneficial.
An Islamic Perspective,” Islam and Civilisational Renewal, Vol. 2 No: 3 (April 2011), pp 447-467.
A SYARIAH High Court judge suggested at a seminar in Kuantan early last month that Malaysia should criminalise black magic and introduce a law to that effect, adding that the practice of black magic was becoming rampant, especially among the Malay community. This was not the first time such a proposal was made as a similar suggestion was advanced by the mufti of Selangor last December........ Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)
In The Right to Education, Work and Welfare in Islam Professor M.H. Kamali develops an Islamic perspective on three connected and complementary areas of rights and liberties. He argues that education is often a necessary ingredient of professional work even more so now than in earlier times when the range and variety of specialised knowledge were relatively limited. A person who acquires education, whether generally or at advanced levels of specialisation, is more likely to stand in a better position to enter the workforce and thus to contribute to the welfare of the community.
The author commences his discussions on education, work and welfare in Islam by focusing on how each is treated in the Qur’ān; and follows this by the example of the Prophet and, after him, the Pious Caliphs who gave prominence to the education and welfare needs of people at times both of scarcity and affluence. Professor Kamali then moves forward to our time and discusses the right to education, the education of children, institutionalisation of learning, academic freedom and the debate between science and religion.
The section on work elaborates on the value of work, work ethics, workers’ and employers’ rights and responsibilities, and the role and responsibility of governments.
Finally, the section on welfare focuses on the importance in Islam of caring for those who are in need and the different forms of provision that can be made available by individuals, the state and charities.
By Mohammad Hashim Kamali
Published: February 2011
Publisher: The Islamic Texts Society