Tehran, February 7, 2017- The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam: The Qur’anic Principle of Wasatiyyah was named as the Best Book of the Year for 2016 at the 24th Iran International Book Festival. The distinguished author, Prof. Mohammad Hashim Kamali, Founding CEO of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia, received the prestigious award from President Hassan Rouhani, at a special ceremony at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall.
The festival celebrated unity and cultural diversities in the world community. In his speech, President Rouhani emphasised that literature should not create conflicts among ethnic groups and religions and neither should encourage extremism and violence, but the works of literature should be the medium to promote peace and harmony. The eight award winners at the festival were authors from Malaysia, Iran, Turkey, Germany, Spain, Finland, Romania and England. Prof. Kamali represented Malaysia in the Islamic studies category. A total of 2,500 books were evaluated for the contest.
In his book published by Oxford University Press in 2015, Prof. Kamali illuminates the concept of moderation (wasatiyyah) and provides the manifestations of wasatiyyah in the Islamic tradition and the importance of its application in contemporary pressing issues, including social justice, women's rights, environmental balance, economic fairness and globalisation. Prof. Kamali was also invited to deliver lectures at Tehran University, and Al-Mustafa International University of Iran.
Siyasah Shar’iyyah is the nearest equivalent of public policy, with one difference perhaps, which is that the Islamic notion of publicy policy is closely tied to the Shariah, and more specifically to the goals and purposes, or Maqasid of Shariah. This paper begins with an introductory note on the contemporary understanding of public policy in its Western context, and then provides an overview of the two main areas of our concern: siyasah and maqasid. The rest of this paper engages in identifying the synergies between the two disciplines, and in this regard looks more specifically at al-Qaradawi’s work on how siyasah shar’iyyah can be guided by the guidelines of maqasid al-shari’ah............. 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)