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The World's 500 Most Influential Muslims 2022

Professor Mohammad Hashim Kamali has once again been listed in The World's 500 Most Influential Muslims for the 2022 edition.

Latest Publication 2021

The first authoritative text on shariah and the halal industry in English. Provides a reference text for industry operators as well as students and scholars. Translates complex scholarship on Islamic law into an accessible and readable format.

Congratulations Prof. Dato' Dr. Kamali

Prof. Kamali being conferred Darjah Dato' Paduka Mahkota Perak (DPMP) which carries the title Dato' by Sultan Nazrin Shah in conjunction with his 64th birthday today (06 November 2020)

Book Launch & Discussion: Crime and Punishment in Islamic Law

Book Launch by YB. Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa, 30 January 2020, IAIS Malaysia.

International Seminar on Islam and Ecological Sustainability

Prof Kamali with Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa, Minister in The Prime Minister’s Department at the seminar held at IAIS Malaysia on 03 December 2019.

International Best Book of the Year Award

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.

Award Winning Publication

In The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam, leading Islamic law expert Mohammad Hashim Kamali examines the concept of wasatiyyah, or moderation, arguing that scholars, religious communities, and policy .....

3rd Catholic-Muslim Forum

Vatican City, 12 November 2014.

 Latest Publications 

  • Shariah and the Halal Industry The rapid expansion of the halal industry and its markets has occurred not only in the heavily Islamic regions of Southeast Asia and the Middle East, but also in more unexpected countries such as Turkey, Japan, and South Korea, plus many others around the world. Yet despite both the increasing number of practicing Muslims and the demand for halal products worldwide, a base of scholarship on the subject has never emerged. The industry has been more market driven rather than knowledge driven. As such, industry operators have frequently drawn attention to the absence of such an authoritative text, one that…
  • Actualization (Taf'il) of the Higher Purposes (Maqasid) of Shariah The higher purposes, or maqasid of shariah are applied and actualized (taf'il) through their means (wasa'il). This paper begins with the definition and meaning of maqasid and proceed to ascertain three discernible tendencies regarding their scope: reductionist, expansionist, and the moderate approach of wasatiyyah/i'tidal. It addresses the question as to whether the maqasid may be recognised as a proof or source of shariah in its own right. Can one, in other words, extract a ruling (hukm) of shariah directly from the maqasid, or should one always follow the usual al-fiqh approach? Responding to these questions would help the reader to…
  • Challenges Facing the Halal Vaccines: Issues and Proposals This paper highlights the issues and challenges faced by halal pharmaceuticals industry especially in developing the halal vaccines. It is divided into two parts. The first part elucidates issues and challenges facing the nascent halal vaccine industry in Malaysia and its related legal, ethical. Business, manufacturing and social issues whereas part two is devoted to propose some solutions for these issues. This paper also highlights a number of Islamic legal issues that need to be resolved, especially the need to develop a clear and standardises conception of the halal vaccines to ensure its acceptability across Muslim countries. It also makes…
  • Crime and Punishment in Islamic Law: A Fresh Interpretation In Crime and Punishment in Islamic Law: A Fresh Interpretation, Mohammad Hashim Kamali considers problems associated with and proposals for reform of the hudud punishments prescribed by Islamic criminal law, and other topics related to crime and punishment in Shariah. He examines what the Qur'an and hadith say about hudud punishments, as well as just retaliation (qisas), and discretionary punishments (ta'zir), and looks at modern-day applications of Islamic criminal law in 15 Muslim countries. Particular attention is given to developments in Malaysia, a multi-religious society, federal state, and self-described democracy, where a lively debate about hudud has been on-going for…

 Latest Articles 

  • What Do We Owe to Our Fellow Human Beings: Ihsan
    What Do We Owe to Our Fellow Human Beings: Ihsan Many of Islam’s leading principles are premised on the idea of the responsibility, individual or collective, of the faithful to be useful members of society and be good to their fellow humans, which is also why Islam  places greater emphasis on the notion of obligation (wājib) as compared to right (ḥaqq). The primacy of wājib over ḥaqq in Islam has even led some Orientalists to the conclusion that Islam hardly recognizes any rights for the individual. This is, however, no more than a specious conclusion as Islamic law clearly recognizes rights and liberties attached to the individual person such as ownership, privacy, movement, inheritance,…
    Written on Tuesday, 21 December 2021 15:19 Read 62 times
  • Islamic history shows how to deal with health threats
    Islamic history shows how to deal with health threats The Quran does not mention any plague (ta'un) by name, but makes references to destructions of bygone people, adding also that calamities occur only within God's all-embracing knowledge (57:22; 64:11). Ta'un is the subject, however, of many hadiths in al-Bukhari and Muslim, including: "If you hear of the outbreak of ta'un in a land, do not enter it; but if it breaks out in a place while you are in it, do not leave that place. "When ta'un has struck, any faithful who stays patiently at home while knowing that nothing befalls him that God has not pre-ordained – earns…
    Written on Friday, 22 May 2020 00:00 Read 1395 times
  • Unified currency for Muslim countries
    Unified currency for Muslim countries Leaders of Malaysia, Turkey and Iran spoke at the inaugural session of the four-day summit on Dec 19, last year, themed 'The Role of Development in Achieving National Sovereignty' that was aimed at finding new solutions to problems facing the Muslim world and improving the wellbeing of the Muslims. Foremost among the summit objectives was the proposal for Muslim countries to have a unified currency that would help reduce their dependency on the US dollar in international trade and finance. The dollarisation of global economy has granted power to the US to impose illegitimate demands, including punitive sanctions and tariffs…
    Written on Monday, 02 March 2020 00:00 Read 1527 times
  • Fresh interpretation needed
    Fresh interpretation needed It may be said at the outset that in discussing haj related issues, one runs the risk of touching on public sensitivities as haj is part of the devotional aspects (‘ibadat) of Islam and not as open to rational enquiry in the same way as are matters of concern to civil transactions (mu‘amalat). That said, raising questions over haj management matters tangential to the substance of worship should not be a problem. Islam does not even preclude religious matters from rational investigation in the spirit of healthy renewal and reform (tajdid). Earlier precedent confirms this when, for instance, caliph Umar al-Khattab…
    Written on Monday, 23 December 2019 10:00 Read 2247 times
  • Fighting Corruption: An Islamic Perspective
    Fighting Corruption: An Islamic Perspective Due to the numerous forms it can take, corruption escapes the idea of a comprehensive definition. It knows no boundaries, applies to the rich and poor individuals, organisations and countries, and it is as old as human history itself. Corruption can include bribery, unlawful gifts and donations, extortion, nepotism, buying influence, favouritism, fraud, embezzlement and the like. They are all forbidden on the basis they seek to distort the course of justice. Differences in interpretation of a particular hadith (words of Prophet Muhammad) on the validity or otherwise of the declaration of personal assets of government officials have recently been featured…
    Written on Thursday, 25 July 2019 11:00 Read 2377 times


  • 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…
  • The Relationship Between Executive and Parliament and the Problem of Constitutional Interpretation and Adjudication During the Karzai Years
    This article advances an enquiry into President Hamid Karzai’s (r. 2001-2014) constitutional legacy with special reference to relations between the executive and legislature during his presidency. Before engaging in that enquiry, a brief account is given in the introduction of the developments during the months following Karzai’s exit from office. What happened during this period tends to accentuate the unresolved issues of Karzai’s presidency and put Afghanistan’s commitment to constitutionalism to the test. The events of the past six months also point to the need for clarity regarding the status of constitutional interpretation and judicial review, two necessary ingredients of…

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