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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 

  • The Parameters of Halal and Haram in Shariah and the Halal Industry   ** Now with Open Access ** Exploring the question in detail Kamali explains the basic principles of halal and haram and discusses, particularly in relation to the meat industry, key issues surrounding their implementation. In doing so he gives important insights into, and relevant understanding of, many of the misconceptions and challenges confronting Muslims today. The issue of additives for instance has caused considerable confusion in food consumption. Not surprisingly, perceptions of what constitutes halal also vary among the schools and scholars of Islam. Other factors such as custom and climate also tend to be influential. In addition, the…
  • 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…

 Latest Articles 

  • Taliban's Grand Assembly a disappointment
    Taliban's Grand Assembly a disappointment The meeting of some 3,000 religious leaders from across Afghanistan in Kabul on July 1-3 ended with an 11-item resolution that received a mixed reception by the Afghan people, and was seen as falling short of addressing public expectations. Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, who was formally declared as Head of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), attended the meeting that was touted as a Loya Jirga, a grand assembly, but became, at a short notice, a large get-together of clerics. This meeting was expected to consider and approve a plan of action and policy outline of the IEA that is still unknown…
    Written on Thursday, 07 July 2022 16:52 Read 181 times
  • Nuzul Quran an incentive for Muslims to engage in prayer, supplication
    Nuzul Quran an incentive for Muslims to engage in prayer, supplication QURAN (lit. a reader) is the name that occurs in the Holy Book itself (al-Qiyamah, 75:17), but the Quran also records a total of 55 names for itself, including Nur (light), Huda (guidance), Rahmah (mercy), Dhikr (reminder), Hikmah (wisdom), Kitab (book), Furqan (distinguisher), Shifaa (healing) among others. Quran is defined as God's speech revealed to Prophet Muhammad through Archangel Gabriel in Arabic. It is the world's most widely read book, and also written about, and translated into almost all spoken languages among Muslims. Muslims are required to read parts of the Quran in their daily prayers. Hence, every Muslim commits…
    Written on Wednesday, 20 April 2022 13:48 Read 433 times
  • The Taliban have not changed
    The Taliban have not changed The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan's ban on secondary education for girls announced on March 23 backtracked their earlier statement on reopening of schools for all students (boys and girls). The ban was met with a chorus of denunciation and disdain by the Afghan population, seven months after schooling was suspended. The ban on girls' secondary education is basically dogmatic, emanating from, in my view, a deep-seated prejudice against women. Who can in their right mind and in the name of Islam and Afghan culture take such a retrogressive step in the face of the ubiquitous emphasis in the Quran and…
    Written on Friday, 01 April 2022 16:59 Read 396 times
  • Lack of recognition haunts Taliban
    Lack of recognition haunts Taliban EVENTS are still unfolding but expectations are already dampened by the Taliban's performance in government after four months in power. Up to late December last year, only Malaysia has officially recognised it. This is perhaps not highly significant given the fact that Malaysia has no diplomatic mission in Kabul and deals with Afghanistan through its embassy in Qatar. Pakistan is generally seen to have actively supported the Taliban takeover of power in August last year but it has yet to officially recognise it. The United States has not recognised the Taliban and according to its Secretary of State, Antony Blinken,…
    Written on Monday, 10 January 2022 13:58 Read 335 times
  • 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 680 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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