AHAS KIRKHS JOURNALS
AHAS KIRKHS extends its heartfelt appreciation to the learned scholar Professor Dr. Jasser Auda for joining us on 26 July 2023 to deliver his lecture on “Implementing Maqasid Methodology in the Fields of Islamic Studies and Human Sciences”, which was organized by the Coordinator for Islamization of Human Knowledge (CIOHK) of AbdulHamid AbuSulayman Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences (AHAS KIRKHS) in al-Tabari Conference Room, Level 3, Human Sciences Building.
In fact, looking at all branches of knowledge from the Islamic perspective through the Maqasid framework is an essential aspect of integrating Islamic principles and values into various fields of study. Maqasid al-Shariah (objectives) provide higher purpose and ethical guidelines that can be applied to address contemporary challenges in economics, politics, the environment, climate change, and other areas of concern.
By approaching these topics from the revelation point of view, Muslim scholars can seek insights and a deeper understanding of the ethical implications and moral dimensions of various issues. This approach allows them to align their analysis and decision-making with the overarching goals of Islam, which include the preservation of faith, life, intellect, lineage, and property.
For instance, in the field of economics, scholars may evaluate financial systems and policies in relation to their impact on social justice, equitable distribution of resources, and the avoidance of exploitative practices. In politics, this perspective can lead to governance that upholds principles of justice, accountability, and welfare for all members of society. When it comes to environmental issues and climate change, the Islamic perspective can emphasize the importance of stewardship (Khalifah) and sustainable practices to protect the earth and its resources for future generations.
In addition, understanding the Arabic language is utmost importance when it comes to studying and interpreting the Quran. The Quran was revealed in Arabic language to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) more than 1,400 years ago. The Arabic language is considered the language of the Quran, and its unique linguistic features play a significant role in preserving the authenticity, depth, and beauty of the divine message.
In general, embracing the Maqasid framework empowers Muslim scholars and thinkers to address contemporary challenges in a manner that is consistent with Islamic teachings and values. It encourages critical thinking, ethical decision-making, and a holistic approach to knowledge that benefits not only Muslims but humanity as a whole.