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Islamic Shariah governs Malaysian government’s main cause

Published: 14/07/2012 12:08:00 PM GMT
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Klang: The main motive of the Malaysian Federal Government has been established on the needs of Islamic Shariah under the theory of “Maqasid Al-Shariah.”

By Farhan Iqbal


Klang: The main motive of the Malaysian Federal Government has been established on the needs of Islamic Shariah under the theory of “Maqasid Al-Shariah.”

The Malaysian Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, said this while highlighting the concepts of the Malaysian government under which the country is being administered.

He said that the present cause of the Federal Government is based on the requirements of Islam under the concept of “Maqasid Al-Shariah.”

He said that the incumbent government is practicing the policies of the “Maqasid Al-Shariah” and their aim is to preserve and empower Islam. But at the same time, he also clarified, the government also worked for the protection and respect of the human rights regardless of the religion whether they are Muslims or non-Muslims.

He pointed out that the Malaysian government has also abolished the Internal Security Act (ISA) for respecting the human rights of the Malaysian people.

Najib was addressing the gathering to appreciate the deeds of the late Ustaz Nik Mohamed Mohyideen Wan Musa at the Kolej Islam Sultan Alam Shah.

Nik Mohamed Mohyideen was the first head of the Kolej Islam Malaya/Klang which is now known as Kolej Islam Sultan Alam Shah besides being the founder of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Agama.

He stated in his speech, “We certainly are not isolating or ignoring Islam but our cause is the struggle that is required by Islam.”

He explained that the national transformation policy, through the Government Transformation Program (GTP) and the Economic Transformation Program, was centered on the Maqasid Al-Shariah.

Najib said, “Maintaining accounts, protecting respect and origins and preserving the assets through a strong economy, these are principles of the Maqasid Al-Shariah.”

“We developed the Kolej Islam concept and placed religious teachers in terms of their positions on par with other teachers...all these are based on Maqasid Al-Shariah,” he added.

He praised the education system in the country while saying, “The educational approach adopted by the Kolej Islam, which merged worldly knowledge and Islam, was the outcome of the collaboration of his late father Tun Abdul Razak Hussein as the Education Minister and the late Nik Mohamed Mohyideen, as the Head of Kolej Islam in 1967, that represented the implementers of the new policy.”

“The concept of merging the intellect with religion in schools had been championed by Nik Mohamed Mohyideen to produce human beings who possessed much greater strength compared with those who were educated through one dimensional knowledge,” he added.

He continued, “Here lies the appropriateness of the establishment of the Kolej Islam which is crucial in molding human beings who reflect the Islamic morals.”

Najib said that Muslims are also facing a challenge when Islam is not perceived as a goal that should be championed and instead made as a tool to achieve a political objective.

“That's why there is chaos among the Muslims. Starting from an uncertain direction...one minute championing an Islamic nation, the next minute changing to a welfare state, then there is ‘hudud’ (law) right up to the problem that we read in the newspapers in the past few days, husband and wife separating due to politics,” he concluded.



Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Malaysian Prime Minister

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