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G25 is committed to pursue a just, democratic, peaceful, tolerant, harmonious, moderate and progressive multi-racial, multi cultural, multi religious Malaysia through Islamic principles of Wassatiyah (moderation) and Maqasid Syariah (well-being of the people) that affirms justice, compassion, mercy, equity.

Malaysia is to be led by rule of law, good governance, respect for human rights and upholding the institution of the country.

We aim to ensure, raise awareness, promote that Syariah laws and civil laws should work in harmony and that the Syariah laws are used within its legal jurisdiction and limits as provided for by the federal and state division of powers.

There should be rational dialogues to inform people on how Islam is used for public law and policy that effects the multi ethnic and multi religious Malaysia and within the confines of the Federal Constitution, the supreme law of the nation.

We work in a consultative committee of experts to advise the government and facilitate amendments to the state Syariah laws, to align to the Federal Constitution and the spirit of Rukun Negara.

It is imperative to achieve a politically stable, economically progressive Malaysia and to be able to enjoy the harmony, tolerance, understanding and cooperation in this multi diverse country.

Reason is part of Islamic scholarship, says academic

KUALA LUMPUR: The religious authorities’ aversion to the use of reason in understanding Islamic texts is against the spirit of challenging prevailing views on the religion as practised by Muslim scholars during the early stage of the development of the Islamic jurisprudence, a theologian told a forum today.

Speaking at a forum convened by Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF) on the question, “Is reason a threat to faith and society?”, Isham Pawan Ahmad said it was this that allowed a Muslim scholar like Imam Shafie to challenge the prevailing religious ideas of his time including those of Imam Malik and Imam Abu Hanifah, whose teachings led to the development of the Maliki and Hanafi schools in Sunni Islam.

He said had Shafie’s criticism of other scholars been made in this era when dissenting views are silenced, he would have got into trouble with the authorities.

“The religious authority would have arrested the guy,” said the associate professor in Theology at the International Islamic University of Malaysia.

Isham said Shafie had opposed many ideas by Imam Malik, who founded the Maliki school of jurisprudence.

He said Prophet Muhammad too rebelled against his society in the early stages of his prophethood.

“Islam is a religion that rejects the idea of authority. If it wasn’t for the Prophet rebelling against the authority of the time, Islam would have never been established,” he said.

Isham added that it was the Prophet’s challenge of the status quo that infuriated the Arab leaders of that time.

“Prophet Muhammad’s call would not have been denounced if he had not called for an equal society, where there was no aristocratic Arab leaders.”


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