Module Description: This introductory module to Maqasid al-Shariah (Objectives of Islamic Law) is aimed to promote the need to be conscious on the overarching intent of the Islamic Law. Through appreciation of the concept of maqasid, we will will be able see the relevance of Islamic Law beyond the specificities of a particular ruling. Maqasid al-Shariah allows us to explore the dynamism of Fiqh and ensure that the hukm and fatwa issued in the contemporary times do not diverge from the foundational intent of the Shariah.
This module will discuss on the origins and history on the concept of Maqasid al-Shariah. It will also discuss the ideas promulgated by various scholars that emphasized on the notion of maqasid. This module will also deliberate of the various categories of maqasid and bring into sharp focus the contemporary fatwa as case studies of modern application of maqasid.
Module Outline (4 hours)In this 4-credit hours' course, students will be covering the following topics:
-Understanding Key Terms-Understanding The Need for Maqasid Al-Shariah-Maqasid Al-Shariah in Islamic Tradition-Categorization of Maqasid Al-Shariah-Maqasid Al-Shariah: The Way Forward-Contemporary Application of Maqasid Al-Shariah-Maqasid Al-Shariah in Singapore Context (Fatwas)