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Malaysia: Mufti advises gov’t to allow hijab for Malaysia Airlines flight attendants

By: Today Online Source: Today Online The government should push for Malaysia Airlines (MAS) to allow its Muslim stewardesses the option of wearing the hijab and not serve alcohol on flights, Perlis mufti Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin has said. In a Facebook posting last night, he said that this has been an issue constantly raised to him by many Muslim stewardesses, and that the issue had to be addressed especially since Malaysia was a country where majority of its citizens are Muslims. “I call upon all Malaysians to plead toward the government so that Muslim women that are MAS stewardess are allowed to wear clothing that fulfils the criteria of a Muslim women,” Dr Mohd Asri said in a posting...

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The higher objectives of the Sharia

By: Mateen A. Khan (translator) Source: Translators comment: Maqāsid al-Sharī‘ah refers to the set of objectives and goals which the Sharī‘ah strives to establish. For example, the preservation of faith, life, lineage, intellect and property are essential objectives of the Sharī‘ah as propagated by Imam al-Ghazālī. These objectives establish benefits (al-masālih) and remove harms (al-mafāsid) for the individual and community. However, we find that some misconstrue their place and derive rulings from the objectives while going against the primary textual evidences i.e. the Qur’an and Sunnah. For clarification, we turn towards a translated chapter from Usūl al-Iftā’[1] by Mufti...

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Scorning the Prophet goes beyond free speech – it’s an act of violence

Tolerance in the Prophetic tradition

  By: Ismail Hakki Atceken Source: Coming from the Arabic root samaha, musamaha (tolerance) means to forgive and to pardon. The word hosgoru is used in Turkish and the word tolerance in English. As a term, it is used for the understanding and gentle behavior towards everyone, without prejudice, of someone who is mature and good-intentioned. Truly this is a high virtue possessed only by people of superior morality. Both too much and too little of tolerance can lead to harmful results. Moral principles have an important place in the divine messages of prophets brought from Allah’s presence. Tolerance has a unique place among these moral principles. The religion...

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