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The role of the Maqās․id al-Sharīʿah in preserving the environment

Ali Ali Gobaili Saged (Department of Aqidah and Islamic Thought, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Thabet Ahmad Abu Alhaj (Department of Alquran and Alhadith, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Mohd Yakub Zulkifli Bi (University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Humanomics

ISSN: 0828-8666

Article publication date: 8 May 2017

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to attempt to present a number of higher purposes of Islamic law that include within their scope the preservation and protection of the natural environment. Such preservation is in the best interest of mankind.

Design/methodology/approach

The researchers have extrapolated evidence from the Qur’an and authentic traditions of the Prophet (PBUH) that afford a sense of certainty that Islamic laws contain operative or effective causes (illa) seeking the welfare of human beings and society.

Findings

The Qur’an and Sunnah have placed great importance on the preservation and protection of the environment. They have extolled the merits of treating the environment with care and compassion. Evidence of this can be found in authentic hadiths beginning with the Book of Purity and is found in many of the teachings concerning worship rituals and civic activities.

Originality/value

The researchers have attempted to present a number of higher purposes of Islamic law that include within their scope the preservation and protection of the natural environment. Such preservation is in the best interest of mankind. For this, the researchers have extrapolated evidence from the Qur’an and authentic traditions of the Prophet (PBUH) that afford a sense of certainty that Islamic laws contain operative or effective causes (illa) seeking the welfare of human beings and society.

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Citation

Gobaili Saged, A.A., Abu Alhaj, T.A. and Zulkifli Bi, M.Y. (2017), "The role of the Maqās․id al-Sharīʿah in preserving the environment", Humanomics, Vol. 33 No. 2, pp. 125-132. https://doi.org/10.1108/H-12-2016-0105

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