Refer to schools of thought to empower Wasatiah

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

MUSLIMS must also refer to al-madzahid al-fiqhiyyah (school of thoughts) as it empowers the pillar of wasatiah, highlighted the Syariah Appeals Court judge yesterday.

 Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Setia Raja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Hj Suhaili Hj Mohiddin in a seminar at the knowledge convention held at the International Convention Centre said that anything related to wasatiah must be in line with syara’ (Islamic jurisdiction) which is sourced from the Al-Quran and as-Sunnah.

 “It also needs to be taken from verified sources such as al-madzahid al-fiqhiyyah which manhaj (method) was developed by Imam al-Mujtahidin who are qualified scholars to interpret Islam,” he said.

 The judge also said that Islamic wasatiah does not focus on anything loose or narrow nor merely means moderation.  Wasatiah is an Arabic term which basis of explaining its meaning encompasses three interpretations which are ‘the best’, ‘the just’ and ‘the median’.

 He further said that in the context of the discussion at the seminar, al-madzahid al-fiqhiyyah refers to mazhab Hanafi, mazhab Maliki, mazhab Syafie and mazhab Hanbali only.

 “This is because the four mazhabs are within the teachings of Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah which are acknowledged and followed by the majority of Muslim scholars and Muslims today,” he said.

 Al-madzahib al-fiqhiyyah is a required channel to uncover and reveal the contents in relevant sources particularly in matters relating to Fiqh and Islamic law.

 “It has become an institution which manhaj has been arranged neat and tidy as well as protected from contamination so as to give strength to preserve Fiqh and Islamic teachings,” said Pehin Dato Paduka Hj Suhaili.  The characteristics of wasatiah can be seen through several approaches which include how to deflect accusations that question Islamic suitability with wasatiah values in the fields of akidah (faith), akhlak (character), syariah and law.  Pehin Dato Paduka Hj Suhaili added on some of the issues raised in the law perspective include jihad seen as a terrorism act and Islam seen as no tolerance towards the freedom of beliefs among others.

 “The wasatiah principle has to be empowered, protected and upheld for the sake of everlasting peace and universal welfare,” he concluded.

 Also presenting his paperwork at the first day of the Knowledge Convention seminar was a Hadith Professor of the Usuluddin Faculty at Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), Dr Omar Naggar Aly Abdelhafez.

 The three-day convention comprised of seminars presented by local and foreign experts and academics which include collaboration with Rabitah Al-Alam Al-Islami, a non-governmental organisation based in Saudi Arabia.

 In attendance at the seminar was the Minister of Religious Affairs Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awg Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Awg Othman.

 The Brunei Times