The Maqasid Institute is a global think tank that is working to effect a paradigm shift in the understanding and practice of Islam via Maqasid al-Shariah or the higher objectives of Islam as based on divine revelation, the Quran, and the Sunnah to help guard the sanctity of all life forms, promote peace and security, and substantiate the value of divine guidance in human affairs. MI is nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian and committed to the advancement of faith, life, knowledge, prosperity and the welfare of future generations.
The Formation of Maqasid Institute
Over the past ten years, MI was registered as a consulting firm in the UK and MI scholars offered training programs and graduate research projects on Maqasid al-Shariah and a number of related applications at universities, think tanks, governments, and NGOs in over 50 countries. The establishment of MI global headquarters in the USA was a milestone towards providing the proper institutional environment to ensure coherence, integration, and synergy for all maqasid-based efforts.
MI Global started its activities formally in 2017 with the appointment of an executive team including Prof. Jasser Auda as president, Dr. Basma Abdelgafar as vice president, and Dr. Zaid Barzinji as executive director. And a Board of Trustees (BoT) was established. MI’s structure also includes regional executives and directors of affiliate organizations, representatives who act as contact persons and provide limited services, as well as an Academic Council made up of distinguished scholars. Although not strictly an element of its internal structure, MI also has a number of key partnerships with leading academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and the private sector.
Maqasid Institute HQ is registered in the USA as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit corporate entity (US Federal EIN 81-5384123). All MI affiliates, regional centers, and offices are registered as independent NGOs and/or non-profit entities in their respective countries.