Maqasid Institute

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 – Global

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 Jamaludeen as executive director. A Board of Trustees (BoT) was established under the chairmanship of Amb. Ebrahim Rasool. MI’s structure also include 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 have 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.

Our Vision

Valuing divine guidance in human affairs.

Our mission

Our mission is threefold: (1) Providing the knowledge and tools that enable scholars in different disciplines to reconstruct thought in their area of specialization via a new maqasid methodology; (2) Applying the methodology to critical challenges and phenomena impacting our lives and the welfare of the planet; (3) Facilitating the application of the maqasid methodology in personal and community life through the expertise of Maqasid Research Network (MRN) members.

Organizational Structure

MI’s structure consists of a Board of Trustees, an Executive Team, Regional Executives and Directors, Representatives who act as contact persons and conduct limited services, as well as an Academic Council and Fellows. Although not strictly an element of its internal structure, MI is also dependent on a number of key partnerships with leading academic institutions, non-profit organizations and the private sector.

OUR LEADERSHIP

Meet MI's core of team of dedicated individuals. Along with their MI duties, these scholars and professionals are global ambassadors of Maqasid studies and philosophy.
Executive Team and Directors
Prof. Jasser Auda

Prof. Jasser Auda

President
Prof. Jasser Auda is a renowned global authority and distinguished scholar in the field of maqasid al-shariah. He is a Founding and Board Member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, Member of the Executive Board of the Fiqh Council of North America, Member of the European Council for Fatwa and Research, and Fellow of the Islamic Fiqh Academy of India. He has a PhD in the philosophy of Islamic law from University of Wales in the UK, and a PhD in systems analysis from University of Waterloo in Canada. Early in his life, he memorized the Quran and studied Fiqh, Usul and Hadith in the halaqas of Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo. He was founding Director of the Maqasid Center in the Philosophy of Islamic Law in London and founding Deputy Director of the Center for Islamic Ethics in Doha. He has held teaching positions at the University of Waterloo, Alexandria University, Islamic University of Novi Pazar, Qatar Foundation and the American University of Sharjah. He lectures in Islamic law, ethics and thought around the world and has written over two-dozen books in Arabic and English, some of which have been translated into twenty-five languages.
Dr. Sabrina Lei

Dr. Sabrina Lei

Director, MI Italy Editor, MI Journal
Sabrina Lei, an Italian writer and researcher, is one of the emerging Western Muslim scholars and cultural activists. Dr Lei read philosophy at Rome’s La Sapienza University, and obtained her research degree in philosophy, working on Wittgenstein’s concept of time in his Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus in 2000. She has a PhD in ancient philosophy. Dr. Lei is currently working as Director of Tawasul, Centre for Research and Dialogue, which has published almost a dozen books on Islam and related topics, including a study on the spiritual and medical benefits of Muslim Prayer. She has also completed Italian translations of the works of some of the great Muslim scholars like Sheikh Naseruddin Albani, Muhammad Al-Ghazzali, Muhammad Iqbal, Muhammad Asad, etc.
Recently, Dr Lei has completed the Italian translation of the classic and universally read 1934 English Quran translation of Abdullah Yusuf Ali. She has also completed the first volume of her book into the life history of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Dr Lei’s long-term aim is to create a new Islamic discourse rooted in the humanistic principles of Islam, accepting the diversity of human experience, as manifested in today’s globalized world in the form of different religious and cultural discourses.
Mr. Marwan Bukhari

Mr. Marwan Bukhari

Director, MI Malaysia
Marwan Bukhari is the Director of MI Malaysia. He received a BS in Islamic Jurisprudence from Yarmouk University, Jordan. His research areas of interest are the higher goals of Islamic law, Quranic exegesis and it methodologies, as well as Islamic thought and civilization. Mr. Bukhari has translated six books related to maqasid and Islamic thought from Arabic to Malay. He is a frequent writer and speaker at public events on these issues.
Dr. Basma Abdelgafar

Dr. Basma Abdelgafar

Vice President
Basma Abdelgafar consults internationally on policy, governance and Muslim affairs. Dr. Abdelgafar has worked in the Canadian federal government, academia and the third sector. She was founding head of the Public Policy in Islam Masters Program at Qatar Foundation. She has a keen interest in research and teaching in public policy and governance in Islam as well as in Muslim history, thought, institutions and communities. She obtained her Ph.D. in Public Policy from Carleton University, Ottawa, in 2003 and currently holds the rank of associate professor. Her book publications include: Public Policy Beyond Traditional Jurisprudence: A Maqasid Approach (London: IIIT), Thriving in a Plural World (Singapore: MUIS), M.A. Draz’s Morality in the Quran and the Greater Good of Humanity (Wales: Claritas), and The Illusive Tradeoff (Toronto: University of Toronto Press).
Dr. Aly Abdel Moneim Abdel Wanis

Dr. Aly Abdel Moneim Abdel Wanis

Director, MI Indonesia-ITH
Aly Abdel Moneim Abdel Wanis is the director of MI Indonesia-ITH. Dr. Abdel Moneim is a lecturer in the Postgraduate Program at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, Islamic University of Indonesia. He also lectures at the universities of Sunan Kalijaga Islamic State University and Ahmad Dahlan University. His topics of expertise include usul-ul-fiqh (foundations of Islamic jurisprudence), evidential methodology in Islamic studies, Islamic thought and civilization, Arabic conceptual frameworks in Islamic studies, and maqasid and Islamic development theory. Dr. Abdel Moneim is currently reconstructing the theory of sustainable development based on a Quranic-Maqasidi-Cultural approach, which fits with addresses Indonesian needs and values.
Mr. Abdel Latif Chalikandi

Mr. Abdel Latif Chalikandi

Member, Board of Experts
Abdel Latif Chalikandi is a member of the Maqasid Institute Board of Experts. He is a lawyer, a writer, a scholar of Islamic classics, a Cultural Advisor at the Tawasul Centre for Dialogue and Research in Rome, and a Cultural Mediator at the Grand Mosque of Rome. Mr. Chalikandi has an LLB from the Government Law College in Calicut, India, an LLM with a specialization in Federal Constitutions and Muslim Law from Aligarh Muslim University in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India, and an MPhil in Medieval Philosophy from the University of Birmingham, UK. He lives in Rome and is involved in a number of interfaith and academic initiatives with the Vatican and different branches of the University of Rome.
Dr. Zaid Jamaludeen

Dr. Zaid Jamaludeen

Executive Director
Zaid has over 20 years experience in contributing to and leading nonprofits like: educational institutions and community based organizations. He sits on the boards of several non-profit organizations and is actively involved in community development projects. Prior to joining MI, Zaid had 10 years professional experience in the field of advanced analytics and was Vice President of Risk-Modeling at a top US financial institution. Zaid obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Utah and is a frequent economic commentator at several media outlets. His current research interests are focused on developing a maqasid approach to economic issues like sustainable development. Zaid is a believer in the power of ideas, collaborative work and compassion for driving change and for making the world a better place.
Mrs. Heba Abduljawad

Mrs. Heba Abduljawad

Director, Arabic Programs
Heba Abduljawad is the Director of the Arabic Programs at the Maqasid Institute. She is Founder and CEO of two popular Arabic youth-based intellectual initiatives: Muhtawa Platform in Morocco and Yaqazat Feker in Egypt, which has over 3 Million followers on social media. She was previously Director of Training at Umm Al Moumineen Association in Ajman, UAE, and Head of Art and Design at Sharjah Institute of Technology in Sharjah, UAE.
Ms. Abduljawad is a masters candidate in Islamic Thought, Beirut Islamic University, Lebanon. Prior studies include a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering with honors, Assiut University, Egypt. She is licensed for training from The Institute of Leadership & Management in the UK and Manarat Educational Consultancy in Dubai. She has a diploma in professional photography from the Unlimited Technology Training Center in Dubai, and holds BTEC Internal Verifier and External Verifier certificates from The Professional Development Training in Dubai.

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Maqasid Institution is constantly seeking the engagement of interested individuals, organizations and communities around the world.