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.
Prof. Jasser Auda
Dr. Sabrina Lei
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
Dr. Basma Abdelgafar
Dr. Aly Abdel Moneim Abdel Wanis
Mr. Abdel Latif Chalikandi
Dr. Zaid Jamaludeen
Mrs. Heba Abduljawad
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.