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.


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

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. 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.


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