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Just sharing – The Middle Ground of Islamic Civilisation: The Qur’anic Principle of Wasatiyyah

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Mohammad Hashim Kamali, “The Middle Ground of Islamic Civilisation: The Qur’anic Principle of Wasatiyyah”, Journal of Civilisational Studies, vol. 1, no. 1, October, 2008, pp. 7-41.


Is there such a thing as ‘moderate Islam’, and if so, what form does it take? The events of September 11, 2001, and the subsequent Global War on Terror have led scholars to debate this issue intensively. This article proposes that the principle of ‘Wasaṭiyyah’ or moderation and balance may provide the key to a better understanding of Islam and inter-civilisational relations. Reference is made not only to canonical Islamic scriptures but also to the work of Islamic scholars and commentators throughout the ages.


About Muhammad Haniff Hassan

Muhammad Haniff Bin Hassan is a Fellow. He holds a PhD and M.Sc. in Strategic Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (previously known as the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies), Nanyang Technological University. He received his early education in Aljunied Islamic School. He then continued his tertiary education at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, National University of Malaysia, with honours in Syar`iah and Civil law. Mr. Haniff is also active in social activities as a member of the Islamic Religious Council Appeal Board, HSBC Insurance Islamic Advisory Board from 2000 to 2014, Association of Islamic Religious Teachers and Scholars of Singapore (PERGAS) and Management Committee of Al-Irsyad Islamic School. He writes extensively in Berita Harian (a local Malay newspaper) and has also published articles in The Straits Times. He has published six books in his name, co-authored a monograph and helped publish two books for PERGAS and the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore. His personal website in Malay is at


One thought on “Just sharing – The Middle Ground of Islamic Civilisation: The Qur’anic Principle of Wasatiyyah

  1. Bismillahirrahmanirrahim. Wasatiyah is an established principle in Islam. So long as it does not lead to watering-down the teachings of Rasulullah saw. Believe it or not, there is a deliberate and organised attempt by the enemies of Allah rabbul izzat to ‘remake’ Islaam. To transmogrify it into something palatable that caters to the whims and fancies of ‘Western’ civilisation. NOT the Islaam that Rasulullah saw came with. If u have the time, google Civil Democratic Islam. Its a vile document produced by the RAND corporation – a 1,400-employee NGO affiliated with the Pentagon. In it, strategies are developed on how this could be implemented in the Muslim world – inter alia, from funding madrassahs to teach ‘pre-approved’ syllabus, to promoting Liberal Islam and filling up airtime on satellite channels throughout the Muslim world expounding such views to discrediting sincere ulema who is propagating al-Haq,…. the list goes on.

    Indeed, in a book that came out some years back entitled ‘The CIA at War’, the writer interviewed rank and file CIA operatives all the way to then-director George Tenet. In it, some CIA agents are gloating that they have a slush fund worth millions specifically to bribe some of our ulema so that they could spew fatwas that are compatible with Western-liberal worldviews. I am NOT GENERALISING but I am merely reminding us that Rasulullah saw said that a time will come when the WORST of people under the sky will be the ulema. All Im saying is that we have to be careful.

    Since we know that there’s a pretty well-funded movement that’s trying to propagate a watered-down version of Islaam, its imperative that we respond in our own way. E-mail all our Muslim friends in our mailing list. Put this on your FB wall. Let them know about the harms of such movements as Liberal Islaam. Initiate conversations with our family members in our Eid visitations. Inform them of the harms. Use your own wealth if need be to print relevant articles and distribute them. Do dawah to your colleagues at work. If there are issues that needed to be raised in your workplaces regarding the deen of Allah azzawajal, raise them. Common examples could be prayer rooms, timeout for prayer times, halaal food at company functions, etc. Sometimes we practice too much self-censorship in our dealings – especially at work. Remember that rizq is from Allah – not your employer. I remind myself first and foremost that the Quraan mentioned that it is only Shaitaan that makes us fear his Awliya.

    Posted by Syed Danial | May 31, 2013, 3:11 pm

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