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Integration of revealed and conventional knowledge vital in facing bigger challenges – Idris

NILAI, Oct 6 — Integrating aqli or revealed knowledge (from the Quran and Sunnah or way of the Prophet) and naqli (conventional) knowledge is vital in facing more competitive challenges from the outside world, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs), Idris Ahmad.

He said this was in line with the views of the Islamic scholars of yore who stressed on gaining knowledge in an integrated manner to produce credible and ideal students.

“The efforts by Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) in highlighting the concept of integrating aqli and naqli knowledge as a philosophy and agenda of an Islamic university is apt in a situation that is full of challenges currently.

“The challenge for us today is how to translate these views into reality in the current higher education realm.

“Support and cooperation are needed to boost the knowledge integration efforts at the higher education level and as continuity to knowledge integration at the religious primary and secondary school levels.”

Idris said this at the online 7th Wahyu Asas Tamadun (Civilisational Fundamental Revelations) International Seminar or SWAT 2021, organised by USIM today.

Idris said the Islamic scholars had categorised and classified knowledge as a guideline for Muslims into fardu ain (obligatory acts), fardu kifayah (communal obligations) and laudable, condemnable, theoretical, practical, aqli and naqli knowledge, among others.

He said the seminar’s theme was timely as like others, Muslims were struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic which required special attention from the government and other parties concerned.

“It also requires creativity and wisdom in drawing up regulations, the standard operating procedures (SOP) and assistance in ensuring the people’s social and economic survival,” he added.

Idris also said that aqli and naqli knowledge must be referred to the sources and researched, while hoping that studies conducted on these could contribute to the fight against COVID-19.

“The aqli or revealed knowledge is perfect and universal while aqli knowledge explains the common policy and principles of a matter.

“These areas of knowledge which are in line with the teachings of the Quran, complete the human lives and serve as a guidance for Muslims,” he added.


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