Decision making on agro-biotechnology issues: An Islamic perspective

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Modern biotechnology has huge potential for the betterment of the agricultural and food sector in Malaysia. However, there are many questions about the permissibility status of agro-biotechnology products such as genetically modified foods while others are concerned its impact on human health, environment and society. The objective of this paper is to assess the permissibility status of agro-biotechnology applications and products according to the five purposes of Islamic Law, Maqasid al-Shari'ah principles. The five purposes of al-Shari'ah that are also considered as the five purposes of agro-biotechnology are preservation of religion, preservation of health, preservation of progeny, preservation of intellect and preservation of wealth. The analysis showed that any agro-biotechnology application/product must fulfill one of the purposes if it is to be considered permissible. If any application/product violates any of the five purposes, it is deemed to be not permissible. In this paper, the principle of Maqasid al-Shari'ah is explained through the negative and positive aspects of agro-biotechnology and suggestions will be made on how to resolve the negative aspects. In conclusion, the application of Maqasid Al-Shari'ah is very important in any decision making related to the permissibility status of agro- biotechnology applications and products.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1207-1215
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Volume11
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Keywords

  • Agro-biotechnology
  • Islamic perspective
  • Maqasid al-Shari'ah
  • Permissibility status

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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