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Sayyid Shaykh Ahmad Al-Hādī’s Contributions To Islamic Reformism In Malaya

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A prominent Malay reformist, who played a pivotal role in promoting the salafi ideas in Malaya, was Sayyid Shaykh Aḥmad al-Hādī's. In the field of Islamic studies, al-Hādī published numerous articles in periodicals, promoting reformist ideas and condemning traditional religious practises and beliefs. The emancipation of women was one of the major controversial reformist issues that drew the attention of al-Hādī. Its controversiality is based on the status of women in Muslim societies, their educational opportunities and involvement in public life. Journalism was one of the areas that attracted the attention of al-Hādī and encouraged him to spread his reformist ideas at the grass-roots level of Malay society. In brief, al-Hādīs attitude towards British colonialism resembled that of Sir Sayyid Ahmad Khan (19171898) in British India, where he argued that Muslims should cooperate with the British for the sake of Muslim progress.

Keywords: British colonialism; Islamic reformism; Malay society; Sayyid Shaykh Aḥmad al-Hādī



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