Madhhab Shafi’i Research Centre (MSRC) recognizes the importance of research in areas of Madhhab Shafi’i and other Sunni Schools of Islamic Law which are fundamental to the development of Islam in the Sultanate State of Brunei Darussalam. The role of the centre has been formulated based on the State’s policy that upholds Shafi’i Madhhab as its official school of law in accordance with Aqidah Ahli al-Sunnah wa al-Jama’ah and in conformity with the philosophy of Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB), and in line with UNISSA’s mission statement:
“To be an international university which offers various programmes of study, research and human development using holistic methods and up-to-date technology in accordance with global development in order to produce pious, high spirited and valuable graduates as well as to contribute to the development of the community and the country.”
The Centre aspires to become a leading research centre in the region to serve and promote Madhhab al-Shafi’i and Aqidah Ahli al-Sunnah wa al-Jama’ah
MSRC aims to become a leading a research centre in Madhhab al-Shafi’i and other relevant discipline of studies, and is committed towards achieving UNISSA’s vision as a progressive and dynamic International Islamic University based on al-Qur’an andal-Sunnah.
• To promote research among academic staff at UNISSA in the area of Madhhabal-Shafi’i and other Sunni Schools of Law (Madhahib al-‘Ukhra) as an integral part of their academic responsibilities and service to the community towards the development of Islam in Brunei Darussalam.
• To preserve, perpetuate and promote research in order to instill the teaching of Ahli al-Sunnah wa al-Jama’ah in Brunei Darussalam.
• To promote collaborative research in the area of al-Shafi’i legal thoughts between the university and government agencies including private organisations for the advancement and development of Islam in Brunei Darussalam.
• To promote interdisciplinary research and team research among the academic staff and postgraduate research students in al-Shafi’i legal thoughts, and other relevant discipline of studies.
• To plan and coordinate research projects by identifying priority areas in Madhhab al-Shafi’i and other relevant discipline of studies.
• To collect data, documents, manuscripts and books in various aspects of the four Sunni Schools of Islamic Law (Madhahib al-Arba’ah), particularly onMadhhab al-Shafi’I for the purpose of research and record.
• To publish books and manuscripts related to the four major Schools of Islamic Law (Madhahib al-Arba’ah) and other relevant discipline of studies.
The goals of the centre are as follows:
• Conduct research and publish books relating to Madhhab Shafi'i in a way that achieves moderation and integration of knowledge
• Organize workshops, seminars and conferences on Madhhab Shafi'i.