Legal Principles of Islamic Governance

Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS)

The Shariah provides a broad framework within which the people under the umbrella of Divine Guidance participate in developing a civil society and its institutions including various organs of the state.

In particular, the Koran lays down 2 cardinal principles of governance: (1) sovereignty belongs to Allah Taala; and (2) the popular vicegerency belongs to all believers. This is particularly relevant to Southeast Asia as it is the home to almost one-quarter of the Asia’s Muslim population.