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MASLAHAH. Public interest (al-masalih   almursalah) is regarded in shari `ah (the divine law) as a basis of law. According to necessity and particular circumstances, it consists of prohibiting or permitting a thing on the basis of whether or not it serves a "useful purpose" or maslahah. It can be defined as the establishment of legal principles recommended by reason of being advantageous. The jurists of different schools have used different Arabic words to describe it. Imam Malik calls it al-ma ...more

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