The objectives are the finalities and outcomes that the Academy aims to achieve while the means are the procedures which represent the mechanisms, activities, and programs used to reach those outcomes. The Academy adopts many means, namely:
Issuing resolutions and fatwas on issues of concern to Muslims, translating them into contemporary languages and disseminating them as widely as possible in order to encourage embracing the Islamic approach of moderation and temperance, which shall protect Muslims from fanaticism, extremism, negligence, and unreliable opinions.
Organizing specialized scientific conferences and symposia to discuss specific issues or problematic or multidisciplinary topics, which require jurisprudential research and discussion on a broader scale than normally provided by the Academy Council’s meetings.
Providing jurisprudential advice over documents issued by the OIC or any other Islamic or non-Islamic organizations, whenever the Academy is requested to do so.
Establishing a directory of Ifta authorities and councils, as well as jurisprudential institutions and academies inside and outside the Muslim world, with the view to identifying entities and bodies with which the Academy may cooperate and coordinate relations.
Establishing centers for Islamic studies in some of the focal areas outside the Muslim world; cooperating with existing centers in order to promote the objectives of the Academy, monitor publications on Islam in their regions, and refute any misrepresentation of Islam.
Publishing comprehensive jurisprudential encyclopedias that address contemporary issues in various areas of life and focus on issues addressed in jurisprudence treatises. These publications should be formulated in a language accessible to the culturally and media literate public.
Encouraging jurisprudential research about contemporary challenges, new developments, and current issues through the divisions and committees of the Academy in cooperation with universities and other academic institutions, with regard to contemporary life problems, challenges and latest issues.
Drafting model laws in various areas (in the three official languages) that require the codification of Shariah provisions, taking into consideration differences between schools of law, and ensuring their translation and dissemination throughout the Muslim world for easy reference in the amendment process of existing legislations, laws, and regulations.
Reviving the Islamic jurisprudence heritage, with particular emphasis on the books dealing with the fundamentals of jurisprudence, the ultimate purposes of Shariah, jurisprudence and comparative jurisprudence; publishing unpublished works in the above fields after examining them; and translating the classics of this type of heritage into major Muslim world languages and beyond.
Elaborating a comprehensive dictionary of Islamic jurisprudence and fundamentals of jurisprudence terms (in the three official languages), which defines each term accurately and precisely while expressing meanings in a simple and intelligible language.
Publishing the Academy’s works, resolutions, and fatwas, and the most significant research presented therein, in the Academy’s scientific journal and on its website, and publicize and translate them into important Muslim world languages and beyond.
Seeking assistance from experts specializing in various scientific and applied fields to study and research the topics submitted to the Academy.
Publishing a peer-reviewed journal based on firm scientific principles to serve research and studies on issues related to Shariah and Islamic jurisprudence, and in which some of the research of scholars and academics in these fields will be published.