Published On:30 May 2011
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

Islamic Fiqh Academy holds Seminar on “Relevance of Islamic Law in the contemporary world”

“Guidance of Qur’an is for whole of humanity” Justice J.S.Verma

By Salar M. Khan

New Delhi: “Guidance of Holy Qur’an is for the whole of humanity and Sura Al Fatiha, the opening chapter of Holy Qur’an or ummul Qur’an, itself makes it obvious when the prayer in this Sura uses expression Rabbul Alameen and not  Rabbul Muslimeen,” said Justice J.S. Verma, former Chief Justice of India. He was delivering valedictory address on Sunday (May 29, 2011) at a seminar on “Relevance of Islamic Law in the contemporary world” organized by the Islamic Fiqh Academy (India) here.

Justice Verma said that the basic essence of right human conduct was righteousness, which was also called Dharma. He said that his understanding of Islamic law provisions got further enriched and his conviction about the rationale of Islamic law provisions and their harmony with overall scheme of human life got further strengthened by interacting with the Ulema in the seminar.

In his address, Justice Verma stressed, “We must continue to perform our duties and should promote pluralism in this country.”

He urged the Islamic Fiqh Academy to promote better understanding about Islam and Islamic law that would usher in an era of harmony, justice and equity in the country.
Earlier, speaking on the occasion, Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, General Secretary, Islamic Fiqh Academy (India) explained the rationale behind the various provisions of Islamic law pertaining to some of the most misunderstood concepts of Islamic Family laws.

Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani also pointed that the Islamic system was basically a system wherein weak persons felt empowered. He said that this system of law was an integrated whole and taking one provision out of context and criticizing it for some supposed inadequacies was not fair. “Islamic law provisions must be seen in the context of the values that Islam seeks to promote for welfare of humanity,” he said.

A host of Ulema, Muftis, lawyers, legal scholars and other prominent intellectuals from all over the country participated in deliberations of this two day seminar. More than 20 papers were presented. The Seminar unanimously adopted following resolutions:

1.     Islamic Shariah is a system of law which is not only in harmony with human nature but has its basis in justice and equity. It covers whole aspects of human life and guarantees justice to every section of society, thereby ensuring peace and harmony in the society. This law has also proven itself in practice. As such, this Seminar appeals to the academicians and intellectuals to study provisions of Islamic Shariah pertaining to various aspects of contemporary life, not as a religious system but as a system of law which is balanced, and is for the benefit of whole of humanity. We believe that there cannot be any law more beneficial than the law defined by the Creator.

2.     Islamic Shariah is one of the most misunderstood systems of law. There is an urgent need to remove such misunderstandings. It is, therefore, necessary that Ulema, Muftis, Muslim lawyers and Muslim legal scholars must pay special attention to the addressing such misunderstandings by explaining the underlying wisdom of the provisions of Islamic Shariah. Islamic Shariah not only ensure reward in the hereafter but also ensure well being in this world.

3.     There is a need to encourage such students of Deeni Madarsas who specialize in Islamic fiqh to study contemporary law. This seminar appeals to the Madaris to take steps to encourage their students to study law in the contemporary law schools so that they may enter the judicial system of the country and may represent correct Islamic Shariah positions before the courts, whenever required.

4.     It is equally essential that Muslim lawyers should also be introduced to the original sources of Islamic Shariah. This seminar appeals to the Islamic Fiqh Academy (India) to prepare a distance learning programme in Islamic Fiqh (jurisprudence) and also organize workshops so that such lawyers acquaint themselves with Islamic Shariah provisions and may present them truly and diligently in the matters pending before courts.

5.     It is necessary that the Muftis and Qazis should study contemporary man-made law so that they may be able to present beneficial aspects of Islamic Shariah in a better manner.

6.     This seminar appeals to the institutions under the management or control of Muslims to introduce Islamic Fiqh (jurisprudence), specially the family law of Islam as a subject. This seminar especially appeals to Aligarh Muslim University, Jamia Millia Islamia, Jamia Hamdard, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Integral University, and such other institutions taken appropriate steps in this regard.

7.     This seminar appeals to the judiciary to consult the experts of Islamic Shariah whenever any issue concerning the same are raised before it, and abstain from resorting to interpretation of Islamic Shariah by relying upon the translations of its sources.

[Salar M. Khan is a renowned Advocate based at New Delhi. He is a prominent social activist. He can be reached at salarnews@gmail.com]

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