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This groundbreaking e-book bargains in-depth research of the trendy Islamic nation, using a quantitative dimension of the way Muslim majority countries meet the definition. content material for the ebook used to be built via broad debate between a panel of unusual Sunni and Shia Muslim students over seven years.
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Professor Kamali pointed out that a look at the etymology of the contemporary word for “state” in Arabic (dawlah)1 shows that classically it meant a “turn of good fortune,” a “mutation,” the “present life,” or the “life to come” – it even meant in some contexts the “stomach of a bird” – but it did not gain a political connotation until the Ottoman and Mamluk periods. In fact, our founding texts do not specify any particular types of governmental institutions nor is most of Islamic political history normative.
When they invited Islamic scholars to advise them, these scholars simply formulated a penal code from the Hudud. ” But these rulers and their advisors “conveniently ignored social justice, equality, simplicity and the enhancement of the common man’s lot. ” Rulers see the application of the Hudud d laws as easy, Ghazi continued. Basically, “It doesn’t take anything away from them or cost them anything. ” Instead of working to make substantive changes to a country, such sitting heads of state simply “arrest the thief and cut off his hand.
He said, ‘O Allah! ” In his farewell sermon, the Prophet abolished the time and place limitations on human inviolability from the pre-Islamic period and universalized human inviolability to all times and places. Rather than addressing “O ye who believe,” a common invocation in the Qur’an, the Prophet spoke to all of mankind. As the modern day stewards of his message, we must champion this message of universal human rights within the context of an Islamic state. If we were to deny these rights and freedoms to anyone, we would be simultaneously abandoning the standard set forth by our Prophet while thwarting the Divine Intent of testing mankind.