Monday, October 3, 2011

The Matter Of Hudud

As a matter of principle I do not as a norm make comments on Islamic and other religious issues save for my own.

And even if I did, it would not be one that will create any feeling of animosity of those professing those faiths.

I call it respect.

I generally leave (but of course observe) these subjects and discourse to those who are in a better position and or are more qualified to do so.

The matter of Hudud in the present circumstances which I have posted, is only to provide corroborative statements, events, reports et al, to support my conclusion i.e. it is all a political ploy.

The subject of Hudud has been raised again and while some or even many may say it is too much of a coincidence, I say it is timely.

Timely to show, for our coming generations, trusting this coalition called Pakatan Rakyat, will only jeopardise their future.

Pakatan Rakyat exists only for the self preservation of an individual and the individual parties of the two most senior partners, PAS and DAP.

It is now often and repeatedly said that the two most dominant parties within that coalition, PAS and DAP, have reinvented as members and supporters now come from all walks of life, who are more discerning and astute in understanding political issues.

The present Hudud matter, despite all the rhetoric to justify Pakatan's continued existence, fails dismally and exposes the hypocrisy and deceit, of the present PAS and DAP leadership, to those I mention above.

Note that I have left out mention of PKR, not because they are not hypocritical or deceitful but are even worse.

Compare party elections of PAS and DAP to that of the PKR. Hypocrisy and deceit come to the fore.

This party manipulates and lives off the weaknesses of it's two more senior partners - intrinsically diametric and irreconcilable political ideologies.

And there is nothing that this two more senior partners can or will not do anything about it.

Coming back to the matter of hudud, I have read material on the subject of Hudud and find this post most enlightening.

"An International call for Moratorium on corporal punishment, stoning and the death penalty in the Islamic World" is by Tariq Ramadan,

Tariq Ramadan is the son of Said Ramadan and Wafa Al-Bana, who was the eldest daughter of Hassan al Banna, who in 1928 founded the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Gamal al-Banna, the liberal Muslim reformer is his great-uncle. His father was a prominent figure in the Muslim Brotherhood and was exiled by Gamal Abdul Nasser from Egypt to Switzerland, where Tariq was born.

Tariq Ramadan studied Philosophy and French literature at the Masters level and holds a PhD in Arabic and Islamic studies from the University of Geneva. He also wrote a PhD dissertation on Friedrich Nietzsche, entitled Nietzsche as a Historian of Philosophy. Ramadan then studied Islamic jurisprudence at Al-Azhar university in Cairo, Egypt.

For the moment I cannot say whether I support Hudud laws or not.

I can only say for the moment that I have some concerns.

Mechanics in the administration and implementation of Hudud laws as opposed to secular laws, such as enforcement agencies, citation of precedents in the course of proceedings and judgements, avenues for appeal, are some examples among others.

1 comment:

Freddie Kevin said...

Snuze has left a new comment on your post "The Matter Of Hudud":

Many Muslims are split on the issues of hudud. As a Muslim, I do believe that the laws as proscribed in the Al-Quran as of divine origin, but the implementation is something I hesitate as the punitiveness of hudud is only just when the rule is just.

When a human being is the judge, there are many issues that come into play and there is no guarantee of divine justice. Lack of evidence, emotional attachments, influencing of sentiments are not things that cripple the Almighty as a judge, but those are issues plaguing human-based justice system.

Under hudud, a thief would have his/her hand removed. While this would be vastly satisfying in the case of corrupt bankers/con artists stealing one's money, doing the same for a man trying to get milk for his infant seems rather cruel and unusual. Islam favours merciful solutions and in this case, removing of the hand of a person who was forced to steal because of dire poverty is not right.

Therefore, I believe only God can enforce hudud as only He is Completely Just, All Knowing.

Islamic jurisprudence also holds that when in a country that is multi-cultural and multi-religious in nature, you can have an alternative legal structure to suit the needs of many. I can't remember rightly the term used, but it is generally accepted as a consensus that hudud need not be the basis of the legal structure of a country.


Dear Snuze thank you for your thoughtful insights.

Your comment was accidently deleted this groggy morning. No help from the proximity of the miniscule "publish" and "delete" button on my tablet. It is reproduced from my mailbox.

Many apologies, regards and happy weekdays.