Tehran,IQNA: May 28, 2005--A three-day workshop on Islamic criminal law in the age of globalisation is being held in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, with religious scholars from a number of countries taking part. Reported INA
The chairman for the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), which organised the workshop, Dr Khalid Masud, noted that Muslims generally view globalisation with suspicion and invited those attending to address the issue.
The workshop was inaugurated by Pakistan's president Pervez Musharraf on Thursday. In his address, Musharraf called for the reviving of critical thinking in the interpretation of Islamic laws and dispensation of justice, in accordance with Islamic ideas of tolerance, justice, moderation and equity. He also said that parochial interpretations which make laws out of step with reality need to be renounced.
In his key note lecture, Egyptian scholar Dr Hasan Hanafi said modernity existed in every culture and argued that in the context of Muslims “modern questions were more important than classical answers”.
According to Hanafi the application of Islamic penal code required the existence of an Islamic state conditioned by the presence of a Wali, or guarantor. Since there was no such state, he said, the application of the penal code could be suspended temporarily.
In his view, the punishment to a thief should be applied to men who steal public money but not to those who are unemployed or hungry.
While Dr Manzoor Ahmad from Pakistan said laws became Islamic if they fulfilled the value standards set by Islam and were efficacious in achieving the goals desired by Shariat and were obeyed with the motivation of achieving salvation.
Dutch scholar Dr Ruud Peters from Amsterdam University made the observation that the establishment of an Islamic state was presented as a religious duty for all Muslims with the prospect of having “a pious or virtuous community on earth.
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