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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Hudud is not central to Islam


The preoccupation with hudud and with punitive law in general, as the single most important attribute of Islamic governance developed partly as a reaction to Western colonial rule. It has continued in this era of Western global hegemony.

Those who are obsessed with hudud have also failed to examine the actual performance of states that have implemented hudud in recent decades. From Sudan and Saudi Arabia to Afghanistan and Iran, what has been the balance sheet like from the perspective of the very values and principles that the Quran cherishes--- distributive justice, accountability on the part of the ruler, freedom and dignity of the human being? Are these hudud states worthy of emulation?



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