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Legislation And Law in Islam
Legislation, which depends on the law and gov erns by it, is a fundamental part of Islamic society.
Law provides a clear path from Allah, the Most High, for the organization of the Islamic life according to the Glorious Qur’an and the Pure Sunnah. An Islamic society follows laws regulating life, worships and treatments. A Muslim believes in the verse which says:
Fasting is ordained for you (Sura 2:183)
Just as he believes in the verse which states:
…Ordained for you is the law of retribution….” (Sura 2:178)
He cannot accept the verse of Prayer and refuse the verses which forbid usury.
The following is a discussion of this subject:
The importance of Divine Legislation to the society:
Society must have laws that organize its relations and punish those who do not follow its principles.
This law· may have divine or earthly origins. Hearts and personal motives are not enough for the prevalence of morals and the safety of society. They are not enough to maintain its financial and mental states and ensure justice between people. For all this, Allah sent His Messengers and revealed His Books for organising life in the ‘right way’.
Allah, the Most High, says:
“Certainly We sent Our Messengers with Clear Signs and We revealed to them the Book and the Balance so that the people may observe justice.” (Sura 57:25)
Also, Allah reveald His Books to judge between people. The Qur’an was not meant to be only recited for died people or for decorating walls. Allah, the Most High, says:
“We have revealed to you the Book (Qur’an) in Truth, that you may judge between the people as God has shown you,…..” (Sura 4:105)
Another verses, which makes obligatory to judge with what Allah has revealed, says:
“And We revealed to you the Book (the Qur’an) in · Truth, confirming what has remained in act of the Sc1ipture before it, and the determiner of it, so judge
between them according to what God has revealed, and do not follow their vain desires, turning aside from the Truth that has come to you. We have pre scribed a law and a way of life for each of you, if God had pleased, He would have made you one nation, but He may test you in what He has given you, so strive to vie with one another in good deeds, to God is the return of all of you, and He will tell you about that in which you differ.
And you should judge between them by what God has revealed, and do not follow their vain desires, and be cautious of them, lest they tempt you from part of what God has revealed to you, but if they tum away then know that God wishes to afflict them for some of their sins, and most surely, many of the people are deviators.
Is it the rule of paganism that they are seeking? Yet, for those who are certain in their faith, who is there better to rule than God.” (Sura 5:48-50)…..
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