A Deputy Head (Naib Ameer) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, Ghana, Justice Saeed Kwaku Gyan has urged World leaders to follow the Islamic concept of justice, which was morally and ethically driven and guided by the Word of God.
In this way, he said, there would be peace and order in communities and, consequently, social cohesion would be promoted in a significant and practical manner everywhere in the World.
“In Islam, justice is inherently anchored on truth and the abhorrence of falsehood in human affairs”, he said.
Justice Saeed Kwaku Gyan, a retired court of appeal judge made the call when he spoke on the topic, “The Islamic Justice System and Its Impact on Human Society” at the three day 90th Annual National Convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, taking place at Baghe-Ahmad at Pomadze, near Winneba.
The theme is “Promoting Justice and Social Cohesion – The Islamic Example”.
He underscored the role Islam had played in redefining human relationships, establishing systems of law and order, and achieving individual peace and collective co-existence, progress, and advancement of communities, societies, and nations.
“Since ancient times, religion had always found a place in helping to establish human societies in facilitating cohesive and orderly human activities and relationships”, he pointed out.
“Unfairness, oppression, troubling abuse in inter-personal relationships, inequitable dealings, cheating, and even criminal activity are distorting and destabilizing social cohesion, peace, economic and political progress of nations and communities all over the world”, he noted.
According to him, central to the numerous crises of the World was the issue of Justice where many felt cheated or unfairly treated, be it by States or individual human beings, and were consequently reacting or responding in diverse negative ways.
Justice Gyan cautioned those in government not to govern in a manner that would trigger disorder, chaos, suffering, and pain but should work diligently and effectively to establish peace in every sphere of society.
He gave the historical background of the emergence of the system of Islamic law which he indicated was guided by the idea of lawful and prohibited acts aimed at regulating the relationship between man and God and addressing the social relationships of people as well as Nations.
According to him, the Islamic approach to justice was comprehensive and all-embracing one that touched every aspect of human activity or conduct.
“It is stated in Islam that every path which leads to justice is deemed to be in harmony with Islamic law. There is no place for discrimination whatsoever under the Sharia of Islam”, he said while citing several Quranic verses to buttress his argument.
He stressed also that citizens had the responsibility to the protection of orphans and the vulnerable in society is a cardinal principle of Islamic justice.
“It is also the duty of citizens to act with maximum restraint and fairness even in the face of injury occasioned them, or oppression caused them”, he said.
Justice Kwaku Gyan noted that systems and structures of government had evolved over time to promote human welfare and well-being with the underlying need for law and order to govern and direct human affairs.
However, he said the organized circumstances that promoted and ensured law and order by way of the legal and judicial systems everywhere in the world could only find acceptable validity and sound permanence if they were built on the foundation of justice and fairness.
Story by Afedzi Abdullah, Cape Caost.