Sudan’s Essam al-Bashir
A call to Islamize international law comes from a Cairo conference on Islamic tolerance. Of course, Sharia is tolerant from an Islamic perspective, but from the point of view of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as the belief systems from which that document was derived, it leaves quite a lot to be desired. From IslamOnline, with thanks to Bruce Gordon and Cathy J. Palmer:
CAIRO, April 30 (IslamOnline.net) – World Muslim scholars meeting in Cairo urged incorporation of Sharia into the International Law to avoid eruption of more crises or other forms of injustice.
“Some western researchers have found out that Islamic principles could be used to develop the International Law and incorporate its moral values into it,” said Jaafar Abdel-Salam, the secretary general of the Islamic Universities Association.
He was speaking at the International Islamic Conference, held in Cairo from April 28 till May 1 under the title of “Tolerance in Islamic Civilization”.
Addressing the sixteenth session of the Conference, Abdel-Salam, himself a professor of International Law, said the application of Sharia along with the International Law would help set up a world system “turning countries closer to each other”.
“Islam, with its practices, is the best of international systems that could achieve peace,” said Mohamed Dissouki, an International Law professor at Al-Azhar University, in the conference.
Abdel-Salam also stressed that the role of the United Nations should be enhanced and its system modified to prevent domination of specific countries.
He was referring to the veto power wielded by the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council; the United States, Russia, China, France and Britain.
Dissouki, was of the same mind.
“The International Law has recently tilted towards unequal treatment of people, as some agreements turned into valueless pieces of paper when they came against the interests of such a super power as the United States,” he lamented.
Islam, on the other hand, deeply respects vows, treaties and agreements and warns against the serious consequences of their violation, Dissouki averred.
He cited that the United States had enforced its veto power in the Security Council several times of the year, mostly to kill draft resolutions condemning Israel for aggressions against the Palestinians.
In September, the U.S. employed its veto to kill an Arab-driven resolution condemning Israel for its decision to expel Palestinian President Yasser Arafat.
On October 14, the U.S. vetoed a Syrian-proposed U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel for continuing its construction of the separation wall, which snakes through the Palestinian territories in the West Bank.
Ending Fatwa Battle
The participants also urged Muslim scholars to end their conflict on a number of social and jurisprudence-related issues.
Essam al-Bashir, the Sudanese Minister of Waqfs (Endowments), said the “battle” between scholars on fatwas or religious edicts should be settled.
“This weakens their edicts. We should adopt a moderate trend away from this wrangle” on hot issues, Bashir said.
Muslim scholars, however, heaped blame on western media outlets for an “unfair” campaign against Islam.
“Showing Islam as an enemy – in place of communism – of the west stocked up sentiments of hatred, bias and discrimination against the religion and its followers,” said Mohamed Youssef, from the Islamic organization of Latin America.
Youssef lamented that the Muslim communities in Latin America mostly feel the need to boost religious awareness, increase the number of Islamic schools and make swift and permanent contact with the Islamic world.
Mohamed El-Masri, of the Canadian Islamic Congress, said Muslims need to change, not Islam.
“Islam is a religion of reform. What rather needs change is its followers,” Masri said, urging Muslims to regain power for effectively dealing with current issues.