Over 100 British Islamic scholars issue religious decree referencing classic and contemporary jurisprudential authorities
The British Muslim Forum (BMF) brings together over one hundred British Islamic scholars and Imams representing the most influential organisations, institutions and mosques around the country at grass root levels, to issue a religious decree with scholarly clarity on the prohibition of taking the law into one’s own hands.
The endorsed document is a first of its kind seeking to counter narratives that lead to confusion, extremism and radicalisation. The document focuses on the basic principle of prohibition regarding taking the law into one’s own hands and provides scholarly clarity that under no circumstances is an individual permitted to take aim at any other in society. For laws and punishments of the land are the exclusive prerogative of the ruler, whether Muslim or not, as far as Islam is concerned; any vigilante act is unlawful and a sin. Moreover, it clarifies that Islamic legal punishments have no place in non-Muslim countries and under non-Muslim governments.
The BMF has launched this document during this month of Ramadan, endorsed by an impressive and eminent array of senior scholars and Imams of the country, to provide a single accessible reference point on the subject. The document and associated posters have been sent out to mosques and religious centres around the country.
Guidance Note – Scholarly Clarity on the Prohibition of Taking the Law into One’s Own Hands: