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The Middle Path of Moderation in IslamThe Qur'anic Principle of Wasatiyyah$
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Mohammad Hashim Kamali

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190226831

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190226831.001.0001

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Harm (Ḍarar) Must Be Eliminated

Harm (Ḍarar) Must Be Eliminated

(p.123) XIII Harm (Ḍarar) Must Be Eliminated
The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam

Mohammad Hashim Kamali

Oxford University Press

This chapter highlights one of the cardinal maxims of Islamic law, both Sunni and Shi’ah, on the prevention of harm and hardship. The maxim is supplemented, in turn, by a number of other maxims and guidelines, which help to preserve normalcy and equilibrium in society and human relations. The chapter also examines the role that this principle can play in protecting the natural environment by enabling individuals and governments alike to curb abusive practices and take remedial action against the violators who inflict harm and make the earth and its environment hazardous to humans and other inhabitants of planet earth.

Keywords:   hardship, remedy, harmony, necessity, government, environment

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