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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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Forbearance, Bringing Ease, and Removing Hardship (Taysīr, Raf c al-Ḥaraj, Samāḥah)

Forbearance, Bringing Ease, and Removing Hardship (Taysīr, Raf c al-Ḥaraj, Samāḥah)

(p.128) XIV Forbearance, Bringing Ease, and Removing Hardship (Taysīr, Raf c al-Ḥaraj, Samāḥah)
The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam

Mohammad Hashim Kamali

Oxford University Press

This chapter complements the preceding discussion on the elimination of prejudice and harm. Bringing ease to the people and removal of hardship and harshness from them is a Qur’anic principle of general application to theology, law, and social relations. This also instructs judges and jurisconsults to opt for easier solutions in their decisions and religious verdicts (fatwas) as far as possible. Muslims are generally advised to follow the spirit of these guidelines in their dealings with fellow Muslims as well as the followers of other faiths. The chapter then explains some of the limits to the application of these principles.

Keywords:   severity, compassion, silence, Shi’a, fatwa

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