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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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Moderation and Justice

Moderation and Justice

(p.83) IX Moderation and Justice
The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam

Mohammad Hashim Kamali

Oxford University Press

If extremism signifies the opposite of wasaÏiyyah, then justice is conceptually its closest synonym. Hence, much of the blueprint on justice in the sources of Islam also applies, mutatis mutandis, to wasaÏiyyah. Yet the Qur’anic conception of justice goes well beyond the confines of its legal connotations and courtroom proceedings. As their principal mission on building a just social order, Muslims are charged with acting justly at all times, and with rejecting oppression and injustice. This chapter illustrates how the scriptural guidelines of Islam on justice repeatedly advise that justice should not be always guided by a measure-for-measure approach, but should, rather, be enriched and moderated by Islam’s ethical guidelines on fairness, forgiveness, patience, and forbearance.

Keywords:   virtue, equity, retaliation, ummah, Qur’an

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