Exploring Facets of Islam on Security and Peace: Amnesty and Pardon in Islamic Law

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Mohammad Hashim Kamali

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Amnesty, pardon, and forgiveness are the means, in Islamic theology and law, as in most other world traditions, of relieving someone from punishment, blame, civil liability or religious obligation. The same result is often achievable by recourse to certain other methods such as reconciliation, arbitration, and judicial order. The fiqh positions explored here derive from the Quran, normative teaching or Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad and general consensus (ijma) of scholars for generations.

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