Chapter 2: Torture and prisons must be purged

Oct 31, 2014 by

Any kind of torture, and however it may be justified, is prohibited and unequivocally Haram – i.e. unlawful, for Allah has not revealed any evidence to permit this act at all. Therefore it is imperative that torture is avoided at all costs, even towards the enemy.

For he who humiliates an individual will not be able to defend and uphold the dignity of mankind, and he who practices torture, even once, and yet claims he wants to lead mankind to dignity, his claim is nothing but absurd and nonsense.

For he not only will not attain such aim, but will stand as a criminal before Allah Almighty, and will loose all dignity and credibility in society. There are those who think that if they commit this heinous act, they will go unnoticed, forgetting Allah’s promise

{And say: Work, for Allah will observe your work, and His Messenger, and the Believers: and you will be brought back to the Knower of the unseen and the seen, then will He show you the truth of what you did.} 15

Torture is an un-Islamic phenomenon

Undoubtedly it is possible to arrive at the truth without resorting to torture, but through careful investigation of all available evidence, as well as detailed questioning, as seen in many cases dealt with by the well known judicial judgements of Amir-ul-Mu’minin Imam Ali (A) 16.

This chapter is taken from the author’s book “The Dynamics of Change for the Salvation of Muslims” pp 136-152. The book is addressed to Muslim reformists and activists who aspire to establish some form of Islamic government in their homeland. Imam Shirazi emphasises that such groups must resolutely adhere to the teachings of Islam, whether before they reach government or after assume office of government. In accordance with Islam, Imam Shirazi in this work calls upon Muslims to refrain from violence and adopt peaceful and non-violent means in all aspects of their conducts and activities, within their group and without, towards their fellow members, or towards the general public at large, and even towards their enemies. This work constitutes a “Book of Conducts” for Islamist political movements.

Another book in this respect is “The Judgement of Amir-ul-Mu’minin (A)” by Sheikh It may be argued if torture is not exercised against the criminals, they would not admit the truth, and therefore some of the truth will remain hidden, as claimed by despots.

The counter argument is that, first it is better for some of the truth to remain hidden than to violate the human rights of the individual through torture. Secondly, even with torture some of the truth still remains hidden, for some of those tortured, falsely admit to things they have not done to alleviate the torment of torture, which is also hiding the truth!

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