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No privileges, exceptions in Islamic Justice – Al Sultan Abdullah

KUANTAN, Sept 5 – Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, said that Islamic justice does not grant any privilege or exception to anyone who commits wrongdoing, including oneself, close friends, family members, or parents.

His Majesty also expressed the Islamic justice principle upholds justice without favouritism, successfully practised during the time of the Prophet Muhammad SAW and increased the dignity of Islam. It also forbids any form of injustice, including those who are disliked.

“The principle of justice that is transparent also succeeds in developing a just, fair and prosperous society. The principle of justice according to Islam is upholding God’s trust.

“Based on the same principle, Syariah courts must also be wise in using discretionary powers and to be always fair to all parties when sentencing, especially those involving family cases.

“If the law is not implemented consistently and fairly, justice will certainly not be achieved as the philosophy behind the enactment of a law would have been tainted, and as a result, the disadvantaged party would end up being victimised by those in power,” His Majesty said when officiating at the opening of the Pahang Syariah Court Complex here today.

The court complex, formally known as Kompleks Syariah Al-Sultan Abdullah, underwent RM44.75 million construction between June 22, 2015, and September 23, 2021.

The Regent of Pahang Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah Al-Sultan Abdullah and the Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah graced the occasion.

Also present were the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Senator Datuk Idris Ahmad, members of the Pahang state administration led by Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail and Pahang Chief Syariah Judge Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Md Yunos.

Al-Sultan Abdullah also said that the power to punish and pardon should not be used arbitrarily because it will be held accountable in the ‘afterlife’.

In addition, His Majesty also reminded Syariah judges to ensure cases are handled fairly and for judgments not to be delayed, besides calling on court officials and Syariah lawyers to also facilitate the smooth running of court proceedings.

His Majesty expressed hope that the concept of ‘diyat’, or financial compensation to the kin of victims, that he had proposed over the past few years can be studied and implemented in Pahang, and the country in general.

“I would also like to ask Syariah judges to conduct a detailed study on punishments in the form of community service because there are offences that are not so serious, this should be considered so that they can serve the community… which can be resolved with discretion,” His Majesty said.–THE MALAYA POST

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