‘Firm stance’ needed to counter suspicious agendas: Dr. Mohammed

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JEDDAH: Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL), has stressed the importance of taking a stand against transgressions and provocations that transcend borders.

Silence about the excesses of some countries and international organizations may be misunderstood and encourage further abuse, said Al-Issa.

Al-Issa was commenting while discussing a doctoral thesis at the Department of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University.

The thesis was presented by researcher Zaid Al-Kathiri and titled: “The application of legal Hudud and Ta’zir in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the allegations of international organizations.”

The researcher discussed allegations by international organizations about some forms of punishment in Islam, where the objections focus on the legal texts mentioned in the Qur’an and the tradition of the Prophet, demanding the abolition of the application of these texts.

Al-Issa talked about the reasons behind such calls, saying: “I would like to point out that not all organizations have reservations, but only some of them,” adding that “Some details are necessary for this issue to help the researcher revise his thesis.”

“One of the great countries that usually issue international human rights reports recently threatened … the International Criminal Court, saying that it would be ‘illegal’ to investigate reports against it. We say if this is the position of that state on a controversial issue … what if the criticism encroaches on the constitutional and procedural rights which are sovereign for each country?”