Throughout the history,
scholars of Islamic Jurisprudence have provided us with very deep studies about
the role of state based on their accurate understanding of the Holy Quran and
the Prophet’s Tradition. In short, they summarized the role of state by
safeguard of faith and the administration of world’s politics. By safeguarding
the faith, the state insure the freedom of faith and religious practice.
However, the administration of politics has too many aspects with ever developing
opinions according to places and times. Nevertheless, however different such
opinions are, they must preserve the main goals of Sharia being protection of
lives, religion, minds, property, offspring, and the homeland.
The modern jurisprudence
of state building has found its manifestation in the foundation of the UAE. The
founder of our Nation, HH the late sheikh Zayed BIN Sultan Al Nahyan, the First
President of the UAE, along with other Rulers, has managed to build a modern,
advanced, strong and proud state that put human beings at first. Thanks to his
vision, locals and expats, residents and visitors, live together under the
umbrella of developed constitution derived from deep and accurate understanding
of Islamic principles. Such principles put at their core the respect of human
dignity, the fact that is clearly stated in the holy Quran, “We Have Dignified
the Children of Adam”. Or as it is stated in other verse: “O mankind! We
created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes,
that you may know each other. Verily the most honored of you in the sight of
Allah is the most righteous of you”. The government of my state has had its own
practical translation of this principle of respect among people: They are equal
in rights and giving regardless of their faith, race, gender, or origin.
Moreover, the Holy Quran, and the Islamic Jurisprudence of course, states
clearly that “there shall be no compulsion in the acceptance of the religion”.
Accordingly, the UAE laws is designed to protect the right of belief, respect
of all religions, and freedom of religious practice. The Nation continues its
work to promote among its citizens the values of tolerance and giving,
reinforce justice and welfare, develop its community through science and
knowledge, advance its worldwide standing as competitive and innovative
country. On international level, the UAE builds on such traditions to reinforce
its international relations based on cooperation and mutual respect, winning to
it people outstanding reputation as lovers of peace and goodwill.
Chairman of the
General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments