Qisas, Diyat and Tazir | Mufti Muhammad Zubair explains in context with Uzma murder case

Speaking at a local channel, Mufti Muhammad Zubair explains why culprits in Uzma murder case cannot go free by paying blood money.

While we actively speak about Qisas or blood money,  Mufti Muhammad Zubair says we forget about one more rule Tazir. He expressed his views speaking at Samaa TV’s show Naya Din speaking in context with Uzma murder case.

Uzma, a 16 years old minor domestic worker who was beaten for ‘stealing’ a bite of food by her employers, killed and then thrown in the drain, faced the worst wrath of this brutal society at such a young age. After the case went viral on social media and various government stakeholders taking notice, the culprits in the case were arrested from Lahore.

However, Uzma’s father accepted Rs 2.5 million as ‘Diyat’ or blood money, as the victim’s lawyer informed. The lawyer further added that there was no pressure on the family to accept the amount and they did it completely by their own will. They accepted Diyat without even informing the court or him. The court does not pursue the case further once Diyat is accepted by the victim’s family.

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However, notable religious cleric Mufti Muhammad Zubair says that in this particular case, the culprits cannot simply get away by paying blood money.

“In our society, the murderer is given a clean chit after paying Diyat, which is unacceptable. One should be punished by the state because this is a law-abiding state and not a banana republic.”

The scholar explained that in Islam, a murderer can be given the death penalty in return but the victims can also accept Diyat and forgive it. But if an innocent person is murdered, they are also considered a criminal in the eyes of the state as their act of murder has created terror and horror in the society. In that case, the Holy Quran has given the state the right of Tazir.

”In Islamic law, Tazir refers to punishment for offences at the discretion of a judge or ruler of the state. The state can punish the accused and can also grant the death penalty.”

Mufti Muhammad Zubair concluded that the state should also investigate if the victims were pressurized to accept the blood money, they did it in economic distress or by their own will.

Via : Samaa News 

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