In a first of its kind, a group of 40 Islamic scholars, academicians, legal experts and medical and humanitarian practitioners participated in a two-day round table on Islam and humanitarian principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement on 27-28 August 2019 in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad. The round table was organized jointly by the Institute of Policy Studies Islamabad and ICRC Pakistan.
Majority of the participants opined that though the principles of the Movement and the ideas of Islam may differ in terms of their background or origin, they are very similar in practice when it comes to humanitarian activities during disasters or conflicts.
The participants highlighted that anything authorized by religion is far more important for Muslims than any law or rules sanctioned by a temporal authority. Therefore, they stressed on the need to create awareness in Muslim contexts about the compatibility of humanitarian principles with the teachings of Islam to highlight the universality of the former.
Besides, they presented papers on topics related to subjects such as history and origins of humanitarian principles, medical ethics, role of media and domestic laws. The proceedings of the conference will be published in the form of a book.
It may be noted that ICRC Pakistan has been interacting with the Islamic circles of the country for the past 20 years. In fact, it has organized two international conferences (in 2004 and 2014) on Islam and international humanitarian law and a national conference (in 2013) on the protection of medical personnel and facilities under Islam and humanitarian law.
Source : Icrc