By Ahmed E. Souaiaia

Argues that the rights of ladies in Muslim society are in response to the preserved cultural criteria of elites, no longer the moral philosophy of the Quran.

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Ethics and morality imbue Islamic law with its power to motivate and to move the person to act in accordance with whatever code of conduct and system of commands and obligations he or she happens to honor. In order to make a person act in a particular way or behave in a certain fashion, it is sufficient to manipulate his or her belief system in a way that is inducing to the desired result. This is how Islamic law—like other ancient and modern communities’ legal traditions—operates as evidenced by the various Qur’nic and traditional references linking faith, motive, and behavior.

As for the boat, it belonged to some poor individuals who rely on it for a living. However, were they allowed to continue their voyage to the next city, its ruler would have usurped it from them and deprived them of their means of support. The boy on the other hand, is a Legal Absolutism and Ethical Relativism 21 child of two believing and righteous people whom he would have tortured and coerced to disbelieve. I did what I did so that they are given another merciful and kind child. Lastly, the wall stood as a protection of and marker for a treasure that was left by two righteous parents for their two orphan children.

Moses apologized and begged him to forgive his forgetfulness. They left the boat and started to walk in the town where they encountered a number of children playing. One of these children was a clean, polite, and wellbehaved boy. Without warning, al-Kha∂ir kills the boy by intentionally striking his head with a rock. Appalled by the cold-blooded murder of an innocent child, again Moses objected to this undertaking and expressed his disapproval. Once reminded of his impatience, Moses declares that he agrees to end the arrangement if and when he violates it one more time.

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