Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran:
‘O ye who believe, be maintainers of justice and be bearers of witness for Allah’s sake, though it may be against your own selves or (your) parents or near relatives; if he be rich or poor, Allah is nearer to them both in compassion, therefore do not follow (your) low desires; lest you deviate and if you swerve or turn aside, then surely Allah is aware of what you do’. (TMQ-4:135)
In this Quranic verse Allah (swt) Commands the believers to maintain justice and to give true testimony, irrespective of the fact whether a person’s parents or kith and kin may bear a loss. This is because nobody is above the law. This verse also teaches us that law should remain the same for the rich and the poor alike. A rich man should not be dealt with leniently due to his wealth. On the other hand the poverty of a litigant should also not stop the judge from speaking the truth and passing the right and just verdict. A person should not allow his own selfish desires, mutual dissent or animosity to stop him from imparting justice. A person who bears testimony should also avoid distortion of facts as well as fabrication of any kind.
This verse categorically states that justice has to be imparted at any cost and the Muslims are expected to co-operate with each other in the dispensing of justice. The crux of this verse is the sole aim of the judge should be to obtain the Goodwill of Allah (swt). This is because if Allah (swt)’s Goodwill is one’s main goal then the verdict will be absolutely just and impartial as it will be not be influenced by one’s personal desires, animosity towards anyone or other such factors. If a Muslim has to judge his own parent’s or close relative’s, so instead of using his position, power and resources to get them acquitted (despite their being offenders) a true Muslim is expected to behave impartially and get them convicted, if they have wronged someone.
Unfortunately, what we witness in today’s world is diametrically opposite of what Islam has taught us. Power play seems to be at its best and it seems as if the law caters only to the rich and the influential. However, the Divine Islamic law provides a solution to all the problems of humanity if it is seriously implemented. If each Muslim understands the value of Islamic Laws then he may find a plethora of expert lawyers and skilled attorneys out there in the Islamic courts to help him out in the light of the Glorious Quran.