Judicial Islamisation of Land Reforms Laws in Pakistan: Triumph of Legal Realism

  • MUHAMMAD ZUBAIR ABBASI

Abstract

The Shariat Appellate Bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SAB) declared the land reforms laws as un-Islamic in the Qazalbash Waqf case in 1990. In this judgment, while ‘ulama’ judges unanimously rejected state intervention in limiting property rights because of the sanctity of private ownership under Islam, a majority of other judges justified the exercise of such power in public interest. Interestingly, both the proponents and the opponents of land reforms laws relied upon the Qur’an and sunnah to support their positions. In the end, these were the judges of the SAB who acted as the final arbiters in determining which particular interpretation of Islamic law prevails.

Keywords

Islamic state, land reforms, private property, necessity, public good, legislature, judiciary, ‘ulama’.

Published
2018-12-31
How to Cite
ABBASI, M. Z. (2018). Judicial Islamisation of Land Reforms Laws in Pakistan: Triumph of Legal Realism. ISLAMIC STUDIES, 57(3-4). Retrieved from http://irigs.iiu.edu.pk:64447/ojs/index.php/islamicstudies/article/view/527